Here are the top facades AN covered in 2022

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From terra-cotta to rammed earth and mass timber assemblies, AN has gathered its top facades highlights from 2022. Marking a year in which environmental standards continued to push the evolution of the building envelope, architects responded to energy concerns with a wide range of material palettes that offer envelope solutions across climate zones. The following list includes residential buildings, offices, a nursing home, and even a greenhouse, but they all share the same concern for innovative design and elevated construction.

Street view of a brick facade
Koumba brick was an “obvious” choice for Avenier and Cornejo architectes. (Charly Broyez)

Sara Weill-Raynal Nursing Home
Avenier Cornejo architectes

Paris-based Avenier Cornejo architectes extended and restructured the Sara Weill-Raynal Nursing Home enveloped in a brown-gray Kolumba brick facade. The addition was completed without expanding the building’s footprint, and utilized the existing structural skeleton of the building. Complete with two additional setback floors, Avenier Cornejo sought to “establish a sense of programmatic coherence and urban legibility,” according to partners Christelle Avenier and Miguel Cornejo, wrapping the entire building in brick. Chosen for their length and durability, the Kolumba brick is also adaptable under varying climatic conditions….