Consistent with the body of work and disciplinary preoccupations of Pencil Office, the external veil is a quintessentially tropical response to the hot and humid equatorial city. Six of the nine floors are entirely naturally ventilated as the built mass is shielded from extreme solar heat gain by the intricate gradient of angled fins.
Each fin is a concave aluminium extrusion, precisely joined on a chamfered edge at is slopes laterally. The fluted nature of the extrusion aggregates to a delightful order of proportion, hierarchy and movement, ever changing as the envelope stretches across the different parts of the building like a fabric. Each move is deliberate and well calibrated to the relationship of the external veil to the corresponding internal spaces, creating meaningful zones of compression and relief on the façade.
Perhaps the most evidently heroic gesture is the 5-storey display frame for precious automobiles, greeting visitors as they approach the building. The external skin gently follows this protruding volume, formally integrating it into the composition while at the same time lending the entire system a delightful visual lightness.