NBK Terracotta http://nbkterracotta.com A completely new dimension in façade design Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:40:07 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 All-in-one Visibility and Sun-Protection Facade http://nbkterracotta.com/fassade-sicht-sonnenschutz-aus-einem-guss/ http://nbkterracotta.com/fassade-sicht-sonnenschutz-aus-einem-guss/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:40:12 +0000 http://nbkterracotta.com/fassade-sicht-sonnenschutz-aus-einem-guss/ The post All-in-one Visibility and Sun-Protection Facade appeared first on NBK Terracotta.

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The newly built Albion library in Toronto has been designed to provide opportunities for resources and education. The building consists of several pavilions and courtyards that cover a total area of approximately 26,000 m2. The exterior of the newly opened library was designed in five different shades of color by the Perkins + Will architect office. The façade design is also unique because it serves a dual function: on the one hand, it has the typical façade properties and on the other hand it also serves as sun-protection elements, appearing monolithic in form.

The colorful façade makes the library a real eyecatcher and promises visitors brightness when inside. In the building’s front area, the ceramic rods that were used played two parts, initially preforming as sun protection but also as a privacy shields screening out curious looks. These two functions are only visible to the eye at a second glance and fit harmoniously into the overall picture of the building.

In addition, the building has been designed with sustainability and natural-like design taken into consideration. The Library’s dynamic form, color-concept, and open aspect to the street act as contradiction to its rich interiority. The façade of vertically mounted TERRART®-Baguettes and TERRART®-Large elements is made of glazed and natural colors and gives the building a distinctive appearance. In addition, a second layer was created by the invisible fixing of the TERRART®-baguettes to the panels below. The resulting three-dimensional effect makes the façade even more lively and gives it more depth. The additional attachment allows an even more various color design since the resulting layer sets the color accents.

As a natural material, the terracotta façade is famous for its resistance to temperature, weathering and corrosion, which over many decades is a valuable characteristic. TERRART® ceramic façades stand for sustainable building for future generations. Ceramics are considered to be an ecological balance as a natural building material, that is resource-conserving and particularly resistant. Ceramic façade from NBK Keramik GmbH are ISO 14025 certified as proof of sustainability. Thus, the facades are ideal for ecological building.

 

Check out also the blog post about the Albion Library at architizer.com

Photograph: Lisa Logan

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INTERNI MATERIAL IMMATERIAL http://nbkterracotta.com/interni-material-immaterial/ http://nbkterracotta.com/interni-material-immaterial/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:00:03 +0000 http://nbk.de/interni-material-immaterial/ The major exhibition-event INTERNI MATERIAL IMMATERIAL (3-15 April) will be organized in the historic courtyards of the Università degli Studi di Milano, at the Orto Botanico di Brera, at the former Seminario Arcivescovile and at the Campus Mondadori, during the FuoriSalone 2017 (3-9 April). The exhibition-event of INTERNI, which reaches its 20th edition in 2017, will feature a series of micro-architectures, macro-objects and experimental installations created by internationally acclaimed designers, with the aim of breaking…

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The major exhibition-event INTERNI MATERIAL IMMATERIAL (3-15 April) will be organized in the historic courtyards of the Università degli Studi di Milano, at the Orto Botanico di Brera, at the former Seminario Arcivescovile and at the Campus Mondadori, during the FuoriSalone 2017 (3-9 April).
The exhibition-event of INTERNI, which reaches its 20th edition in 2017, will feature a series of micro-architectures, macro-objects and experimental installations created by internationally acclaimed designers, with the aim of breaking down the conventional confines of architecture and design, opening them to a multidisciplinary approach of contaminations.

INTERNI MATERIAL IMMATERIAL will explore design applications not only on the scale of objects and spaces, but also in terms of processes and systems, including very timely areas ranging from the digital world to communication, all the way to productive systems, with a strong focus on sustainability and new technologies.

In cooperation with SHOP ARCHITECTS NBK will present a spectacular, oversized sculpture, made by terracotta. Visit us and be inspired.

