Viracon

Viracon Viracon offers a complete range of architectural exterior glass products. We not only fabricate glass, we also deliver design, aesthetic, budget and performance solutions for projects big and small. Our offering includes insulating, laminated, silk-screened, digital print, spandrel, hurricane-resistant, acoustical, blast-mitigating, electronic eavesdropping mitigating and a broad selection of proprietary high performance coatings. WEBSITE:

EXTECH’s LIGHTWALL promises daylight and thermal performance

Exterior Technologies (EXTECH), a Pittsburgh-based wall systems firm, promises both increased daylight and thermal performance with its LIGHTWALL 3000 curtain wall series. The LIGHTWALL is marketed as a highly flexible curtain wall system, able to be outfitted with both insulated glass units and cellular polycarbonate glazing. In a statement, Extech’s Director of Development Kevin Smith

Borealis Ventures speculates the future role of prefabrication in construction

In Constructuring: An Unstoppable Trend, a white paper by Borealis Ventures’ Ian Howell, speculates as to which practices holdback the construction industry’s ability to build housing on-time and within budget. Citing a McKinsey & Company study which found that “large projects across asset classes typically take 20 percent longer to finish than scheduled and are

Expanded screen filters light in Florentine company’s headquarters

The newly completed VoipVoice headquarters, located in the Empoli region of the Florentine countryside in Italy, is part of a research program aimed at reactivating industrial areas which witnessed a decrease in construction due to the building industry crisis. The project, designed by Pisa-based LDM.iMdA architetti associati, breaks the boundary between private and public spaces

Island Exterior Fabricators

IEF is a full-service façade subcontractor, and valuable resource for architects, owners, and contractors. Our diverse team provides building envelope design, engineering, fabrication, performance testing, and installation. Island utilizes modern fabrication methods to deliver precisely designed unitized facades, which helps us execute even the most unique and complex architectural visions. WEBSITE: http://www.islandef.com/ ADDRESS: 1101 Scott

Ian Ritchie advocates for subtlety and organic geometries in glass architecture

On April 19, for the afternoon keynote of The Architect’s Newspaper’s Facades+conference in New York, architect Ian Ritchie discussed his decades-long involvement in forward-looking glass architecture. Beginning with the tongue-in-cheek statement, “Glass is the answer; what was the question?” the British architect detailed the technological specifications and design considerations behind his projects. Ranging in size from personal residences to convention centers, the projects convey

STEKAR

Our mission is shaping the architectural heritage of tomorrow and providing façade solutions that add value and prestige to commercial and institutional buildings. Our vision is to be an essential partner for its excellence in the realization of modern architectural projects. WEBSITE: http://www.stekar.com/ ADDRESS: 668 5th Avenue Beauceville, Quebec G5X 1L6 T: 418.774.2424 F: 418.774.2425 E:

Structurflex

Structurflex Structurflex Facades are an economical façade screening system that looks like an expensive metal mesh at typically 50% of the cost installed. This unique European Screening System is a value engineered economical alternative to metal and/or glass and offers a much lower cost of ownership/lifecycle costs. WEBSITE: www.structurflex.com ADDRESS: 414 Oak Street, Suite 101

Copenhagen’s circular Axel Towers reinterpret traditional urban form

Located within Copenhagen’s city center, a new housing development challenges traditional urban form, while offering new possibilities for shared collective space and sensitively-scaled infill development. Designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, the Axel Towers are a collection of five circular mid-rise buildings, named after their block “Axeltorv” which occupies a site nestled between prominent medieval

Miami’s latest garage project is inspired by surrealist games

Miami is perhaps the epicenter of architectural parking garage design, hosting work from Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry, Enrique Norten, OMA, Arquitectonica, IwamotoScott, Leong Leong, John Baldessari, a scrapped Zaha Hadid proposal, and more. Adding to the mix is a seven-story mixed-use structure integrating retail with an 800-car capacity garage. Facade Manufacturer Zahner (fabrication);

Structural rationalism meets architectural elegance in Hangzhou, China

For over eight decades, SOM has been a leading voice in emphasizing structural poetics, or the integration of architectural and engineering efforts into built form. This mashup of rationalism and elegance was on full display at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennale, where they collaborated with Mana Contemporary to deliver a pop-up exhibition titled “SOM: Engineering

A skin for the spectacular? It has to be ETFE.

From biodomes to Disney resorts, “Sheds” and stadiums, ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, better known as ETFE, has become the material of choice for architects designing a venue for the spectacular. Appealing to designers as an affordable, translucent building skin, the material is now the go-to polymer for flamboyant facades. The Architect’s Newspaper (AN) spoke to three firms leading the

CL Talon

CL Talon The CL-Talon system is a revolutionary cladding support system, fabricated with aligning measurements integrated into the system elements. It dramatically reduces installation time and errors, lowering the cost and raising the quality of cladding applications. The superior thermal break performance of CL-Talon Therme clips increases building energy-efficiency, lowers operating costs and potentially contributes

Walter P Moore

Walter P Moore Founded in 1931, Walter P Moore has grown into an international company of engineers, innovators, and creative people who solve some of the world’s most complex building engineering challenges. More than 600 employees across 20 U.S. offices and 5 international locations provide structural engineering, building enclosure, and diagnostics services. WEBSITE: www.walterpmoore.com ADDRESS:

Vitrocsa

Vitrocsa Vitrocsa is the Original, slim profile sliding system, invented in Switzerland in 1992. Also known as The Invisible Wall System, the Vitrocsa system features the slimmest profiles in the world and is the choice of Pritzker Prize winning architects. Vitrocsa is manufactured in the US from Swiss made profiles. WEBSITE: www.vitrocsausa.com ADDRESS: 5701 Buckingham