With a shift toward a people-first attitude, designers seek to create one-of-a-kind experiences that stimulate and certainly capture the imagination.
Just as most of us want the newest phone, car or computer, Architectural Products readers, in following up for further product information from the magazine, have always gravitated toward what’s frankly “cool.” That said, their clients feel the same, as one of 2019’s biggest buzzwords was “experience”—specifically, architectural clients, or their clients’ end users, are looking for something special as they enter a space, be it a store, a restaurant, a theater, their residences, and now, the office, too. This trend, as we observed in our annual look back at this past year, could fall under other trends we spotted, “wellness” or even “customization,” in that the end goal is also a desire to deliver something that pleases an occupier of a space. But what is crystal clear is that colorful and dynamic spaces are now table stakes. Interestingly enough, in taking in a recent webinar on city spaces, one of the speakers noted the human mind, as our bodies walk down any street, need some kind of major stimulation every four seconds, or in the course of a given day, 1000 stimuli per hour. There’s certainly a lot more action happening on the streets than in the office or the classroom, so it looks like there’s a need for a lot more creativity everywhere, including getting people outside on a regular basis during the course of their work day.
Below are some of the indoor/outdoor products catching the attention of your fellow readers as observed in our “Readers’ Choice” report.
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A 2019 IES winner, the façade of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, by Gwen Grossman, uses digital projection as a means to create stunning art on the massive 2.5-acre façade. Part of a curated “Art on the Mart” series, Grossman worked with Obscura and ETC’s Mosaic control system which is the brain behind the illumination scheme.
LIGHTWALL 3440 vertical wall panels can extend up to 54-ft. long. The translucent polycarbonate panels provide energy savings via daylighting, outstanding insulation value and the absence of leak-prone horizontal joints. Tongue-and-groove joinery provides a clean appearance without the need for vertical framing.
The GO OutdoorTable brings integrated solar power to support formal and informal activities, individuals and groups, in a variety of postures. GO has a sleek and simple profile, a smooth, flat top that provides an ideal surface for writing, and rounded edges that offer a comfortable perch.
Offering one of the largest selections of permeable pavers in the market, designers can choose from assorted sizes, colors, finishes and textures from Unilock. Pictured here at the Parvis du parc Frederic-Back, Montreal, and Town Hall pavers which are modeled after historic clay street pavers with a unique color blending.
Extend the life of aged roofs with Garland’s LiquiTec fluid-applied waterproofing system built to form a virtually impenetrable surface over modified bitumen, metal and single-ply systems for years of added waterproofing protection. This two-component, 100% solids, aliphatic polyurea coating contains zero VOCs, is extremely low odor, and cures quickly to form a highly durable, impact and UV resistant membrane. LiquiTec can also be used as a repair material for maintenance applications and is easily applied by brush, roller and squeegee.
With the introduction of EN-V by Dri-Design, the company aims to restore the true meaning of “value" in value engineering. Without cheapening the metal panel system, the company has optimized its processes to deliver cost savings without sacrificing performance or longevity. EN-V is a surprisingly economical and tested, architectural, dry-joint, pressure-equalized rainscreen system. The product doesn’t compromise on aesthetics either, as it is available in dozens of standard colors as well as custom color-matching capabilities that make the possibilities nearly endless.
“JHP Architecture had identified a color range they wanted and had initially considered another coil provider,” Graham said. “We presented the new Weathered Steel finish that Petersen offered, the team approved the color from the mock-up we did.”
New Weathered Steel finish is made from a 70% PVDF Kynar formula manufactured by Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings. The two-coat finish replicates the multi-tone appearance that steel acquires after exposure to the environment.
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Stylish and functional, raise the aesthetics of your boardroom or office with Magnatag’s VisuGlass glass markerboards—manufactured with the market's finest materials—including high-quality transparent glass that won’t stain or ghost with daily use. Choose a visible or hidden marker and eraser dock, and match your glass markerboard to one of ten standard colors. Print any design or logo directly to the glass surface to match your communication strategy. Available in two framing options—frameless/floating panel or with a minimalist aluminum edge. VisuGlass boards feature simple and secure installation and are made in the USA.