This months focus is on the
latest in tile, stone, and concrete. In 2005, architects can
scout for these products at an array of trade shows, including
World of Concrete, 1/1821, Las Vegas; Cevisama, 2/812,
Valencia, Spain; Coverings, 5/36, Orlando; and Cersaie,
9/2710/1, Bologna, Italy, to name a few.
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The Savoy wall tile line (above) can be used in
residential applications for accent walls, kitchen
backsplashes, and countertops (below).
wall tile recalls another era
Savoy architectural wall tile is intended for
residential applications, including showers, kitchen
backsplashes, accent walls, and light-duty countertops,
as well as vertical surfaces in hotels, restaurants,
specialty shops, and luxury retail environments. Savoy
is available in 3" x 6" and 6" x 6"
field tiles, and a 6" x 6" beadboard that
may be used as a field tile or accent tile and installed
horizontally or vertically. The clean-lined collection
includes the 1" x 2" Pinwheel Pattern and
the 1" x 2" Running Board or Brick Pattern.
A solid dot, available in the lines five colors
(White, Linen, Blush, Sea Mist, and Café) can
be used to replace the central dot in the Pinwheel or
as a single accent piece. Crossville offers 11 trim
pieces, including a bullnose, quarter round, chair rail,
base molding, crown molding, and several liner bars.
The lighter shades of color have an opaque glaze, while
the darker ones have a transparent glaze that adds depth
and luminosity. Slight shade variations in both the
field tile and trim add to their handmade quality. Crossville,
Crossville, Tenn. www.crossvilleinc.com
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These exterior doors feature slabs of Azul Bahia
Hand-picked stones clad
one-of-a-kind windows and doors
Tueren-Art manufactures interior and exterior
doors and windows with a surface coating made of natural
stone, including marble, granite, sandstone, slate,
or onyx. The covering coat ranges from .12" thick
for interior doors to .28" thick for front doors.
It is patented, tested, and certified by German Institutions
of Testing and used worldwide. The doors are impact-,
shock-, scratch-, sound-, and weather-resistant. Tueren-Art
offers both a Classic line that focuses on the beauty
of a single slab of stone and a Design line that features
cutouts, as well as engraving, sandblasting, and gold-leaf-inlay
options. The doors weigh between 165 and 198 pounds,
depending on the type of stone and accessories used,
and exterior doors are fitted onto an aluminum frame
construction. Each door is one-of-a-kind and created
to customer specificationsthe client even chooses
their own stone slab before it is processed into the
final product. F.M.E., Erfurt, Germany. www.tueren-art.com
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The NMAI takes the form of a gigantic rock formation.
Custom-colored mortar holds
together new D.C. museum
Quikrete provided the mortar used to lay block and stone
for the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI),
which opened last fall in Washington, D.C. The museum
is a five-story domed structure that has the appearance
of a gigantic natural rock formation and is accented
by curving bands of rough-cut, golden-toned limestone.
The project required the use of 1,935 Quikrete 3,000-pound
bags of Type S mortar and its Spec-Mix silo system to
lay block backup on the 250,000-square-foot NMAI. The
project took three years, involved more than 40 masons,
and required two custom-blended colors, which were individually
mixed into the mortar for wet-setting stone. In addition,
1,500 Quikrete 3,000-pound bags of fine grout were used
on the project.
The companys bulk mortar and Spec-Mix silo system
has been used on many recent high-profile projects around
the U.S., including the Boston Convention & Exhibition
Center, Atlanta World Congress Center, San Diego Padres
baseball stadium, and the Ray and Maria Stata Center
science building at the MIT campus in Boston. Quikrete,
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