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Boat manufacturers don’t generally like holes, but French firm Beneteau seems delighted with this filigree facade at its Givrand HQ. With more perforations than a Tetley teabag, HI-Macs’ acrylic stone mesh helps shade the sun-drenched building behind, and sports an appropriate wave motif too. The lacey shroud bestows a demure modesty on the structure – actually two buildings made one by the cladding. After the recent presidential shenanigans, the nation will no doubt welcome modesty in any form.

 

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