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Unifying Plaid Design: The wood look provides a warm focal point for the room, and the red and black accents throughout offer a contemporary spin on the classic plaid design—a unifying design theme that’s carried throughout the building.

University of Kentucky Off-Campus Apartments Honor City Equestrian Heritage

In addition to showcasing Lexington’s equestrian heritage with a custom plaid design, the architect solved installation challenges with a versatile aluminum ceiling and wall solution that offered convincingly real wood finishes. With a total enrollment of almost 30,000 students, the university relies on residence life and housing as key elements of its student experience, both on- and off-campus.Therefore, when Core Spaces—an integrated company focused on developing and managing real estate for colleges and universities—began exploring ideas for a new project in Lexington, Ky., the company focused on creating a warm, welcoming off-campus apartment building th

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Lisle Elementary School, Lisle, Ill.

Not Quite Natural

At Lisle Elementary School in the Chicago suburbs, an immediately striking feature is the sprawling wood-look plank ceiling that greets students outside in the canopies at the school’s south and east entrances. The natural aesthetic of wood continues into the school’s corridors,where the design team from Perkins + Will specified CertainTeed perforated ceiling panels in Rift Cut White Oak veneer for their natural look and acoustic qualities. From a distance, the ceiling is unmistakably wood. In reality, it’s metal with a wood-look finish from the Box series by Hunter Douglas Ceilings & Walls from CertainTeed. Thanks to a unique metal construction, of 92% recycled materia

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Logan Airport, Suffolk County, Mass.

Design Impact

Techstyle’s large-format panels up to 4 ft. × 8 ft. createan exceptionally smooth surface for a premium look. The lightweight, sag-resistant fiberglass acoustic panels remain flat, even in high-moisture applications, and the surface is customizable with a large variety of colors, patterns and graphic designs. Each panel can be direct mounted to walls as well as ceilings for enhanced design impact and acoustic performance.

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Customizable Acoustical Ceilings

Techstyle Graphic options for the ceiling plane were designed in collaboration with HOK and Guillaume Martin from French design firm, iwoodlove. Techstyle Graphic panels offer a selection of organic, abstract and geometric patterns that can be re-colored to fit the design of any room. When integrated into a creative room environment, Techstyle Graphics can induce calmness in a doctor’s office, produce excitement in retail settings, or add subtle wayfinding cues in a complex transportation hub. 

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Slate-Look Upgrade

When members of St. John’s Lutheran Church were considering a roof replacement for their 60-year-old facility, they decided an upgrade in both performance and appearance was in order. They wanted a roof that would stand up longer to the area’s high-wind events than the existing asphalt roof, and that suited the building’s traditional architecture. Matterhorn Slate metal roofing fit both requirements, with some members saying they would consider the material for their own homes.

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Composite Clapboards

ICON composite cladding is formulated from a thermoset, polyurethane material that bears the appearance of natural wide-cedar planks while offering significant moisture, rot and insect resistance. The boards are lighter and more flexible than fiber cement or real cedar and are designed for easy installation. 

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