Exterior Panels/Cladding

Smooth Solution

SmartSide engineered wood siding has been offered a cedar texture for several years, and now a new smooth texture has been added to the lineup. SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding is manufactured using the same zinc borate-based process, enabling performance through a range of severe weather conditions. Color options vary by region, and the material can be pre-primed for painting. 

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Tallest Passive House Building Features Unique Colored Facade

As the tallest passive house building in the world at 26 stories, The House at Cornell Tech, designed by Handel Architects, features an innovative system of prefabricated metal panels. Triple-pane windows, mineral wool insulation and air and vapor barriers were factory-sealed into large, single-story curtainwall assemblies and then hoisted on to the building as fully integrated units. The super-tight insulation, combined with highly efficient heating, cooling and fresh-air circulation systems, reduces energy consumption by 70%, as compared to conventional designs.To really make the design pop, Handel worked with PPG to custom color the façade with Duranar MXL coatings. “We were lo

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Colorful Solution

Designers with Missoula, Mont.-based In2itive Architecture decided late in the building process to punch up the color of the façade for a new medical facility in their hometown. The four-story headquarters for Consumer Direct Care Network now features more than 18,000 sq. ft. of Envelope 2000 composite panels in Regal Blue, Sky Blue and Silver Grey. 

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Park Town Centre, Cliffside Park, N.J.

Getting Back on Track with Style

With a concentrated effort to revitalize the downtown of Cliffside Park, N.J., Park Town Centre—13 stories of rental apartments atop a two-story retail level—was eyed as a way to bring new energy into a tired business district. Find a more efficient and cost-effective structural façade system to complete a planned mixed-use development that ran into economic issues. Town officials in Cliffside Park, N.J., had big plans for revitalizing their downtown when they began assembling properties for a new, signature mixed-use development back in 2002.

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Translucent Solution

In seeking to hide its unattractive concrete cladding at the Spoke Apartment Complex parking garage in Chicago’s River West, and enabling it to blend in to the attached residential tower covered in glass and brick, Fitzgerald Assocs. Architects specified 17,430 sq. ft. of Kingspan Light + Air | CPI Daylighting’s Pentaglas cladding. The green matte glazing is not only attractive, but it facilitates the movement of daylight and natural air in and out of the garage, and helped put the mixed-use development on track to earn LEED Silver certification.

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Panelized Stone

The new Grezzo stone panels are available in a range of panels sizes, enabling greater design and customization options. Inspired by coastal Italy, it is available in three finishes that take their names from sunny Italian beaches: Principe (shown here), San Domino and Sabbie Nere.

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433 Broadway, New York City

Articulation Curbs NYC "Dirt Factor"

433 Broadway walks a fine line between historic form and modern function, visually blending in to Manhattan’s historic SOHO district. Owned by Cubico, it is the first building entirely devoted to shared workspace constructed from the ground up. With this came a host of design challenges to allow varied companies to coexist—and thrive—within the same workspace. “Because it is being used by any number of different people, we wanted it to be as general and anonymous as possible,” says Nelson Vega, Associate Principal, AIA, RKTB Architects. RKTB also set out to avoid enclosed spaces that would block daylight from getting deep into each floor, with a lot of interior

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Shingle Style

Artisan Shingles offer the look of traditional cedar shake products, with the long-lasting performance of fiber cement. The variety of individual shingle widths and detailed woodgrain patterns add to authenticity. The shingles are available primed and prefinished.

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Compare and Contrast

Designers with R2L:Architects in Washington, D.C., paired two profiles of metal panels in a recent project to create a rooftop common area for an apartment project in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. The prePATINA graphite-grey Flat Lock Tiles and Standing Seam Panels help define the space, with a geometry that’s complemented by other materials in the plan. 

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Streetscape Comes Alive

Dri-Design Wall Panels with Perforated Imaging are featured at the entrances of the Mills Fleet Farm Parking Garage; they depict a natural woods scene that enlivens the streetscape and provides much needed parking for local venues in the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis. 

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