How do you design a building to stand out? Easy: make it sculptural and subtly shaded by day and an exuberant show of light and shadow by night.
That's what Piuarch did with the Bentini Headquarters in Faenza RA, Italy. By setting windows in deep angled depressions the architects created a playground for darkness and illumination. At night the interior lighting bursts onto the building's varied surfaces to stunning effect. Elsewhere, lighting transmits through the fully glazed exterior to showcase its full energy. Lastly, the building's hallways and rooms are surfaced in pure white to echo the play of shadows outside.