Precision-cutting technologies and performance finishes take the design, durability, and luster of architectural metalwork to new heights. We showcase the latest metal products that are designed to outfit conventional applications.

High Profile Series Ceiling System, HOK Product Design and Hunter Douglas
In collaboration with Hunter Douglas, HOK senior designer Chris Anderson, AIA, crafted a baffled ceiling system to mask the HVAC and M/E/P systems of high-performance buildings. The High Profile Series Ceiling System offers extruded aluminum profiles in custom shapes and materials. Each baffle measures 1.5" wide and 6.35" tall and can span lengths of up to 20'.

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Acropon, Valspar
Busy commercial spaces such as storefronts are subject to continual foot traffic and cleaning chemicals. So Valspar developed a coating for pretreated aluminum extrusions and panels that can withstand abuse while providing a high-gloss finish. Applied in two coats, one clear and one colored, Acropon meets the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s 2605-13 voluntary specification for organic coatings on aluminum extrusions and panels. 

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PrismFX, Alcoa Architectural Products
Formulated to respond to the ever-changing levels of daylight, the PrismFX coating introduces a dynamic element into an otherwise static construction. For use with the company’s Reynobond composite and Reynolux metal panels, the finish changes sun-exposed surfaces from muted blue, green, or silver hues in the morning to a bolder copper, violet, or gold palette in the afternoon. The coating is offered in nine colorways and resists abrasion, humidity, impact, and salt spray. 

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Hashtag, Cambridge Architectural
Crimped and crossed lines add visual depth to this rigid, stainless steel architectural mesh. Intended for use as interior panels and exterior cladding, the 0.102"-thick Hashtag can span widths of up to 96". The mesh is 45% open and weighs 1.36 lbs. per square foot. It can be bent to conceal attachments and welded to a U-binding frame for mitered corners. 

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Silentmesh, GKD Metal Fabrics
Best known for its architectural façade finishes, GKD Metal Fabrics makes a foray indoors with Silentmesh. The multilayer ceiling system backs the company’s metal fabric with a sound-absorbing underlayment. Available in large-format panels, it can create a monolithic effect via clamped or lay-in mounts. Multiple mesh fabrics, including the Omega 1520 PC (shown), are available in stainless steel and aluminum.

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Formawall Graphix Series, Centria
The latest addition to Centria’s stock of insulated architectural metal panels combines four different reveal patterns in a single-component wall system. Offered in horizontal and vertical orientations, the Formawall Graphix Series patterns—horizontal, vertical, diagonal, and running-bond—can be mixed and matched. The panels incorporate the company’s thermal and moisture protection technology.

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Perforated UNA-CLAD Delta Concealed Fastener Panels, Firestone Building Products
Firestone is expanding its Delta Series of high-performance cladding with seven perforation styles for each of its 11 concealed-fastener profiles. The perforated panels are offered in 20-gauge steel and 0.040" aluminum. For interior and exterior use as a decorative accent. 



Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify that the High Profile Ceiling System from HOK and Hunter Douglas is not compatible with chilled beams.