bauraum Facades


New Servier Research and Development Institute – Paris Saclay   Picture credits : Javier Callejas

bauraum Facades advises its architect clients, specialized engineering firms and clients in the design and building of envelopes and façades.

bauraum Facades enables architects and clients to implement their ideas of façades into reality.

The interface between two worlds

The envelope is the perimeter of a building, separating interior from exterior, private space from public space.

By building walls and roofs, people not only protect themselves, but also define their private spheres and intimate spaces. The envelope, a filter of natural elements as well as human information, belongs as much to the city as to the building and must be considered as a space in itself. As the interface of two worlds, the interior and the exterior, it has multiple functions and it is the object of many expectations. It must answer to many technical constraints: to ensure the control of light while enabling a visual relationship between the interior and exterior environments, to protect against noise pollution and to guarantee interior comfort, to dispense a sense of wellbeing whilst also fulfilling environmental quality criteria.

These technical considerations only partially explain the complexity of the envelope as a system. It is the key element of the building where the vision of the architect and the desires of the client coalesce. The envelope and the façade represent the building as a whole. The envelope can inform the viewer about the building’s design and explain its structure – it can be the architectural statement.  An alternative approach, makes the envelope a second skin, intended to mislead the viewer, a membrane that protects from the sun or gives privacy, a mask that can trick, startle, seduce.

Areas of Consultancy

bauraum_detail_enveloppe_pbauraum Facades can assist in many different areas such as:

  • Designing glass facades and opaque cladding
  • Designing facades, skylights and canopies
  • Restoring, renewing or upcycling designing
  • Research and integration of innovative materials in the project
  • Geometry and feasibility studies



bauraum Facades offers the following services:

Prototype à l'échelle 1/5

Skylight prototype – scale  1/5

  • Technical assistance
  • Design, technical studies and project supervision
  • Technical audits, feasibility studies
  • Access to innovative techniques
  • Project management
  • Value engineering
  • Risk engineering