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Architect: Keppie Design
Kinetic architecture adds a new dimension to the built environment, in line with an increasing trend towards moving structures. It’s a new route for architects to take – no longer do buildings have to be rigid and static
The frontage of the Ocean Terminal shopping centre in Edinburgh has received a radical makeover with a kinetic façade, as part of a major investment to increase footfall by introducing an outstanding aesthetic to enhance the visitor experience. The new Stereo-kinetic frontage unifies smaller units which have been combined to create an H&M store.
Stereo-kinetic is an articulated façade which changes dynamically, made up of freely-moving stainless steel sheets suspended from open mesh grating panels. Gusts of wind and passing traffic cause the metal rectangles to ripple in an ever-changing display, a playful rhythm of reflected light.
In their design statement architects, Keppie, said, “The existing building was redolent of an out of town retail centre. The new extension develops a more affirmative relationship with the street, coming out from the shadows of the overhang, providing a new entrance and visual connectivity with the interior.”
The kinetic artwork has been designed in such a way as to allow the passage of natural daylight through the underlying window openings on the second-floor level.