ENS Tower: fibre cement pairs perfectly with glass

by Ofentse Sefolo
ENS Tower: fibre cement pairs perfectly with glass

The new 17-floor tower occupied by legal firm, ENS, and part of the prestigious 15 000m2 The MARC precinct in Sandton, appears elegant with a façade that combines massive glass modules with EQUITONE® fibre cement panels in shades of grey.

EQUITONE is a through-coloured facade material designed by and for architects. Every panel is unique, showing the raw, untreated texture of the fibre cement base material and every moment of the day, the changing angle of daylight gives the façade material a different aspect.

Leading architects of our time are exploring and transforming the EQUITONE material in remarkable facade designs.

The reflection of The Jewel’s golden triangles on the ENS Tower’s EQUITONE® fibre cement panels.


What is high density fibre cement?
Fibre cement is a composite material that consists of cement, sand, water, cellulose and mineral materials, reinforced by a visible matrix. The panels are compressed in a press, which delivers a pressure of at least 12,000 tonnes, and gives them their high density.

High Density fibre cement cladding has several benefits since it needs very little maintenance, is water & wind resistant, hail resistant, impact resistant, and has fireproof properties.

When Ludwig Hatschek invented fibre cement in the late 19th century, he combined the basic elements of the earth: mineral materials, water, air and fire (heat) in a simple filtration process.

The most recent and prestigious incarnation in this heritage of unique materials is the EQUITONE High Density facade material. Thanks to the Hatschek production process, each panel is unique with an individual fibre cement texture.

EQUITONE high performing facade materials, evoke the unique nature of fibre cement – a mineral composite material with outstanding physical and aesthetic properties.

Bands of EQUITONE® fibre cement panels and glass make up the façade of the 17-floor ENS Tower.


Anything you can imagine
EQUITONE facade materials offer design flexibility, that allow architects to put their own creative stamp on any building, creating striking patterns in interior and exterior design.

EQUITONE materials are available in a range of through colours and offer an extensive palette of subtle and inspiring colours in a variety of textures and finishes.

Available in a maximum panel size of 1.220 x 2500mm, it can be cut and fabricated into any size or shape in the workshop or on-site. The material can also be perforated using waterjet or CNC machines, large or very small cuts can be made, and it can even be embossed and printed. Visible and invisible rain screen fixing methods include riveting, screwing and bonding on metal or wood supporting frames.

No matter what design options are desired, EQUITONE materials provide architects with the ability to bring inspirational designs to life, for both new buildings and refurbishment projects.

Marley Building Systems
Tel: 011 389 4500s
Website: www.marleybuildingsystems.co.za

Main image: Courtesy of Geustyn & Horak

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