New look for La Quinta’s Hotel
Custom Neolith Commercial Facade
Custom designed Neolith surfaces create new look for La Quinta’s hotel design prototype
http://hautplantade.com/?pemeb=oppizioni-binarie&f52=f4 DESIGNER: 5G Studio
ARCHITECTURAL FIRM: Mayse & Associates
First impressions are everything. When embarking on a next generation hotel design, La Quinta Inn & Suites held a design competition to help define the hotel’s appearance and layout. The Texas-based hotel company, in its commitment to taking a fresh approach to the interior and exterior design, specified NEOLITH® by TheSize for the exterior cladding.
Following the competition, the company enlisted the expertise of 5G Studio to design the new prototype called Del Sol. The completed plans designed by 5G Studio called for bold exterior colors, shapes, and textures that were unique and distinctive to La Quinta. Once the plans were set in motion, architectural firm, Mayse & Associates, was instrumental in selecting the material that would bring La Quinta’s and 5G Studio’s vision to life.
“La Quinta wanted the new design to compete with other brands that catered to contemporary aesthetics”, said Roger Sotelo, architect, Mayse & Associates. “With three Del Sols operating, 18 under construction and an additional 62 in development, we ran into the challenge of which material to use to address regional variances while still catering to La Quinta’s and 5G Studio’s vision.”
Armed with a list of “must haves”, the architects originally looked into solutions that would not sacrifice vital elements to the design. After a lengthy process, Mayse & Associates settled on porcelain tile but soon learned the porcelain manufacturer was unable to produce the color needed and did not have enough technical support nor the capability to guide the architects with the installation process. Soon after, Holland Marble, a leading provider of stone products in Texas, presented NEOLITH®, a Sintered Stone, as an alternative. After further investigation, the design and construction teams agreed that Neolith was a viable option for this large project.
Manufactured by TheSize, NEOLITH® is a fully customisable surfacing product used for commercial or residential interiors and exteriors. Made from natural materials, the slabs are created through a high-pressure and high-temperature sinterisation process that replicates in just a few hours the same formation process of natural stone over thousands of years.
The result is a lightweight product resistant to fire, graffiti, UV damage, scratching, high impact and water, making it an ideal exterior material that will withstand the elements. Aside from the unique durability and appearance, NEOLITH® was able to create the custom colors that were crucial for the project and Holland Marble was able to provide the technical support needed to guide the installation process.
“NEOLITH® and the team addressed our concerns from a whole project perspective; both NEOLITH® and Holland Marble were exceptional in their collaboration and execution of La Quinta’s desired design concept.”
“Neolith was willing to work with La Quinta to achieve the custom color iterations they wanted for their prototype design. They were head and shoulders above the competition in their bids for the prototype material and were willing to entertain the long and arduous process of creating custom colors.”
Iron Corten, in NEOLITH®’s Iron collection, was the inspiration for the exterior custom color; its impressive natural metal tones and textures delivering a unique look. La Quinta had a very specific aesthetic and quality it wanted to achieve with its new contemporary prototype, and NEOLITH® was the only brand able to create the custom color to achieve the desired look.
With its large slab format, lightweight features and ability to easily cut the panel into any size, NEOLITH® is the perfect option to suit any project. To install the large 6 mm panels for this project, a thin-set mortar application was preferred. The advantages of a thin-set application is that it may be used in areas where there are high amounts of moisture present and although not waterproof, thin-set is non-water soluble. Thin-set is also inorganic and so is not a food source for mold growth.
La Quinta needed its new Del Sol design to match the integrity of the brand both inside and out. NEOLITH®, a pioneer in the Sintered Stone industry, was able to provide just that -integrity and durability – while successfully combining iconic brand elements with streamlined architecture and clean geometric lines. NEOLITH® provided the confidence the team needed and the freedom to create their dream design.
NEOLITH VENTILATED FACADE
Nordstrom Rideau Centre. Ottawa, Canada.
