Ceramics

It is a great pleasure sharing this amazing example of good architecture with all Facad3s followers. No formal boast, no last generation materials, no added gadgets for energy production, no raw land or straw; it manages to be attractive by being clever and sustainable by being reasonable. Uses local materials in an efficient way and, among other design aspects, articulates an ingenious façade, thick enough to host big openings that are resolved in different planes and with various materials according user’s needs.

We are glad to have the opportunity to speak about a façade capable of expressing so much sensitivity regarding the context and its functionality at the same time as manifesting itself as an impeccable jewel in the chromatic composition at short and medium distances.

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

What is hidden behind this ceramic tiles cladding with brick shape? A thermal insulation material fixed over a real brick wall. The cladding, far from trying to cheat us, exhibits its not even self-bearing condition by resorting to a peculiar “rigging”. ETICS façade systems allow many other finishing materials besides renderings, it’s only a matter of weight, flexibility and adherence.

In this case study we want to emphasize the constructive solution applied either in the facades as in the roof: an ETICS system coated with ceramic tiles. External thermal insulation construction systems have come to stay. Like the ventilated façade, these systems allow the complete continuity of the thermal insulation in front of the structure. The great difference is that, if the majority of ventilated façades clearly show the breakup due to the open joints, in the case of ETICS with a ceramic coating, the grouting permits making the joints practically imperceptible.

We include here RBA headquarters building not with the aim of talking about the project as a whole, an analysis that would allow us to highlight very positive aspects, but just focusing our interest on the façade. That leads us to talk about its lack of sincerity. The two longitudinal facades of the lower volume are articulated from a grid that reproduces the rhythm of the concrete structure. It is not the true "structure" that we see. The façade enclosure covers pillars and slab edges from the outside hiding them in sight.

Mecanotubo is one of the façade industries that most invested the latest 90s’ in Catalonia to give a unitary response to the rain screen façade.They wagered to adapt the stick curtain wall technology to this two layers facade. As it happens in Carburos Metalicos façade, the resulting inner sheet provides water tightness enough to consider the drainage cavity, and consequently the outer layer, unnecessary.

Profiled metal trays, so common in industrial buildings, find a new use in this residential complex in Guadalajara, Spain. Even with great appreciation of the cleverness and simplicity of the solution, we cannot fail to mention problems such as the thermal bridges that occur through the metallic ribs, the lack of steam permeability, or the compositional limitations derived from the tray width.The thermal bridges are easily resolvable with additional insulation.

This mixed-use complex apparently resort to the use of ceramics to integrate the building into a historic industrial district that still conserves 19th-century architecture - 22 @, Barcelona. However, using a specific material is not enough to consider the building integrated into a context. The material is not simply matter; it is a format, a constructive technique and a system.

With this project we want to exemplify the scarce use of materials with which HArquitectes resolve their architecture, and therefore their facades. In this occasion, only two materials: thermal insulation and perforated brick (gero). If in the interior wall, the structural support, the brick is arranged in a suitable way so as to resist the loads transmitted by the slab; in the outer wall, the same brick is arranged rotated showing its perforated surface, therefore, allowing the chamber between the two walls to be ventilated.