Designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners, the North Carolina Museum of Art's West Building expansion is one of my favorite pieces of architecture. Completed in 2010, the 127,000 sq. ft. building houses the museum's permanent collection and sits within a 164-acre Museum Park. Of particular interest to me is the building's skin, made of 230 overlapping anodized aluminum panels with reflective stainless steel infill. The panels tilt in two directions, creating a building that is incredibly kinetic yet perfectly still. The skin allows the architecture to reveal two distinct expressions based on the perspective of the visitor. From one angle, the soft, satin finish of the panels allows them to bleed together into one, seemingly seamless monolith of grey aluminum. As the viewer encounters the museum from the opposing angle they are treated to a very different sight: as the panels tilt outwards they reveal mirror-like metal insets, reflecting the natural environment in rhythmic distortions, each panel sharply defined until receding into a sheet of polished glass.