This school uses Swisspearl to add colourful highlights to the metal tile facade.
This project is now 15 years old and is one of the first done in Canada using Swisspearl. If you would point to the heart of Vancouver, the intersection of Burrard and Georgia would probably be it. Across the street from Hotel Vancouver and used in an addition to one of the oldest building in the city. Swisspearl was chosen because it does not look out of place next to modern finished concrete and stone work that is a 100 years old.
This project is a point of great pride for Muralis Architectural Products. It is one of the first projects where we developed our collaborative approach to architectural assistance. Whether it was detailing, onsite education, and other problem solving, we learned many things during our years working on the project with Patkau and then the builder – and it won the Governor General’s Award for architecture. That’s pretty cool.
Carved into a cliffside, this home uses Swisspearl (Carat Sapphire 7060) to soften the relationship between the home’s finished concrete, anodized aluminum panel, and the glazing with its surrounding environment. Like with their other homes, mcleod bovell focuses on combining modern architectural homes with the advantages of commercial materials.
White. This what the designer wanted. That and a clean panel line for the parapet. Swisspearl was able to provide this. Located in Brandon, MB and expertly installed by the Flynn Group, this replacement of Firehall #1 acts as the centre of Brandon’s emergency response and as a point of pride for the community.
This LEED’s Gold Certified project set a new standard for residential developments in North America. Using a base of Sapphire 7060 and Black Opal 7024 with highlights of our Amber and Jade standard colours, it sits on the edge of the harbour overlooking downtown Victoria and out to the ocean.
Using varied heights of Swisspearl, Randy Bens designed a panel configuration that was highly efficient but visually variable. The light colour allows the greenery and red, to elevate and grab the eye.
Our second oldest commercial project in Vancouver, this project acts both a retail outlet and a museum.
One of Muralis’ oldest projects, this utilized two finishes of Swisspearl with one configured in a custom expressed lap. It was part of an expansion of the facility, giving a new face to a Vancouver landmark.
After being decommissioned, it was decided that having a Coast Guard presence in the harbours of downtown Vancouver was necessary. Built in the mid 90’s, the building was in need of some updating. Chosen because it is inert to salt spray, this 12mm back fastened Swisspearl in Reflex White Satin 9291 and Black Velvet 9221 facade stands out along the shore and makes the Coast Guard’s False Creek home new again.
At the base of “the Cut” as Highway 1 enters North Vancouver, this one of the tallest buildings utilizing Swisspearl in western Canada. With three colours, two custom, this highlight’s Swisspearl’s ability to deliver customization in a technically demanding situation while blending with the environment and the materials of the surrounding structure.
The renovation of this mid-century home along a creekside in West Vancouver redefines the word “renovation”. Taking advantage of Swisspearl’s ability to transition between commercial and traditional materials, the spectacular glazinG and natural wood features of this building are brought to the forefront. All the while, Swisspearl adds the back drop that lets the natural beauty of the west coast forest and this structure come together.
Unconventional panel layout and large cantilevered soffits are the highlights of this Swisspearl clad project.The Swisspearl provides a contrast to the red aluminum panels and natural wood recesses. The simplified details allow for the clean lines of the panel to define the edges of the structure.
The Barnston Pump Station is designed to minimize the visual impact a utility building can have in a neighbourhood. With it’s sloping radius green roof and dark Swisspearl panels (AV 020), it blends into the landscape as the living roof gives way to the shadow of the panel along its base – giving the impression of a hill along the river valley.
Black Opal 7024 above the expertly done stucco soffits, highlights the modern roof lines of this standout design by Mcleod Bovell. Though not conventional rectangular panels, this fasciae was optimized by utilizing the non-directional nature of CARAT Swisspearl to maximize the efficiency of the panel.
Raw has redesigned this existing, vast industrial building (previously Blackberry offices and manufacturing) into a series of smaller, light-filled, dynamic spaces that foster interaction, collaboration and creative thinking. The main design intention was to bring natural light into the large interior using central courtyard, skylights and new additional exterior glazing.
Embedded in a green slope in rural Austria, this unusual, single-family house is uniformly clad in black Swisspearl panels. Like a dark spaceship in a sci-fi film, the dramatic expression of the exterior inclined planes is continued in the interior. Sloping concrete walls and plush built-in velvet settees create a sumptuous, cinematic atmosphere.
Finish: Carat Black Opal 7024
Brought in as part of the curtain wall system, SAIT was CN’s first foray into the North American market. Calgary being a difficult climate for any material, this speaks to the materials versatility and quality.
