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.

An unusual solution in our latitudes, to be considered at a time of a wood boom.

Like cross laminated timber panels, this system allows the construction of wooden wall structures. Some of these walls constitute the main facade layer.

An important difference between CLT panels and this system is in the format of the elements to be assembled. Cross laminated timber logs are smaller than panels and so lighter; they can easily be moved and hoisted without a crane.

As many times in history, new construction systems or techniques try to reproduce the image of traditional architecture. In this case, nor the technique, nor the final image dislike us; their combination maybe?

We all have in mind the IRCAM building façade panel. Renzo Piano understood that moving to big size prefabricated panels needed to be related with a different way of putting bricks together. 

We applaud the appropriate choice of the different materials used in the construction of this residential building. Without extreme positions.

On the one hand, the architects combine a light dry-constructed structure with a heavier and wet-constructed façade. On the other hand, they do not try to “exhibit” sustainability by forcing structural wood to be seen.

Each thing has its place and its justification.

I must confess I was really impressed when I saw those tile-cladded huge one-piece-high concrete panels. My doubt was: did they really solve the panels that included windows that same way? The joints among them expressed that.

A really interesting refurbishment proposal for a 1959 office building from a well-known catalane architect, Francesc Mitjans.

The challenge was renovating the façade, improving its thermal and watertight performance, while being respectful with a relevant building of the catalane recent architecture history.

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.