Buildings are not only defined by their functionality but also their looks and the effect it has on the area around it. Artifex has a pyramid look to it which merges historical relics and modern architecture together and creates the ultimate shape. A major design feature we had to keep in mind was to make sure the building blends in that neighborhood and doesn’t cloud the other buildings. Along with that making sure that the building and site are public friendly and invites the public eye to observe the building. Since there is a restaurant on the ground floor we decided to put a lot of glass to not only allow visibility from the outside but allow natural light to enter. The whole building has vertical and horizontal bands of Alucobond panels to give an illusion of extruded surfaces while maintaining the building shape.
Aside from having a unique shape, Artifex has a lot of reflective surfaces and windows which gives passage to plenty of natural light and creates a healthy environment. The Ground floor also hosts galleries which not only does it let new artist take full advantage of the artwork but help inspire great ideas and fuel their careers. Along with galleries the ground floor has a special area dedicated to a restaurant for public and resident use.
Artifex comprises of mainly 3 different materials, Alucabond panels (brownish red), brick and Curtain wall. Alucabond panels are made up of low density polyethylene and are very lightweight, weather resitant and easy to install. Brick walls is what the top half of the building is made of with Alucabond panels running horizontally and vertically in between them. Not only does the brick give off a sturdy look but it does an amazing job at contrasting with Alucabond panels. Last but definitely not least, curtain wall, the overall aim of Artifex is to provide openness and accessibility, which ultimately Curtain wall does a great job at. It lets people on the outside connect and observe inside the building. At the end of the day seeking to blur the lines between the threshold linking the public area of the street and the more private area of the gallery.