Complex profiles

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

The cutting in half of the glass panels of this outer skin, and its placement - varying the angle with respect to the front of the façade - distorts both the scale and the image reflected in the glass.

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One more classic, an exceptional building and an exceptional facade.

Rafael de la Hoz gives us this risky solution of a double skin façade where the open-jointed outer glass layer is supported only by glass ribs. A minimal and elegant solution for an amazing building.

Observe how the outline of the building fades into the sky thanks to the ethereal glazed corona that surrounds it.

Once again, this case study illustrates how difficult it is to name and classify the wide range of contemporary façade solutions.

It is not easy to solve the façade construction of a building when this facade is supposed to be placed between the edges of the slabs, and yet the slabs all have different perimeters. The distance between a point on the edge of a slab and the equivalent point on the upper slab is therefore always different.

An interesting curtain wall passing over the front of the slab at every second floor level. The solar protection adds complexity. A good example to illustrate different fixing mechanisms.

An exciting challenge by Mecanotubo.

Building construction in the second half of the twentieth century, up to the start of the twenty-first century in Spain due to restrictions on inventiveness imposed by regulations, is characterized by a proliferation of systems for the blind area of façade. All of them are supported as systems by the industry and tend to be prefabricated, dry assembled and fixed.

This is another classic that should not be missed. It is unquestionably impeccable. Let us simply highlight the potential of resorting to a simple curtain wall with a few crucial variations: the exceptional glass with its curvature, texture and roughness; its format and size; and the lack of collinearity between mullions and transoms, enhancing horizontality. All of these factors contribute to accompanying the gesture of both volumes towards the sea. The position of the two blocks, the volumetry and the façade definition all talk the same language.

It is surprising how this facade makes a virtue of the sometimes uncomfortable transparency of the glass.
The succession of staggered and slightly overlapped planes that, either reflect the neighboring facades, or exhibit the daily life of the interior space, combined with opaque surfaces placed in different planes and rolling interior sunscreens, manages to create an abstract order that gives coherence to the whole.

Awarded the Pritzker in architecture, the value of this work is undeniable from a formal perspective. However, doubts arise when we consider the functional aspects of thermal and lighting comfort in a Mediterranean climate at 41 degrees latitude.

Here we see a very interesting process of replacing a stick curtain wall with another, whilst keeping the building in use and without a provisional enclosure a few metres from the façade.