Is it just me, or are building facades getting crazier and crazier? I personally love walking down the street or surfing the web and finding cool buildings that spark the imagination, or give you pause and think “huh.. I never would have thought about doing that to a building.” But when does the building envelope go too far? When do we need to take a step back and ask, “Is this overdoing it?” I personally think that that limit may be reached when the skin of a building becomes more of a focus, and more important than the content inside.
One example of this is the Tiffany Building located in Ginza, Japan. I have nothing against this building itself but it strikes me as odd that so much more time and thought went into making this building look interesting then probably went into the actual design of the space that will be inhabited. I feel like priorities should be reevaluated when more attention, money, and thought were put into the changing façade lighting that makes the building look as if were sparkling, similar to a diamond, rather then the lighting that would actually be used.
In a way the Tiffany building made a smart and bold move with its skin design, by making the shape roughly translate to that of a diamond it has become a giant billboard in the streets of Ginza, encouraging onlookers to enter and shop. But in the end, would I call it architecture? Maybe, but I think I would most likely call it a very clever paint job.