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Here are 5 Unconventional Building Facade Design Ideas

Searching for unconventional building facade design ideas? In this short article we’ll provide some ideas that can serve as starting points. We’ll also briefly discuss a few requirements to achieve each design. Let’s start.

1. Steel mesh facade

Plain and traditional facades are getting less popular. People are now looking for something new. In addition, managers and engineers want to show how they’re different even just through their company’s building facade.

One way to accomplish that is by having a steel mesh facade. Steel is known to add sophistication to any surface. The mesh is there to add a visual texture to the whole facade. Whether near or far, the building will produce a unique visual effect. It will certainly stand out in a crowded urban area.

The steel mesh could serve as the outer envelope while there could be an additional inner envelope for insulation and structural purposes.

2. Front brick panels

This is challenging especially in highrises, which is why only a few in the world have achieved having front brick panels for their building facades.

It’s unconventional and challenging to achieve because of the material limitations of bricks. It’s heavy thereby it requires strong structural support (both the bricks and support will add to the construction costs). Moreover, cleaning and maintenance of brick panels could be difficult, costly and time-consuming.

3. Angled glass walls

This is also challenging because of construction and material limitations. Introducing even a slight angle can add more stress and tension from the foundation up to the top of the building. In addition, glass is known to be more brittle and weaker than other materials such as concrete, aluminium and steel.

However, that doesn’t dissuade architects and engineers to achieving their vision. They add more reinforcements to support the structure. They also include complementary materials such as steel for both support and aesthetic purposes. They also add more internal measures to ensure integrity of the structure.

4. Twisted facade

This is similar to angled facades. However, introducing twists and curves in highrises presents more constraints. In relatively low-rise buildings this could be easy to achieve. But it’s totally different when it comes to buildings with more than 20 floors.

A twisted facade stands out. Passersby will be staring at the structural wonder. Engineers and architects will marvel at the challenges behind the scenes of how the company achieved that feat.

5. Fully reflective facade

It seems common nowadays. But the truth is, they just seem common because they do stand out. It’s easy to spot them among the numerous buildings out there. They’re easy to remember which is why they seem an everyday structure.

A fully reflective facade (which reflects the skies and clouds) is still a challenging feat to achieve. It’s a combination of complex engineering and ingenuity in materials, construction, thermal analysis, lighting and other aspects.

Unconventional building facade design ideas

Those are just some ideas that you can use as starting points. We’ve also briefly discussed a few of the limitations and challenges in achieving each design.

Here at CGS Facade, we’ve already worked on a wide variety of facade designs. Our facade engineers and designers have worked with multinational corporations who have challenging requirements.

Contact us today and let us talk about your company’s vision.