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Surface Appeal

It's not easy to design a handsome building, no matter what its type. You have to get so many elements just right if you want it to rise above the mediocre or mundane. You have to nail the usual to-do list of massing, scale, proportion, and detail. But great buildings usually have another thing going for them too: a great skin.

Surface Appeal

It's not easy to design a handsome building, no matter what its type. You have to get so many elements just right if you want it to rise above the mediocre or mundane. You have to nail the usual to-do list of massing, scale, proportion, and detail. But great buildings usually have another thing going for them too: a great skin.

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    Roberto Zeballos

    Wanting a lightweight material for this San Diego home, Sebastian Mariscal chose 24-inch-by-12-inch engineered stone tiles. He then custom-designed a clip system that allows the tiles to sit inches away from the building’s walls.

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    Millennium Tiles

    Made largely from recycled materials, these lightweight steel panels from Millennium have a self-aligning tab and a 3/8-inch edge.

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    KlipTech Bio Composites

    KlipTech’s paper-based surfacing reportedly holds its own in most weather conditions.

resources:

Cement Board Fabricators
800.366.5378
www.cbf11.com

Citadel Architectural Products
800-446-8828
www.citadelap.com

CYRO Industries
800.631.5384
www.cyro.com

GranitiFiandre USA
800.828.9074
www.geologicausa.com

KlipTech Bio Composites
360.538.9815
www.kliptech.com

Millennium Tiles
866.842.8585
www.millenniumtiles.com

Prodema
34.943.80.70.00
www.prodema.com

Trespa North America
800.487.3772
www.trespa.com

Trex Co.
800-289-8739
www.trex.com