Metal

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.

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. 

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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.

Little to say, just a master!

Probably the first architect working among other things as a façade specialist.

Probably the first that strongly bet on the façade prefabrication.

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A very interesting façade concept.
This facade brings together all those adjectives that architects use to describe those enclosures that are “trending”: integrated, active, flexible, and perfectible.

Very suggestive sun protection mechanism.

A design that in a frontal vision would seem to be a simple formalism, takes on interest as it grows inward like vertical slats. Including those slats into a partially perforated plane with an abstract composition permits escaping from the conventional slats image.

In this orientation, northwest, the system perfectly obstructs the solar radiation of the last hours in summer days without limiting the visuals to the street or the light entrance.

This building, and its facade, could easily go unnoticed. It is correct, without bragging.
However, we wanted to draw attention to a very specific and pedagogical aspect. Even though the two façade systems being used are both formed by two sheets and a cavity in the middle, their behavior is very different. 
The outer layer made of flat plates with open vertical joints allows the entry and exit of air and water to and from the cavity through the joints. It is a ventilated and drained facade.