Curtainwall & Storefront Frames
Opened in 2016, the Seguin Public Library in the City of Seguin, earned LEED Gold certification last November. Designed by PGAL of Los Angeles and 720 Design of Dallas, the 43,000-sf building uses Tubelite’s 400 Series Curtainwall and T14000 I/O storefront to take advantage of the natural light and views along the banks of a nearby creek. Tubelite’s curtain wall with high-performing glass was used to design a quiet room that extends into the branches of a pecan tree, letting visitors feel as if they are sitting in a transparent tree house.
Photo courtesy Seguin Gazette

Rheinzink Flat Lock Tiles
Designed by Studio Gang Architects, the 19,000-sf Eleanor Boathouse in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood is the last of four new boathouses and river launches created to offer greater community recreation and environmental stewardship of the Chicago River. The team for the two-building boathouse opted for a variation on Rheinzink’s traditional flat lock panels to clad the facade in a diagonal installation that features a small offset at the top in order to create a slight reveal and bring the panel overlaps more into plane. Rheinzink panels also cover the roof of both buildings.
Photo courtesy Studio Gang, © Tom Harris

SunGuard SNR 43 & SuperNeutral 68 Coated Glass
Guardian Glass
McKinney & Olive, a 20-story office tower with a two-level retail podium, marks the first design by Pelli Clarke Pelli in Dallas. The building uses 360,000 sf of Guardian glass to make up the glass curtain wall on the tower. The corners of the building have been specially designed without supporting columns so that the floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer unobstructed city views. The project used SunGuard SNR 43 coating on clear glass, which offers a visible light transmittance of 43 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, and SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 coating on clear glass, which offers Guardian Glass’ highest visible light transmittance at 68 percent, while keeping the solar heat gain coefficient at 0.38.
Photo courtesy Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA

Vine Concrete Tiles
Kaza International
Architects Tooley & Foster Partnership selected Kaza’s Vine tiles in white and green to help give personality to the facade of the residential Market Building in Brentford, England. The concrete tiles were applied with the use of a mechanical application to ensure stability on the exterior facade of the 1950s building. Designed by Gillian Blease, Vine is made of reinforced colored fine composite concrete, and can be used on both interior and exterior walls. It comes in two forms that work together to create organic “vines” that climb up the sides of the building.
Photo courtesy Angela Fogarty

Kebony Modified Wood
Developed in Norway, Kebony technology modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with a bio-based liquid, giving it the attributes of tropical hardwood, including high durability, hardness, and dimensional stability. According to the manufacturer, this makes it a good choice compared to natural woods, in sunny locations or areas with large temperature swings. Shown here is the Biological House, a modern, modular home in Middelfart, Denmark, by design-build firm Een Til Een. The firm chose Kebony for the cladding for its environmental credentials as well as the silver-gray patina it forms over time.

Tides Ocean Waves Wall
Móz Metals & Architectural Products
Kit and Ace, a Canadian apparel brand best known for its line of technical cashmere clothing inspired by the form and functionality of athletic wear, are upgrading their storefronts to match the aesthetic philosophy of their product line. Móz collaborated with designers at Gensler to manufacture exterior Tides Ocean Waves wall panels in shimmering copper for the Venice Beach, California location. To offer curb appeal, the stylish, durable aluminum metal waves were installed in a Champagne color with a Shimmer and polycoat gloss finish.

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