Light: 75 kg/m2 < p ≤ 125 kg/m2

It is not easy to constructively solve the façade of a building when this facade is supposed to be placed between the edges of the slabs, and the slabs have all of them different perimeters. The distance between a point on the edge of a slab and the equivalent point on the upper slab is always different.

Here we refer to a solution of the kind in the study "Profiled metal sheets for the free design of continuous enclosures". These enclosures reach from the façade to the roof and resort to the same construction system, with on-site profiled metal sheets as the main ally.

They maintain the same façade structure while its performance is improved by using in the renovation contemporary techniques and systems.

Interesting curtain wall passing bay the front of the slab each two floors. The sun protection adds some complexity. A good example so as to analyse different fixing mechanisms.

From a constructive point of view this façade solution is quite similar to the one the same architects resort in the office building in 22@. We just want to highlight the effectiveness that these baguettes may have if we compare them to those used in the before mentioned building.

Again, we can see a nearly completely glazed façade that faces northwest.

The purpose of this decision can be clearly understood when you get inside one of the classrooms behind the façade. Despite the shallowness of the plot, inside the classroom you feel that the space is wider. Aragon Street is the background added to the room. 66.1 AC/16/88.1 AC glass is designed to prevent excessive noise. Thermal loses are again the weak point. 

Have a look to the study of Profiled metal sheets for the free design of continuous enclosures for more information about the technical approach and the video that Hector Orozco sent us for the sensitive view!

 

This is a unitized façade system, which means a completely prefabricated curtain wall solution. A panel is used with all the onsite mounting benefits that panels can have. What is more it is light, so big components can be used that are perhaps two stories high. During preassembly, all the façade layers can be incorporated into the same frame, and thus into a single panel. The glass does not need to be related to transparency; it can simply cover the blind area of the façade to provide a continuous image from the outside, as we normally do with the slab edge front.

Seeking for the nearly complete glass continuity in the façade has led to a solution for the fire spreading interruption between floors that is solved some centimetres offset from the glass pane. 

That way, the number of joints in the façade is reduced, and so the need for profiles. The cutting does not show so evidently what is happening in the back of the façade. This gap between the glass and the sectoring panel can be used for placing a rolling blind or indirect lighting. An appropriate illumination may permit blurring the bottom limit of this sectoring element.

Composite façade panels are nothing new. They are there, waiting for the moment when the market will be ready to welcome them since the last decades of XX century.

The technology is already developed and essayed as those materials are perfectly used in many other applications. Maybe the cost, maybe the origin of the material (glass-fiber reinforced polyester), maybe we have not found yet its advantatges in building construction.