Four Buildings Around the Globe With Fantastic Facades

Go ahead and judge these international destinations by their fantastic facades.

Biblioteca Central y Archivo Municipal en Leganés by BN Asociados. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Firm: BN Asociados

Project: Biblioteca Central y Archivo Municipal en Leganés

Site: Spain

Standout: Thousands of pigmented ceramic half cylinders represent book spines as they cover 23,000 square feet of surface area on the new library that has been nearly a decade in the making.  

Aranya Art Center by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office. Photography by Pedro Pegenaute. 

Firm: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

Project: Aranya Art Center

Site: Qinhuangdao, China

Standout: Molded concrete panels channel the rippling tide of the nearby Bohai Sea at a spiritually minded residential development’s event venue containing an amphitheater, galleries, and a roof deck. 

Courtyard No. 1 by AOE. Photography by Ligang Huang. 

Firm: AOE

Project: Courtyard No. 1

Site: Heze City, China

Standout: Inspired by suprematism, the early 20th–century abstract art movement, a residential sales center’s glazing of UV-resistant panels is intercepted by geometric apertures framed in stainless steel. 

Pedro Reyes Studio by Pedro Reyes. Photography by Edmund Sumner.

Firm: Pedro Reyes

Project: Pedro Reyes Studio

Site: Mexico City

Standout: The fabricators who collaborate on the sculptor’s Brutalist-inspired art constructed a workshop to match, punching portholes into the building’s precast concrete panels, then connecting its three floors with a spiral staircase in the same material. 

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Biblioteca Central y Archivo Municipal en Leganés by BN Asociados. Photography by Roland Halbe.
Biblioteca Central y Archivo Municipal en Leganés by BN Asociados. Photography by Roland Halbe.
Biblioteca Central y Archivo Municipal en Leganés by BN Asociados. Photography by Roland Halbe.
Biblioteca Central y Archivo Municipal en Leganés by BN Asociados. Photography by Roland Halbe.
Aranya Art Center by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office. Photography by Pedro Pegenaute. 
Aranya Art Center by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office. Photography by Pedro Pegenaute. 
Aranya Art Center by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office. Photography by Pedro Pegenaute. 
Courtyard No. 1 by AOE. Photography by Ligang Huang. 
Courtyard No. 1 by AOE. Photography by Ligang Huang. 

Courtyard No. 1 by AOE. Photography by Ligang Huang. 
Pedro Reyes Studio by Pedro Reyes. Photography by Edmund Sumner.
Pedro Reyes Studio by Pedro Reyes. Photography by Edmund Sumner.
Pedro Reyes Studio by Pedro Reyes. Photography by Edmund Sumner.

> See more from the November 2019 issue of Interior Design

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