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Recalling an earlier time when “community” played an important role in architecture, Cracovia Square stands as a benchmark in urban planning. Taking into account the concerns of neighbourhood residents and the city, the owners have developed a pedestrian-friendly building that is modest in scale at 10,000 square feet. At two storeys, the structure is unique in that it can be viewed from all sides – there is no backside. The building runs tight to the street and addresses the corner with a curving cylindrical shape. The play of brick, glazing and aluminum cladding – in addition to the forums and opening at grade level –provides visual variety and movement. Moreover, sun control devices shield the office spaces facing south and west, while the louvres create a three-dimensional look to enliven the façades.