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Well-clad buildings to lighten those Covid winter blues

Words:
Claire Leavey

Winter’s here, we’re still in lockdown and heading for strict tiers – we’ve some comfortably clad buildings that will make things look up

Nordic Brown pre-oxidised copper
Aurubis

 
BROWN (from the Sax. brun) adj 1. a. Of a dusky colour, inclined towards redness. b. A pigment of a brown colour, as Vandyke. v 2. a. intr To become brown. b. trans To make brown. To roast brown; to give (by a chemical process) a dull brown lustre to gun-barrels, etc. 1570. 3. The sole unifying theme of a Labour and Wait pop-up shop, 2020. 4. Colour scheme of shade reference chart developed by Bristol Royal Infirmary, 1997. 5. This whole entire building (excl window casements: See Yellow).

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Tectiva fibre cement panels
Equitone  

 
BIG fuss at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, where its HK$930m retrofit has prompted a backlash from resident antiquities resentful at the attention being attracted by the 3D panels on the facade. 

‘Our objective,’ said said a protestor spokesperson, ‘is to show the world that we too are “stunning” and “exquisite”. We too are durable. We might not be resistant to heat, frost, fire, water, living organisms, or chemicals – and we might not be that rigid – but that’s why we’re inside and this “Tectiva” interloper is kept outdoors.’

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Sliding doors and casement windows
Sieger Systems via IQ Glass

 
Zac Monro Architects’ Zac Monro, erstwhile world air guitar champion, has finally grown up. The temples grey; brows develop a noble furrow, and they produce such architecture as this. But some elements of a misspent youth can’t be shaken. Like The Joker’s face tattoos, or Superman’s abiding Kryptonite allergy, this reformed character bears the marks of his former life. The slim 20mm frames on these Sieger doors and windows are, tellingly, not steel but aluminium. Not surprising; his stage name was ‘The Magnet’. He can’t use cutlery or go within 3m of a car.

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Aluminium curtain wall 
Senior Architectural systems

 
Desk! I am Major-General Anthony St Leger, lately deceased. Well,1786 is ‘lately’ for me sir! I lay in eternal repose at Dublin, yet of a sudden, my soul was drawn from my bones and thrust through the walls of that city’s Hilton Hotel – to here! Ah, Doncaster! The racecourse where first I did establish my stakes for running horses! And this a Hilton too? So the famous Hilton Spirit Portal brought me hence? Huzzah! So bright and warm! I will gladly take my rest by these fine Yorkshire windows. What a sight – nay, view!

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