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Outta my cubicle!

Divvy up office spaces with these highly adaptive modular systems

Flexible operable wall systems can create virtually endless configurations to divide space up for solo and group work.

Tek Vue Teknion

This wall panel system features thin-profile frames linked together by a single glass wall section. Tek Vue is offered with pivot or barn doors and accommodates different ceiling heights for placement nearly anywhere on a floor plan.

glassSTACKWALL Carvart

This translucent glass wall system is available with framed and frameless partitions, and can be positioned open, partially open, or closed to create various integrated work and gathering spaces. It can be combined with different hardware and architectural glass in a wide array of finishes, patterns, colors, and textures.

Koan Lualdi

Pairing glazed glass panels with vertical wooden slats makes this sliding system warm to the touch. It can be customized with Lauldi’s range of handles as well as different wood and glass finishes.

Acousti-Clear Modernfold

This acoustically rated, glass and aluminum panel system divides space and absorbs sound simultaneously. The collection features three operable partition applications: automatic, motorized, and demountable.

Spazio Rimadesio

This glass partition system is uitable for a range of applications, from conference rooms to closets, and features flexible components for custom configurations. Spazio is made in Italy and available for purchase in the United States at DOM Interiors.

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Let the Sunshine In

Daylighting solutions to brighten up any interior
These skylights simultaneously provide ample natural light inside and spectacular views of the outside.
Danpatherm RK7 Danpal This skylight-roof hybrid is fashioned from a system of "cassettes" connected to a standing seam and supported by hidden glazing columns. The strong skeletal system offers a larger aperture without the risk of damage from heavy snow or raging winds.
FVS FAKRO USA This skylight integrates a photovoltaic panel that delivers solar power to an attached battery. If sensors detect rain while the skylight is open, it automatically closes.
Versatile Glass Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Prefabricated and shipped for easy installation, this skylight is factory assembled and pre-glazed with a fully guttered framing system. It is offered in pyramid, ridge, and octagon configurations up to eight feet wide.
SkyMax Velux Spanning 10 feet, this monolith skylight bathes interiors in natural light without compromising thermal efficiency.
SolaGlide Libart USA Unlike most skylights, this inclined system is designed to cover an entire area like a retractable roof. Made to provide thermal and weather performance year-round, SolaGlide comprises insulated glass panels and thermally broken mullions that are weather sealed.
Skyroofs - Clearspan Systems Kalwall With embedded, prismatic glass fibers, this panel system refracts light to provide a balanced deluge of diffused illumination. The structural composition of moisture-resistant aluminum beams can span up to 100 feet. Each application is custom designed, engineered, and installed.
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These windows are made for opening

High performance operable walls bring energy savings year round
Equipped with thermal barriers and insulated glass units, these energy-saving doors are made to withstand all seasons.
ah!60 - Performance panoramah! Inspired by Le Corbusier’s Five Points for a New Architecture, this collection offers boundless views through thermally broken external partitions. Like a screen, the sliding solution maximizes the openings in rooms to provide equal levels of lighting and selective views of the surrounding landscape.
AA 3200 Thermal Sliding Door Kawneer With framing and a tracking system outfitted with Kawneer’s IsoPour Thermal Break barrier, these patio doors maintain interior climates to provide energy efficiency. The frame is designed to accommodate insulated glass for improved thermal performance. Meanwhile, the casters, tracks, and fasteners are made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel.
1600 Series 1618 Multi-Slide Door MI Windows This gliding patio door system improves energy efficiency while simultaneously supplying a scenic vantage point. Featuring an insulating warm-edge spacer system, panes of insulated glass on the sliding track seal to the frame to prevent thermal exchange.
External Timber Doors Accoya Accoya wood—sustainably harvested radiata pine that is acetylated to give it hardwood properties—is a durable material that works well in exterior timber frames. The wood is designed to prevent swelling and expansion for at least 50 years. Accoya wood can be used in front doors, bifolding doors, patio doors, and garage doors, among other applications.
AIRE Brombal The appropriately named AIRE glass panel system features extremely thin, thermally broken profiles ranging from 7/8” to 1 and 1/2”. It is available in four metal finishes: galvanized steel, stainless steel, corten steel, and brass.
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XL Openings

These behemoth sliding glass doors bring the outdoors inside

Delivering nearly seamless sight lines, these expansive exterior doors open to expose floor-to-ceiling views.

