Thanks to their facades, buildings get on well with their neighbours or deliberately keep their distance. The new theatre building at Horris Hill School in England even does both at the same time. Its reddish-brown exterior blends in with the historic brick buildings of the school campus. But instead of brick, the facade of the new timber structure is made of cement-bonded chipboard.
Our October issue showcases outstanding projects that make a mark with their facades – be they subtle, self-confident, or eccentric. In the process, the facades solve complex technical and structural issues at the sensitive interface between interior and exterior. The translucent outer shell of the new Kinder Building by Steven Holl Architects evenly diffuses daylight into the museum spaces. Striking semicircular tubes made of satin-finished glass wrap around the building like a cooling mantle that radiates from within at night. The municipal library in Dornbirn by Dietrich Untertrifaller also sends out a bright signal thanks to its facade. The architects surrounded the glazed facade with a lattice of ceramic elements, loosely arranged in horizontal rows like books on a giant bookshelf. In the dark, the building shines like a lantern in the middle of the surrounding park. Pool Leber gave their new villa near Munich a dense, uniform cladding. The facades, window reveals, roof surfaces, and interiors are all made of infralight concrete, as wrinkle-free as a perfect bespoke suit. Our Technology feature delves into the conversion of the Centrum department store and the complex task of strengthening its supporting structure. More in-depth discussions of this and other fascinating facade projects will take place on 21 October at our Detail Congress.