Five Fantastic Façades

In case you missed it, we’re re-publishing this popular post for your material pleasure. Enjoy!

To celebrate the recent launch of ArchDaily Materials we’ve brought together five projects with fantastic façades, from Viñoly’s Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building in San Francisco to Holzer Kobler’s PALÄON in , . A building’s envelope is often people’s first impression and, in recent years, have been one of the focuses of innovation in the design and construction industry. The projects we’ve collated show a glimpse at what’s possible with façades and wall finishings.

Exhibition at Alpinarium Galtür / Holzer Kobler

Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett

Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Location: Galtür,
Project Lead: Helmut Pöll
Area: 690 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett

Suurstoffi / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Courtesy of Holzber Kobler

Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Location: Risch Rotkreuz,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Holzber Kobler

PALÄON / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

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Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Location: Lange Trift, 38364 Schöningen,
Area: 4090.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Cattaneo / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

© Jan Bitter

Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Location: Dietikon, Zurich,
Client: Reppisch-Werke AG
Area: 6500.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Jan Bitter

‘Under One Roof’ Experimental Pavilion Competition Winning Proposal / Kengo Kuma & Associates + Holzer Kobler Architekturen

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Kengo Kuma & Associates, together with Holzer Kobler Architekturen, won the architectural design competition launched in 2012 to develop Cosandey Square at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Their project, “Under One Roof,” will unite an experimental Art & Sciences space and a demonstration pavilion under a single, long stone roof at the Montreux Jazz Lab. To connect science and culture at EPFL, the university’s campus will boast a novel “backbone” that stretches the length of Cosandey Square. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Resort Hotel / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

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Over an area of almost 150 hectares in the locality of , the year-round tourist resort Swiss Alps is being built. Hotels as well as apartments, an 18-hole golf course and a sports center will provide housing and recreation for up to 3000 guests. Despite the substantial size of the resort, the main goal of Holzer Kobler Architekturen is to create a sustainable, high-quality tourist experience. More images and architects‘ description after the break.

Arche Nebra / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

© Jan Bitter

Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Location: Wangen, ,
Project title: Arche Nebra (Nebra Ark)
Type: Visitor center and observation tower
Client: Burgenlandkreis, Kreisverwaltung
Year: 2007
Photographs: Jan Bitter