Centre of illusion: Stand-out academy blends in

04 : 12 : 2012 Forest : Brussels : Psychedelia

Brussels – Surrounded by contrasting terrain, the Academie MWD draws on the power of visual illusion to blend in with its unique setting while also using a vibrant colour palette.

Academie MWD by Carlos Arroyo Architects Academie MWD by Carlos Arroyo Architects
Academie MWD by Carlos Arroyo Architects Academie MWD by Carlos Arroyo Architects

Carlos Arroyo Architects needed to create an arts education centre that faced a public square, a museum, a protected natural forest and a suburban housing development.

The architects solved the problem by building a chameleon structure with a façade clad in vertical metal slats that change depending on the angle of view. Facing the front directly, vertical bars in bright colours create a surface that recalls 1960s Color Field paintings such as those by Ellsworth Kelly.

Facing the museum, the colour bars take on a more muted palette of blue and grey, while another angle reveals a building that blends into the forest scene behind it.

The bold use of visual illusion in architecture is a hallmark of the Psychedelia design direction.

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