Building and facade design
A façade refers to one side, usually the front, of a building. It is an integral piece to the overall design of a building. It provides the opportunity to create a personality and character to a building. Facades can come in many shapes and sizes, and it is really a chance for the architect to showcase their talent by bringing a building to life.
Although a façade is often associated with older buildings and prestigious buildings, any building can create a recognisable façade. Many listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas may have restrictions on altering their facades. This demonstrates their importance to not just the building, but to the local communities and environments.
A curtain wall is a type of façade that has no structural impact. It is a separate structure attached to the building. This is particularly common in modern architecture where the architect simply utilises a design but doesn’t bring it into the structural support of a building.
Here at NORclad, we are passionate about demonstrating how modern architecture and buildings can utilise facades to enhance building designs. A simple yet elegant façade design can suddenly change the character of a building and how it is perceived. This is the power of great design and this is something we work tirelessly at creating.