International Case Studies

Our products are used all around the world. Here are some of our favourite jobs.

Petrarch UCONN 

Client: University of Connecticut

Architectural cladding panel and framing system used: Petrarch reconstituted stone cladding – Dover Smooth Matt

Architects: JCJ Architecture & Moody Nolan

Contractor: Greenwood Industries

Project type: Education sector cladding
$72.5 Million

Size: 19,750m2

Project: The University of Connecticut (UCONN)

‘The University of Connecticut (UCONN) is a top-ranked public research institution with campuses across Connecticut. Its mission is to embrace diversity and cultivate leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in students, faculty, staff, and alumni. In order to bring this vision to life and to channel the spirit of ‘innovation’, UCONN selected JCJ Architecture and Moody Nolan to design its new Student Recreation Centre.’

Education sector cladding – the selection process

Education sector projects often pose a challenge when it comes to façade selection, with a stringent ‘must-have’ ticklist and usually tight budgets to adhere too. The University of Connecticut’s Recreation Centre was no exception. Petrarch’s appealing reconstituted stone aesthetic, intrinsic fire-resistant qualities (A2, s1-d0 according to EN 13501-1), durability and its easy installation, were just some of the reasons why it was chosen.

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Read more about Petrarch reconstituted stone cladding.

Photo credit: Robert Benson Photography 

KNDU Villas 

GAD Architecture
Antalya, Turkey

Material: Parklex

The AHK Kundu Villas, a collection of homes by GAD Architecture, has recently been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) for Future Residential projects. The project, comprising of 17 large, 56 medium and 50 small housing units, is sited next to a tourism zone in Antalaya on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey. Designed with sustainability in mind, the project makes use of resources available on the site.Facade and roof openings take advantage of natural ventilation and daylight. The Parklex exterior rainscreen cladding regulates temperature, and defines the boundaries of each home.

Shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival on Arch Daily.

Getafe Market Cultural Centre

Getafe, Madrid, Spain

Material: Stacbond

Photographs: Rueben P Bescos.

From the architect: A-cero presents one of his latest works. In this case, it is a public building which holds a cultural and leisure center for Getafe village, in the outskirts of Madrid.The main idea of the project is to reconvert completely a deserted building from years, which in a moment was the municipal market. The plot where is located, it is in the center of the city in the main square where it is also the city council.  The status of the existing building was semiruins and the proposal of the city council was to give to the townspeople a multifunctional center focus above all in cultural events.

Read more on Arch Daily.

Zerrenner Foundation

Educational Facility
Sete Lagoas, Brazil

Material: ULMA – M-05 – Earth

Ventilated Facade: 12,000 m²

From the Ulma engineer: The original project proposed a curved facade with a negative slope made of the same material; ULMA has solved this challenge by making a metal supporting structure of aluminium profiles on which the polymer concrete panels are installed. The format of the facade panels measure 1800mm long and have a height of between 800 and 900 mm, following all the horizontal joints of the building”. David Sevilla, ULMA expert.


Golden View Residence 

Workshop AD
Anchorage, AK, United States

Material: Parklex

Photographs: Kevin G. Smith

From the architect: Perched above the landscape like an extended tree house, the platform stretches across the hillside following the topographical subtleties of the forest. Expansive glazing exposes each space to the foreground wooded layers and the distant commanding panoramic views north and west. Yet, the spaces maintain a high degree of privacy from the surrounding neighbors. Exterior surfaces are clad with Copper Parklex composite panels, concrete, and metal roofing.

Featured on ArchDaily


LA DOLLER | SPORTS CENTRE | Mulhouse, France | DRLW Architectes

Realised relatively recently, La Dollar Sports Centre, Mulhouse, France, is a beacon of sporting excellence. So it’s perhaps naturally fitting that they turned to a gleaming facade solution such as STACBOND PE aluminium composite to help project this message and capture the spirit of its purpose.

The project objective
The principle objective behind this STACBOND cladding project was to develop a sports centre which would be an emblem of success and serve as a centre of excellence for the practice of competitive sports. Channeling sporting success, the idea of architects DRLW, was to create a building which would allude to awards, medals and cups.

Boasting a perforated metal skin, which is lightly gilded, metal punched & die-cut, it almost has the appearance of the head of the olympic torch. Elegant and luminous, its sophisticated STACBOND facade offers a striking contrast with its surroundings, and provides optimum protection to the building itself.

The qualities of Stacbond
Thanks to its optical qualities STACBOND PE offers an incredible and lustrous finish for facades. In essence it is an aluminium composite cladding panel, composed of two aluminium sheets and featuring an inner core of thermoplastic resins (low density polyethylene). Intrinsically it is extremely light, easy to install, and resistant to humidity and extreme weather conditions. In addition it is completely versatile and offers a magnitude of creative options such as punching and die cutting. In terms of fire resistance it is classified as:

NF P 92-501:1995 – M1

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