Do you remember shutter sun glasses? The plastic frames with louvered shades.
The facade of the University of Arizona Phoenix Cancer Center, designed by KGF Architects, kind of reminds me of those silly sunglasses.
Although, in this case the vertical, opposed to horizontal, shades look spectacular, especially with the intense mid morning light scraping the folded metal panels, captured in this photograph.
As an architectural photographer I am very sensitive to how a building interacts with the sun. In this photograph, one can get a sense of how much sun the shades are truly shielding from the building with the extreme amount of contrast from the cool sky to the top corner of the building’s edge.
The architects submitted a thorough overview to ArchDaily in 2016 if you would like to learn more about this highly technical and beautifully designed healthcare facility.
I find healthcare buildings often to be some of the most uninspiring designed buildings out there. So props to the design team behind this stunning building!