Architect Series Scenescape Pella Aptly dubbed Scenescape, this collection of wall-height patio doors offers expansive views—whether closed, ajar, or open—to the outside. Newly redesigned, key features include thermally broken frames, new design finishes, and structural improvements.

CrossTrak Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Featuring an updated thermal break frame and door system, this behemoth sliding glass door offers sweeping views without compromising energy efficiency. For quality control, CrossTrak’s polyamide thermal barriers and insulated glass units are assembled in Wausau’s LEED Silver manufacturing center.

F-2500 JELD-WEN

Combining two panels of fiberglass mounted in aluminum-clad frames, this folding patio door system features a bottom-mounted track system. When open, it provides floor-to-ceiling views that are also maintained when closed through its large glass profile.

Signature Collection Marvin

The Signature Collection is one of three collections revamped in the consolidation of two brands—Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors—into Marvin. Known as the core collection of the former Marvin Windows and Doors, the revamped product line encapsulates the Ultimate and Modern product lines featuring an array of new sizes, typologies, and aesthetic offerings.

MaxView Patio Door Ply Gem

Designed to provide panoramic views, this monolithic three-panel multi-slide door system is available in custom sizes up to 18 feet wide and 10 feet high (and also in standard sizes for more typical applications). It is equipped with a 900-megahertz wireless network that syncs to the remote and Ply Gem’s DreamViewApp to control automated opening.

Lift & Slide Door Series 2000 Skyline Windows

Most sliding doors are heavy and have to be dragged open. The Lift & Slide Door Series 2000 is furnished with a handle that rotates 180 degrees to lift the sash off the tracks so it easily glides open.

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Love to Build

Check out the best new building products and tools from the 2019 AIA Expo
With over 750 exhibitors, the AIA Conference on Architecture is the premier event of the year to see the newest building products. We ventured to Las Vegas to speak to the building product manufacturers on the expo floor and discovered the latest materials and high-tech solutions. You’ll find highlights in openings, painting/coatings, software, acoustics, and more below. Enjoy!

Openings

Sun Tunnel Velux This unconventional daylighting solution brings natural light inside through a discreet aperture. The light tunnel provides diffused sunlight that runs all the way from the roof to the room below. YWW 60 TU YKK AP Designed to fit floor-to-ceiling spans, this thermally broken window wall system is equipped with YKK’s patented Megatherm insulating gasketing system. It provides thermal performance for one-inch glazing (or ¼ inch infill using adaptors).

Paint/Coatings

Chinese Porcelain PPG PPG named Chinese Porcelain—a deep, saturated, navy blue—the 2020 color of the year. The hue is said to promote relaxation and tranquility in “the anxiety of a fast-paced world.” 2020 Colormix Forecast Sherwin-Williams Paint purveyor Sherwin-Williams debuted 5 palettes of 45 colors to promote the ongoing trend of wellness. Combinations of neutral, nature-inspired hues are designed to foster healthy building environments via the beauty of color.

Software/Digital Platforms

Unity Reflect Unity Technologies At last! No more waiting for files to transfer from Revit. The new platform automatically syncs projects in real time in Autodesk across all platforms—from desktop, to mobile, to VR, and AR. It will be available in fall 2019. OpenCA IngeniousIO This cloud-based construction administration management platform is designed to help architects and engineers collaborate. The visually-driven design clearly illustrates process, progress, goals, and landmarks while simultaneously allowing for real-time feedback.  

Acoustics

LightFrame Decoustics Utilizing back-lit LED lights, these acoustic fabric panels emit light while simultaneously absorbing noise. A UV coating is applied to the stretched fabric to prevent color fading and ensure optimal lighting. MetalWorks Torsion Spring Shapes Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions These geometric tiles create custom ceilings that absorb sound. The modular design allows for a range of applications to control noise in open areas and small spaces. It is available in 2D- or 3D-patterned panels, non-perforated or perforated, in a full spectrum of custom colors.
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Product Parade

Some of the best new and noteworthy furniture from ICFF 2019
From May 20 to 23, over 38,000 people flocked to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) to see the latest designs. Inside the glass walls of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, over 900 designers and manufacturers from around the world showcased the latest offerings in furniture, lighting, kitchen and bath, textiles, wall coverings, and flooring. Here, we highlight the products that are new and noteworthy.

