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This façade's goal is not to create a traditional static architectural image for the city, but to design a technological solution that responds to the inhabitant's complexity through their life course there.Therefore, we have developed prefabricated façade-ceiling-roof components, gathered in a catalogue.

There is no easy project, but refurbishing a residential building of the size that we are dealing with and where, over the years, each occupant has modified the terrace at his wish, it is a challenge. Here the architects solve it with few interventions, but very well posed.

The extension of the Faculty of Law of the University of Barcelona is one of these risky interventions: erecting 16,000 m2 next to a jewel of rationalist architecture of smaller size, about 12,000 m2; being the plot of the new construction of a dimension considerably smaller than that of the historic building. We do not aim here to value the architectural intervention, simply mentioning that the recourse to neutrality is perfectly understandable.

The Inbisa Tower case study permits us highlighting those subtle design strategies that make a building with four apparently identical facades be so suggestive.

The facade is organized from several overlapped grids. Pillars and slabs cladded in aluminum draw the main order: a grid of the scale of the structural system. Over this grid, some mullions define a second order of the scale of the windows. This second order runs literally over the first grid, regardless of whether what is behind is blind or transparent, breaking the rigidity and scale of the main order.