Elegant. Light. Warm. When thinking of the Nordstrom brand, very specific descriptors emerge that evoke the chic, high-end style of the upscale retailer. Following a 2012 announcement that the former Sears location at Ottawa’s Rideau Centre would be reinvented as Nordstrom, a great deal of care was taken to select architects, technicians and consultants that understood the brand, the vision and the goal. As the number one retail design firm in the world, designing more than 150 new and remodeled Nordstrom stores in North America, Seattle-based architecture firm Callison was selected for the project in this high-traffic location in the heart of Canada’s capital.
Callison began looking into potential solutions that would not sacrifice the design details. Callison began planning, digging deep into the design process and creating what would be an epic, dramatic revamp of 14,000 square feet of dreary, worn exterior and interior storefronts. The completed elevations were sleek and specific, designed with flat panels in a bright, gleaming white with subtle polished accents that would never stain, fade or discolor. The exterior façade would need to overcome the often harsh weather conditions in Ottawa, where temperatures of -4 degrees Fahrenheit are more normal than even locals would like to admit. An installation system that held panels firmly in place without grout lines was another necessity to carry out the team’s full vision. Callison realized this was a tall order.
The exterior façade would need to overcome the often harsh weather conditions in Ottawa, where temperatures of -4 degrees Fahrenheit are more normal than even locals would like to admit.
With several key “must-haves” for the project, Callison began looking into potential solutions that would not sacrifice the design details that were so important to the overall aesthetic. After looking at a variety of surfacing materials, Callison was drawn to Neolith by TheSize, a Sintered Compact Surfacing product already used frequently in Europe for commercial facades. The product had a reputation for being incredibly durable and resistant to scratching, fading, staining and extreme temperatures. After meeting with Travis Conrad, architectural consultant for Neolith, Callison’s team was feeling confident for the first time that their vision might become reality.
An array of tile colors to create patterns of horizontal movement
“As architects, we definitely thought about design and the aesthetics of the project foremost, but design visions don’t often link directly to a functional solution, especially when looking at a high-traffic commercial project like the Nordstrom at Rideau Centre,” said Michael Lee, principal, Callison.
“The product addressed our concerns from a design perspective— an array of tile colors to create patterns of horizontal movement, limited grout lines, varying panel heights and lengths to further reinforce the random nature of the façade, allowing for lasting warm colors—but also from a functional perspective in terms of durability.”
—Michael Lee, Callison
Neolith’s unique manufacturing process, which uses high pressure and high temperature to create a compact, nonporous surface, enables the product to withstand harsh conditions and emerge unscathed. A key concern for this project related to weather, as many compact materials are unable to withstand the coefficient of linear expansion in Ottawa, or the extreme fluctuations in temperature. Neolith’s design, in tandem with a unique mechanical installation system, provided a secure way to fasten panels without fear of cracking or splintering.
Neolith and the accompanying installation system also provided several design benefits to the project. The exterior storefront has several sharp angles and edges, as result of the façade being raised away from the main structure. Using Neolith, a chamfer miter is possible, allowing for seamless L-shaped pieces for cladding the outside corners. This simplifies installation, improves overall aesthetic and avoids the use of unsightly vertical lines where sealing caulk often gets dirty and discolored. This project utilized both 90- and 136-degree miters, giving the building an effortlessly seamless appearance.
Vast amount of aesthetic freedom to get the design just right
Aside from a clean, smooth look, the architects were also looking for specific colors. To contrast with the concrete and stone buildings surrounding the area, the façade was to be mostly bright white in matte and polished finishes with tan and grey accents. The team selected the pure Arctic White color in a Satin finish as the base and accented that with scattered panels of Barro, Perla and Arena in Satin and Polished finishes to round out the color scheme. Neolith’s portfolio of nearly 50 colors and four finishes gave the team a vast amount of aesthetic freedom to get the design just right.
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