The Wuzhen Medical Park presented singular a challenge – one of capacity. Though the 60mm x 60mm baguette is a standard in the industry, supplying thousands of miles of the profile in a timely and economical fashion would stretch manufacturers to their limitations. This is why we were approached by the architects and developers to produce the profile. We have no such limitations.
This flagship building is a re-imagining of the Shanghai shipyards as a place of art and culture. It is the first building of massive complex of homes, offices, restaurants and serves as its centre. Kenjo Kuma and Associates is taking the existing building and replacing the brick facade with curtain wall and terracotta sunshades- and appears as thought the bricks were removed one at a time slowly revealing the building underneath.
This villa is a good example of a successful combination of Swisspearl panels with stone. A dialogue occurs here between the two interlocking materials, contrasting textures, and corresponding color tones.
Finish: Reflex Champagne 9290
Varina Area Library is envisioned as a place for individual transformation and community advancement, as well as a learning hub. Situated in an agrarian part of Henrico County along the historic State Route 5, the new library connects Virginia’s historic capital in Williamsburg to its current capital in Richmond.
Finish: Carat Coral 7030
Neptune Office Building is articulated in long, extended parallel lines of layered materials: stone, glazing, Swisspearl panels, and steel flashing in tightly packed, overlapping panels. Interlocking forms protrude from the façade envelope covered by the timber-clad eaves overhang that protects the upper floor outdoor balcony.
Finishes: Carat Crystal 7010 and Black Opal 7025
The new building for the College of Health and Human Studies at Missouri State University impresses through its sculptural formation. That can be said not only of the volume, but also the spatial organization, which includes a communication zone connecting all floors.
Finish: Carat Onyx 7090
The Mall of America in Minneapolis opened its doors to the public in 1992 and is now the most frequented building in the United States with over 42 million visitors per year. In an effort to preserve this notable status, Triple Five Group decided to reinvigorate the existing mall through an expansion, which would reinforce the center’s strong brand and status as a tourist destination.
Finish: Custom Carat Colour
Uppsala Science Park is ranked as one of the world’s best corporate incubators and is known far beyond the borders of Sweden. Innovative ideas about life science, biotechnology, medicine, and IT are researched and developed here.
Finishes: Carat Coral 7031 and 7032, Topaz 7071 and Amber 7082
Designed for a large family of seven, House XL is located on the outskirts of a new residential area in the east of Slovenia. SoNo Architects’ design takes its cue from the typically Slovenian architectural elements and the rolling hills and fields surrounding it.
Finish: Nobilis Black N012
This project elevates its neighborhood’s existing design paradigm by implanting a modern canon that bridges the residential and commercial scales of the West Annapolis neighborhood. The structure’s linear planks quite literally reflect the scale of residential siding and – perhaps a bit more abstractly – what one would find on the hull of a ship, tying the neighborhood to the overall spirit of Annapolis as a maritime city.
Finish: Nobilis N211
Currently under construction, this project is an excellent example of 4 simple profiles playing with shadow to make a wall dynamic. Time of day, angle of view, allows the facade to appear ever changing and fluid.
Stanton Commons is the new headquarters for two local non-profit organizations, Martha’s Table and Community of Hope, who work with local families and children. Situated at a high point in Southeast Washington, the site has incredible views of the Washington monument and downtown D.C. The Commons provides quality programs that focus on education, youth development, nutrition, parental supports, and emotional wellness to help support the growth of a community where all children and families thrive.
Carat Black Opal 7021 & Topaz 7073
Nobilis Grey N211 & Green N513
This brand new building offers new space for administrative offices in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. If you view the building from the exterior, you can see that the faces appear to move slightly. When viewed from the inside through the destroyed window shape, the world seems to be moving.
Finishes: Carat onyx 7099 and Black Opal 7025
Though this project is currently under construction and soon to be finished, the LKMe’s integration with the window system, along with integral corner panels, allowed the designers to achieve an elegance worthy of the building itself – that, and maintain the budget for their client.
Religious believers from local communities conceived the idea for this ambitious project in Bern well over a decade ago. The core idea for this project was the creation of a place that would accommodate sacred spaces for five world religions under one roof.
Finish: Texial T212
The simple gable form with its vibrant red exterior recall the typology of a traditional barn. Only upon closer inspection do the glazed ends, entry portal, hangar door, and contemporary cladding denote another reality for the building. The Red Barn’s meaning lies somewhere between the past it references and the present it occupies.
Finish: Carat Coral 7031
Conceived as a giant jewelry box, large openings blur the boundary between interior and exterior, revealing its treasure of fine craftsmanship through the playful use of complementary surface materials.
Finish: Reflex Black Velvet 9221
Black Villa is a combination of state-of-the-art technology and simple, clean design that respects the existing conditions of the site and neighborhood. The single-family house is a great example of how one can use materials and colors in order to tie a building into its natural surroundings.
