Metal profiles assembly

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. 

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.

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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It is not watertight, it is not airtight. Depending on the density and sizes of the stones, it protects against direct sun radiation but without allowing the management of the visual relationship with the exterior. It considerably blocks the entry of light, gives privacy and protects from intrusion. If it is true that, together with a drained camera, it would then constitute a correct watertight envelope, but it seems that this is not the case here.

The energy-efficient architecture is not conditioned to a certain image. This is clear in the work of Sauerbruch & Hutton, with a sober but colorful image.

Interesting resource to hide the blind area associated with the edge of the slab, plus the facilities cavity, plus the elevated floor, without having to delimit this area with two transoms visible in the elevation. The only apparent cutting is that of the unitized panel; it is the more or lesser density in the pattern of the serigraphy that opalizes or simply veils the transparency of the glass.

This use of the double skin facade where the outer glass is patterned with a white serigraphy that gradually dilutes as one gets closer to the areas of vision may disappear as rapidly as it has spread. It is an easy way to blur the openings limits. In the case of this hotel in London, the opening is perfectly well defined on the wall in the interior skin. This technique harks back to the effect of traditional interior thin white curtains, except for the important difference that the curtain can be used to cover the openings with a very efficient light diffuser.

This emblematic building at the London financial district is characterized by keeping its formal unity beyond the differences existing in the design of the facades depending on their orientation. Case "Devoid from human scale (034)" talks about the southwest façade of this same building.Southeast and Norwest facades call our attention due to the sobriety that confers them the enormous glazed surface, only interrupted every three floors by horizontal bands of stainless steel.