April 2019

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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Façade Revamps Old San Jose Office Building

Designers customized a glass façade for San Jose’s 111 Market Square to attract new tenants. Modulus Architects customized a second-skin glass façade for 111 Market Square; the back-lit decorative glass cladding is a key element in the upgrade of two 1960’s Class B office towers into Class A commercial real estate assets.

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Using Metal for Massing

Architects with Cleveland, Ohio-based Vocon were creating a streetscape, not just an apartment building, with their plans for The Quarter, a $60 million, mixed-use housing/retail development in their hometown’s Ohio City neighborhood. Varying shades of Omega-Lite ACM panels help define the shifting depths of the building’s façade. In all, more than 27,000 sq. ft. of the material in four finishes were installed using the manufacturer’s one-piece, tight-fit system.

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Visit the Pyramids

Pyramid Glass, shown in Azure Blue, is available in 15 pearlescent colors. Designed for large-scale façade applications, panels of the three-dimensional glass material can be ordered in sizes up to 6-ft-6-in. x 11-ft. It can be installed against other wall materials or used as a partition.

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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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Around the Globe

Tek Vue from Teknion was designed in response to customers’ increased emphasis on aesthetics, simplicity and value. The system focuses on single-center glazing and thin-profile frames, while providing effortless integration with conventional building construction and existing Teknion wall programs. Tek Vue wall and door programs are built on the concept of a universal platform, which re-envisions a system that can be specified, planned and installed within constantly evolving architecture andinteriors. 

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Modern Bench

Nienkämper’s Perplex Bench is a unique and versatile seating solution created by industrial design group, Fig40. Officially introduced at NeoCon in Chicago, the bench is defined by a minimalist, gently sloped shape that adds sculptural flare to a variety of commercial, hospitality and residential spaces. The sloped bench also effectively prevents water from pooling on the surface of the bench. Made of Ductal, a ultra-high performance fiber reinforced concrete and durable cast aluminum components, the bench is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. 

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Creating a Splash

As a multilayered, ultra-thin 0.25-in. (6-mm) decorative laminate that emits light evenly across its surface, LumiSplash has impressive impact-, scratch-, chemical- and abrasion-resistant properties. LumiSplash is the first ultra-thin, lighted laminate system with no air gap required for LEDs. This system uses a Light Bar and Light Guide Panel to produce luminance across a translucent surface. Using this system, it combines art with lighting in a durable laminate, creating a unique focal point for any home or business. It comes with necessary electrical components to simply plug into a 110-volt receptor or it can also be hardwired for permanent installations by a local electrician. It is sui

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Standard Shapes now Available

Formerly available only in custom shapes and sizes, WoodWorks Shapes for DESIGNFlex by Armstrong Ceilings are now available in standard 45-degree and 60-degree triangles, parallelograms and trapezoids, offering wood look without custom lead times. Available in 13 standard real wood veneer finishes, WoodWorks Shapes Tegular ceiling panels have been seismically tested for installation with a heavy-duty Suprafine XM suspension system. An online DESIGNFlex Pattern Gallery features a variety of pre-designed patterns that can be created using different WoodWorks Shapes ceiling panels and finishes. 

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String Pattern

Recently, 3form launched a new addition to the Full Circle collection with a team of textile artisans in Magelang, Indonesia. Inspired by long-lasting global relationships created by Full Circle, string was used throughout the new patterns to represent the connections and intersections the program fosters between people and communities. What resulted is four new stunning patterns that can be used in a variety of 3form products. 

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