Stone/Masonry

Renovation and Rehab: That's a Wrap

Winner in the architecture category of the Tile of Spain’s annual awards, announced recently at Coverings Connect, the new home for the Research Institute of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona, concentrates the research activity of this foundation, previously scattered throughout the complex. Designed by PICHarchitects/Pich-Aguilera and 2BMFG Arquitectes to meet demanding bioclimatic criteria, and achieve energy efficiency, the enclosure is a permeable latticework of ceramic elements that control sunlight. Judges were impressed by the use of ceramics to mimic the buildings in the historic environment. Ceramic tile enveloped the façade of the existing building in a transpar

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Street Savvy

Winner of a Bronze award in BIA’s residential category, the Unhistoric Townhouse in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan is a five-story townhouse, built for a family of four. System Architects embraced the street as a central theme of the project, to create a façade that engaged with the rhythms of the neighborhood.

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Solar Synchronicity

Winner in the Brick in Architecture’s Best in Class category for higher education, McCord Hall, at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe, was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. Its curving façade features a highly textured surface of projecting “corduroy” brick and deep vertical windows with projecting metal fins. The curved form of the building also increases the natural dynamism of the projecting brick shadows and operates like a sundial as the sun moves.

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Full-Depth Veneers

Available in five luxurious colors and four brilliant finishes, Aria Slim Stone full-depth veneers deliver a distinctive, modern aesthetic, increased durability and reduced installation time. Suitable for both interior and exterior installation, the units feature a linear profile that enables the application of the same veneer on both façades and in corners. The 36-in.-long veneer design reduces installation time and the 3.625-in. bed depth enhances durability.

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Dusky Gray

With a greenguard Gold stamp of approval, Cast Fit is a large-format manufactured stone veneer. Cultured Stone’s latest offering, Carbon, is described as a weather-worn array of grays. A darker gray hue is ideal for subdued lighting and/or more modern, monochromatic surfaces.

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Knee Walls and Accents

Quick and easy to install, TandoStone with TruGrit Technology is perfect for hospitality, retail and multifamily knee walls and accents. Impervious to moisture, it is ideal for ground contact and roofline applications. Creek Ledgestone features the look of individually stacked pieces of stone where the horizontal ledge is more defined than the vertical joints, while Stacked Stone features stones with low heights and random lengths for the appearance of a hand-laid, mortarless dry-stack set.

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Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, Alberta

Museum Design Uses Limestone to Tell Story

As was the case with Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum, the choices of artwork and historical material featured represent and reflect the energy and culture of the communities they serve. The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM), which celebrates the natural history and the human heritage of the province, embarked on a multi-year journey to thoughtfully reshape every facet of the museum, from the inside out.Architectural firm DIALOG, as part of a design build team with Ledcor and Lundholm Assocs., brought this new vision of RAM to life. An integrated team of award-winning architects, interior designers, landscape architects and structural, mechanical and electrical engineers were tasked

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University of the District of Columbia Student Center Entrance

A Sense of Place

The new student center at the University of the District of Columbia was designed to create a sense of welcome to an urban campus that has long been seen as something of an afterthought. The four-year college has undertaken a major redesign to reposition itself in the dense, Van Ness neighborhood, and the student center’s entrance plaza certainly sets a stage for the upgrades that have taken place.Landscape architects with D.C.-based Lee and Assocs. took the lead on the plaza design—the student center was the work of CannonDesign, in collaboration with Marshall Moya Design. The entire project is one of only two student unions in the U.S. to earn leed Platinum.The university has t

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University of Rochester Goergen Institute for Data Sciences

Driven by Data

The University of Rochester, in Rochester, N.Y., began accepting students to its new Goergen Institute of Data Science program in fall 2015, and two years later the school opened the doors to an ambitious new facility to house the effort.The building features a creative façade design by Kennedy & Violich Architects (KVA) that plays with the theme of a data-centric mission, offering a “coded” indicator of the work going on within its walls. At the same time, it also ties this very modern building to the larger campus, with its roots back to the 1930s.The campus is the university’s third home and was originally built as its College for Men in 1930. Its oldest buildings fe

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Suspended Animation

On the campus side, light-colored brick, along with concrete, predominates, drawing on the limestone shades of the school’s oldest structures. The town side, however, features brick in deep red tones. For this building, New York City-based Weiss/Manfredi brought those downtown hues onto campus, combining millennia-old masonry technology with cutting-edge architecture to create a high-performance structure that’s also become a teaching tool.Aiming for LEED Platinum certification, Weiss/Manfredi’s architects selected brick that was produced locally. And they got their own lessons in how brick is fired and in how its color can shift based on how it’s produced from suppli

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