Outdoor Furniture

Monceau collection Fermob Monceau Collection Fermob Fermob introduced four new seating pieces into its colorful collection of park furniture. New additions include the xl armchair, the low armchair, xl bench, and rocking chair (our personal favorite). Solar Lounger NEA Studio Outfitted with a photovoltaic panel in the adjustable backrest, this wooden slatted bench features integrated LEDs that illuminate from the inside. It is offered in mobile or stationary versions.  

Lighting

Penna Collection Cerno To celebrate the lighting company’s ten year anniversary, in-house designer Nick Sheridan designed the Penna collection to represent the aesthetic vocabulary of the brand. Fashioned in walnut, brass, and leather, the fixtures are representative of Cerno’s bold use of solid wood, strap-work, and metal detailing. Pebble Series by Lukas Peet ANDlight Canadian designer Lukas Peet envisioned a series of glass lights that emulate the tactile qualities of stone. Including a pendant and ceiling/wall fixture, the collection features translucent glass blown forms available in four naturalesque finishes: pearl, travertine, slate, and citrine. Hemera Desk Lamp Ross Gardam Melbourne-based designer Ross Gardam debuted the Hemera Desk Lamp at ICFF to inaugurate the brand’s U.S. presence and new platform to distribute lighting across the country. Inspired by brutalist architecture of the 1960s, the marble fixture comprises two intersecting cylindrical forms that appear to have no visible light source.

Bath

CL.1 Dornbracht This collection of crystal fittings features the ephemeral qualities of light and shadow. Eight handle shades are offered in three finishes. Advanced Control Laufen Advanced Control is a cloud solution that connects plumbing to building management systems to monitor water usage, configure settings remotely, and indicate when maintenance is required. It will be available beginning summer 2019.

Hardware

Jay Jeffers for The Access by Accurate Accurate Lock & Hardware Accurate Lock & Hardware teamed up with interior designer Jay Jeffers on a new line of architectural hardware. Encapsulating a range of locks, pulls, knobs, and handles, each collection features finely detailed metal finishes available with smart lock technologies. Hollywood Hills collection Baldwin Hardware Interior designer Erinn Valencich designed a range of hardware inspired by the glamorous interiors from the golden era of Hollywood. Including cabinet hardware, roses, deadbolts, knobs, and handles, the collection is available in 19 finishes.
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Broad Spectrum Protection

The newest sun shading and screening solutions to minimize solar heat gain

These new screening and sun shading solutions decrease solar gain and add a little panache to any building envelope.

Sculpted 3D Metalwërks Articulate dynamic facades with these custom three-dimensional metal screens. Available in three interchangeable wall panel shapes, the modular system is designed to be easily integrated with LED lighting and to incorporate planters and irrigation for growing vegetation. LARGO NOVA 1032 HAVER & BOECKER Provide sun protection with this panel system that is ideal for facade, ceiling, or wall applications. The stainless steel architectural mesh filters sunlight through a crimped pattern and provides ample views out through its semitransparent geometry.
Fabricoil Cascade Architectural This metal fabric system is ideal to manage solar gain. The screens can be installed around a building envelope to control the amount of sun filtering in and, at the same time, provide unobstructed views through the semitransparent coiled fabric.
Living Walls Eco Brooklyn Plant custom living walls on building envelopes to filter air and cultivate biodiversity. These vertical gardens can support any number of flora with WaterGrip growing media, including fruits and vegetables (weather and climate permitting).
Architectural Metal Systems BŌK Modern BŌK Modern’s metal panel systems are CNC-cut to fit each site-specific application. The decorative cutouts are particularly pleasing when patterned shadows are cast from the sunshades on to the surrounding environs.
SMARTIA PG120F Fixed Pergola System ALUMIL Regulate brightness and airflow in outdoor spaces with Alumil’s fully automated pergola. Rotating louvers adjust electronically to protect against rain, wind, and other undesirable weather. The structure is available with a number of custom features, including sliding glass panels, vertical shutters, heating devices, and integrated lighting.
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Wonderwalls

Curtain-wall systems speed up construction and minimize solar heat gain

Prefabrication and new thermally-broken barriers are enabling curtain-wall systems that minimize heat transfer and minimize on-site construction time.

