Facade : the face of the building

Dear Diary,

today I’m interested in the face of the buildings around us. The facade is the first thing you see, your first impression. Here’s 10+1 impressive “faces” of buildings around the world.

1.Terra Cotta Studio_Tropical Space [Vietnam]

The exterior layer of the studio is made by clay solid brick, which reminds people about Vietnam traditional furnace. This area was also a part of Tra Kieu which was Champa Kingdom capital from 4th to 7th century, and the studio has a certain influence of Champa culture spirit.

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Terra Cotta Studio_Tropical Space Photo by Hiroyuki Oki

2.The Old Market Square Stage_5468796 Architecture [Winnipeg, Manitoba]

A concrete cube enclosed by a flexible metal membrane, The Cube functions as a multipurpose environment. The membrane is composed of 20,000 identical hollow aluminum pieces strung together on aircraft cables. The orientation of the pieces alternates, forming a flexible and shimmering curtain – a contemporary take on medieval chain mail, that can stand like a wall, be pulled in to reveal the performance space, or function as a light-refracting surface – allowing it to morph into a projection screen, performance venue, shelter or sculptural object. The curtain’s flexibility also allows for acoustical fine tuning.

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The Old Market Square Stage_5468796 Architecture Photo by James Brittain

3.Parcheggio in località Longea_Angelo Monti [Moena, Italy]

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Parcheggio in località Longea_Angelo Monti

4.Louis Vuitton Tokyo_Aoki Jun and Associates [Tokyo]

The architects fitted a pearlescent aluminum shell, patterned with a repeat motif that is intended to reference both Louis Vuitton branding and the recurring patterns of art deco design, to the existing concrete building.”The new facade of Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza is inspired by the history of Ginza, the city that used to be known for its art deco design,” said Aoki Jun.”Based on Louis Vuitton’s damier, which also is a repeated geometric pattern, the facade of Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza becomes our first softer version of damier, imbued with delicacy and richness that is found in organism,” said the architect.

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Louis Vuitton Tokyo_Aoki Jun and Associates

5.Corten Apartments_3ndy Studio [Italy]

The facade designed by 3ndy Studio reproduce the dimension of the destroy one, but however suggests the spot of time on the plaster. In order to complete the facade and make it an exclusive one. 3ndy Studio under suggestion of Philippe Daverio, asked Giorgio Milani, a sculptor from Piacenza, to take part in this big artistic operation.

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Corten Apartments_3ndy Studio Photo by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

6. Blairgowrie House_Wolveridge Architects [Australia]

Patterned screens wrap courtyards around the exterior, but also form ceilings and partitions inside the house. Their recurring geometric motif pays tribute to the perforated breeze blocks that feature in many Knox dwellings.

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Blairgowrie House_Wolveridge Architects

7.Ca l’anita project_ULMA [Spain]

24 different panels were designed to make the mosaic.The aim was to place all the emphasis on the history of the site where the new building stands and bear witness to the former existence of the popular Estanco de la Punta de Anita. The project has applied the latest innovations in building systems, which seek more sustainable and environmentally friendly models.

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Ca l’anita project_ULMA

8. Volume B store_Marcio Kogan [Brasil]

“We used the materials in their extreme condition, such as visible concrete executed without any concern about precision or finishing, or the skin of the back volume where we used various layers of a steel frame which is usually used on the inside of the concrete slabs and were found at the site.”

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Volume B store_Marcio Kogan

9. San Telmo museum extension_Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos [Spain]

A “green wall”: on certain occasions the metaphor associated with an architectural idea gives a sense to each and every aspect of the project. Hence the slight changes of direction of the wall are sufficient to provide a natural solution to pedestrian access to Monte Urgull, to configure an open air exhibition space, or to house a café-terrace open to the landscape and to the town.The new extension of the San Telmo Museum will modify its appearance with the passing of the seasons: it will fade on occasions and blend with the vegetation on the hill, and will reappear on other occasions evoking a long unfinished wall: an unexpected metaphor – perhaps – of the difficult relation which architecture establishes with the pass of time.

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San Telmo museum extension_Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

10. Ningbo History Museum_Wang Shu [China]

The design combines two building methods: reinforced concrete, which was moulded on the surface using bamboo canes, and the wa pan technique (the re-use of existing materials). The surfaces of the walls reveal the presence of over 20 different types of recycled tiles and bricks, which were recovered when the old villages were demolished

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Ningbo History Museum_Wang Shu

10+1. C_WALL _ Banvard Gallery, Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

This project is the latest development in an ongoing area of research into cellular aggregate structures that has examined honeycomb and voronoi geometries and their ability to produce interesting structural, thermal, and visual performances.

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C_Wall_Banvard Gallery, Knowlton School of Architecture
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