Currently under construction, this project is an excellent example of 4 simple panel profiles playing with shadow to make a wall appear dynamic. Changes in time of day and angle of view make the facade look ever-changing and fluid.
Despite appearing straight-forward, this project is actually surprising complex: custom engineered wall panels that are corrugated also have concealed fasteners, different depths, and 4 different colours. Add to that a 20 foot panel length and the fact that one of the colours was custom, and you end up with a truly one-of-kind result.
This project is currently under construction, and has proven to be a worthy challenge for the flexibility of LKMe. Not only built to a Passive standard, the panels are on an angle, triangular in 3D and spliced together to span more than 30 feet in length. Check out our Instagram page for photos of this project’s progress.
If you could point to the heart of Vancouver, the intersection of Granville and Robson may be it. On that corner sits the retail giant, Pacific Centre, which had undergone a dramatic renovation when Nordstrom replaced Eatons. After the renovation, Pacific Centre wanted to update some of their key signage. By utilizing LKMe and the design flexibility it affords, they were able to make a large, intricate sign that reflects the life of that intersection.
What is unique about the Camosun College project is the integration of the LKMe panels with both the window system and custom integral corner panels. This seamless integration allowed the designers to achieve a crispness in the final exterior envelope, resulting in an elegant building. However, it could be argued that true beauty was found in the ability to maintain the budget for the client.
Soffit as a breathtaking and giant exterior light fixture? Yes, LKMe can do that. We used custom painted perforated aluminum panel, in a triangular corrugation, then added an integral shelf for a acrylic layer, producing dramatic light diffusion from the soffit. When you step back from the structure at night, it gives the appearance of a giant lantern, playfully but elegantly lighting up this downtown gathering spot.
Alchemy, where we derive our name, is the precursor to chemistry founded during the Middle Ages. One of the driving principles of that discipline was the transformation of base materials into gold. This “transformation” was attempted in a variety of different ways, on a variety of metals – hence the expression “turning lead into gold”.
In this project, a precious metal glow was achieved by a 4 coat custom gold paint done on 2 different panel profiles. The designers wanted to create something that complimented the Ombrae panel system that it sits beside and standard roll form solutions could not provide the desired warm metallic shimmer. LKMe allowed the design flexibility to turn metal into gold.
The West Village Park & District Energy Centre project aims to enhance safety, comfort, economic and social resilience and environmental leadership by creating an attractive and inviting parkscape, in addition to an efficient hot water heating energy plant. This park and plant will serve as the backbone of upcoming developments, encouraging connected local living and energy efficiency. The panels themselves are deceptively complex. Though they appear to be straight forward panels with a half inch reveal, the panels stretch at the bottom and the top to meet the prismatic design of the structure at the corners of the building. The paint finish was also unique – this is a finish that appears to be raw galvanized steel, it is actually a PVDF finish with an anti-graffiti coating. This durability and longevity was essential to the client.
What appears to be simple is not. Because of the prismatic shape of the structure, there were no 90 degree corners and no simple lines. Custom engineered panels “fan” at the top to meet the dimensions of the building. This allows the panel to conform to the structure rather than the structure being forced to contend with a standardized panel. To give a sense of this, there are over 30 different panel profiles on this project – most see only two.
This complex yet budget-friendly solution allows the building to be subtle yet remarkable, rather than being confined by standard panel profiles.
School districts are always faced with tighter budget constraints when compared to most commercial projects. When HCMA approached us with a panel design for Oak Bay High that was unique and beautiful, the design flexibility of LKMe created the ability to make it cost-effective as well.
Two different panel depths and colours were used, then tapered to give the building a unique and interesting expression that is all its own.
Between Parq Casino and BC Place is a walkway, which bridges the two buildings and brings the back wall of the casino to a place of much greater visibility. The challenge for the developer and the architect was to make the two buildings look cohesive, given the heavy foot traffic on the walkway.
On the casino side, the wall is clad with 5 custom engineered LKMe panel profiles designed by the architect to give the appearance of a random facade. The result of the design flexibility of LKMe was a back area that mirrored the finishes on the front of the building, yet was still budget-friendly.
Occupying a prominent corner near historic City Hall in downtown Victoria, the 750 Pandora complex includes street-level retail, landscaped boulevards, two towers of class-A office space and a round sky-lit atrium. The substantial mechanical equipment needed to be hidden behind an attractive screen which allowed airflow.
Most mechanical screens are either very standard looking or very expensive. The design flexibility of LKMe allowed the production of custom engineered wave-like panels with perforations for technical performance. This undulating wall catches the light uniquely throughout the day for a stunning look that was remarkably budget-friendly. The penthouse wall panels were also custom engineered to match the mechanical screen.
Calgary Climbing Centre prides itself on establishing a new standard for indoor sports climbing facilities. To keep that theme on the exterior of their Rocky Mountain location, the architect desired a creative look that appeared to have large hills and valleys along the wall panel sections. This cutting-edge look was achieved by using 4 different custom panel profiles and multiple colours, yet the per-square-foot cost was able to be kept on budget.