With extraordinary physical properties and a variety of finishes, Neolith Sintered Stone was specified for the pioneering Hudson Lights project in New Jersey
Hudson Lights, which sits a stone’s throw from the Hudson River in the borough of Fort Lee in New Jersey, is a mixed-use development that combines retail and residential. Comprising a mall, on-site parking and 300 flats over 12 storeys, it's a bold project offering a fresh perspective on Manhattan from the Jersey shore.
Careful planning went into choosing the most appropriate material for Hudson Lights' façade and architects Arquitectonica initially proposed everything from copper and marble through to granite and wood in its search for contrasting materials with maximum visual appeal.
But concerns over the long-term upkeep costs for an exterior in a busy, metropolitan area inspired the firm to look further afield. Sintered Stone offered a low-maintenance solution to Arquitectonica and its client, fitting the brief with minimal compromise and no disruption. Neolith Strata Argentum, Pierre Blue, Iron Corten, Calacatta, Estatuario and Nero Zimbabwe were eventually specified.
Neolith’s UV resistance and waterproof quality made it a natural choice in a US state that experiences rainfall levels higher than the national average. A total of 2,350m2 of 6mm Neolith was used for the ventilated façade. Another cost-efficient design element was the invisible installation system. By using Neolith's own proprietary cladding system, StrongFix, Arquitectonica was able to create sleek-looking, sturdy and secure façades. StrongFix is an ICC-certified fixing system that enables architects to specify 6mm panels.
A number of factors including longevity, maintenance, consistency and style were considered during the selection process. 'The project had to communicate aspiration in keeping with an attractive building in a sought-after location,' said Arquitectonica vice president Jooyeol Oh. 'Since Hudson Lights’ completion two years ago, the façade has stood the test of time. Sintered Stone is sustainable, durable and easy to maintain. It is also likely to become more prolific in the construction sector in the coming year.’
Neolith is a natural, recyclable compact surface made of clays, feldspar, silica and natural mineral oxides with impressive resistance and durability properties. It has near-zero porosity, making it hygienic, easy to clean and impervious to chemicals. It is wear, scratch and heat-resistant, lightweight and easy to install, making it suitable for virtually every outdoor and indoor surface.
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