Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Building 337 is best defined by its innovative continuous workspaces and use of natural light: two interlocking spirals wind about a central atrium, the entire assembly wrapped in glass with skylights spanning the top.
Part of Rafael Vinoly Architects? Archive Collection, this model recreates Building 337 in exacting detail at 1:120, documenting the building as envisioned in its final assemblage.
As a physical model, the construction method challenges the expected. Meant to withstand time and allow servicing if necessary, the resulting assembly is a kit of interlocking printed parts with limited need for typical adhesive. The heart of this kit, the slab module, houses lighting and ventilation systems, holds the glazed railings and furniture in place, and supports the curtain wall assembly.
The slab module is a sandwich of four components. The body holds circuit boards with surface mounted LEDs - one board per slab level. Over each diode, an acrylic lens distributes light evenly. The ceiling cap holds these lenses and locks back into the slab body to complete the assembly. Power for each module is fed through the cores to a control below the base. Neutral pressure air is fed inside, over the circuit boards, to pull heat away from the LEDs; supply fans at ground level push cool air through both slab spirals ? seven connected modules in each - with hot air pulled from the last slab via exhaust fans inside the cores.
The curtain wall assembly resembles that of the actual building with each side hanging from the ring beam, and is removable if necessary. The fins interlock into the curtain sheet glazing for proper alignment.
In total, there are over two thousands individual LEDs, six hundred printed components ? all cleaned, sanded and painted ? and five hundred lasercut elements.