Four Architects Choose Their Favorite Cladding Products – Shildan Terracotta Rainscreen Selected
For centuries, building walls had one basic purpose: to hold up a roof. The invention of the modern glass curtainwall in the 19th century expanded the capabilities of a building exterior to address issues such as site context, performance, and aesthetics. Four architects share the systems that have worked—or that they’ve made work—for their needs.
Baguettes, Shildan Principal, Payette
Take Bridgewater State College’s Marshall Conant Science and Mathematics Building, a Y-shaped facility facing three different contexts: a grassy pedestrian quad, a wooded grove, and an industrial area. Boston firmPayette wrapped the entire building with a glass curtainwall system that stands behind a series of baguette clips made from terra-cotta, metal, or wood, depending on the elevation. The baguettes, manufactured by Shildan, act as a sun-shading system, but also help each façade “reflect the environment it exists in,” principal Todd Sloane, AIA, says. “It’s a cost-effective solution to solving each façade as a design problem.”