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. 

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. 

We will not fail to insist on the inadequacy of resorting to nearly completely glassed facades in our climate. That said, and letting ourselves be carried away by formal issues, we can only applaud the wise decision to force imperfection.
The curvature in the lower part of the cantilevered volume resolved with triangular glass planes, with difficult encounters between them, and with the vertical façade planes.

Again a nearly completely glazed façade facing northwest.

The purpose of this decision can be clearly understood when you get inside one of the classrooms behind the façade. Even the shallowness of the plot, inside the classroom you fill the space is wider. Aragon Street is a background space added to the room. 66.1 AC/16/88.1 AC glasses try to avoid excessive noise. Thermal loses are again the weak point. 

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.

Video

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!!

Sober architecture but a confusing solution.

In this concrete façade: which is the main façade layer? The concrete panel 8 cm thick, or the brick wall?