Thom Faulders: Finding Depth in Surfaces

Thom Faulders appreciates contradictions, and his work exemplifies his ability to embrace the many sides of architecture—the conceptual and the built, the artistic and the practical, the fixed structure and the perceived space. One of his current projects, a thin, foliagelike, stainless-steel skin for AirSpace, a multifamily housing unit in Tokyo, demonstrates his ideas about the beauty in contrasts. "Surfaces can be a real opportunity," he says, "and for AirSpace, I was inspired by foam, or a sponge. As an exterior membrane for a building, the lightweight steel becomes a zone where artificial meets nature. It protects the occupants from the roadway while at the same time providing a fluid environment that changes when sunlight and weather interact with it."

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