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Hippodrome Tower / OAB

© Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué + 17

Zapopan, Mexico
  • Architects: OAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 289.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Aluminum Foam Facades: Architecture Rich in Texture, Porosity and Brightness

CaixaForum Sevilla / Vázquez Consuegra. Image © Jesús Granada
CaixaForum Sevilla / Vázquez Consuegra. Image © Jesús Granada

Modular coatings for facades and enclosures typically deliver fast and efficient solutions. However, many times they lack richness and character since they are repeated infinitely, without relating to the architectural design and its different functions and requirements.

These aluminum foam panels are manufactured through an air injection process in molten aluminum, which contains a fine dispersion of ceramic particulate. These ceramic particles stabilize the air bubbles, and create aluminum foam panels which provide an interesting level of detail and variability, generating unique facades with different levels of texture, transparency, brightness, and opacity. These ultralight panels can be used as flat architectural sheets, are 100% recyclable and available in standard sized formats up to 3.66 meters long (custom longer panels also available). 

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Colonias Viladoms Houses / OAB

© Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague + 28

Castellbell i el Vilar, Spain
  • Architects: OAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 770.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2010

Seafront House / OAB

© Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué © Alejo Bagué © Joan Guillamat + 21

  • Architects: OAB, Xavier Martí, Lucía Ferrater
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 289.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

13 Stunning Inner Courtyards

We would like to take a second to focus on the wonderful, yet often overlooked, inner courtyard. The inner courtyard is essentially a "contained outside space" made up of transparent walls, and a well thought-out drainage system is a must. Other elements such as furnishings, decks, vegetation, stairs, water are then added, complicating the space created. The inner courtyard also plays a role in the building's layout; in most cases it functions as the central point from which the other rooms and functions of the project are organized, giving them air and light when the façade openings are not enough.

Here is our selection of 13 stunning inner courtyards of houses and buildings that we have previously published on our site.

House 2 For A Photographer / OAB

© Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague + 17

Cases D'Alcanar (les), Spain
  • Architects: OAB
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2006

Casa Nolla / OAB

© Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague + 12

Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain
  • Architects: OAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 620.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2005

Apartments For Young People, Nursery And Park In San Sebastián / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos

© Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague + 26

Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

Nursery In Zarautz / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos

© Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague + 25

Zarautz, Spain

Gisa & FGC / OAB

© Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague + 25

Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects: OAB
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009

Roca Barcelona Gallery / OAB

© Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague + 25

Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects: OAB
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009

Azahar Headquarters / OAB

© Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague © Alejo Bague + 23

Teulada, Spain
  • Architects: OAB
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009