The Modern Façade: Pure Packaging or Responsive Skin?


As the interface between the private and the public realms, the façade assumes a special importance, as is documented by architectural history.

Aircraft Museum in Duxford, England

Rising from a planted plinth, the shell roof seems to grow from the site.

Hong Kong Airport Terminal

Built on a man-made island in the South China Sea, the complex has an overall length of 1,270 m and a width of 350 m.

Railway Station in Saint-Denis, France

Located near a large sports stadium, the new station forms a salient feature in the heterogeneous surrounding urban fabric, above which it is elevated.

Station in Lisbon

At the western edge of the Expo site, a regional traffic node has been created that will link the newly planned area with the public transport network.

Trade Fair Hall in Hanover

The hall has an area of 27,400 m2 and was designed for the World Exposition in 2000.

Chihiro Museum of Art, Azumino, Japan

Set in the foothills of the mountains near Azumino, the museum exhibits watercolours and children’s books by the local artist and illustrator Chihiro Iwasaki.

Hall in Odate, Japan

The plan form and profile of the hall were determined by its principal use – as a baseball arena.

Spanish School in London

The school is housed in a former convent in a densely developed urban district.