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Outstanding BAU 2017! http://nbkterracotta.com/bau-2017-herausragend/ http://nbkterracotta.com/bau-2017-herausragend/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:53:47 +0000 http://nbk.de/bau-2017-herausragend/ For the first time, ever, 80,000 of the more than 250,000 visitors who attended BAU 2017 were from abroad. As a result, BAU, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, managed once again to make significant gains at the international level (2015: 72,000 visitors). With more than 65,000 visitors from architecture and planning offices, BAU managed yet again to solidify its reputation as a trade fair for architects. With a total of…

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For the first time, ever, 80,000 of the more than 250,000 visitors who attended BAU 2017 were from abroad. As a result, BAU, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, managed once again to make significant gains at the international level (2015: 72,000 visitors). With more than 65,000 visitors from architecture and planning offices, BAU managed yet again to solidify its reputation as a trade fair for architects. With a total of 2,120 exhibitors from 45 countries, it also set a new record for the number of exhibitors. It has done an impressive job of demonstrating its position as a driving force behind innovation and a source of momentum to the construction industry.

This year as well, was special for NBK at the exhibition, as we had a much larger booth that was located in the center of the exhibition hall. We were thrilled by the vast amount of people that took the time to visit our booth. We would like to thank you for the new contacts made, and for the stimulating and inspiring conversations.

 

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NBK Annual 2017 for Architects http://nbkterracotta.com/nbk-jahrbuch-2017-fuer-architekten/ http://nbkterracotta.com/nbk-jahrbuch-2017-fuer-architekten/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:04:53 +0000 http://nbk.de/nbk-jahrbuch-2017-fuer-architekten/ Also in 2017 – as usual – the NBK Jahrbuch 2017 will appear with selected architectural examples. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the participating architects for their cooperative and inspiring collaboration. We also would like to thank Professor Johannes Kister for his very personal, and emotional prolouge. The yearbook can be viewed online here, a hard copy is available at the e-mail address: info@nbk.de

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Also in 2017 – as usual – the NBK Jahrbuch 2017 will appear with selected architectural examples. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the participating architects for their cooperative and inspiring collaboration. We also would like to thank Professor Johannes Kister for his very personal, and emotional prolouge.

The yearbook can be viewed online here, a hard copy is available at the e-mail address: info@nbk.de

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What architects think about terracotta http://nbkterracotta.com/architects-think-terracotta/ http://nbkterracotta.com/architects-think-terracotta/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:05:47 +0000 http://nbk.de/?p=65358/ Fire, water and clay.   For us architects, the term ‘terracotta’ triggers a host of associations, from the millennia-old elaborateutilitarian pottery originating from Japan and China to the rich 16th-century mosaic work in Isfahan, Persia. In modern architecture, the experimental work of Alvar Aaltos with plastic wall ceramics and the intensive search of Jorn Utzons for the ideal cladding of the shells on his Sydney Opera House stand out. In recent decades, the development of…

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Fire, water and clay.

 

Eckhard Wunderling, Architect BDA DWB

For us architects, the term ‘terracotta’ triggers a host of associations, from the millennia-old elaborateutilitarian pottery originating from Japan and China to the rich 16th-century mosaic work in Isfahan, Persia. In modern architecture, the experimental work of Alvar Aaltos with plastic wall ceramics and the intensive search of Jorn Utzons for the ideal cladding of the shells on his Sydney Opera House stand out.

In recent decades, the development of new or perfected production techniques in the manufacture of ceramic panels and bars has led to whole new opportunities in architecture. The dimensioning, manufacturing accuracy and deformation capabilities of ceramic panels have progressed rapidly. In the extrusion and compression-moulding process, all kinds of individual shapes can be produced cost-effectively. The shrinkage and deformation of the ceramics, which still consist of clay minerals burned at high temperatures, have been optimised and a high level of dimensional stability has been attained. Through-dyed ceramics with a wide range of shades are supplemented by highly diverse colour interaction of the possible glazes.

In design planning in our architectural practice, we have been working intensively with ceramic materials for wall, ceilingand floor surfaces since back in the mid-1990s. Projects in which all kinds of requirements converge – such as high quality design, economic efficiency, revision capability, user-friendliness, durability and a compressed construction process – are ideal for the material.

S-Station Markt LeipzigOne such project is the S-Bahn station below the historic market square in Leipzig, which entered into operation in December 2013. The curved 150 m-long station hall only consists of a few materials: ceramic panels and bars for the surfaces, white concrete for the lines and brushed stainless steel for the technical elements. The longitudinal walls of the station support a scaled facade consisting of 1.50 m-long ceramic panels, while the service rooms on the platform and the front walls of the station support a facade made from ceramic bars. As well as reflecting the intended design, the facades meet various technical requirements. For instance, to achieve an agreeable room acoustic and speech intelligibility in the hall, the sound through the open horizontal joints between the panels and bars is absorbed by a layer of glass granules mounted on the reinforced-concrete walls.