YUW 750 TU Thermally Broken Unitized Curtain Wall YKK AP

YKK AP improved the existing YUW 750 curtain wall system with a new advanced thermal barrier that minimizes heat transfer. The unitized system is glazed and assembled in a quality-controlled environment and then shipped on site for speedy construction.

2500 UT Unitwall Kawneer

Kawneer’s glass system is ideal for high- to mid-rise applications. The glass unitized curtain wall comprises a four-sided barrier block system designed for thermal performance.

CW-250 Curtain Wall GAMCO

To accommodate insulated and monolithic glass, this glass structural system is offered in several back-member framing sizes. Flexible enough to actualize the most inventive facades, the system integrates doors, projected windows, louvers, and metal panel options.

PDR-225 Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

This window wall is shop-assembled and sealed with a 3/8" polyurethane break to provide optimal thermal performance. It can be glazed for interior and exterior applications alike.

Planar Pilkington

Planar delivers maximum clarity to optimize the amount of light that enters the building envelope. Meanwhile, the entire system incorporates Pilkington’s various glass products to achieve thermal performance, solar control, and pristine views.

CW-7000 ESWindows

This unitized curtain wall system is designed to withstand a high-grade hurricane. The pre-glazed and preassembled glass unit system is available in large, trapezoidal, and inclined modules to realize the most imaginative facade designs. Meanwhile, the integrated vents offer nearly zero sightline interruptions.

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The Working Glass

These glass facade products beautifully balance performance and aesthetics
New manufacturing methods produce high-performance curtain walls, glazing, and glass designed to provide optimal thermal performance without sacrificing nearly seamless views. Jumbo Anti-Reflective Glass AGNORA Aptly dubbed, AGNORA’s 236” x 126” monolithic glass panels are ideal for any application where excessive glare would otherwise be a problem. Each sheet is coated with anti-glare coating by Guardian Glass. isopure sedak Thanks to new lamination manufacturing methods, isopure, a new system from sedak, yields nearly seamless large glass expanses. The safety glass adheres together with seemingly invisible butt joints that afford zero sightlines in large-scale, all-glass facades and roofs. SOLARBAN 60 Vitro Architectural Glass Vitro Architectural Glass’s SOLARBAN 60 is designed to provide thermal comfort year-round and reduce heating and cooling costs. This is achieved by a clear coating that blocks 62 percent of solar light transmission while also allowing 70 percent of visible light to filter through the glass. Harmony SageGlass SageGlass designed a digital in-pane system that transitions the glass from tinted to completely clear. The system works to provide heat, daylight, and solar management with pixel-like lines that occupy the glass surface in various gradients depending on the time of day and other extraneous conditions. AviProtek T Walker Glass Walker Glass glazes Pilkington North America’s pyrolytic coated panels to create bird-safe glass with a fritting pattern that contrasts with the reflective surface. Effectively, the coated patterns deter birds from colliding with the facade while remaining hardly discernable to the human eye. UltraClear Guardian Glass This “ultra-clear” low-iron glass maximizes views with its reduced green tint, developed to deliver nearly untinted views. When combined with Guardian’s low-E coating, SunGuard, the system reduces solar gain.
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envelop(e)

New high-tech cladding panels last longer and are easier to install

New manufacturing methods have made cladding and paneling more structurally sound and less cumbersome to install. These systems are highly customizable and are made to last from season to season.

Apollo II CertainTeed

These all-black shingles generate energy without the bulky infrastructure that typically accompanies solar panels. Simply installed directly on the roof, the environmentally conscious system can be employed on new and existing structures.

Marmi Maximum Imperial White Fiandre

Fiandre’s engineered tiles emulate the bold veining that occurs in marble. Unlike the natural stone, these porcelain slabs are lightweight and resistant to stains and wear and tear.

GRP SIDING Technowood

Made from fiberglass-reinforced polyester, this panel system is designed to withstand the weight of the most taxing structural applications. To fulfill the most decorative requirements, the siding is available in six natural wooden tones and seven varnished colors.

StoVentec Glass Sto Corp.

These glass-faced composite panels create a decorative reflective surface that provides thermal insulation. Made to order, each panel is offered in a variety of sizes, shapes, and custom colors.

