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.

Sauerbruch & Hutton, as always, please us with their magnificent architecture, accurate construction, and a sensitive and warm colour palette that perfectly fits the surroundings. 
Look at the interesting brick they develop for this project. Its geometry, enhanced by the different colours, decomposes the brickwork wall into a pixel surface, an abstract texture where each pixel projects shadow over the wall itself.
 

Cumella ceramist produces this elegant clay cladding, according to a design that evokes the traditional wooden-slats sun-protections in Barcelona.

We are glad to upload this case to facad3s website for many reasons, the most relevant, the interest of the global constructive solution, and the appropriateness of having good quality cooperative social housing buildings.
We congratulate this young team of architects for their effort and succeed contributing to pull from the administrations so as to implement so innovative proposals in the Spanish context.

Interesting double skin glass facade. A fully glassed inner skin, with the minimal structural profiles, and an outer one that gives a new rhythm to the building.

The cutting in half-height glasses of this outer glass skin, and its placement, varying the angle with respect to the front of the facade, distorts both the scale and the image being reflected over the glass.

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The proliferation of prefabricated systems, including those used in façades, is causing an extent use of terms such as “modularity”, which we could say is “trending topic”. What a pity not to use it according to its most specific meaning, the one that refers us to the module as understood by Le Corbusier among others.

Resorting to precast concrete panels for the façade enclosure is nothing new. In fact, the use of said material in large-format boards of minimum-thickness is not new either, the ΩZ pre-stressed board system has been allowing it for some time. 

The thinness of the plate makes it difficult to perform an adequate sealing of the joint and therefore the tendency is to leave them open, and define a drained cavity on the back to grant water tightness. A rain screen.

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”.

We want to use the case of this residential building in Barcelona to highlight the huge number of substructures that appear in many buildings so as to support the various enclosures, divisions, cladding, or finishing elements.

In the specific case of this façade, we have a substructure for the balconies glass doors, plus the substructure of the glass banister in some points, plus the substructure of the slab lining, plus the substructure on the top of the large curved glass that closes the ground floor, and so on.