Entry Title: "
GREENskin Facade System"
Category: Professional, Product
Designer(s): Andrew Dunbar & Zoee Astrachan, Interstice Architects
GREENskin is a permanent storefront glazing system made entirely of re-claimed Insulated Glazing Units (IGUs) salvaged from the local construction industry and reassembled to create a new shop-front in San Franciscos Mission Commercial District. The system seamlessly receives the random shapes, sizes, colors, and thicknesses of this ubiquitous waste stream material, to create a continuous weather-proof skin at street level.
Five horizontal steel shelves are stretched across the entire facade set at varying offsets, which reduce vertically as they ascend. This allows the IGUs to be overlapped like glass shingles, creating a fish-scale faade of transparent salvaged units. The vertical modulation allows for larger units at the bottom, and smaller units at the top, all leaning into the system like frames on display shelves. Two existing entry doors are accommodated into the airtight reclaimed skin. The minimal steel assembly is 75% recycled content and the IGUs are 100% reclaimed material.
The salvaged units are arranged and rotated to create the most continuous horizontal skin possible across each shelf. FSC-certified wood is used for the doors and infill strips at edge conditions. The geometry, color, transmittance, and reflective quality of the individual found units varies widely producing an unexpected play of light and shadow across the GREENskins surface, tinting views through a Mondrian-like structure of intersecting frames and reflections.