Seeming to float free, the lace-like facade appears ethereal and delicate. A world first, the woven fibre structure is appropriately innovative for Texoversum, the new textile-focused teaching and research facility that it wraps at the Reutlingen University of applied sciences in Germany.

The facility’s industrial design makes thoughtful use of the enveloping textile as both organizational strategy and interior finish; staircases and collective seating areas crisscross the open and functional split-level floor plans, and a multi-storey mural of vibrant gradients links them all together. “Our mission for each of our projects is to develop a contextual dialogue with the spatial circumstances,” explains Sebastian Thomas, architect and…

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