The art critic A. Bartetzky summarised his impression of the station in an article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper: “The station market catches the eye with its particularly spacious and friendly feel. The 18-metre-high platform hall clad all around with honey-coloured terracotta panels combines airy monumentality with cosiness – two qualities that are unusual in an underground S-Bahn station.”

… And what could be a more fitting reference to the city‘s medieval clay quarry than a high hall made from the distinctive ceramic material? After all, the production of ceramics – this age-old, constantly evolving and refined art – still involves the three basic elements of fire, water and clay.

 

© Eckhard Wunderling, architect BDA DWB for NBK

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London Wall Place http://nbkterracotta.com/london-wall-place/ http://nbkterracotta.com/london-wall-place/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:58:56 +0000 http://nbk.de/?p=65327/ Ceramic façade from NBK, designed by the architects Make The radiance and form of exclusive ceramic elements: London Wall Place Over the next few months, a new, architecturally remarkable building will near completion in the City of London. London Wall Place is an office and service centre situated right in the centre of the city, designed and realised by the architects Make. It is embedded in the heart of everything that makes London special, whether…

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Ceramic façade from NBK, designed by the architects Make

The radiance and form of exclusive ceramic elements: London Wall Place

Over the next few months, a new, architecturally remarkable building will near completion in the City of London. London Wall Place is an office and service centre situated right in the centre of the city, designed and realised by the architects Make. It is embedded in the heart of everything that makes London special, whether it’s the first-class restaurants, shopping malls, theatres, or simply the silence and stillness of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Comprising two building complexes in a rhythmic vista of ever-changing heights – one rising to sixteen storeys, the other broad and expansive and rising in places to twelve stories – this currently unfinished construction has already established itself as a new London landmark. This complex of buildings compellingly incorporates and merges itself into the more than 4,000 m2 of public green space: a park, which runs between the two buildings, and more than 3,000 m2 of further greenery in landscaped roof gardens offer residents and guests alike space for rest and relaxation among the more than 46,000 m2 of usable floor space.
In addition, the incorporation of the remains of the Roman city wall and a medieval church lend the complex a unique, special flair, which is enhanced by a footbridge that winds its way through the experiential garden landscape. Another factor that makes London Wall Place – or London Wall for short – such a sophisticated and attractive location is the design of the façade, in which deep-blue ceramic elements alternate with light-coloured brickwork enhancing their effect. These ceramic elements were manufactured by NBK Keramik, which is based in Emmerich, Germany, on the Lower Rhine. The form, colour and brilliance combine to create a ceramic façade concept marked by its quality and exclusivity.

The ceramic façade covers the slender spaces between the high window surfaces, framing the windows and creating a highly expressive profile. These vertical columns rise to a height of more than five metres between the window surfaces. When viewed in cross-section, they project outwards like a pitched roof, which not only heightens their framing effect but also increases the overall ceramic content. The ultra-exclusive appearance of the façade is further enhanced by the choice of a deep-blue glaze which is specially customised according to the manufacturer. The high-gloss finish changes depending on the weather: when exposed to strong sunlight, the façade takes on a deep-blue colour; when the sky is cloudy, however, it appears almost black. This blue-black glaze was created following extensive testing over long periods in NBK’s development laboratory. The process was repeated until the architects were totally satisfied with the colour of the glazed elements.

By August of this year, 36,000 single ceramic elements of different cuts and lengths and with three different cross-sections had been shipped to London. The total area covers 6,200 m2, as big as a football pitch of 105 x 59 metres. The special pre-assembly process on trapezoidal sheets, on which in some cases individual ceramic elements have been affixed, allowed us to achieve the maximum element lengths of 5,325 mm for the vertical columns between the windows. The complexity of this impressive façade meant that T, cross and corner elements had to be used to close the façade grid at the appropriate points.

The elegant, upward-reaching effect of the ceramic façade is enhanced by the adjacent façades of light-coloured brickwork. Their appearance uses vertical strips of wall that alternate with openings over the entire height of these parts of the buildings. In the centre, the two described façades alternate from building to building.

This interplay of façade designs enhances the attractiveness of the architectural concept, making London Wall Place a brand-new highlight in the City of London.

