The new 17-floor tower occupied by legal firm, ENS, and part of the prestigious 15 000m2 The MARC (Maude and Rivonia Corner) precinct in Sandton, stands tall with its elegant Equitone façade 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.
What is fibre cement?
Fibre cement is a cement composite material that consists of cement, sand, water, cellulose and mineral materials, reinforced by a visible matrix. Nothing else.
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® facade material. Thanks to the Hatschek production process, each panel is unique with an individual fibre cement texture.
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 the exterior design.
Available in a maximum panel size of 1220 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, the through-coloured nature of EQUITONE assures crisp, monolithic details.
For more information, contact Marley Building Systems today.
Marley Building Systems
Tel: 011 389 4500s
Main image: Photo courtesy of Geustyn & Horak