ARTICLE DESCRIBES HOW FORMABLE ALUCOBOND® ACHIEVES ARCHITECTS’ SIGNATURE DESIGNS
Alucobond® aluminum composite material (www.AlucobondUSA.com) is showcased in the July 2012 “Know Your Products” feature in Metal Architecture magazine. In the “Visually Striking Design” article, Douglas Twitchell, Alucobond marketing manager for 3A Composites USA in Statesville, N.C., describes how formable Alucobond achieves architects’ signature designs.
“Since Alucobond aluminum composite material was introduced in 1969, architects have turned to this ingenious patented product to create some of the world’s most visually striking modern structures,” writes Twitchell, who describes architects’ desires to leave their signatures on a building’s design.
“That signature may lie in the building’s imaginative overall shape that includes complex curves or trapezoids,” writes Twitchell. “It may lie in the building’s distinguishing wall color and texture, or in its distinctive exterior architectural elements and decorative interior elements. Or, it may lie in an overriding goal to achieve the highest LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in which selection of sustainable material is a priority.”
The Alucobond product offering has been continually expanded to meet these types of architectural needs.
Alucobond consists of two sheets of 0.020” aluminum thermobonded to a plastic core in a continuous process – a patented product design that provides extraordinary flatness and rigidity, excellent formability, light weight and outstanding weather resistance. Alucobond Plus material features a fire-retardant core – a building code requirement in many major U.S. metropolitan areas.
Alucobond panels are pre-finished with a premium coil-coated paint or anodized finish in a wide range of colors. Alucobond Spectra Colors allow architects to incorporate a unique, ever-changing color spectrum in building cladding as different wavelengths of light are reflected back to the audience. And, the Alucobond naturAL series offers the choice of a finely brushed or mirror-finished aluminum surface.
Twitchell discusses how Alucobond has helped architects to achieve signature designs in three new projects, including: the custom-colored “Tree of Life” painting design of the new Residence Hall at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) in Boston, the sustainable undulating “petal” design of the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and the striking curved roofline design of the Children’s Atrium at Oklahoma University Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
To read this Metal Architecture article online and view more images of these unique projects, visit http://bit.ly/NOHumD and turn to Page 48.
(Photo of the new Residence Hall at MassArt in Boston courtesy of Kate Hensley - Suffolk Construction)
Alucobond – “The World’s Favorite Aluminum Composite Material” – is manufactured in the United States in the Benton, Ky., plant of 3A Composites. The 3A Composites USA headquarters are based in Statesville, N.C. For more information about Alucobond ACM, call 1-800-626-3365, email info.usa@3AComposites.com or visit www.AlucobondUSA.com.
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