The facade is a building’s first impression, making it important for architects to select cladding that makes a statement while being durable enough to weather the elements. These high-performance systems by EcoSupply, Pac-Clad, Fiberon and Lunawood embrace these principles across a varied material palette.
With an expansive portfolio of patterns and colourways, Tekstur (an EcoSupply brand) protective panelling makes an immediate visual and textural statement. A composite made by applying heat and pressure to resin-saturated kraft or decorative papers (recycled and FSC-certified), the material is resistant to impact, heat, water and staining; a variety of predetermined patterns are available, as is the option for custom designs.
This flexible system by Pac-Clad lets architects and designers combine vertical and horizontal panels of differing sizes and depths across one layout in cassette-style patterns. The surface of the 100 per cent recycled aluminum cladding can be flat or tapered, and can be perforated with motifs, logos, wording, shapes or images. The modules can be applied to a range of substrate materials with a concealed fastener system, have weep holes for pressure and moisture venting and are offered in 46 standard colours plus custom options.
A new finish offering for Fiberon’s Wildwood cladding, Bamboo’s blonde oak tone was inspired by sandy desert landscapes. Made from 94 per cent mixed recycled wood fibre and plastic content diverted from landfills and incinerators, the sustainable wood alternative is low-maintenance and has a durable composite core that is impervious to rotting, cracking, insects and decay; the planks have an open-joint profile and are offered in multiple lengths and widths.
The Luna Layer extra-wide spruce exterior cladding by Lunawood (shown here on an upper terrace of the Wittywood office building in Barcelona by Ballarin & Grinyó) has a brushed surface that will gradually turn a lovely larch-like grey over time if left untreated. The straight-edged tongue-and-groove planks are available in two widths and are easy to assemble on site.
Metal, wood and composites: Here are four cladding options that offer durability, material appeal and a distinct style.