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 to share this amazing example of good architecture with all Facad3s followers. There is no formal boasting, no latest generation materials, no added gadgets for energy production, no raw land or straw. The building manages to be attractive by being clever, and sustainable by being reasonable. 

Very narrow and large cladding pieces fixed longitudinally. The large number of horizontal profiles needed is increased by the fact that the lattice plates do not share the fixing profiles each two, as in the blind area. Therefore, the need of profiles is practically doubled in these parts of the facade.

A very correct but expensive solution.

Wood has broken into the local construction sector to stay. Proof of this is that architects, no longer seek to boast of using it showing they undertake a responsible and sostenible work; but rather they use it to the extent that it is the most appropriate material to respond to certain project requirements.

What an amazing solution! Covering the façade with a EPDM membrane like a “boatiné coat”. So obvious but not really usual!! I only remember a similar situation, at the back facade of the Frei photography studio in Weil am Rhein by Herzog & de Meuron. They also used a waterproof membrane, in that occasion made of asphalt, for the cladding.

We referred to solutions of that kind in the study "Profiled metal sheets for the free design of continuous enclosures": Those enclosures that reach from the façade to the roof resorting to a same constructive system find in on-site profiled metal sheets an allied.

Keeping the same facade structure, an update in the performances the facade fulfills using contemporary techniques and systems. 

Unlike what stone, pressed ceramic tiles, or any kind of artificial panels -board type-, can give, extruded terracotta elements can, due to the manufacturing process, easily be three-dimensional!!! A possibility which architects not always take advantage of, even though terracotta is a common material in façade claddings. 

And pay attention to these difficult corners where three-dimensional elements may exhibit their hollowness!!

Although prefabricated concrete panels incorporating stone claddings are not something new -as an example to highlight the Hotel in Plaza España, designed by the architect Enric Garces, and built in 1990-; we want to draw attention on the appropriateness of the solution today.

As we mentioned in the wake of the SBG Schönburg building in Bern, the open-joint claddings are in crisis -not because of their performance, which nobody questions, but merely due to formal reasons.

Rain screen facades solved with thin claddings are a good solution regarding watertightness and the sun radiation protection. Besides that, they permit a wide range of image variations and so are supposed to be a gift for most of the architects. However, for some of them, all those open joint claddings give somehow a sense of lack of robustness; the wall is just a veneer, a vail.