Falsehood over falsehood in RBA facade (007)

We include here RBA headquarters building not with the aim of talking about the project as a whole, an analysis that would allow us to highlight very positive aspects, but just focusing our interest on the façade. That leads us to talk about its lack of sincerity. The two longitudinal facades of the lower volume are articulated from a grid that reproduces the rhythm of the concrete structure. It is not the true "structure" that we see. The façade enclosure covers pillars and slab edges from the outside hiding them in sight. This situation is quite common in our architecture: hiding the structure when, according the constructive logic, it should be seen (supported brick work), and showing it when it is not seen (the case that concerns us).This lack of sincerity is already assumed in our architecture; however, in this case, the falsehood is increased due to the fact that the fake steel structure is actually made of folded aluminum sheets. Falsehood over falsehood.

RBA Headquarters

RBA Editions
Av Diagonal 189
08018 Barcelona Barcelona
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Ph1: Garcia Faura arquitectura

Ph2, Ph3, Ph6, Ph11: Knauf

Ph4, Ph5, Ph7, Ph8, Ph9: Cristina Pardal