Rainscreen cladding is an exterior skin of rear-ventilated cladding which can be attached to new or existing buildings. It is a double-wall construction where the outer cladding is designed to breathe since the inner layer serves the purpose of insulation, the exterior cladding blocks rain giving the system its name. The structural frame stays dry since the rainscreen panels don’t allow water to reach the thermal insulation.
Facade Material: Swisspearl Carat, Black Opal 7024, Coral 7032, Onyx 7099
The building of the École Enfants du Monde in Montréal was designed in 1961 by the architect Gaétan Le Borgne, while the 2013 expansion was done by the architecture firm Birtz Bastien Beaudoin Laforest architectes. Featuring two upper storeys and a basement, the building has an “L” shape: the original building sits parallel to Marcel Street while the extension is located to the east.
By reason of the design diversity of Swisspearl panels, the new wing of the École Enfants du Monde features this fiber cement material to inject some color to the original construction.
The Carat collection offers a through-color panel that features either a translucent or pigmented top layer. The unique, natural look and timeless beauty of the monolithic material has a delicate vein texture which provides an exciting and noble expression to buildings.
Carat is available in a wide spectrum of complementary shapes and is a good facade solution to create contrasts and special effects or to blend into any setting.
The proprietary processes pioneered by Swisspearl include a special surface finish, sealed edges and back coating to ensure optimal behavior and durability of the panels. Thanks to the smooth surface finish, there is minimal maintenance.