Vintago Swisspearl

These fiber cement panels highlight the sanding production process with surfaces characterized by an undulating coarse grit. It will be available to specify in June upon its release in the U.S.

Porcelain Open-Joint Cladding Solutions Porcelanosa Facades Porcelanosa’s facade system incorporates all the colors and textures from its interior porcelain surfaces (including wood, concrete, stone, technic, or metals) for the building envelope. The system prevents moisture build-up and heat transfer via a ventilated air cavity directly behind the panels.
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Thermal layers

These new membranes optimize ventilation to prevent water damage

A new wave of high-performance weather and air barriers keep moisture out while simultaneously providing ventilation for air circulation.

LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier LP Building Solutions

WeatherLogic is an integrated sheathing and structural board system that requires no secondary wrapping. By bonding a water-resistant overlay directly to the panel during construction, all the edges are sealed and then secured with seam and flashing tape to form a complete air-and-water-tight membrane system.

JM TPO SA - Flashing Membrane Johns Manville

This permanent membrane is designed for vertical applications and therefore ideal for curbs and parapet walls. With a peel-and-stick application, the self-adhering barrier makes installation easier and faster.

Securock ExoAir 430 Air Barrier System USG Corporation & Tremco Inc.

USG and Tremco commercial sealants and waterproofing teamed up on a new barrier system, Securock ExoAir 430 System. The glass-mat sheathing panel is factory coated with Tremco’s ExoAir Brand of high performing air-water barrier fluid membrane to mitigate air infiltration, exfiltration, and water penetration. Factory application eliminates field-application inconsistencies and weather challenges and results in simplifying and speeding the construction cycle. The panel is installed using Tremco’s sealants and transition membranes to achieve air-water barrier continuity.

HardieWrap Weather Barrier James Hardie

James Hardie’s trademarked MircoTech coating keeps moisture from soaking into the membrane without compromising ventilation so that water vapor can escape from the inside. The system is ideal for both cold, humid climates and hot, humid environments.

DELTA-DRY & LATH Dörken

This unique weather barrier-screening hybrid for stucco and manufactured stone facades combines a rainscreen system with preinstalled fiberglass lath. The ventilated exterior coating wicks moisture from the outside while simultaneously providing open air flow for moisture to escape from the inside.

Wolverine Wrap The Griff Network

Made from a cross-woven polypropylene, Wolverine Wrap acts as a weather and air barrier to keep external moisture out and provide ventilation for interior moisture to escape. It is available in widths of 3 feet, 8 feet, 9 feet, or 10 feet and lengths of 100 feet, 150 feet, and 195 feet.

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Straight Grillin'

For architects: furniture for the great outdoors
Roast a rack of ribs on David Rockwell’s behemoth outdoor drill and then devour them all in a precious daybed. With summer just around the corner, we collected the following outdoor furniture either designed by or for architects. Rockwell by Caliber Rockwell Group for Caliber Appliances Rockwell Group teamed up with Caliber on a 360-degree grill. Allowing people to gather on all four sides, the grill fosters a communal cooking experience. It features an aluminum canopy that emulates how a table cloth drapes over a picnic table. Cottage Patricia Urquiola for Kettal Milan-based Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola, designed the daybed to be flexible for all climates with a customizable system of louvers, curtains, and fabric coverings. It is available in various wood stains and colored textiles. Origami Ramón Esteve for Vibia Spain-based architecture firm Ramón Esteve Studio conjured this otherworldly modular lighting system inspired by the Japanse paper-folding art. Using a single point as the source of electricity, various LED fixtures can aggregate to create virtually endless compositions. ELEMENTS Claesson Koivisto Rune for Widala Swedish architecture, industrial design, and interior design firm, Claesson Koivisto Rune designed a collection of public grills and furniture that emulates circular geometries found in nature. Consisting of stools, benches, planters, and a range of barbecues in different sizes, the pieces are perfect for public parks or backyards of multifamily homes. Acacia Extremis With a new take on the traditional umbrella form, this inverted, asymmetrical parasol creates the most amount of shading from the least amount of surface area. Mimicking the small leaf canopies of the Acacia tree, it is positioned upwards towards the sun (instead of downward) to create as much shade as a larger parasol could.