Concrete wall

Rain screen facades solved with thin claddings are a good solution regarding watertightness and the sun radiation protection. Besides that, they permit a wide range of image variations and so are supposed to be a gift for most of the architects. However, for some of them, all those open joint claddings give somehow a sense of lack of robustness; the wall is just a veneer, a vail. 

The term “conventional” is really poor when we refer it to such an exceptional façade; however, and attending the taxonomical criteria we are using in this platform: the material form of the façade supporting elements is amorphous, and the watertightness mechanism is by material barrier.
This example permits us showing how wide is the meaning of each one of the taxons used in our classification, and how poor the common solutions that have helped us to illustrate them.

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There are lots of things to say of each of the buildings we publish in this website. However, from the beginning we decided to focus just in one aspect or curiosity for each of them. 

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

In this building by Stump & Schibli Architekten we want to highlight the wisdom of solving the blind area with continuous horizontal stripes along the façades, while the treatment of the openings is adapted to varying conditions in the courtyard façades and the more urban ones. 

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.

The MACBA, the Film Library and now the new Massana school building: all of these are large public buildings inserted into a dense, small-grain urban structure. In the case of the Massana school, the strategy was to break down the volume into two bodies that do not even seem to be part of the same building, justifying the great hall.

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.

It is difficult to understand the need for building this thick, load bearing, cast in-situ concrete wall hidden behind a light cladding composed of different layers: mineral wool, coloured ribbed plates and glass slats. On the inside, the concrete wall is again hidden, on this occasion by furniture. The climbing formwork system that made this wall possible had to be successively cut to adapt to the changes in the diameter and curvature of the tower. The preparation of the reinforcement must have been equally difficult.