A checkerboard pattern passing over the slabs (064)

An excellent proposal for solving a façade composition with a rectangular format checkerboard pattern (the different areas, blind and hollowed, are only touched at the apex) avoiding the presence of the slab.

Whoever has faced this situation will know how difficult it is to unite at a vertex two openings placed in different floors, and therefore separated by a slab, without showing the thickness of this structural element.

Carlos Ferrater faced this same situation some years ago in the Gran Vía 512 building. His proposal surprised us all for its wit. Since then, there have been lots of buildings trying to give the same image but with a less sophisticated solution, simply cladding the floor edge with a metal sheet.

We are impressed to see how daring this team of architects place the whole facade on the outside of the slabs edge. A brick facade!. The openings are now quite easy to solve resorting to a stick curtain wall system that can easily give continuity to a glass facade. But what about the blind area? The proposal places the brick wall practically in the same plane of the curtain wall just framing it with a substructure supported on the slabs. May be it could have been a prefabricated panel? It is not the case; but the solution is clear and it works!!!

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Location: 
Carrer Creu Coberta 20-24
08014 Barcelona Barcelona
Spain
Year of construction: 
2019
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Photographer: 

Ph 1-2, 5-10 Andrés Echarri

Observations: 

We want to stand out that the supporting element used here for classifying the façade is the one of the rain screen, as it is quite singular. The curtain wall is, obviously, supported by complex profiles.