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How to create an inspiring metal facade

By Johan Andersson, April 22 2016

Perforated anodized aluminium facade

When you hear the words metal facade some people immediately come to think of plain industrial buildings that are very well suited for their purpose but not always very attractive or inspiring. Those buildings do exist of course, but you can create the most spectacular facades using metals such as steel and aluminium. In this post I’ll give you a few examples of techniques that can be used to create really striking buildings.

Perforated steel facades

By creating a pattern of holes, a number of different effects can be achieved. The holes can be round, rectangular or of any thinkable shape and the pattern can be symmetrical or seemingly random. Even pictures can be expressed as patterns by using the same technology as in printing magazines where the pixels are determined by hole size. By adding backlight you can get an extra dimension of the building’s expression at evenings and nights.

Inspirational perforated metal facade

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Bend it, twist it or stretch it

Most of the products associated with sheet metal are roll formed, however, there are many ways to use sheet metal. Sheets of steel can be bent and twisted to create artistic expressions. In the example below the sheet metal has been woven into the structure of the building to create a wave like pattern. This is a good example of what can be done with a little bit of imagination.

Wowen steel facade

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Use colour

Today it’s possible to get metals in virtually every colour possible. This can be used on really exclusive buildings of course, but also to create a more appealing look for the more traditional industrial buildings such as warehouses and factories. By using traditional construction elements in different colours you can get a truly original impression without a significant increase in budget – suitable products for that are sandwich panels or facade cassettes.

Coloured facade casettes from Lindab

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Topics: Building Products

Johan Andersson

Johan Andersson is a product manager and research and development manager at Lindab. His background is as a mechanical engineer, starting at Lindab in 1995. He has been working with customer service, technical support, product management and leading the R&D department for Profile.
johan.andersson@lindab.com
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