Finish: Reflex Black Velvet 9221
The West Village Park & District Energy Centre project aims to enhance safety, comfort, economic and social resilience and environmental leadership by creating an attractive and inviting parkscape, in addition to an efficient hot water heating energy plant. This park and plant will serve as the backbone of upcoming developments, encouraging connected local living and energy efficiency. The panels themselves are deceptively complex. Though they appear to be straight forward panels with a half inch reveal, the panels stretch at the bottom and the top to meet the prismatic design of the structure at the corners of the building. The paint finish was also unique – this is a finish that appears to be raw galvanized steel, it is actually a PVDF finish with an anti-graffiti coating. This durability and longevity was essential to the client.
What appears to be simple is not. Because of the prismatic shape of the structure, there were no 90 degree corners and no simple lines. The panels “fan” at the top to meet the dimensions of the building. This allows the panel to conform to the structure rather than the structure being forced to contend with a standardized panel. Though the effect isn’t dramatic, the fact that few people notice is the strength of the design. The building stands for itself, rather than the panel detracting from it. To give a sense of this, there are over 30 different profiles on this project – most see only one.
This project may appear straight forward, but the panels that are corrugated, concealed fastened, different depths, 20 ft long, 4 different colours, and one of the colours is custom. This was our second project as LKMe.
Between Parq Casino and BC Place is a walkway on the casino side is wall clad 5 LKMe profiles designed by the architect you give the appearance of a random facade. Though this is technically “the back” of the building. The developer and designers wanted to make sure that the experience and the relationship of the two buildings, because of the amount of foot traffic between them, was a positive and reflective of the finishes on “the front”.
Tartu University Hospital Extension includes three new expandable units for the hospital complex, which was built over a number of decades. Two new units, the children’s hospital and outpatient surgery, are accommodated in the extension of this clinic.
Finish: Carat Onyx 7099
Though this project is currently under construction, this project is challenging on many levels. Not even taking into account the fact that it being built to a Passive standard, the panels the are on an angle, triangular in the 3rd dimension and splyced together to span the 30+ feet. We will updating its progress on our instagram page.
Establishing a new standard for an indoor sports climbing facility, the Calgary Climbing Centre. 4 different profiles to create large valley’s and hills along the facade. Playing with colour and profile, LKMe was able to meet the demand of the architect.
What at first glance appears to be a single-family villa enclosed by an enormous pitched-roof with timber-clad eaves, are actually four separate apartment units.
Finish: Carat Onyx 7099
The new reception areas of the Ospedale del Mare in Naples by the architecture firm IaN+ were opened in March 2015. A new public square links the city to the hospital and the new reception area distributes access and service functions around a bright, sunlit entrance hall.
Finish: Carat Azurtite 7041 & Jade 7050
Alchemy, where we derive our name, is the precursor to chemistry founded during the middle ages. One of the driving principles of that discipline was the transformation of base materials into gold. This “transformation” was attempted in a variety of different ways, on a variety of metals – hence the expression “turning lead into gold”. We point this out because this project is a 4 coat custom gold paint done in 2 different profiles. The designers wanted to create something that complimented the Ombrae panel system that it sits beside and did not want to settle for standard fair off the shelve solutions. LKMe allowed them to do that.
The junction of this L-shaped business center is emphasized by a vertical volume clad in overlapping, vertical Swisspearl panels in jet black with clipped eaves and small punctured windows.
Finish: Custom Reflex Colour
If you could point to the heart of Vancouver, the intersection of Granville and Robson may be that heart. Pacific Centre, which had undergone a dramatic renovation as Nordstrom replaced Eatons as the primary tenant, wanted to update the sign. By utilizing LKMe, they were able to make something that reflected the life of that intersection.
This was the first project and is what laid the groundwork for what would become LKMe. Schools are always faced with budget constraints beyond most commercial projects. HCMA approached us with a panel design that was unique, beautiful, and cost effective. Two different depths and colours, tapered to give the building an expression that is all its own.
Custom painted perforated aluminum panel in a triangular corrugation with a integral shelve for a piece of acrylic for light diffusion. When you step back from the structure at night it gives the appearance of a lantern. Playful but elegant. A great place to sit out of the weather in the lights of city.
Occupying a prominent corner near the historic City Hall in downtown Victoria, the complex has two levels of sub-grade parking below a street-level of commercial uses, landscaped boulevards and public plazas. The six-storey (West) and 13-storey (East) building wings house class-A office spaces above. The network of outdoor and indoor spaces include a round atrium that will be open to the public during business hours. This skylit rotunda is designed as an informal meeting place and a venue for community events.