It is a great pleasure sharing this amazing example of good architecture with all Facad3s followers. No formal boast, no last generation materials, no added gadgets for energy production, no raw land or straw; it manages to be attractive by being clever and sustainable by being reasonable. Uses local materials in an efficient way and, among other design aspects, articulates an ingenious façade, thick enough to host big openings that are resolved in different planes and with various materials according user’s needs.

Have a look to the study Profiled metal sheets for the free design of continuous enclosures for the technical approach and to the Video that Hector Orozco sent us for the sensitive one!!

Exciting challenge of Mecanotubo.

Over time, and with more perspective, one thing that will characterized the building construction of the second half of the twentieth century, reaching only until the beginning of the XXI in the Spanish context due to the restrictions on the inventiveness imposed by the regulations in this country, is the great proliferation of systems for the blind area of façade. All of them supported as systems by the industry, tending to be prefabricated and dry assembled and fixed.

It cannot be more adeqate.
Wise in the decision of being discreet, and acute in the selection of all systems and materials. The expertise of the architects as constructors is shown in the acurate design of all those points of relation between the different systems and elements.

In the case of this building, and attending only to the facade solution, we want to draw attention to two things:

The façade solution for the Institut de Recerca of the Hospital de Sant Pau makes evident the collaboration of Pich-Aguilera Arquitectes with a formalization very similar to that of the Leitat building. On the one hand, the naked image of the thermal and watertight envelope would hardly allow to distinguish between them. On the other hand, both are covered with a ceramic lattice that partially hides the inner closure from the sun.

The MACBA, the Film-Library, and now the new Massana school building: all of them big public buildings to be inserted into a dense, small-grain urban structure. In the case of the Massana school, the strategy is to decompose the volume into two bodies that do not even seem to be part of the same building - justifying the great hall. Each one of these bodies is at the same time composed from a series of prisms generating terraces and cantilevers over the square, in the case of the one that configures the main facade.

Regarding the façade strategy, from Ircam to Saint Giles, Piano offers different proposals for closing the facade with prefabricated panels finished with ceramic pieces. It is interesting to see how these initial concerns and approaches accompany him throughout his career: prefabricating the use of the small-format ceramic pieces.

Pich Aguilera studio is one of those non-conservative teams that always attract our attention, not only due to the global formalization of their buildings, but also for the technological strategies being adopted.

The building for the student’s residence at Campus Diagonal uses two different façade systems: the first, ETICS, solves water tightness thanks to the impermeability of the rendering; the second, rain screen, uses an open-joint outer sheet and the drainage of the cavity.