• Ulma Architectural Solutions

Customized, creative, polymer concrete terrace face in la Moraleja (Madrid)

Jun 20, 2019
ULMA Architectural Solutions, once again, has demonstrated its ability to design, develop and install customized architectural precasts.

This residential building located in the neighbourhood of La Moraleja (Madrid) that is more than 50 years old. Due to the years and weather damage, the terrace face pieces were old and there was a danger of detachment.

PROBLEM

There were cracked panels on the front, coinciding with the location of the reinforcements. Similarly, longitudinal cracks were observed on the underside, also coinciding with the panel's reinforcements in this area.

In addition, water filtrations from the planters affected the prefabricated panels, causing rust on their reinforcements and auxiliary support structure.

The owners decided to replace the damaged original pieces, which have very creative shapes and give the building great personality.

CUSTOMIZED SOLUTION

As a customized solution was required, with the purpose of obtaining similar, but more resistant, pieces, ULMA had to scan a significant section of the building's facade in order to obtain a 3D-printed piece of the existing model. From this first piece, the moulds were manufactured, which were used to obtain the first prototypes sent to the site. After the customer's final approval, a specific substructure for the installation of the pieces on the facade was designed, defined and developed.

We replaced the parapets on the fronts of the terraces on each floor, including the replacement of the exterior panel that is part of the facade's cladding system, together with the brick masonry batter and the planter located on the inside of the panels, with the corresponding waterproofing.