Plenty of bad buildings hide behind their facades. Like an amateur stage design where a paper-thin painted streetscape creates the illusion of a grand setting, a promising building exterior can often veil quite ordinary or unpleasant spaces. Sometimes, however, the opposite is true. For a new building on a historic market square in Mainz, Germany, a false front conceals a bold design. The illusionist in this case, Massimiliano Fuksas, is not necessarily the perpetrator of the deception.

Architectural Record Mainz Markth