The playful façade of the Newtown in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) West Bengal, India is made of FRP. The architect, Abin Design Studio, was brought into the project when construction of the two academic blocks was already underway: six-story square masses looking for an identity.
Abin created that identity be designing composite façade screens composed of large and small letters, numbers and symbols. 488 square panels, 3.2 meters on a side, were cast from 13 designs. The panels were deployed in different orientations to randomize the effect as much as possible.
The structural slabs of the building were extended outward to provide attachment surfaces for the screen, creating a shading effect to shield the windows behinds the screen from the harsh Kolkata sun. The façade system took four months to fabricate, install, paint and clean. The school was completed in 2015.
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