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Completed in 2021, the complex in Allston, Massachusetts, features the world’s first hydroformed tensile exterior façade system sheathing research areas on the upper floors, which plays a vital role in both energy performance and occupant comfort.

The fixed sunshade is geometrically calibrated to lower peak cooling loads by up to 65 per cent. It mixes solar control with material innovation, using 12,000 panels in 14 different shapes fabricated from 1.5-millimetre-thick stainless steel that has the delicacy and lightness of fabric—bridging customisation and mass production.

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