New Product Announcement: Ceramic Facades


German building material supplier Agrob Buchtal recently announced the launch of two new ceramic facades for its KeraTwin ventilated curtain wall systems. Canyon and Kaijo were developed with product designer Mark Bischof.

“First of all, I followed the creation process of a ceramic in the Agrob Buchtal factory in order to derive design possibilities from it,” Bischof said. “A facade ceramic initially consists of a plastic mass that is later dried, glazed if necessary and then fired. With the car full of soft material, I then drove back to my office and we carried out a wide variety of tests to get a feel for how it behaves during forming.”

“At the beginning, I was thinking less about the final product and more about the effect on the entire building structure.”

Inspired by the Grand Canyon, Canyon has “an expressive three-dimensional effect” and is a “sculptural statement for timelessly beautiful facade.” Canyon was also nominated for the DETAIL Product Award 2021.

Kaijo, inspired by rain, the reflections on water surfaces and shadows of leaves, provides “discreet elegance for facades whose quality becomes even more apparent with the light.” Bischof designed a 3D print that is embossed on the surface.

Each panel comes in a size up to 1,800 millimeters (about 71 inches) long and 600 millimeters (about 24 inches) wide.

Canyon is available in white glazed or black unglazed finish, and Kaijo is available in black glazed or red unglazed finish. All surfaces can be mounted horizontally and vertically and their Hytect surfaces reportedly make it easy to clean and environmentally friendly.

"Both facades are very lively,” Bischof said, “and they change their effect through the position of the sun and their own perspective."


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Building design; Building facades; Building materials; Ceramic coatings; Coating Materials; Color + Design; Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; New Product Spotlight; North America; Z-Continents

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