 

    

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The future project in Manhattan http://nbkterracotta.com/das-zukunftsprojekt-manhattan/ http://nbkterracotta.com/das-zukunftsprojekt-manhattan/#respond Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:58:26 +0000 http://nbk.de/das-zukunftsprojekt-manhattan/ Terracotta, one of the oldest building materials in the world, remains as relevant as ever. Indeed, this material‘s sustainable and environmentally sound properties make it ideal for the demands of the 21st century. As a result of continuous advances in formulations, manufacturing processes and assembly techniques, it meets all the conditions of modern architecture. Terracotta is highly versatile – colours, shapes and surface structure can be adapted to the respective requirements, progressive manufacturing methods make it possible to produce all kinds of formats, cross-sections,…

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Terracotta, one of the oldest building materials in the world, remains as relevant as ever. Indeed, this material‘s sustainable and environmentally sound properties make it ideal for the demands of the 21st century. As a result of continuous advances in formulations, manufacturing processes and assembly techniques, it meets all the conditions of modern architecture. Terracotta is highly versatile – colours, shapes and surface structure can be adapted to the respective requirements, progressive manufacturing methods make it possible to produce all kinds of formats, cross-sections, profi les, radii or wave-shaped and honeycombed elements. It presents a virtually inexhaustible wealth of opportunities for contemporary architecture – inspiration and artistic creativity have often led to groundbreaking innovations. The material‘s fl exibility and diversity have ensured ts enduring popularity as well as making it suitable for bringing ambitious ideas to life. Terracotta keeps reinventing itself – which is precisely why it remains timeless.

However, the challenges regarding designs with ceramic elements are not only down to aesthetic aspects. Demand is growing for terracotta façades in renovation projects that
involve specifi c requirements in terms of material strength and installation. And unusual or ambitious building shapes and sizes demand practical solutions. People have always used imposing structures to highlight the huge importance of a building, or aimed particularly high in order to make a visible statement and create landmarks. In recent years, NBK Architectural Terracotta has provided numerous high-rise buildings with façade elements, some of which cover vast surfaces and involve challenging logistical
requirements.

An outstanding building is currently being erected in the heart of New York, at 111 West 57th Street: at around 435 metres high, as well as being one of the tallest buildings under construction in New York and the highest apartment block in the world, the tower is also the world‘s narrowest building for its height, with a width-height ratio of 1:24. 10,000 square metres of NBK terracotta will adorn the shell – curved, extruded shapes wind their way across the façade in a sophisticated design. A detailed portrayal of the project is planned for the 2018 annual book. The high expectations of creative developers and designers are the incentives that spur us on to deliver outstanding performance at NBK. The premises of modern, forward-looking architecture constantly require us as manufacturers to change our perspective and adopt new approaches. Terracotta is even more relevant as a construction material today – and we are working to ensure it will remain so in the future.

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We are certified! http://nbkterracotta.com/wir-sind-zertifiziert/ http://nbkterracotta.com/wir-sind-zertifiziert/#respond Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:18:12 +0000 http://nbk.de/wir-sind-zertifiziert/     In November 2015, the energy management system of NBK Keramik GmbH has been successfully certified according to ISO 50001.  Our aim is to actively contribute to environment protection and to minimize the environmental effects of our business processes. The energy management system is the key factor for a long term reduction of the specific energy consumption of companies in a systematic and holistic way and a targeted minimization of the environmental load while…

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In November 2015, the energy management system of NBK Keramik GmbH has been successfully certified according to ISO 50001. EnMs ISO 50001

Our aim is to actively contribute to environment protection and to minimize the environmental effects of our business processes.

The energy management system is the key factor for a long term reduction of the specific energy consumption of companies in a systematic and holistic way and a targeted minimization of the environmental load while meeting customer requirements. In this context, we undertake to continuously improve our energy efficiency. We have also embraced this aim in our company policy which can be seen here.

© NBK Keramik GmbH, November 2015

 

PDCA – Circle – Wie ein EnMs funktioniert

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BSU Hamburg http://nbkterracotta.com/lieblingsfarbe-bunt/ http://nbkterracotta.com/lieblingsfarbe-bunt/#respond Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:06:32 +0000 http://nbk.de/lieblingsfarbe-bunt/ Bold, cheerful, positive and optimistic – these are all words that convey the overall impression of the new building. The ensemble is completely enveloped in a polychromatic façade. On each floor, continuous aprons with a total length of around 900 metres and made from ceramic cladding glazed in bright colours make their way around the entire building, lending it an unmistakeably cheery character. Using five different shades of blue, red, yellow and green, the cladding…

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Bold, cheerful, positive and optimistic – these are all words that convey the overall impression of the new building. The ensemble is completely enveloped in a polychromatic façade.

