Metal

We are glad to upload this case to facad3s website for many reasons, the most relevant, the interest of the global constructive solution, and the appropriateness of having good quality cooperative social housing buildings.
We congratulate this young team of architects for their effort and succeed contributing to pull from the administrations so as to implement so innovative proposals in the Spanish context.

The proliferation of prefabricated systems, including those used in façades, is causing an extent use of terms such as “modularity”, which we could say is “trending topic”. What a pity not to use it according to its most specific meaning, the one that refers us to the module as understood by Le Corbusier among others.

Have a look to this façade solution, to the characteristics of the different layers overlapped, and then have a look to the Torre Agbar façade solution.

They look quite similar: a wall, in one case made of small elements while in the other made of concrete poured on site, a ribbed metal sheet, glass slats. In both cases the thermal insulation is in the inside.

Unitized panels: moving from the high-technological glass façade systems to a common façade solution with any openings distribution and finishing material possibilities.

This case helps us once more to illustrate how difficult it is naming and classifying the wide range of contemporary façade solutions.

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

Here we refer to a solution of the kind in the study "Profiled metal sheets for the free design of continuous enclosures". These enclosures reach from the façade to the roof and resort to the same construction system, with on-site profiled metal sheets as the main ally.

Sober and spectacular coherence in this example where the structural system is the only one articulating the whole.

This case helps us to illustrate these facade solutions based on the summation of "windows". See the study Façade of windows.

Sober architecture but a confusing solution.

Which is the main façade layer in this concrete façade? The 8 cm think concrete panel or the brick wall? 

The relationship between the façade enclosure and the structure is a recurring theme in Batlle and Roig’s work.

In the CMT headquarters the structure is located offset from the façade to allow free development of a nearly entirely glazed envelope.