Light: 75 kg/m2 < p ≤ 125 kg/m2

The building that MAP Architects designed in Borneo dock, Amsterdam, resolves the envelopes in a very appropriate way at all scales.

The proliferation of prefabricated systems, including those used in façades, is causing an extent use of terms such as “modularity”, which we could say is “trending topic”. What a pity not to use it according to its most specific meaning, the one that refers us to the module as understood by Le Corbusier among others.

Another example of good architecture and good construction from this young firm of architects.

We specially want to draw attention to the success in the combination of materials and the interesting formal possibilities of the large-format cement boards.

The rhythm and location of the open joints in the outer layer of this rain-screen facade leads us to think about the traditional local solution of “envà pluvial”.

We want to use the case of this residential building in Barcelona to highlight the huge number of substructures that appear in many buildings so as to support the various enclosures, divisions, cladding, or finishing elements.

In the specific case of this façade, we have a substructure for the balconies glass doors, plus the substructure of the glass banister in some points, plus the substructure of the slab lining, plus the substructure on the top of the large curved glass that closes the ground floor, and so on. 

The complexity of such an enormous building would permit referring to different facades. In this occasion we just want to share with you some images of the erection of the facades solved with unitized panels. A single skin in one case and a double one in the other. 

If the tendency is to fill our architecture with all type of gadgets so as to self-produce the energy the users need for their wellbeing, we need to accept that either the building on its global formalisation, or some of the systems being used for its construction, need to integrate those productive gadgets.

Energetic productivity is a design requirement.

Unitized panels: moving from the high-technological glass façade systems to a common façade solution with any openings distribution and finishing material possibilities.

This case helps us once more to illustrate how difficult it is naming and classifying the wide range of contemporary façade solutions.

Wood has broken into the local construction sector to stay. Proof of this is that architects no longer boast of using it, to show that they undertake responsible, sustainable work. Instead, they use it because it is the most appropriate material to meet certain design requirements.

What an amazing solution! Covering the façade with an EPDM membrane like a padded jacket or a “boatiné coat”. It’s so obvious, but not common! I only remember one similar solution on the back façade of the Frei Photographic Studio in Weil am Rhein, by Herzog & de Meuron. They also used a waterproof membrane, on that occasion made of asphalt, for the cladding.