The North Rhine-Westphalia Textile Academy by sop | architekten
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The North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) Textile Academy is dressed to impress at Northwestern Germany’s Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences campus. The new, 30,000-square-foot textile-engineering training center, designed by Düsseldorf-based sop | architekten, is sheathed in 22,600 square feet of woven fiberglass PTFE fabric “to show the many different ways textiles can be used,” says sop cofounder Zbigniew Pczczulny. It also, he adds, serves as an example of the sort of project the students here could one day create. Supported by a prestressed steel framework, the durable material is draped across the face of the boxy concrete academy like an elegant veil. At night, lights embedded along the outline of the building’s footprint illuminate the gauzy fabric from below. The facade can even be used as a projection screen for evening events—making it flexible in more ways than one.