From sustainable architecture to the latest in digital innovation, 2019 has been an exciting time in building design.
Here, Design Build Network takes a look at the architectural trends that have shaped the year so far with the help of leading coated aluminium specialists Elval Colour.
With a distinct modern appeal, reflective cladding mirrors the surrounding landscape, obscuring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor and allowing structures to blend more seamlessly with their environment.
A prime example of the trend can be seen at Circle Health’s hospital facility in Reading, UK. The design team envisioned a bold and defining exterior that needed to be durable, energy efficient and as eye-catching as the reflective aluminium lattice at the CircleBath site.
To achieve this vision, the company enlisted Elval Colour. The etalbond aluminium composite panels (ACP) proved to be the optimum cladding solution for the CircleReading project. The alternating geometry of the panels allows light to be reflected in multiple directions, creating a stunning visual effect.
As the preservation of our environment becomes increasingly important, those responsible for building projects are paying special attention to sustainability. Whether it’s the use of recycled materials, improved water-preservation, or the addition of green spaces, architects are finding new and exciting ways to be kinder to our planet.
Energy efficiency plays an important role in eco-friendly credentials. Architects can achieve energy efficiency in a number of ways, but ensuring the building is well-insulated is key.
With 65,000m2 of space spread across five interconnecting office blocks, a project such as Statoil’s HQ in Oslo, Norway, required a well-insulated exterior to minimise heat loss and maximise energy efficiency.
The design team chose Elval Colour’s etalbond ACP for the protective outer layer. Thanks to a combination of Elval Colour’s high-performance panels, a cantilevered design and a recycled heat source, the building achieves an impressive class B energy rating.
Incorporating geometric patterns into building design has long been a popular choice, but 2019 has seen the trend shift towards bolder patterns and parametric processes. By leveraging algorithmic thinking and modern technology such as 3D printing, architects are able to realise their bold ideas without the usual constraints.
With designers setting the parameters and making changes in real-time, parametric architecture allows limitless creativity. Not only can it assist with creating more efficient buildings, but these processes typically result in the most striking of structures.
Thanks to products such as Elval Colour’s malleable etalbond ACP, these daring visions can be brought to life. Elval Colour commercial manager Spyros Katopodis said: “We can assist in the realisation of the architectural vision by offering custom made colours and digitised product application solutions.
“That’s why etalbond, orofe and the rest of our range are produced in such a wide variety of coating surfaces, alloys and so on, to provide total freedom of expression to designers who choose to use Elval Colour’s products.”