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.

An unusual solution in our latitudes, to be considered at a time of a wood boom.

Like cross laminated timber panels, this system allows the construction of wooden wall structures. Some of these walls constitute the main facade layer.

An important difference between CLT panels and this system is in the format of the elements to be assembled. Cross laminated timber logs are smaller than panels and so lighter; they can easily be moved and hoisted without a crane.

As many times in history, new construction systems or techniques try to reproduce the image of traditional architecture. In this case, nor the technique, nor the final image dislike us; their combination maybe?

We all have in mind the IRCAM building façade panel. Renzo Piano understood that moving to big size prefabricated panels needed to be related with a different way of putting bricks together. 

We are glad to upload this case to facad3s website for many reasons, the most relevant, the interest of the global constructive solution, and the appropriateness of having good quality cooperative social housing buildings.
We congratulate this young team of architects for their effort and succeed contributing to pull from the administrations so as to implement so innovative proposals in the Spanish context.

Interesting double skin glass facade. A fully glassed inner skin, with the minimal structural profiles, and an outer one that gives a new rhythm to the building.

The cutting in half-height glasses of this outer glass skin, and its placement, varying the angle with respect to the front of the facade, distorts both the scale and the image being reflected over the glass.

One more classic, an exceptional building and an exceptional facade.

Rafeal de la Hoz gives us this risky solution of double skin façade where the outer open joint glass layer is only supported by glass ribs. A minimal elegant solution for such an amazing building.

Observe how the outline of the building fades into the sky thanks to the ethereal glazed aureole that surrounds it.

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.