Nasser Abulhasan, as founding partner of our firm, has participated in RIFF International Architecture Expo Conference, focused on roofs, insulation and façades, which was held in November, 10-11 in Bucharest (Romania).
Organized by the Order of the Architects of Romania and ABplus Events, the conference brought together over 400 architects from around the world. The aim of the event was to promote recent best practice examples and representative projects in architecture.
AGi architects participated in the plenary session with a presentation on the architectural significance of the façades and in a special section on roofs, in which the firm has had the opportunity to share with the audience their architectural and design vision around these two elements through various projects.
Architectural significance of the façades
We’ve worked on concepts of façades in various aspects such as: usable and representative façade, transmission of information, active or passive façades, i.e., information and representativeness. Some examples can be clearly seen in our projects for the General Department of Information System (GDIS) and Lucknow Haj House.
On the other hand, we’ve focused on exterior walls that allow securing the perimeter but not transmitting into an oppressive sense of seclusion, being security the primary goal, as it is showed in our project for New Sulaibikhat Clinic, currently under advanced stage of construction.
Finally, in those cultures in which the façade to the street is limited, life is developed indoor in and, therefore, the façade design is left as an inner façade, as it occurs in Secret House and in most our single-family houses in Kuwait.
Roofs in Architecture
Same concepts mentioned above are valid in our way of understanding roofs, which become like façades. A clear architectural example is our “La Ascensión del Señor” Church, in Seville, recent 2014 WAF Award winner in the Completed Buildings Religion category.
The shape of the metal roof, which unfolds freely to cover the assembly space by joining various inclined planes, allows the introduction of natural light inside, to achieve a clear qualification of the different areas needed to comply with liturgy requirements.
Another, Seed House, in which roof and façade blend into only one. This country house located in a dates’ farm in the desert, is embedded on the terrain, so the roof is treated as semiarid landscape. The house is covered by a landscaped roof that provides sun and wind protection
For further information:
AGi architects’ projects: http://www.agi-architects.com/#!works