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Arc’teryx’s flagship store in Vancouver features zinc panel façade inspired by nearby mountains

Several factors influenced the design of the new Arc’teryx flagship store in Vancouver, British Columbia, and all led to the prominent use of zinc on the exterior. “I knew I wanted to use metal and zinc caught my attention early on” said Ehsan Vali, Unison’s lead designer on the project. “I discovered that the nearby mountains contain significant deposits of both zinc and copper. I came across different pictures of actual raw zinc and noticed the very linear, angular, clear lines with a bit of sheen. We quickly settled on RHEINZINK as the right material to deliver the cool, modern aesthetic to complement the brand.”

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Lorin supplies anodized aluminum for unique panels on the CapitaMall LuOne shopping complex in Shanghai

Lorin Industries, Inc. announces that it supplied the anodized aluminum for the unique shining silver-toned exterior panels for the CapitaMall LuOne shopping complex, located in Shanghai, China. Designed by famed international architect Moshe Safdie, the CapitaMall LuOne’s façade includes a living wall with exterior curtain wall “flappers” made from Custom ClearBrite® and Custom Silver White anodized aluminum provided by Lorin, which move gracefully in the wind.

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Trapolin-Peer Architects-designed Sazerac House, a historic renovation in New Orleans

Breathing new life into downtown New Orleans, Trapolin-Peer Architects-designed Sazerac House revitalizes previously forgotten buildings, and serves as a pioneering model for future investment and construction in the city. Located at the corner of Canal and Magazine Streets, the project merges two late 19th-century buildings into a unified complex that breathes new life into long-abandoned structures. Abandoned for over three decades, the buildings were renovated from top to bottom, which included stabilizing and reworking their structural systems, removing deleterious additions, and returning the buildings to a period-appropriate visual appearance while adding critical infrastructure upgrades to reduce stormwater load on city systems.

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Margulies Perruzzi completes Thomson Place retail activation project

Dating to the early part of the 20th century, the Thomson Place neighborhood was a booming industrial area of brick and beam warehouse buildings. Margulies Perruzzi’s design restored the building façades by opening bricked-up windows, reintroducing shutters on the upper level, and adding back long-forgotten architectural flourishes. The overall master plan respects the different proportions and architectural language of each building, and focuses activity on the new multi-use plaza adjacent to the buildings at 44 and 50 Thomson Place.

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Vertically expanded Philadelphia office renovation re-clad in glass and aluminum with wood grain finishes by Linetec

The new design of Philadelphia’s 2400 Market Street property was conceived by architecture firm Gensler, with Varenhorst serving as the executive architect. The renovated and expanded building was re-clad in a modern, high-performance façade. Its fresh exterior showcases Viracon’s glass within Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ aluminum-framed window wall system finished by Linetec.

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MBH Architects design sustainability-focused space for CorePower Yoga Design

In line with both CorePower Yoga and MBH’s dedication to sustainable building practices, the studio features recycled and natural materials throughout, including light-wash studio flooring certified by the USGBC Green Building Council. Climate-controlled rooms utilize the latest in technology to heat and maintain humidity levels across the entire space, while Benjamin Moore Natura paint was selected for its zero VOC content and resistance to mildew.

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Teknion’s New York showroom achieves WELL & LEED certification

“On July 11, Rachel Gutter, President of International WELL Building Institute, presented Teknion with a plaque acknowledging and honoring our Gold certification,” said Tracy Backus, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion. “The presentation, held in our showroom, was supported heavily by our friends at IWBI, the community at large and our staff, who will benefit the most from the space. People are motivated to improve their well-being and when we consider the built and natural environments together, we find that what’s best for the planet is what’s best for people.”

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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