Some examples of modern facades include the Villa Savoye in Poissy, France; the Casa del Fascio in Como, Italy and the principal facade of the George Pompidou Center in Paris, France. The Opera House in Sydney, Australia also has a modern facade.Continue Reading
The Villa Savoye was designed by Le Corbusier and features lightweight concrete slabs supported on stilts made of reinforced concrete. It is notable for the curved glazing on the basement floor and the long window of the living room on the piano nobile. It has a flat roof with skylights, a solarium with curved walls and raised, built-in planting beds.
The Casa del Fascio also has a spare, modern facade and was probably inspired by Le Corbusier. Designed by Giuseppe Terragni and built during the reign of Mussolini, it is a perfect prism made of reinforced concrete.The Centre Georges Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, has a main facade that is entirely functional. Seemingly all the inner workings of the building, including cooling towers, escalator supports and escalator tubes, are on display along with gallery, library and administrative levels.
The Sydney Opera House is famous for its precast concrete ribs and shells that cover glass walls. The shells are made up of white and cream chevron-shaped tiles. The building was designed by Jorn Utzon, who won a design competition.Learn more about Building Materials