In contrast to the flush glazing
of the Cartier Foundation in Paris and the Dentsu Building in Tokyo, this facade serves as a kaleidoscope to trap and refract light, giving the building depth.
For instance more precise body stamping accuracy has been achieved and this combines with smoother bodywork and underfloor profiling plus flush glazing
to achieve a drag co-efficient of 0.25.
A crisp seamlessness prevails, with roof and walls clad in a taut skin of fibre cement panels neatly inset with flush glazing
. The exposed fixing bolts are a very faint whiff of Wagner's Post Sparkasse in Vienna, not so far away over the Alps, but there is also a more contemporary sobriety and clarity in the exposed concrete walls, beautifully boardmarked, terrazzo work surfaces and grey felt carpets.
In contrast with the carefully deployed ribbon windows of the brick tower, the metal tower is ruptured by irregular polygons--large expanses of flush glazing
providing city skyline views for the restaurant and entertainment space and, for the tower's stair, small randomly placed apertures that are recessed and slightly displaced relative to the openings in the metal mesh.