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Facade Doctor

Here we will post some interesting pictures, pertaining generally to our line of work, or not.Feel free to add your suggestions for content.

Access Chalenge

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Making a statement with your (fragment of) facade!

boatSimple, hang your sailboat from your balcony.

 

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Balcony Enclosures Continued

 

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Window Cleaning – a Dangerous Job

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Flood Proofing – NYC

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How to make your facade interesting?

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When it Snows

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Antennae Attack

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Wildlife Attacks in Most Unexpecting Ways!

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Laundry Attacks Again!

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How to quickly change your facade?

Just wrap it. This is what was done with an entire village in Soviet Union prior to an anticipated drivethrough by the President Putin.z14990779P,Czasy-sie-zmieniaja--ale-obyczaje-ewidentnie-zmian z15005942P

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Cladding Spalling

Facade Collapse

Facade cladding collapse as a result of corrosion of reinforcement. This kind of failure can be detected by safety inspections, which are mandatory in few jurisdictions. Source Fishki.net.

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Facade Facades

 

thin facade

Thin facade

thin facade

thin facade

Thin facade

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Challenging Facade Access

challenging facade access

facade access

challenging access

 

 

challenging access to facade

facade access

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Fight between Facades and Laundry

facade with laundry

facade laundry

laundry

facade and clothes

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facade laundry

carpet

laundry

 

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Interesting Storm Leader -Downspout

 

storm leader

interesting storm leader -downspout

gargoyle

gargoyle

gargoyle

gargoyle

gargoyle

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Facade Customization

facade customization

color facade

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Tolerances and Inaccuracies in Concrete Construction

tolerances and inaccuracies in concrete construction

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War between HVAC and Facades

War between HVAC and Facades

War between HVAC and Facades

HVAC facade

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HVAC facade

HVAC facade

cat AC

 

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Uncoordinated Facade Design at Ground Level

No, this is not an ATM for equestrians, or door for a conveyor belt. These are examples of the uncoordinated facade design, which is surprisingly frequent.

door above ground

door

door

balcony door

 

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Disturbing Views

Too much transparency may reveal skeletons in a closet and much more…

disturbing views

toilet with a public view

 

skeletons

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Post-it Window Communication

Window Communication

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Pine in Window

Pine in Window

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Window Access to Icicles

Note the dark cracks originating from the upper window corners…

Window Access to Icicles

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Window Washing

I guess there is not much attention to detail possible with a ~30ft telescopic pole.

Window Washing

Window Washing

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Cat on a Window

Here is a yawning cat in a window in the Rotterdam Cube House, designed by architect Piet Blom.

Technically speaking, this is not a window, it’s a skylight, due to its tilt.

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cube house

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Cats on Window

Cats have the uncanny ability to jump vertically to negotiate a window via its transom, which is normally ventilated. This is a nice, handmade, wooden, compartment window, a superior design developed in early 20th century, affording good thermal and acoustic properties.

cats on window

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Window Frost

Frosty patterns and ice forming in the vessel standing on the sill.

window frost

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Window Ventilation

A little background for our American friends:

Europeans suffer from excessively air-tight living spaces (while Americans still busily try to figure out how to increase the air tightness). The typical perimeter hardware of an European window allows for untying the window, securing it with a small gap at the top. In this case, it was not enough for the occupant of the space. Please note the mitered corners of the sashes and glazing bars, which allow for continuous perimeter seals. We will see them in America perhaps in ten years.

Window Ventilation

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AC Retrofit at the Cost of the Window

In the battle between thermal and visual comfort, the thermal wins.

AC retrofit

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Window – Radiator Collision

Window - Radiator Collision

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Mismatched Retrofit Window Shape

mismatched retrofit window shape

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Mur Vegetal in Autumn

with a window with outswinging wooden shutters.

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Owl Staring from a Window

Old wooden window with split panes, square cut corners, and wooden lintel. The wall below the sill is built of stone, and the wooden sill and bottom rails of sashes are rotten and covered with moss.

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Diagonal Window

How to invigorate a boring hotel facade, and make people buzz about it? Simple.

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Window installed Diagonally within the Wall Depth

Apparently, the fabricator got a wrong width, and the only way to install the window, was to place it diagonally.

Window wrong dimension

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Window Installed on Wrong Side

Apparently, the fabricator confused height with width, resulting in this in-swinging side-by-side window installed wrong way.

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Window with a Stormleader

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Window Knocker

A profession thriving when an alarm clock was hardly affordable.

window knocker - credit fishki.net

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Sheet of Ice formed Outside Window

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Wooden window with a cat sleeping behind

Wooden compartment window with metal corner keys.

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