On each floor, continuous aprons with a total length of around 900 metres and made from ceramic cladding glazed in bright colours make their way around the entire building, lending it an unmistakeably cheery character.

Using five different shades of blue, red, yellow and green, the cladding features a total of twenty different colours. The façade is uniform, easy-to-understand, and breaks down into numerous colourful elements representing the diversity of nationalities, languages, religions and personalities that come together here.The colour distribution is based on a carefully planned concept that was devised by architecture firm Sauerbruch Hutton and supports the architectural impact: “Peaks” of colour, each in one of the primary colours of red, blue and yellow, accentuate the ends of the low-rise building (blues) as well as the front (reds) and rear (yellows) of the high-rise building.
Between these strong colour accents, gradual colour gradients blend varying degrees of the individual colour shades.
Along the wavy south-facing façade, the colours revert to blue in the hollow (concave) sections, while the intensity of the red in the cusped (convex) sections increases steadily the closer you get to the high-rise. This pattern is followed on the west-facing façade, which blends blues and yellows. Greens are also added to the colour mix here. Along the northern sections of the façade, where the waviness is less pronounced, the colour gradient is linear – from blues through greens to yellows. Likewise, along the eastern façade, the colour gradient moves from blues through to reds.

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Living architecture, colourful facades http://nbkterracotta.com/lebendige-architektur-farbige-keramikfassaden/ http://nbkterracotta.com/lebendige-architektur-farbige-keramikfassaden/#respond Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:02:08 +0000 http://nbk.de/lebendige-architektur-farbige-keramikfassaden/ Bold shades of yellow, orange, green and red, make the St. Giles project visible from afar. Each section of the 22 individual facades materials has been created in one of six contrasting RAL colors. NBK Ceramic’s colorful, glazed ceramic facade elements enabled world famous architect Renzo Piano to create exciting new architectural designs. With Central Saint Giles, located between Oxford Street and Covent Garden, a new, urban highlight, designed by Renzo Piano, sets new facade…

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Bold shades of yellow, orange, green and red, make the St. Giles project visible from afar. Each section of the 22 individual facades materials has been created in one of six contrasting RAL colors.

NBK Ceramic’s colorful, glazed ceramic facade elements enabled world famous architect Renzo Piano to create exciting new architectural designs.

With Central Saint Giles, located between Oxford Street and Covent Garden, a new, urban highlight, designed by Renzo Piano, sets new facade standards. As part of a mixed use 46,000 square meters of office space, flats, a piazza with attractive new restaurants and workers, residents and tourists will be offered a new outstanding attraction.

Renzo Piano has designed 20-set multi-story front facades, in bright colored planes set at angles, which create a stunning play with colors. Each sub-plot of the 20 individual facades. Rarely a place for working and living was accompanied with so much architectural vitality. This confirms the formula: attractive built environment, attractive location.

BRILLIANT COLOURS

The facades, in which 140,000 individual elements have been processed, consist of ceramic TERRART® elements made by the German company NBK Ceramic. The company, which is a member of the Hunter Douglas group. NBK created this colourful facade following the specifications of Renzo Piano. Six bright colors like orange, lemon and lime were made of the glazed terracotta elements.

“The color idea came from observing the sudden surprise given by brilliant colors in that part of the city,” said Renzo Piano. “Cities should not be boring or repetitive. One of the reasons cities are so beautiful, is that they are full of surprises, the idea of color represents a joyful surprise.”

MODERN CLASSIC

The multi-story front facades are the epitome of a successful combination of modern engineering and Neoclassic architecture. Although the style of the architecture at first sight looks 18th century, the facade is made from of glazed ceramic elements, made with beautiful precision and assembled with a technically advanced complexity. Each facade plane is constructed as a unitized construction, of which each unit of the facade is pre-assembled with ceramic elements. Each window/facade element was then lifted into place with pulleys and aligned in acrobatic fashion by means of suction cups, as no exposed scaffolding and cranes were allowed in the location.

OUTSTANDING QUALITY

In addition to the corrosion and frost resistance of the fired ceramic elements, TERRART® facade elements support the creative architectural concept with a color selection that allows any RAL colour. This enabled the ceramic facade element to highlight the exterior facade.

Construction on Central Saint Giles was completed in 2010, bringing exciting new architecture to another urban public space in London.

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