That’s a Wrap! 15 Building Facades Veiled in Plastic & Cloth

Lattice Wrap on JOHO Architecture’s Namhae House

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A lattice exoskeleton shields the front facade of this rural home in Korea by JOHO Architecture, filtering daylight and creating a semi-private enclosed terrace. This exoskeleton was added onto an existing structure to make it more dynamic and open to the natural surroundings, providing a sheltered place for the residents to sit and enjoy the forest.

Camouflaged Juniper House by Merman Arkitekter

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Murman Arkitekter describes this unusual home in Sweden as an experiment, covering it in a camouflage-printed mesh facade that blends it in with the surrounding juniper trees. A photo of the surrounding junipers was used as the base of the tailor-made cloth measuring 114 feet wide and almost 10 feet tall.

Foil-Wrapped Markel Building

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Architect Haig Jamgochian literally got the idea for his Markel Building design from his baked potato dinner one night, resulting in what has been called one of the world’s ugliest buildings. The structure combines this odd aluminum foil wrapping with a UFO shape for a highly distinctive result. Over the years, the aluminum facade has been repaired with duct tape and random metal parts.


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The temporary BLUETUBE BAR by Dose Architecture is covered in ’TUBE-IT,’ a construction system using flexible corrugated plastic tubes and standard zip-ties for a shaggy appearance. Created for the Queima das Fitas do Porto festival in Portugal, the structure shows off one way in which readily available materials can be used for unexpected purposes to save resources and money.

EcoARK Made of Plastic Bottles

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The walls of the ‘EcoARK’ portable Fashion Pavilion for the 2010 Taipei International Expo were made entirely from POLLI-Bricks composed of plastic bottles. Humble as the material is, it produces a pretty cool-looking effect and creates a translucent, breathable interlocking structure that can be taken apart and reassembled in another location.