Blurring the window limits (053)

This use of the double skin facade where the outer glass is patterned with a white serigraphy that gradually dilutes as one gets closer to the areas of vision may disappear as rapidly as it has spread. It is an easy way to blur the openings limits. In the case of this hotel in London, the opening is perfectly well defined on the wall in the interior skin. This technique harks back to the effect of traditional interior thin white curtains, except for the important difference that the curtain can be used to cover the openings with a very efficient light diffuser. In this hotel the outer glass skin is actually a “curtain” hanging from the upper slab but its lack of functional effectiveness made it necessary to add a real curtain on the inside.

W London Hotel

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10 Wardour Street
United Kingdom
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Cristina Pardal

Ph1, Ph2: Hufton & Crow

Ph5: W Hotel website