The architectural plans for the Xinhee Design Center take inspiration from the human body. Since Xinhee is a fashion house, it wanted its building to reflect the bodies that it tirelessly works to decorate. The result, conceived by Beijing-based architecture firm MAD, is a building with a skeletal infrastructure that is covered in a "skin," much like the skin and bones that form human bodies.
The "bones" of the Xinhee Design Center consist of six wings that emanate from a central atrium. Around the outside of these wings will be draped a translucent layer of PTFE plastic rather than windows or some other facade material. Not only does plastic more closely mimic the consistency of skin, but it also allows for more precisely controlled heat regulation and sun-shading.
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