Texas Architect March/April 2014: Materials
This issue on “Materials” focuses on the new Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum. A series of three articles details and critiques the highly anticipated expansion of one of the most renowned museums of the 20th century. As a continuation of the discussion of the marriage of materials and art, we also feature the 12th Street Studios in Austin — the workspace of a practice born of the marriage between an architect and an artist. A study in the simplicity of materials that make up a ranch in Real County rounds out the discussion.
Products by Rita Catinella Orrell We present a roundup of the latest building solutions for residential and commercial projects in the region, from a sleek surface-mount LED fixture to a prefab outdoor shower system that can easily be stored inside during the off season. We also feature a student project in the mix. Cylinder Surface-Mount LED Luminaire Lucifer Lighting www.luciferlighting.com P.S. 122 Outdoor Shower Oborain www.oborain.com The P.S. 122 outdoor shower system, which recalls an old-school chalkboard, can be set up on any level surface, without hardware, in less than 30 minutes. The system is handcrafted in western Massachusetts of Richlite architectural panels, made from recycled newsprint and resin, along with boards of farmed teak and corrugated sheet metal. Since it is prefab, it can be stored inside during cold or stormy months, or packed up and moved as needed. Each shower combines a fixture and enclosure as one design package and simply hooks up to an outdoor hose. Prices range from $6,995 to $10,995, depending on the model. San Antonio-based Lucifer Lighting recently introduced the manufacturer’s first surface-mount high-output LED product. The Cylinder LED Luminaire features a sleek diecast aluminum body, tapered aperture for increased lumen efficiency, and toolless adjustment with up to 45° tilt and 361° swivel rotation around the mounting base. The fixture may be mounted to the ceiling as a downlight or to the floor as an uplight. It is available in 80+ CRI and 95+ CRI, with lumen packages up to 1,300 lumens, in color temperatures of 2,700K, 3,000K, 3,500K, and 4,000K. The cylinder body measures only 6.82" in length and 3.13" in diameter, with a 2.32" aperture. Wausau Window and Wall System INvent.PLUS Series Windows www.wausauwindow.com Wausau’s new INvent.PLUS Series windows meet European benchmarks for thermal performance while responding to the North American aesthetic for clean style and narrow sightlines. The composite framing delivers R5 performance for operable units and R6 for fixed windows. Complementing curtain wall and storefront systems, INvent.PLUS windows have a 1-in exterior glass offset and narrow sightlines. Operable windows are offered as in- or out-swing casements, top-hinged, hopper, or awning vents. Punched openings, ribbon windows, or fullheight window walls also are available. 26 Texas Architect 3/4 2014