Art Kit

Lending an enhanced level of design creativity to commercial ceiling systems, DESIGNFlex enables architects to mix and match different panel shapes, sizes, colors and textures. The array of shapes include triangles, parallelograms and trapezoids, in addition to squares and rectangles in made-to-order sizes. Transforming the decades old 2-ft. × 2-ft. module into a new world of options. 

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Austin Central Library
Austin Central Library
Austin Central Library

Panels Ensure Durability for Library Exterior

The city of Austin built a new central library to serve its citizens, and in designing the building, chose perforated anodized aluminum as a central façade design element. Opened to the public in October 2017, the new 200,000-sq.-ft. Austin Central Library makes full use of the functional and aesthetic benefits of the perforated anodized aluminum panels. Many panels provide shade for the building and its entrances, while one large panel incorporates literary quotations that are visible on the building’s floor as light shines through the metal, and all of the panels add to the overall building aesthetic.The library was designed by architects from Lake Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfin

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Tile the Town

An outdoor trend to come out of Cevisama was the variety of ceramic pavers that bring orderly and beautiful hardscapes to the landscape. The 2-cm thick pavers are lightweight and easily cut and installed onsite. In addition to 24-in. × 24-in. formats, Tile of Spain companies offer 16-in. × 32-in. and 24-in. × 48-in. plank-like pavers that may be cut down to form still slimmer 12- or 8-in. planks. Paver aesthetics include flagstone and cobblestone looks featuring softly weathered edges, cottos and French limestone looks.

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With cascading windows gleaming throughout, the apartments grant its guests views of downtown.

Flooring Revolutionizes Chicago Apartments

Built upon the torn-down Gonnella Bakery, Spoke Apartments’ new construction brings 10,000 sq. ft. of retail space sandwiched between two towers of one-and-two-bedroom luxury apartments, townhouses and penthouse suites. Flooring provided the finishing touch. Gensler’s Chicago branch, working with architecture firm FitzGerald Assocs., designed the interior amenities and individual units at the Spoke Towers. Angela Harper, senior associate at Gensler, said that they conducted much research on cost, thickness, durability, sound properties and aesthetics from different luxury vinyl tile (LVT) products across the industry. A custom 5-mm thick Altro Lavencia LVT in the color Hampton Gr

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Versatile Glass Cladding

With its patented clip system, the TurnKey interior glass cladding system supports a quick install without adhesives or drilling. Available in a range of glass sizes, including hand-made art glass panels, options include back-painted, mirrored, etched, textured, decorative laminated, digitally printed and dry-erase glass marker boards. The versatility enables designers to quickly, easily and cost effectively revamp interiors.

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The Campus Beacon

The University of North Dakota’s (UND) Robin Hall’s sleek, light-filled design features a curtainwall and storefront system to meet the structure’s modern aesthetic, sustainability goals and performance requirements. Opened last year as the tallest building in Grand Forks and the headquarters for the unmanned aircraft systems programs at UND’s nationally acclaimed John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, the $22-million, 72,000-sq.-ft. Robin Hall—designed by ICON Architectural Group—rises five stories and ascends into a 127-ft. glass and metal tower at the structure’s entrance. Brin Contract Glazing worked closely with ICON and Tubelite to accom

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