Tactile Lab

Welcome to Tactile Lab, where we showcase Architectural Materials’ latest research and product development. Not content with the status quo, we adapt technologies from aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding and iterations of biomimicry to create our exclusive and proprietary products and designs.

The Architectural Materials team is comprised of engineers, material specialists and product designers who embrace seemingly impossible ideas and deliver extraordinary solutions for inspired architecture

Tactile Materials™ Sample Kits

Our firm, in collaboration with award-winning Finnish industrial designer, Sebastian Jansson, has developed sample kits for architects and designers. The sample boxes are precision-fabricated, waxed Finnish wood featuring curved corners, chamfered bottom and a sculpted, solid polished acrylic top.

The sample cases will feature flexible space for our standard 150mm x 300mm and 150mm x 150mm samples. Our first kits will feature Tactile Metal®, Tactile Embedded Glass™, Tactile Concrete™ and Tactile Composites™.

The first sample kits will be available Summer 2017. Please contact us for more information.

Tactile Doors and Windows™

Combining the attributes of steel profiles with our Tactile Metal® finishes allows architects to have bronze, zinc, copper and specialty steel finishes with very narrow sightlines. In addition, larger operable units will be available compared to solid bronze windows and doors. The cost of Tactile Doors Windows™ will be less than 50% of the cost of extruded bronze windows and doors. Development started January 2017 and expected to be complete August 2017.

Curvilinear Suspended Ceiling System

Our concept is to provide a suspended ceiling system that integrates various sizes and depths of articulated curvilinear shapes, acoustical properties, lighting and penetrations for fire sprinklers and other ancillary accessories. We are experimenting with Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) and Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GFRG) materials that offer a wide range of finishes. Development started February 2017 and is expected to be complete July 2017.

Carbon Fiber Sunshade System

The structural properties of carbon fiber composites sparked an idea to develop sunshades that could span long distances, maintain thin sightlines and reduce the number of attachment points to the structure or cladding. Architectural Materials started developing the Carbon Fiber Sunshade System in December 2016 with an expected finish date of August 2017.

Monolithic Scrim Panels

Architectural Materials is developing Monolithic Scrim Panel prototypes for a high-rise project with hurricane-force winds. The patterns must allow 45% light penetration and are designed with an integrated LED system that illuminates the scrim from dawn to dusk. Our proprietary attachment method allows for quick anchorage to the structure and access to clean the glazing surface behind.

Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GFRG) Interior Cladding

Architectural Materials is utilizing an exclusive, state-of-the-art casting method that will offer new economies of scale, higher quality and enhanced structural capacity to the GFRG cladding panels. Our first articles are in the lab for testing and finishing, with an expected completion date of June 2017.