Envelope

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Bring your ideas to life with high performance facade, roofing and envelope systems. Like main or secondary skins, they bend and adapt to the most complex shapes and aesthetic requirements while providing durable, high-impact resistance.

 

Create decorative and protective facade elements, latticework, perforated facades and urban furniture that bring innovation to life in a wide range of textures, finishes and colors.

Ductal® can be cast into organic shapes, or cut into clean angles. Its mineral nature allows it to add depth and shadow, or simply blend in.

1. Aesthetics

 

In addition to their superior impact resistance and leak proofing, thin, lightweight Ductal® envelope elements bring enhanced durability. This means more comfort, with the added advantage of the building envelope’s material efficiency translating into increased leasable floor area and lower operational costs in projects of every kind.

Due to the specific fibers used, along with the packing density of the material, Ductal® Envelope differs from other fiber reinforced solutions by retaining its mechanical performances throughout the full service life of the building.

2. Performance

 

The high durability, resilience, ductility and low porosity of Ductal® not only results in improved energy efficiency (heat and solar control), but an extended life cycle of up to a possible 100-year service life. That’s almost five times longer than with traditional concrete! Aesthetics are also preserved longer, contributing further to reduced operational costs.

Its light weight and versatility means that off-site manufacturing, combined with an optimized supply chain, contribute to lowering the material’s overall carbon footprint.

When it’s time for a change, Ductal® can be recycled using a very low energy process, wherein the material is ground up – much like in a giant pepper grinder.

3. Sustainability

 

There’s very little that Ductal® can’t do, and our team can guide you every step of the way in creating almost any sort of element you can think of, including:

  • Tailor-made precast façades
  • Large-scale standardized panels
  • “Brise Soleil” and perforated facades
  • Prefabricated unitized façade systems
  • Urban furniture

4. Applications

Discover our projects

 

Kenitra Train Station

Ductal® adorns the new train station in Kenitra, one of the strategic points of Morocco’s high-speed rail route between Tangiers and Kenitra, and a new symbol of economic development in the country.

 

Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Canadian-American architect Franck Gehry, laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1989, has designed a building swathed in an array of vast glass sails (large glass surfaces) and consisting of concrete facades with geometric shapes as original as they are complex known as icebergs... Icebergs dressed in Ductal® Envelope, using a unique manufacturing process that has received an award from the French Fédération de l'Industrie du Béton.

 

Rabat Salé Airport

The National Airports Office of Morocco assigned architect Zhor Jaidi Bensouda from Klarte International studio the refurbishment of Rabat-Salé airport, including the design of a 1 600sqm mashrabiya facade. It is both an envelope and a brise soleil, based on a traditional and cultural pattern : the Morrocan star.

 

Pérez Art Museum Miami

The Pérez Art Museum ("PAMM") is a modern and contemporary art museum situated in downtown Miami, Florida.

Surrounded by a 12 hectare park, it offers 200,000 ft2 (61,000 m2) of indoor/outdoor space for the display of art, educational activities, relaxation and dining. It also overlooks Biscayne Bay, where tropical storms or hurricanes and exposure to the salt/sea air can cause serious problems for buildings.

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