Posts Tagged: building envelope

Skin-Deep Beauty

Rambla de Canaletes, Barcelona. 8:30 AM. The morning light is shining through the window openings of a façade that has been left standing all by itself. The façade originally belonged to a building that contained several floors of dwellings over ground-level shops; a

Skin-Deep Beauty

Rambla de Canaletes, Barcelona. 8:30 AM. The morning light is shining through the window openings of a façade that has been left standing all by itself. The façade originally belonged to a building that contained several floors of dwellings over ground-level shops; a

The Politics of Crap

Architectural competitions to design *only* the facade of a building are increasingly commonplace in Germany, according to an op-ed piece in the German magazine Bauwelt. These kinds of competitions provide a compromise solution between a city’s qualitative interest in maintaing

The Politics of Crap

Architectural competitions to design *only* the facade of a building are increasingly commonplace in Germany, according to an op-ed piece in the German magazine Bauwelt. These kinds of competitions provide a compromise solution between a city’s qualitative interest in maintaing

Top-Down Tower, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, by R+B Arquitectes

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #27] Social housing is among the most regulated–and least glamorous–areas of architecture. While all housing is normally subject to a set of minimum room dimensions, social housing is additionally governed by stringent maximum dimensions which

Top-Down Tower, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, by R+B Arquitectes

[Originally published in Mark Magazine #27] Social housing is among the most regulated–and least glamorous–areas of architecture. While all housing is normally subject to a set of minimum room dimensions, social housing is additionally governed by stringent maximum dimensions which

Triumph of the Shell: Llotja de Lleida by Mecanoo

[originally published in Mark Magazine #26] In cinema, there is a common type of architectural scene: a building is shown briefly from outside, with one or more persons approaching its entrance. After they disappear through the doorway, there is a

Triumph of the Shell: Llotja de Lleida by Mecanoo

[originally published in Mark Magazine #26] In cinema, there is a common type of architectural scene: a building is shown briefly from outside, with one or more persons approaching its entrance. After they disappear through the doorway, there is a

Building as Research: Media-TIC by Cloud 9

[originally published in Mark Magazine #25] Column-free lobby Truss space Two facades with different pillow systems: ETFE fog configuration and ETFE diaphragm configuration. The range of building materials and construction techniques available to contemporary architects is unparalleled in history. New

Building as Research: Media-TIC by Cloud 9

[originally published in Mark Magazine #25] Column-free lobby Truss space Two facades with different pillow systems: ETFE fog configuration and ETFE diaphragm configuration. The range of building materials and construction techniques available to contemporary architects is unparalleled in history. New