Before & After: 107 Forbes Fiber Cement Facelift
107 Forbes is a most memorable example of a rainscreen renovation done right! For this showcase before/after installation, the design team at GRID Architects transformed a small-scale commercial building along Rowe Boulevard using Swisspearl's REFLEX series, installed in a unique 'fish scale' dutch lap application.
In order to build the new structure along this entrance into historic Annapolis, MD, the renovated building had to fit within the existing footprint and maintain similar bulk and stature. Using a very innovative "dutch lap" or "fish scale" design, Swisspearl's metallic color series, REFLEX, makes this retrofit application a most unique installation. Coupled with the warmth of HPL wood panels, Swisspearl's fiber cement panels were installed using a visible color-matched rivet and ECO Cladding's VZ.10 sub-framing system.
Swisspearl facades can be easily installed to retrofit or reclad existing structures as well as be effortlessly removed when it is time for a new design direction. The high-performance quality of the through-colored REFLEX panels offers a lifespan of over 40 years, improving the ecological and economical outcome of this building envelope for the long term. And for this project, GRID Architects delivered a most striking example of modern rainscreen design done right!
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