Contemporary

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.

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

The façade of San Telmo museum manages to extract all the design potential from the succession of layers. The surprising thing in this case is that the architects are not limited to the façade layers but, in their proposal, they consider as layers the different planes that follow one another when making a transversal cut to the building. They get that the built volume and its limits - façade and mountain- merge.

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. 

Amazing!!! Apparently formal, exaggerated, gratuitous… nothing could be further from the truth!!!

This façade is covered by an extraordinary sun and rain screen. Try to drive the rain water to the inside… impossible!! Only a horrible wind could achieve that by moving water against gravity. 

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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.

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.

In filt3rs we talk about “A unique wrapping”, P. Garrido and J. Prous in “Deep Skin” refer to “Burqas and veilings”. In any case, this project from IDOM is also subjected to this tendency to cover the building with a continuous skin, more or less abstract, placed over a more functional enclosure.

In this occasion the interior is glass and the outer skin a perforated metal sheet that reproduces the image of a green landscape.

It is not watertight, it is not airtight. Depending on the density and sizes of the stones, it protects against direct sun radiation but without allowing the management of the visual relationship with the exterior. It considerably blocks the entry of light, gives privacy and protects from intrusion. If it is true that, together with a drained camera, it would then constitute a correct watertight envelope, but it seems that this is not the case here.