Zig-zaging exterior walls within the outer aluminium leaf are tailored to balance the individual apartments’ needs. Variations of deeper balcony areas that emerge into slender French balconies in their stretch towards the circulation cores offer effective balance in the interior/exterior space utilization. Circulation cores are situated behind the outer corners in this zigzag wall; consequently, lateral stability is secured in the full width of the construction. Last but not least, the angular variations ensure a wider spectre of view, addressing more than the tall rise neighbours.
The outer skin of anodized, perforated aluminium, defines the rectangular Barcode body. Custom designed movable façade elements allow the occupants to control to which extent their apartment is exposed to sunlight and public surroundings. Along with being a valuable feature for residents in a densely populated district, this living façade that keep changing is architecturally exciting.
Perforations are designed in a careful manner to allow views from inside the apartments, while still giving the expression of being uniform surfaces to exterior surroundings. Light filtered in interesting patterns on the organic inner skin of warm timber cladding assure a lively atmosphere within this sober envelop.
At night, lights at the balconies leak through the perforation, making the envelope glow. The dialogue between these two skins, and their contrasts, are among the project’s most characteristic features.