ALPOLIC metal composite materials (MCM) are some of the most sought-after architectural products because of their quality, versatility and the wide range of finishes. While there are options, choosing the wrong paint system can leave you with a finish that looks muted after just a few years. We often receive inquiries about the types of paint used in manufacturing our MCM, specifically what the differences are between polyester and more expensive fluoropolymer finishes. While they do look similar, at least initially, the variances are more often seen in their performance over time and are clear when reviewing the warranty limitations. Understanding the chemical component of each helps our customers make informed decisions about what is best for their specific projects.
The Linx is a modern office complex in Watertown, Massachusetts, adapted from a concrete warehouse. The stunning adaptive reuse project, designed by Spagnolo, Gisness & Associates (SGA Arch), replaced the heavily concrete exterior with glass and modern metal materials. The combination of perforated metal and glass allows for a substantial influx of natural light while the use of iridescent metal playfully changes the exterior throughout the day.
Hopkins Architecture were commissioned to complete both a renovation and new addition for the Pitkin County Library in Aspen, Colorado. The library was designed to meet the needs of the surrounding community including children and teen areas, adaptive meeting spaces, and a plethora of sustainable, energy efficient technologies.
Metal composite material is used in a wide variety of architectural markets. From education to corporate identity, the versatility of this material has made it a go-to in the architectural sphere. Due to its light weight, ease of fabrication, and wide-ranging color palette, the material has gained popularity since its creation in the 1960s.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida is a 1.5-billion-dollar complex with a distinctive, and now renowned, Guitar Façade. Consistent with the Hard Rock brand, the hotel is based around the idea of music and entertainment with large venues, a rooftop nightclub, 20 bars and lounges, and the premier Comedy Club. Boasted by the company as “Florida’s iconic entertainment destination,” the hotel itself was designed by Klai Juba Wald Architects.