The building that MAP Architects designed in Borneo dock, Amsterdam, resolves the envelopes in a very appropriate way at all scales.

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.

The term “conventional” is really poor when we refer it to such an exceptional façade; however, and attending the taxonomical criteria we are using in this platform: the material form of the façade supporting elements is amorphous, and the watertightness mechanism is by material barrier.
This example permits us showing how wide is the meaning of each one of the taxons used in our classification, and how poor the common solutions that have helped us to illustrate them.


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!!

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.



The refurbishment of a group of residential buildings in Torrelago district, Laguna de Duero (Valladolid), has been developed in the context of the European Program CITyFIED: Replicable and Innvoative Future Efficient Districts and Cities. It supposes a renovation, not only regarding the image of the buildings, but from the energetic point of view. 

The building is very correct, discreet. The system was very innovative at that moment and for this place. Let us just mention something that, being obvious, always attracts our attention in this type of construction: the succession of technical fabrics that accompany an apparently simple construction. The issue is that building with brick brings benefits that we are not aware of until we lose them: the material is inert, the mechanism of union between pieces guarantees the sealing of the joints. Losing performances in the main façade layer means entrusting them to added elements.

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.

ETICS solutions, so presents nowadays due to the thermal insulation continuity they permit, were already used twenty-five years ago, among others in MACBA building. At that time, achieving to have a continuous rendering, without joints, was not that simple, as rendering materials were not the ones we use today.

Regarding the cladding, light weight solutions for the rain screen exterior layer were barely known. Probably because they did not trust this solution they completely covered the inner wall with a water tight membrane.