The 10,440-square-meter Wuxi Vanke arts and shopping complex by Kengo Kuma and Associates has been completed. It has been renovated from a red brick cotton mill in Wuxi, China. The highlight of the complex is its unique aluminum-clad extension, which draws inspiration from the shape of the local Taihu stone, a water-worn limestone. For the cladding, the architects have used porous, aluminum-cast panels to create an ´amoeba-shaped space´ that juts out from the rigid structure. Each aluminum panel alternates with open space to give the building a waved outline. Light filters in through the perforated facade, which is reflected in the wave-shaped pool surrounding the building.
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