Rarcon architects recently completed Lexus Faro in Algarve, Portugal – an inspiring commercial building with a peculiar skin and shape Take a look at the complete story after the jump.
From the architects: From a pre-existing metallic structure and the redesign of a commercial area, an idea has been developed to create an iconic piece that asserts itself as a protagonist in the surroundings.
The challenge was to understand how the building could be shaped to stand out clearly in the middle of several large scale commercial buildings.
The existing structure had a very particular shape and to accommodate the technical needs required by the program, such as an exhibition area, office, lounge and a higher technical floor, there was a need to adapt the slopes to include the program and for drainage control of rainwater.
The geometries were deliberately creased with the intention of standing out and attracting the customer intuitively into the space. These geometries are introduced using an autonomous substructure as a skin that clings to pre-existence and thus allowed a freer design of the object.
In the interior of the building we realize that the relationship with the exterior is direct and there is a dialogue with the language design for the casing. Thus, the interior is shaped by the pre-existing metal structure, making it characteristic by the angles and twists that compose it.
The building works as a whole, with a strong morphological identity that is related to the brands identity, where the chromatic part and the form is predominant in the space.
Project name: Lexus Faro
Office: Rarcon – www.rarcon.pt
Architects: João Ramos
Conclusion year: 2019
Build Area (m2): 238.80m2
Client: Caetano Auto
Photographer: Ivo Tavares Studio – www.ivotavares.net