Since its discovery in the 19th century, aluminum has been used in industries ranging from medicine to packaging to transportation. And of course, aluminum has played an integral role in architecture and construction. The Empire State Building, perhaps the most famous aluminum skyscraper, continues to illustrate the beneficial properties of the metal – its strength, flexibility and beauty.
Aluminum is one of the lightest and most sustainable building materials available. Weighing less than glass or steel, it is both strong and flexible. Aluminum is malleable and often used in projects where aesthetic curves are required.
Aluminium is a hero in the building industry as a lightweight, versatile and sleek-looking material, with the ability to perform under almost any condition.
On March 23, 2018, the American government placed a 10 percent tariff on aluminium – and a 25 percent tariff on steel – imported into the country, leaving Canadians wondering what exactly this means for our industries, our economy and for us as consumers.
While powder coating has been around for over 50 years, there is still a tendency to think of paint first when selecting a finish. But just because it’s the first option that pops into mind, doesn’t mean it’s the best. In fact, traditional liquid paint is slowly being replaced with newer technologies like powder coating, which is a superior choice in every way. Durability, sustainability, efficiency and aesthetics – powder coating has it all.
Although the Alberta construction industry has experienced its fair share of challenges over the last few years, our province still needs new facilities to accommodate the growing residential, office and cultural sectors. With major architectural projects both already underway and on the horizon, Alberta proves once again that even when it struggles – it shines.
Edmonton’s architecture scene is a growing, vibrant industry and we have the local talent to match. From businesses that have been around for over 70 years to interdisciplinary partnerships that blend architecture and graphic design, here are four local firms that shine.
Probably the best part about a new year – aside from looking forward to the future, is reflecting on the past twelve months. From real-time rendering to future cities, 2018 was certainly an innovative year! Here is a recap of the five of the most notable architectural trends of 2018
Whether luxury or budget, sophisticated or family-friendly, all hotels have one thing in common – they want their guests to feel welcome. Here are three ways that colour helps hotels create a welcoming – and memorable – experience for their guests.
We talk a lot about design, but something rarely mentioned is why exactly the concepts behind design are so important. Design is many things, but at its core design is creativity.
Certainly, neutrals are great in certain applications and also compliment a more colourful scheme, but if you want a happiness-inducing home, office, store, library, school, restaurant, recreation centre – and so on! – then these six mood-boosting shades are the way to go.
It’s an exciting time for the green building industry. Innovative ideas are being expanded upon and re-envisioned in order to take sustainable design to the next level. Whether it’s about paying special attention to a building’s impact on its surroundings or making an interior a healthy, productive space for its occupants, 2019 is going to be design’s greenest year yet.
There’s a friendly debate in the restaurant industry – is an establishment’s food enough to keep customers coming back again and again? While there are some who say yes – and certainly in a few special cases the food really is that good – most of the time it’s a combination of menu, service, design and other factors that create a popular eatery.
We pride ourselves on being at the cutting edge of innovation when it comes to architecture.
The more we embrace emerging advancements in architectural technology, the more we need to consider the ways in which those trends can be used to create better, more holistic spaces for our communities.
We took a deep dive into the leading architectural designs that are shaping our world for the better – here’s what we found.
While powder coating has been proven to be superior to its liquid counterparts, how does it stack up to something like E-coating?
We’ve assessed the competition and have put our Paintline in the ring in order to decide which is better …
From a major trading post, to the “Oil Capital of Canada,” to a recognized cultural centre – the city of Edmonton has a long and varied history. And what would the capital of Alberta be without its buildings and artwork past, present and future?
The impressive output of green buildings in Canada and Alberta proves that the eco-friendly design “trend” has become a way of life. But what can you do to take up the trend?
Did you know the average human eye can see 10 million unique colours? No wonder it seems like there’s always a brand new “it” shade. From metallics, to vibrant reds and yellows, to pastels and the blackest4 black – today’s hottest colours aren’t just colours – they’re statements. Want to learn more about the five trendiest colours in architecture and design right now? Read on!
Although the majority of household names in design and architecture belong to men, female architects have played integral roles in the evolution of design. These four women pushed the boundaries of what architecture truly is – and redefined what it means to be an architect.
Many of today’s architectural trends stem from calls to action. The things we – as a society – need to change if we want to move forward into a more sustainable, more holistic future. Here are four of 2018’s biggest trends.