Batlle i Roig Arquitectectura

The relationship between the facade enclosure and the structure is a recurring theme in Batlle and Roig work.  While in the CMT headquarters building the structure is located offset from the facade, allowing the free development of a nearly entirely glazed envelope; in the office building on 22@ the structure is placed on the facade.

A double skin glass façade has indisputable formal possibilities, such as blurring the structural and/or functional order, providing uniformity and vanishing the volume limits so they merge with the sky. However, it contributes little to improving thermal aspects in our climate. 

This is an interesting resource to hide the blind area associated with the edge of the slab, the facilities’ cavity and the elevated floor without having to delimit this area with two transoms visible in the elevation. The only apparent cutting is that of the unitized panel, with greater or lesser density in the pattern of the serigraphy that opalizes or simply veils the transparency of the glass.

Batlle and Roig designed a double skin façade for this office building in 22@. The inner layer meets the thermal requirements and those of air and water tightness, while the outer layer delimits the building volumetrically and seeks to improve its thermal behaviour.

We are not sure how effective the ceramic baguettes are as a sunscreen, but we do value the rich lights and shadows they generate. The smooth and cold surface of a glazed envelope takes on a much more Mediterranean image when it has an umbraculum over it, creating reflections of the sky, brightness and shadows.

On this occasion, Batlle and Roig resort to a curtain wall in which partial structures are assembled at each slab front without physical continuity between them. Glass panes are then supported over the partial structures to close the façade (have a look at the "Cadireta" curtain wall structure). Each two glass panes are framed with an aluminium frame made of unitized panels profiles.