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Perkins and Will redesigns earthquake-damaged Alaska office to evoke glacier



Architecture firm Perkins and Will plans to revive a vacant 1970s office building in Alaska by stripping it back and re-cladding it with an angular, glazed facade that mimics a glacier.
The overhaul of the nine-storey Key Bank Plaza office, located in Downtown Anchorage, follows the abandonment of the building.
In 2018 a 7.1-magnitude earthquake structural damage that rendered the building unsafe.
Glazing will replace the building's existing concrete cladding
Inside, Perkins and Will will introduce contemporary mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems along with a new stair tower and elevators.
It will also be fitted out with radiant heat technology and six new skylights which are hoped to improve the interior environment during dark, snowy winters.
The renovation will be complete with the planting of native, drought-resilient plants, and improvements to the hardscape surrounding the building.
The floor-to-ceiling glazing will help bring natural light inside
Perkins and Will is an international architecture practice that was founded in 1935 by Lawrence Perkins and Philip Will. Its redesign of the Key Bank Plaza is being carried out by its office in Seattle.
Elsewhere, the studio is also currently developing the EU's European Commission offices in Brussels, and in Vancouver, it is designing well as the "world's tallest hybrid wood tower" that will marry laminated wood with concrete.
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