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Simulated Marble Makes the Allianz Headquarters Something to Remember

When you think Switzerland architecture, you probably think of Swiss Chalets, not mind-blowing marble office buildings. But this stunning office complex by Wiel Aerts Architects might leave you with a different impression of the country's construction choices.

As the name implies, the Allianz Headquarters was constructed to create a new home for financial services company Allianz. While the client wanted something that stood out from the commercial area it is located, local planning regulations require that all new buildings in the area are clad in natural stone. Apparently the guidelines accept simulated stone as well, because Wiel Aerts decided to create the appearance of onyx marble inside of glass by piling up composite layers of black and white dots. Unlike real marble, this means that the pattern will appear to change according to the angel of the sun.

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