Complexity Via Simplicity: Urbana’s Parking Structure Facade

Asked to design an interactive facade for an existing parking structure at the new Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, Urbana principle Rob Ley had a conundrum to deal with: “With ’ really extreme weather patterns, we gave a lot of thought to: how can we make something that’s interactive but won’t be broken in a year?” he told the Architect’s Newspaper. “Unfortunately, the history of kinetic facades teaches us that that they can become a maintenance nightmare.”

His solution came from turning the question on its head – how could they design and fabricate a static facade that appears to change when the viewer moves? The resulting design appears highly complex, while in fact using aluminum fins bent at just three different angles. Find out more about the challenges of fabricating this facade, and inserting it into an existing structure, through the video above or at the Architect’s Newspaper Fabrikator blog.

Parking Structure Art Facade / Urbana

© Serge Hoeltschi

Architects: Urbana
Location: Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Avenue, , IN 46202, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Serge Hoeltschi

AirMaster Gallery / Urbana

Courtesy of Urbana

Galería AirMaster, located in the Puerto Nuevo Design District of San Juan, is the flagship store for the AirMaster brand. AirMaster is Puerto Rico’s largest and oldest producer of aluminum windows and doors, and a local curtain-wall specialist. This adaptive reuse project recycled 85% of the previous structure’s building envelope, and 92% of its total concrete and . Follow the break for photographs and drawings of this office building.

Architects: Urbana, CSP
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Design Team: José Fernando Vázquez Pérez, AIA, Rafael Castro Montes de Oca, AIA, Yalmary Tirado López, Carlos Cruz Ortiz, Luis Cruz de la Paz, Carol Lora
Structure: José Miguel Ortiz
Mechanical: Rafael Parés, PE
Electrical: Carlos Requena, PE
Ilumination: Gianluca Picardi
Graphic Design: Sofía Saéz
Contractor: Hambleton Group
: Julio Padín
Landscape: Olga Rubí
Signage: Sign Engineering
Water Features: Jesús Sánchez
Photographs: José Fernando Vázquez-Pérez and Kenneth Rexach

San Pablo / URBANA

Architects: URBANAJosé Fernando Vázquez-Pérez & Rafael Castro Montes de Oca
Location: Río Piedras, ,
Project Team: Carlos Cruz-Ortiz, Luis Cruz de la Paz, Yalmari Tirado-López, Miguel Moreno
Contractor: Sharp Construction, S.E.
Electrical Engineering: Carlos Requena, PE, Requena & Asociados
Structural Engineering: Carlos Lázaro-León, PE, Lázaro & Gandía Consultores
Mechanical Engineering: Francisco Maté, PE, Maté & Asociados
Project year: 2007-2009
Photographs: José Fernando Vázquez-Pérez

Alhambra House / URBANA

Architects: URBANAJosé Fernando Vázquez-Pérez & Rafael Castro Montes de Oca
Location: Guaynabo,
Project Team: Carlos Cruz-Ortiz, Marcelo López-Dinardi, Luis Cruz de la Paz, Alex Hernández
Contractor: Pascual Ribas
Electrical Engineering: Gisela Pérez
Structural Engineering: José M. Green
Mechanical Engineering: Raúl Torres
Project year: 2005-2006
Site Area: 1,120 sqm
Constructed Area: 253 sqm
Photographs: José Fernando Vázquez-Pérez