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.

Another example of good architecture and good construction from this young firm of architects.

We specially want to draw attention to the success in the combination of materials and the interesting formal possibilities of the large-format cement boards.

The rhythm and location of the open joints in the outer layer of this rain-screen facade leads us to think about the traditional local solution of “envà pluvial”.

Seeking for the new massivity we were talking about in the study "Closed joints claddings"

For more information about the case take a look to that video

The complexity of such an enormous building would permit referring to different facades. In this occasion we just want to share with you some images of the erection of the facades solved with unitized panels. A single skin in one case and a double one in the other. 

If the tendency is to fill our architecture with all type of gadgets so as to self-produce the energy the users need for their wellbeing, we need to accept that either the building on its global formalisation, or some of the systems being used for its construction, need to integrate those productive gadgets.

Energetic productivity is a design requirement.

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.

Interesting sub-frame solving the window opening in all the façade depth. It includes the banister and a gap specially designed to hide the sun protection ¡inside the cavity of the rain screen façade!

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

A really interesting concrete solution.

As HEARING indicates at their own website "they used triangular fillets as profiled shuttering and were thus ables to cause the grain to protrude evenly from the surface after surface treatment, washing in this case, thus providing the desired structure."