cross the curtain façade. The effect when viewed from
the front is of a giant, intricate drum. The design also
serves an environmental purpose, providing shade
from the sun and reducing the need for air conditioning
in the buildings.
At ground level, the complex blends into a landscaped
public space. The outdoor areas and staircases pick
up on the height differences of the surroundings,
forming an organic unit of plazas and stepped surfaces.
Palms are used as a natural green marker at the rear of
In contrast to the main façade, the rear of the building
is more restrained with a horizontal lamella façade.
Stairwells provide access to offices from the third to the
The complex has a total floor space of 17,000 square
metres, about a fifth of which is allocated to shops.
Ten of the 14 levels are reserved for office use. The
interior design of the top floor is an apt expression
of Blocher Blocher’s taste for minimalist elegance
and transparency. Open, exposed concrete ceilings
and light grey tiles interplay with glass dividing walls,
and wooden wall elements and well-lit spaces create a
warm, inviting ambience for employees.
Media façades have been around for years, but LED
technology has dramatically enhanced architects’
ability to integrate video with the skin of a building.
The flexibility of LEDs combined with sophisticated
controls makes it possible for light to define the
building’s night-time identity in a way that is very
different from the brash advertising of Las Vegas and
As day turns to night at Mondeal Square, the interplay
of light and architecture comes into its own. The
physical structure of the building retreats from
view, disappearing into the darkness, and a web of
LEDs comes alive, transforming the towers into giant
displays of glowing colour. Brilliant zigzags shine above
the two busy roads, generating a sense of excitement
‘LED technology has dramatically
enhanced architects’ ability to integrate
video with the skin of a building’
As darkness falls, the web of
LEDs comes alive, transforming
the towers into giant displays of
Overleaf: LED lighting is
integrated into the hard
landscaping to create drama