The face of any building has become increasingly important as developers look to create a distinctive project, or architects and designers look to continually push the boundaries on what is possible. From housing to corporate headquarters and schools to conference centres, demand for individual design and appearance has increased. New methods of construction and new ways of manufacturing materials mean the external facades of a building can these days be constructed from a wide range of finishes and applied in innovative ways.
Systems include curtain walling and rainscreen cladding using panel technology in materials such as porcelain, copper, terracotta, metal, plastic and stone. Insulated panel systems, sandwich wall, coupled with composite material and precast concrete all add to this exciting area of architectural design.