Six buildings that create a buzz with honeycomb-patterned facades

Several architecture projects have recently been proposed or completed with hexagonal grids across their fronts. Here are half a dozen examples covered with six-sided shapes.

Duo by Büro Ole Scheeren, Singapore

Hexagonal frames cover the curved portions of these glass skyscrapers in Singapore, designed by Büro Ole Scheeren for the city-state’s Kampong Glam neighbourhood.

The pair of towers arc around a plaza at their base, and feature planted gardens on terraces staggered up their sides. Photographs are by Iwan Baan.

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Audrey Irmas Pavilion by OMA, Los Angeles, USA

Architecture firm OMA’s first cultural building in California will be a pavilion with tilted walls and patterned openings, which will accompany a Jewish temple in Los Angeles.

The large tiles that will cover the Audrey Irmas Pavilion on Wilshire Boulevard have rectangular slits in, and will be arranged at different angles.

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One Delisle by Studio Gang, Toronto, Canada

US architecture firm Studio Gang recently unveiled a Toronto skyscraper made up of stretched hexagonal volumes topped with terraces and planters.

The design comprises eight-storey-high sections that are each shaped like a distorted hexagon, and piled together to create a tapered tower.

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Campus Netzwerk by Format Elf Architekten, Töging am Inn, Germany

Format Elf Architekten added a pattern of hexagonal holes to the long aluminium facade of this office building in Germany to control the amount of daylight entering the interior.

The perforations relate to the amount of shade created by nearby trees, ensuring that minimum daylight requirements inside the offices are met.

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Casa Roel by Felipe Assadi and Francisca Pulido, Mexico City, Mexico

A wooden lattice shades this concrete Mexico City home, which is elevated off the ground to allowing plants to grow underneath the structure.

The hexagonal-patterned screen is installed across the street-facing volume, helping mitigate heat gain and ensure privacy. Photograph is by Cristobal Palma.

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Homed by Framlab, New York City, USA

New York’s empty walls could be covered with honeycomb-like clusters of pods to house the city’s growing homeless population, as part of this proposal by creative agency Framlab.

The scheme imagines the construction of scaffolding onto windowless facades across the city, and slotting the hexagon-shaped modules inside.

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