Unitized façade system, which means, completely prefabricating the curtain wall solution. We get a panel, with all the onsite mounting benefits that panels may have; and light, permitting big components, maybe two story high. Preassembly allows including all the different facade layers in the same frame, and thus in one single panel. And the glass does not need to be related to transparency; it can simply cover the blind area of façade giving a continuous image from the outside, as we normally do in the slab edge front.



Load bearing facades are nowadays a common solution due to the permeability they permit in the inner space. Some of those structures are let to be seen from the outside, some of them are not. 
It is not that common resolving this load bearing façade subdividing it into two structures placed side by side; one inside the water, air, and thermal barrier of the enclosure, while the other outside it; one clearly supporting the slabs loads, while the other drawing some kind of stabilizing diagonals. A vertical configuration versus an arborescent outside image. 

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.

Another classic that cannot be missed. Unquestionably impeccable. Let us simply highlight the potential that you can get resorting to a simple curtain wall but with few decisive variations: the exceptional glass -curvature, texture, roughness-; its format and size; and the lack of collinearity between mullions and transoms, enhancing horizontality. All of them contribute to accompany the gesture of both volumes towards the sea. The position of the two blocks, the volumetry and the facade definition, they all talk about the same.

Ikea who? (C.006)

This façade's goal is not to create a traditional static architectural image for the city, but to design a technological solution that responds to the inhabitant's complexity through their life course there.Therefore, we have developed prefabricated façade-ceiling-roof components, gathered in a catalogue.

Unitized panels with enhanced thermal and acoustic performance (C.001)

PROJECT'S CONTEXT This project tries to rethink the role of the Gran Via and the relationship between the different urban areas approaching El Prat to l'Hospitalet. A series of structural modules are proposed as a base to which trusses can be added.The module could be implemented in other places as a roof that’s able to collect water and produce energy. Responding to the changing needs of the infrastructure, the new building, which is going to host the new Technology Park, is a flexible space where the facilities and construction solutions are based on the Plug&Play system.

Awarded the Pritzker in architecture, the value of their work from the formal point of view is undeniable. Doubt arises when considering functional aspects, thermal and lighting comfort, in a Mediterranean climate at 41 degrees latitude.

The Mountain House: Housing in Poblenou 2 (C.009)

Rainscreen facade with aluminium profiles structure and cladded with cement wood board with a second skin of U-GlassThis housing building is located in Barcelona, a city know for its warm and humid clima. This is the second facade of the building, the one that gives access to the housing throgh a gangway that runs the building. It is also a place for the neighbors to hang out and take their furniture outside, becoming another room of the house.

In this building of Stump & Schibli Architekten we want to highlight the wisdom to solve the blind area with continuous horizontal stripes along the different facades, while the openings treatment is adapted to the different conditions between the courtyard facades and the more urban ones. 

Very interesting process of replacing a stick curtain wall by another keeping the building in use and without the need of building a provisional enclosure a few meters from the façade. Users do not lose the relation with the outside through the façade during the time the works are taking place.

Images speak for themselves.