TWINCARE INTERNATIONAL

Urban Habitat Architecture was given total design freedom in this conceptual architectural project. The only restriction was to ensure minimal disturbance to the existing structure.

“THERE ARE THREE RESPONSES TO A PIECE OF DESIGN: YES, NO, AND WOW.
WOW IS THE ONE WE AIM FOR”

The original Twin Care International offices were built in the early 1980s. The style, now dated, needed rejuvenation. The client challenged Urban Habitat Architecture to create a fresh, modernised exterior with only minimal disturbance to the existing structure. The creation of a false façade, resting in front of the existing walls, updated the building’s exterior. Although appearing solid from the outside, the slatted timber façade was sufficiently transparent for continued use of the building’s existing windows. Poly-carbonate light boxes provide illumination at night and lightweight steel infills allow creepers and climbers to trail up the walls. Mimicking the straight lines of the exterior, and adding a natural element to the building, are grassy insets outside the new entrance. Rectangular concrete benches, also with light strips, provide space to sit, chat and soak up the morning sunshine. Based on this conceptual design, Urban Habitat Architecture were contracted by the client.

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