Metal Panel Cladding Detail

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The A+Product Awards is open for entries, with a Main Entry Deadline of June 24th. Get started on your submission today! Metal cladding has hugged the twists and turns of architecture for decades. From the punched tin of Louis Sullivan to the titanium swoops of Frank Gehry, designers have embraced metal cladding for its formal flexibility and finish. Its popularity is primarily down to its incredible versatility, both avant-garde and off-the-shelf. However, this material’s greatest strength also makes it a challenge for architects specifying it for a building envelope — the number of different finishes, forms and methods of attachment can seem endless.

In this guide, we break down the options to help you decide which metal cladding product is the perfect fit for your next project. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts by Safdie Architects in Kansas City features metal siding by GKD-USA.

Metal is commonly used for non-structural, rain-screen cladding systems, where the priority is to provide protection from the elements as well as a striking external finish. Thanks to its foldable, malleable nature, metal panels can be connected together and attached to a building in a wide variety of ways, each system offering different benefits in terms of construction complexity and aesthetic finish.

Some of the most widely-utilized systems are as follows:. Standing seam: One of the most recognizable systems, standing seam cladding is characterized by robust folded connections between each panel.