Envelope Intervention

An intervention in any of the 5 facades of a building

Envelope Intervention

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Jan

2014

Typology

What is an envelope intervention?
 
It is the type of intervention that takes place in one or several facades of a building, related to the altering of its exterior appearance or function, whether vertical facades or the rooftop, by adding or installing new alienated elements to its existing external envelope.
 
This typology has an immediate impact on the perception of buildings within the cityscape, and therefore a larger impact on the city than interior interventions. However, similarly to the interior interventions, the procedure also responds to a surgical or parasitic intervention, in this case revamping the external attributes of the building, changing completely the way it is perceived and used by citizens and passersby.
 
This tactical intervention is based on the colonization of the existing external surfaces of a building by coating or covering them or even by inserting alien objects, placed on top of them, providing aesthetical and programmatic benefits that can enhance the appearance, in the case of vertical facades, and even the functionality of the envelope, in the case of rooftops.
 
 

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Publications

Latest
Crystal Pool in Archdaily

Crystal Pool in Archdaily

Crystal Pool is a creative public space intervention designed for the grand opening of a new mixed-use complex located in the New Bund, the emerging international business center in Pudong (Shanghai), with the aim of fostering entertainment & social interactions among new visitors, appealing to kids, youngsters & adults alike.

Crystal Pool in Archdaily

Underwater office in Frame

Underwater office in Frame

The design of Club Med's HQ in Shanghai was inspired by a swimming pool

Underwater office in Frame

Crystal Pool in mooool

Crystal Pool in mooool

水晶池是一项富有创造性的公共空间活动,它因位于上海浦东的新兴国际商务中心-晶耀前滩的新综合用途楼的隆重开业而设计。旨在促进新游客之间的娱乐和社交互动,吸引儿童、青少年和成人

Crystal Pool in mooool