Recently, ironworkers placed the final curved steel beam 47 storeys above downtown Toronto, crowning Cadillac Fairview’s 160 Front Street West commercial office tower, a short walk away from the CN Tower.
Investing in smart, context-sensitive overcladdings—as well as upgrading older masonry buildings with new, energy-wise envelope improvements—can contribute to not just better buildings but also improved neighbourhoods.
When modified and/or accessorized properly, the same insulation board providing thermal resistance may serve as an air, weather, and/or vapour barrier. Select foam plastic insulating sheathing (FPIS) products merge all barriers and the wall sheathing into a single layer.
Combining multiple esthetics is the standard rather than the exception in building exteriors. And since the days of monolithic design are long gone, architects are pushing the limits by integrating materials to create a modern, sophisticated look. At the same time, no designer can afford to sacrifice performance for an eye-catching look. Ever-evolving, stricter building codes, and heightened expectations from building owners now demand the right balance between beauty and durability.
Modern architectural zinc is specified today for wall cladding, roofing, rain management, and architectural details. It can be fabricated into a variety of panel styles, sizes, and shapes. Today’s zinc material options also offer different colours and coatings.
Inspired by a sundial, the General Academic and Student Building at Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, Ont., by Montgomery Sisam Architects and Architectural Counsel, is designed to revolve around solar orientation.
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