MAP Arquitectes

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

If the inner layer of the rain-screen façade at the Hotel AC was innovative, it was still more innovative the proposal for the neighboring office tower for the Zona Franca Consortium. Again the exterior image is a sober stone skin anchored over aluminum profiles; but on this occasion the inner layer made of boards over a steel framing was prefabricated, arriving to the site as panels.

The AC Hotel was one of the first buildings in Barcelona where it was used a ventilated façade system with a light interior layer made of cement boards over metallic folded sheet profiles. Since then, these systems have evolved looking for a clearer solution for the edge of the slab according either to the continuity of the thermal insulation as well as to guaranteeing air tightness –achieved by the cement boards and an adequate joints treatment.

The façade of the Sant Jordi student residence building is characterized by the continuity of the zinc sheet. This sheet covers the opaque wall as well as the windows, in this second case as an exterior shutter. The façade escapes from the verticality by means of a discreet but sufficient gesture. Both strategies, material and geometry, make the set stand out in a medium-high-class residential context, characterized by ceramic brick buildings.