GRAZ (AT) - Pixels, stripes, flowers, pop art, colour, decorations, prints – never let it be said that the architects and designers of Splitterwerk are afraid to experiment with unorthodox patterns and new materials. In one recent project, 'Frog King', they applied identity in the form of a striking surface pattern. Literally 'applied', because the existing buildings – simple two-storey offices from 1900 and 1980 – remained structurally intact.
The internal revamp consisted of a new colour scheme (bright, natural colours) aimed at individualizing the offices, seminar and group rooms. On the outside, however, Splitterwerk opted for a far more radical approach: the entire building is encased in a dazzling array of coloured fibre cement panels. The horizontally overlapping boards are attached to the front, back, sides and roof of the buildings. Windows are fitted with sun blinds in the same colour pattern.
Result: a new lease of life for an old building without any major alterations. Just colour.