Set in the extreme climate of Arizona, this project was conceived as an indoor/outdoor “town square” for the public.
Laminated low-iron glazing was utilized for maximum transparency between the interior and exterior. The design sought to substantially reduce direct sunlight and heat gain on glass facades in order to improve the glazing performance and overall building energy performance. A performative perforated canopy of Ultra High Performance Concrete cantilevers to shade the glass façade and eliminate direct sunlight in the store during hours of operation. Perforated with apertures, parametrically designed to the store’s exact latitude and longitude, and scaled in relation to their distance to the glazing, the canopy allows patrons unfettered views of the sky while keeping the façade and interior cool.