Simple profiles

Tradition with open joint (C.007)

How to introduce in a new building of housing the traditional aesthetics of facade of the old town of Barcelona?The proposal tries to introduce the shapes and textures of the traditional architecture of the context with the technologies of a prefabricated facade in order to combine the lightness of a rainscreen solution with the texture and materials of the place.The result is a plaster facade with open joints that remark the horizontals, aiming to give the shapes and shadows of the old balconies of Ciutat Vella.

The Mountain House: Housing in Poblenou 2 (C.009)

Rainscreen facade with aluminium profiles structure and cladded with cement wood board with a second skin of U-GlassThis housing building is located in Barcelona, a city know for its warm and humid clima. This is the second facade of the building, the one that gives access to the housing throgh a gangway that runs the building. It is also a place for the neighbors to hang out and take their furniture outside, becoming another room of the house.

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.

It is not possible to talk about facades without mentioning a very unique façade for the moment when it was built, and that even today continues being a reference.

The first point that draws our attention is the constructive system of own design, lightweight, based on a system of mullions (similar to a curtain wall). Despite the verticality imposed by the system, clearly visible from the outside elevation, the interior gives a fairly conventional image of blind parapet and horizontal windows. 

Not easy to classify such a singular façade. It is as well difficult to analyze it from those pragmatic parameter we normally use in this platform. The façade is the one of a Concert Hall, a piece of ice in Reykjavik sea side, and needs to be understood in this singular context and for that specific use.

We want to highlight the possibilities offered by some cladding panels. In these single-family houses in Palma, the panels used for the outer layer of a rain-screen facade are perforated in the terrace space defining an umbraculum. There is no change of material, the composition of prisms remains nearly unaltered, it is simply a matter of lattices.

Again, this Catalan studio proposes a clear and simple façade. The dry constructed façade is based on three layers: the main one resolving air and water tightness, an inner cladding and an outer one. It might be thought that the façade works properly just with the main sandwich layer (like the Courts extension in Zaragoza). However, both claddings are needed for improved behaviour.

This hotel in Barcelona illustrates the typological confusion of contemporary façade systems and justifies the need for a taxonomic tool such as the one organised by this platform.

The Forum Building façade has hardly been commented, maybe eclipsed at the time it was built by some other buildings in the area, and by some other aspects of the Forum Building itself. However, after fourteen years, this risky lightweight solution has completely succeed by being integrated in the town landscape. The original electric blue has slightly turn off at the same time that a salty dust patina has added enriching nuances.

The ventilated façade of the Institut Geològic de Catalunya -IGC- responds with the inner layer to the needs in terms of windows distribution that the use requires; and with the exterior, to formal aspects. The perforated corten sheet that clads the entire facade allows giving an abstract image, solving domesticity behind it. This perforated metal sheet, beyond showing a certain drawing, allows playing with transparencies, a rich composition resource possible in multilayer facades.