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AN found the latest additions that offer aesthetic sensibility, new advancements in materials and technology, and solutions for both passive and active design strategies.
TEXTURED CLADDING Paperstone
Made from recycled paper and a non-petroleum resin, the cladding is environmentally conscious and incredibly hardwearing. It is resistant to rain and UV rays, making it suitable for rainscreen and other environmentally-conscious applications.
TECU DESIGN_PUNCH KME Architectural
Perforated and embossed, the sheeting creates an ever-evolving, “living” facade. It can be used as screening or secondary cladding and in copper as its natural (and eventual patinaed) coloring or in treated variations ranging in colors that pass through the various stages of oxidation.
SELF-CLEANING AND SUSTAINABLE FACADE Neolith + Pureti
This facade system is treated with an aqueous and titanium dioxide nanoparticle-based treatment, which creates a photocatalytic, self-cleaning, and decontaminating effect. Put simply, the photocatalysis-activated coating is accelerated by light, decontaminating the surface millions of times per second. As a byproduct, the autonomously cleaned cladding also improves air quality.
FLOWTECH BY FLOOR GRES Florim
Giving an industrial look, Flowtech offers industrial-resilience to humidity, general wear and tear, and other weather-oriented impairments. The metal sheathing comes in fives sizes and in three neutral color variations.
The vertical 3-D wall sheathing is mounted invisibly by clips, horizontally positioned and supported by the structure underneath. It is available in custom profiles, even for curved and organic-shaped applications.
3D WALL PANEL Corian Design
Undulating and virtually seamless, the 3-D surface can morph into almost any shape imaginable. By the means a thermal-forming technology, it can be produced in varying levels of transparency and countless colors.
CEDAR AND ASH ARCHITECTURAL PANELS Nichiha
Nichiha developed two new colors—redwood and ash—for fiber cement cladding collection inspired by the look and feel of natural wood panels. The red and gray tones add the perfect notes to complement both commercial and residential projects.
M.LOOK NCORE FunderMax
Reinforced with metal fibers, these heavy-duty architectural facade panels are equipped to with a weather-resistant decorative finish. The adorned layer protects and surrounds the non-combustible mineral core that is resilient to fire and heat threats.
Each panel was a sandwich: two layers of glass with an air space between, all held in a metal frame. To cut the glare and heat of the sun, a coat of reflective chromium was placed on the inside surface of the outside pane of glass. (This layer of chrome was what gave the building its mirror effect.) The window frame was bonded to the chrome with a lead solder. During the testing, it was noticed that when a window failed, the failure began when a tiny J-shaped crack appeared at the edge of an outside pane of glass. What was happening was this: The lead solder was bonding too well with the chrome—so well, so rigidly, that the joint couldn't absorb any movement. But window glass always moves. It expands and contracts with changes in temperature, and it vibrates with the wind. So the solder would fatigue and crack. The crack would telegraph through to the glass, and the cycle of failure would begin.Next we turn to Santiago Calatrava–the Spanish architect with a penchant for creating soaring buildings that are often accompanied by soaring budgets; for more on that, just Google Santiago Calatrava. Great. But right now let's focus on his Queen Sofía Palace of the Arts that opened in Valencia in 2005. The structure, which CityLab perfectly described as a mix between a bird's skull and a stormtrooper's helmet, had to be repaired because pieces of its tile mosaic facade were blowing off in high winds. And then just last year in London, two steel bolts the size of human arms dislodged from Richard Rogers' Leadenhall Building, which is better known as the "Cheesegrater." Thankfully, nobody was injured from the incident. But that's not the end of the Cheesegrater bolt story. As recently as last week, it was reported that a third bolt had fractured on the building. British Land, a developer of the building, said in a statement that the broken piece was "captured by precautionary tethering put in place last year." That's good. After some tests, it was concluded that "bolts had fractured due to a material failure mechanism called Hydrogen Embrittlement." Many bolts are now being replaced, but the developer insists there is, "no adverse effect on the structural integrity of the building." Now, let's head back stateside to Chicago. Do you remember that time the glass coating on the Willis Tower's observation deck cracked? If you were the tourists standing on the SOM-designed attraction 1,353 feet above the city you probably do. Sure, while everyone was fine and nothing was structurally wrong, just imagine being the people up there when that happened—just imagine that. Of course this list of high-profile architects would find its way to Frank Gehry. A while back the most famous architect of them all was sued by MIT for supposed flaws in his $300 million Stata Center. While pieces of the building didn't fall off, it was said to have leaks, cracks, and drainage problems. “These things are complicated,” Gehry told the New York Times after the suit was filed, “and they involved a lot of people, and you never quite know where they went wrong. A building goes together with seven billion pieces of connective tissue. The chances of it getting done ever without something colliding or some misstep are small.” And now let's end this list where we started it, with Zaha Hadid. Just a year after her dramatic Guangzhou Opera House opened in China, it began showing problems—lots of problems. In 2011, the Guardian reported that "large cracks have appeared in the walls and ceilings, glass panels have fallen from [Opera House] windows, and rain has seeped relentlessly into the building." In fairness to Zaha, the Wall Street Journal noted that when it comes to construction practices in China, architects have little say.