Open Up

HO4 Open Aperture luminaires offer a sculptural approach to linear lighting that can be configured for direct, uplight/downlight, pendant, recessed and surface-mount applications. The high-efficiency fixtures feature a polymer reflector and a unique optical design that adds just enough brightness variation to help define the rectilinear form. 

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Flooring Provides Stylish Pathway to Sustainability

Request for custom mixed flooring proves no deterrent in implementing an underfloor access system to achieve comfort and performance goals, including greater daylight harvesting. The design for these floors needed to convey a high-end professional feel while maintaining the benefits which had been achieved using an access floor system. The architectural firm of Mark Cavagnero Assocs. had a clear vision of materials: teak plank wood, multi-piece porcelain and carpet. The challenge became how to blend these varying materials as transitions and maintain the functionality of the access floor system. At 30-stories and 450,000 sq. ft., 350 Mission Street is the first LEED Platinum high-rise in th

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Rapseed Oil Steel Coating Gains Attention from World Architecture Festival

Designed by Stockholm-based Utopia Arkitekter, “Skýli” or Skyline, is a prototype emergency hiking cabin meant to serve Reykjavik’s remote areas. It features a sharp-angled roof augmented with GreenCoat color-coated steel from SSAB, a Nordic/U.S.-based steel company. SSAB is always in search of innovative architects who work with sustainable materials and currently offers the only coating product on the market that replaces fossil-based oils with Swedish rapeseed oil. GreenCoat color-coated steel provides additional resistance to corrosion and scratches, and lengthens color retention. Furthermore, it provides specifiers with a significantly lighter material compared to alte

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From Past to Present

Once a metaphor for economic and political turmoil in the area, the venerable “Unfinished Theatre” in Lublin, Poland, needed to bring itself into the 21st century. Two rooms especially benefited from a seating upgrade that leaves visitors in step with modern aesthetics and comfort. The “Unfinished Theatre” is the name that the inhabitants of Lublin nicknamed the old building that has occupied the city center for more than 40 years. With construction starting in 1960, it was set to be Europe’s largest opera palace. Funding problems at the start, together with the economic crisis of the 1980s and political changes at the end, left the unfinished building as a metaphor for a society that went d

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Faux Steel Finish

With a lower price tag and almost one-third the weight of stainless steel, anodized aluminum is an attractive option for window and curtainwall frames. However, architects have traditionally compromised on stainless steel’s clean, highly reflective appearance. Evening the score, Linetec has introduced a Brushed Stainless finish, mimicking the luster and sheen of real steel. A high-performance, non-hazardous anodized finish, Brushed Stainless delivers a long life span and a high level of stability to ultraviolet rays. 

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Non-Profit Facility Designs to Durability and Style

Westminster Neighborhood Services is a non-profit organization on the east side of Indianapolis that works with community partners to provide food and clothing to neighborhood families as well as children’s programs that meet nurturing, safety, educational and developmental needs. The 16,620-sq.-ft. facility, which also serves as a neighborhood adult soup kitchen, contains a computer lab, adult classroom, learning center, a store for basic needs and a dining hall.During the design phase of the facility, one of the main goals was to construct a building that would hold up over time and serve the community far into the future. Envelope 2000 metal composite material (MCM) from Citadel Arc

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