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Recent trends in Rainscreen Design – 3D Facades

The aspirations of Architects to transcend what was previously considered to be limitations of design, has inspired a new generation of rainscreen cladding designs and applications. Examples of inspired rainscreen cladding designs can be seen in a wide context of architecture and sector applications all around the world.

One of the benefits of a rainscreen cladding façade is its inherent ability to provide a structure with a unique visual identity, allowing the architect to create complex and eye-catching facades, without the need for the complicated detailing associated with non-standard design when using loadbearing products.

Ash & Lacy’s Lingrid system, part of the Façade range, has been selected for a wide range of architectural projects over recent years. Lingrid offers designers ultimate flexibility, utilising a unique hook-on secret-fix system, which has the capability to support a multitude of panel sizes, geometry, designs and configurations – primarily in a portrait orientation.

This defining characteristic of the Lingrid system is arguably most prevalent in the context of 3D facades. Recently completed, the award-winning Forbury Place development in Reading is easily recognised by the 3D diagrid that adorns the side elevations of both No1 & No2 buildings, the ‘peel effect’ 3mm aluminium Lingrid panels having been carefully designed and engineered to meet the expectations of project architects Aukette Swanke.