Dress Code is an elementary school designed by French architectural firm Complex City in Fréchy, Switzerland – a delightful site surrounded by farming areas and beautiful hills. The focal point of the project is the outer skin inspired by local patterns of embroidery. Olivier Brouillard, the principal at Complex City, studied solar and wind exposures to create a façade module that resembles the region’s artistic heritage and protects the interior from the extreme weather and light conditions – the membrane filters the elements and creates a cellular connection between exterior and interior. The project is a playful composition of space, color, light, and geometries that is attractive to children and responds to the local culture.

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