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3 Facade Design Ideas for Better Functionality

What are the functions of building facades? Aside from showing superior aesthetics, facades also contribute to the buildings’ interior functions and energy performance. In fact, the facade’s structure and design may significantly result to long-term energy savings. This could be accomplished through choosing the right materials with just the right specifications (e.g. materials with low heat absorbance).

Aesthetics & architectural advantage

The building’s frontage has a huge impact on the people’s perceptions about the building. After all, it’s where the first impressions are being formed. Creating a favourable first impression is crucial especially when displaying the values and priorities of a building or company.

To accomplish this, facade designers and architects articulate or convey the client’s values and vision through plans and drawings. For example, many financial institutions and government agencies prioritise transparency. As a result, the building facade would be designed according to that priority. Perhaps the building frontage will have glass elements that would allow people from outside to somehow view the building’s interior.

The interior functions of the building

The facade’s design should somehow remain consistent with the building interior’s function and appearance. For example, compare the facades of residential buildings and shopping malls. In residential buildings privacy might be a priority (provide a feeling of safety and privacy to occupants). In contrast, shopping malls might be geared more towards showcasing the establishment’s interiors.

The employees’ productivity and well-being are also being taken into account when constructing a facade. Research shows (and probably from your own experience) that we achieve better well-being and higher productivity if we’re using as much natural light as possible (while still keeping heat absorbance low). As a result, more and more facades now are designed with this consideration in mind.

Energy performance

Although the facade’s construction is not the only factor in energy performance, it still has a huge impact. The right specifications of materials can result to lower heat absorbance (thereby lower building cooling costs). This can also contribute to how the facade will reflect the surroundings (if it’s mainly a mirror facade) or how much of the interior will be showcased.

It all comes in a package because the choice of materials and proper engineering could result to superior aesthetics and energy performance. It’s now possible to balance the architectural vision with engineering performance.

Facade design ideas for better functionality

We’ve discussed general ideas in achieving better functionality in facade design. After all, it’s about focusing on the facade’s main functions and then adding in the architectural and engineering considerations. That’s why our team with international experience here at CGS Facade are always ready to take on new challenges. We start with the client’s vision and then study the constraints to best execute the plan.

Contact us today and let’s discuss your requirements. We will then create a design that would display architectural excellence and engineering expertise.