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Glass Fins Drench Building’s Facade In Ever-Changing Colors [Pics]

Ross Barney Architects's design for the Central Chiller Plant at Ohio State University is both art piece and functioning structure.

Leah Gonzalez
Leah Gonzalez on July 19, 2013. @leahgonz

Designed by Ross Barney Architects, the South Campus Central Chiller Plant at Ohio State University includes dichroic glass fins that change colors depending on the how the sunlight hits them and from what angle.

Dichroic glass has multiple extremely small layers of metals or oxides that give the glass optical properties such as a transmitted color and a different reflected color. This unique feature of the building makes it look more than just an industrial building.

The plant was built to provide the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and its associated buildings with a sustainable and dependable source of chilled water for the cooling and HVAC units. The building will house critical equipment that will maintain 12,500 tonnes of chilled water.

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