Panelite’s Shimmery Skins

If you missed the ICFF panel discussion on materials yesterday (May 17), stop by the Panelite booth to ogle their latest honeycomb wall panels.

Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture recently used these shimmery skins for the façade of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s student center.

Although Panelite-a company made up almost exclusively of architects-can color-match at your whim, the naked panels are their most striking works. Transparent from the front and translucent at oblique angles, the brand new one-eighth- and one-quarter-inch grains resemble dew or a skein of silk.

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