Metal

Unitized façade system, which means, completely prefabricating the curtain wall solution. We get a panel, with all the onsite mounting benefits that panels may have; and light, permitting big components, maybe two story high. Preassembly allows including all the different facade layers in the same frame, and thus in one single panel. And the glass does not need to be related to transparency; it can simply cover the blind area of façade giving a continuous image from the outside, as we normally do in the slab edge front.

 

 

Load bearing facades are nowadays a common solution due to the permeability they permit in the inner space. Some of those structures are let to be seen from the outside, some of them are not. 
It is not that common resolving this load bearing façade subdividing it into two structures placed side by side; one inside the water, air, and thermal barrier of the enclosure, while the other outside it; one clearly supporting the slabs loads, while the other drawing some kind of stabilizing diagonals. A vertical configuration versus an arborescent outside image. 

ETICS solutions, so presents nowadays due to the thermal insulation continuity they permit, were already used twenty-five years ago, among others in MACBA building. At that time, achieving to have a continuous rendering, without joints, was not that simple, as rendering materials were not the ones we use today.

Regarding the cladding, light weight solutions for the rain screen exterior layer were barely known. Probably because they did not trust this solution they completely covered the inner wall with a water tight membrane.

Inverse Unitized (C.005)

The modular and low density character of the mat building typology in which the project is based gives as a result a large number of façades, but of similar characteristics. Due to this premise, it was chosen an unitized panel system of double height that respond to the big and regular dimensions of the building, with the aim of systematizing its construction.

Unitized panels with enhanced thermal and acoustic performance (C.001)

PROJECT'S CONTEXT This project tries to rethink the role of the Gran Via and the relationship between the different urban areas approaching El Prat to l'Hospitalet. A series of structural modules are proposed as a base to which trusses can be added.The module could be implemented in other places as a roof that’s able to collect water and produce energy. Responding to the changing needs of the infrastructure, the new building, which is going to host the new Technology Park, is a flexible space where the facilities and construction solutions are based on the Plug&Play system.

Awarded the Pritzker in architecture, the value of their work from the formal point of view is undeniable. Doubt arises when considering functional aspects, thermal and lighting comfort, in a Mediterranean climate at 41 degrees latitude.

The façade of San Telmo museum manages to extract all the design potential from the succession of layers. The surprising thing in this case is that the architects are not limited to the façade layers but, in their proposal, they consider as layers the different planes that follow one another when making a transversal cut to the building. They get that the built volume and its limits - façade and mountain- merge.

ISARHOF SCHOOL IN MUNICH (C.012)

This project is called Isarhof, wich means in german “the yards of Isar”, as a reference to those empty spaces trhough the school, and at the same time, the proximity to the Isar river. I wanted to implement a three-yard systemdifferentiated, where the urban life is developed and at the same time the day to day of the students. These gaps generated by the building itself and the elimination of some pre-existing ones, generate separate interstitial spaces.

Amazing!!! Apparently formal, exaggerated, gratuitous… nothing could be further from the truth!!!

This façade is covered by an extraordinary sun and rain screen. Try to drive the rain water to the inside… impossible!! Only a horrible wind could achieve that by moving water against gravity. 

About the filtering function: filt3rs.net

In filt3rs we talk about “A unique wrapping”, P. Garrido and J. Prous in “Deep Skin” refer to “Burqas and veilings”. In any case, this project from IDOM is also subjected to this tendency to cover the building with a continuous skin, more or less abstract, placed over a more functional enclosure.

In this occasion the interior is glass and the outer skin a perforated metal sheet that reproduces the image of a green landscape.