Complex profiles

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

Rafeal de la Hoz gives us this risky solution of double skin façade where the outer open joint glass layer is only supported by glass ribs. A minimal elegant solution for such an amazing building.

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

This case helps us once more to illustrate how difficult it is naming and classifying the wide range of contemporary façade solutions.

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

Interesting curtain wall passing bay the front of the slab each two floors. The sun protection adds some complexity. A good example so as to analyse 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.