Six Essential Materials & The Architects That Love Them

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To celebrate the recent launch of our US product catalog, ArchDaily Materials, we’ve coupled six iconic architects with what we deem to be their favourite or most frequently used material. From Oscar Neimeyer’s sinuous use of to Kengo Kuma‘s innovative use of , which materials define some of the world’s best known architects?

Five Fantastic Façades

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To celebrate the recent launch of ArchDaily Materials we’ve brought together five projects with fantastic façades, from Viñoly’s Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building in San Francisco to Holzer Kobler’s PALÄON in Schöningen, Germany. A building’s envelope is often people’s first impression and, in recent years, have been one of the focuses of innovation in the design and industry. The projects we’ve collated show a glimpse at what’s possible with façades and wall finishings.

Zahner Launches Software for Design and Fabrication

Original design by Crawford Architects on the Headquarters in North America / Mike Sinclair. Image ©

Zahner, one of the world’s foremost fabricators of façades, have launched new software to assist in design, fabrication, costing and delivery. CloudWall, part of Zahner’s ShopFloor platform, is a web based programme which provides an interface for users to design and fabricate curving in metal. It is a tool that uses Zahner’s ”factory floor like a massive rapid prototype machine”.

QuadroClad™ Glass Façade Panels / Hunter Douglas Contract

This month, we would like to introduce QuadroClad™ Glass Façade Panels, a great product from the Facades line of Hunter Douglas Contract.

Glass Façades systems offer aesthetic versatility and equally functional coverage. Hunter Douglas Contract’s glass systems enable a wide range of design possibilities, including custom printing, shading/fritting, and more.

Fully integrated with their engineered carrier system, this system is ideal for facade retrofits, allowing a functional and aesthetic makeover of an entire building exterior, including over- without the need for window replacement.

Main Features & Benefits

- Open-joint rainscreen façade systems control rain penetration, maintain ventilation, and provide thermal insulation.
- Range of transparent and opaque glass panels available.
- Glass panels fully integrate with QuadroClad metal and resin panels on the same plane.
- Ideal for both new construction and over-cladding projects. Full CAD and project management support available.

System Overview

- Width (max): 6 ft (1830 mm)
- Length (max): 12 ft (3650 mm)
- Glass Pane Thickness: 0.25 in (6 mm), 0,3125 in (8 mm), 0.375 in (10 mm)
- System Weight: 5.5 lbs / sq. ft (26.86 kg / sq. m)
- Max Size in Combination: Dependent on system type and configuration.
- Joint Width: 0.375 in (10 mm), 0.5625 in (15 mm)
- Coating: Color matched  Ceramic Frit
- Glass Pane Types: Low Iron (Colorless glass) or Clear Float (Green edge – Standard)
- Colors: Custom color capabilities including soil, semi-translucent, or translucent possibilities. All colors UV stable and chemical resistant.

Details

Panel Combinations

Specifications

- Panel Composition: Heat-strengthened or laminated glass to meet applicable building codes.
- Wall Bracket: Available for insulation thicknesses of 100 mm, 150 mm, and 200 mm (4 in, 6 in, 8 in). Slotted holes allow for adjustment of +/- 25 mm (+/- 1 in) in depth and +/- 10 mm (+/- 0.375 in) in horizontal plane.
- Support Rail: Extruded aluminum profile for maximum rigidity where required. Rails also serve as vertical drainage channel. Standard length 7,200 mm (283.5 in).
- Fixing Plates: Fully adjustable in vertical directions, with integrated anti-vibration gaskets.
- Panel Sizes: Complete range of sizes up to 1,500 mm x 4,500 mm (59 in x 117 in).
- Windows: Twin-color powder-coated or anodized aluminum profiles. Windows are thermally improved and incorporate  a range of mullions and transoms.

Project that use this product

The Orchard

This post is part of our ongoing effort to create a database of architectural products, a useful resource for all architects, with the help of our partners.

Hunter Douglas Contract is a business partner of ArchDaily.

QuadroClad™ Metal Façade Panels / Hunter Douglas Contract

This month, we would like to introduce you the QuadroClad™ Metal Façade Panels, a great product from Hunter Douglas Contract.

QuadroClad™ Aluminum panels feature flat or curved planes for a smooth, uniform appearance. Durable aluminum panels are available in either anodized or painted finishes and a wide range of colors. Installation is executed on the same substructure as glass and resin panels, allowing all panels to be used in combination.

Shanghai Automobile Museum

Panels constructed with fabrication technology used in the aerospace industry to create lightweight, extremely strong panels. Each panel sandwiches a stable metal honeycomb between two skins of smooth, coil-coated aluminum. Layers are bonded together with high-quality adhesives to form a monolithic mechanical construction.

The result: Optimal quality control. Maximum flexibility. The ability to withstand the most severe environmental conditions.

Dalian Shell Museum

Features & Benefits at a Glance

- Open-joint rainscreen façade systems control rain penetration, maintain ventilation, and provide thermal insulation.
- Honeycomb construction enables exceptionally large, flat modules up to 1500 mm (4.9 ft) wide and 4500 mm (14.8 ft) long.
- Metal panels fully integrate with QuadroClad glass and resin panels on the same plane.
- Ideal for both new construction and over-cladding projects. Full CAD and project management support available.

1. Ventilation
2. Drainage Channel
3. QuadroClad Pannel
4. Cavity
5. Thermal Insulation
6. Loadbearing Wall

Canadian Embassy

Specifications

External Skin: Aluminum coil-coated with Luxacote® or PVF2 finish (0.95 mm/~0.037 in). Other base metals and finishes available.
Internal Skin: Aluminum coil-coated with protective finish (0.5 mm/~0.02 in).
Core Structure: Aluminum honeycomb core.
Edge Extrusion: Extruded aluminum, mitered and crimped to seal each panel,with integrated fixing detail for easy attachment to support structures.
Wall Bracket: Available for insulation thicknesses of 100 mm, 150 mm, and 200 mm (4 in, 6 in, 8 in). Slotted holes allow for adjustment of +/- 25 mm (+/- 1 in) in depth and +/- 10 mm (+/-0.375 in.)in horizontal plane.
Support Rail: Extruded aluminum profile for maximum rigidity where required. Rails also serve as vertical drainage channel. Standard length 7,200 mm (283.5 in).
Fixing Plates: Fully adjustable in vertical directions, with integrated anti-vibration gaskets.
Panel Sizes: Complete range of sizes up to 1,500 mm x 4,500 mm (59 in x 117 in).
Windows: Twin-color powder-coated or anodized aluminum profiles. Windows are thermally improved and incorporate a range of mullions and transoms.

Panel Composition

1. Pre-coated and roll formed aluminum external skin
2. Adhesive file
3. Aluminum extrusion
4. Aluminum honeycomb
5. Pre-coated aluminum internal skin

Technical Drawings

Projects that use this product

Mahler 4

Dalian Shell Museum

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This post is part of our ongoing effort to create a database of architectural products, a useful resource for all architects, with the help of our partners.

Hunter Douglas Contract is a business partner of ArchDaily.

NBK Terracotta Façade Panels / Hunter Douglas Contract

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As architects, we are always looking for new materials and technologies to make projects standout in terms of aesthetics, design and functionality. The type of products available and an architects’ knowledge about its uses will have a direct influence in the design stage of a project.

Terracotta Façades panels by industry leader NBK (a Hunter Douglas company) bring a completely new dimension to designing the building exterior. Blending the latest technology for ventilated façades with urban tradition and materials, NBK terracotta tiles meet the highest standards for both architecture and design.