b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

Pay attention to how this elegant wooden curtain wall resolves the front of the slab, ensuring the appropriate fire sectorisation and minimizing the need of transoms. A simple wooden rib closes from the inside the gap between the pavement and the glass.

We love those examples that shake the taxonomical tool that organizes this website. In this occasion, the case does not question the order at the taxonomy but thins the rotundity of the lines between areas.

B720 architects propose a stick wooden curtain wall where mullions and transoms reach the building site already assembled in a big format component. We cannot say it is a unitized system, it is just a frame composed by complex profiles.

Interesting and well resolved wooden stick curtain wall, mostly for the students of architecture consulting this website. In this curtain wall façade “everything happens”: we have a shading device anchored to the mullions; an exterior catwalk; a corner opening without mullion; a big offset from the concrete slab to the curtain wall starting; a watertight continuity situation with a brick parapet. Understand it all, you will learn a lot!!

A really interesting refurbishment proposal for a 1959 office building by a well-known Catalan architect, Francesc Mitjans.

The challenge was renovating the façade, improving its water-tightness and thermal performance, while remaining respectful to a significant building from recent Catalan architectural history.

It is not easy to solve the façade construction of a building when this facade is supposed to be placed between the edges of the slabs, and yet the slabs all have different perimeters. The distance between a point on the edge of a slab and the equivalent point on the upper slab is therefore always different.

The term “conventional” is really poor when we refer it to such an exceptional façade. However, considering the taxonomical criteria we are using on this platform: the material form of the façade supporting element is amorphous, and the watertightness mechanism is by material barrier. Besides, the watertightness function and the supporting one are solved over the same element so the classification is clear.

It is difficult to understand the need for building this thick, load bearing, cast in-situ concrete wall hidden behind a light cladding composed of different layers: mineral wool, coloured ribbed plates and glass slats. On the inside, the concrete wall is again hidden, on this occasion by furniture. The climbing formwork system that made this wall possible had to be successively cut to adapt to the changes in the diameter and curvature of the tower. The preparation of the reinforcement must have been equally difficult.