Fitted with ‘death spikes,’ floors of a new apartment building make it almost impossible to walk inside

In many buildings across the world, walls were usually left alone to act as a barrier between indoor and outdoor space. A couple of designers decided to take this away and built structures to give walls a “walk” of sorts to their own urban environment. A couple of years ago, a house in Guangzhou, China, featured a white-foam wall which would turn inside out and change height based on how people walk through it. Now, a design firm called B. Adam Architecture has used its latest work, a high-rise in Shanghai that’s covered in circular aluminum panels with oversized planks called “death spikes,” to create a rectangular barrier between an outdoor courtyard and a concrete area that could eventually be replaced with a school or retail space.

For designers Brouwerij Eriks and Dragos Paniccia, this was a creative way to integrate the 4,000-square-foot indoor space with the outdoor one and also create some original architecture.

The facade surrounding the low-rise building is made of large aluminum panels, the median of which is about 40 feet long. The stainless steel panels have a steel casing, standing about 25 feet tall and 2.5 feet thick, that is designed to reduce the impact from the breeze hitting the exterior of the building. The panels are covered with stainless steel “death spikes” that offer flexibility when cutting through concrete, as this piece from Dezeen demonstrates.

Inside the building, which was completed in 2016, the panels are surrounded by copper “hair,” which creates a semicircular divide with an elevation that rises to the floor, giving it a walk-like effect. After an introduction of the orange product by Brouwerij Eriks, the inverted condo is lit with LED elements in a way that mimics street lighting from a nearby office block.

But what about those who must pass through the building every day? By embracing the outdoors in this way, the designers of the building want to create an outdoor courtyard for locals and visitors alike.

Design outlet Dezeen described the project as “one of the most ambitious residential and workspace projects created in urban China.”

The site of the building is also a focal point in the city. “The Park and Domain Gardens area is located in an area of very close housing density. The Garden creates the idea of where our lives originate and where our histories begin. It is part of a nationwide wave of urban open space development and is the project’s link to the public realm and environmental protection.”

Read the full story at Dezeen.

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