Disrupting a stagnated industry, Studio Nine Architects has collaborated with Revolution Roofing to design a series of new architectural steel wall cladding profiles — in shapes, forms and depths never seen before on the market
Designed by Architects for Architects, S9 and innovative steel manufacturer Revolution Roofing have teamed up to bring to market a new wall cladding series, aptly named NINELINE.
Watch the launch video here —
Born out of a mixture of curiosity and frustration, the series was triggered through a sports project within the S9 office. “Sports architecture is typically clad in a single, cost effective, prefinished material across a large-scale façade — one design move on mass”, says Studio Nine Architects Director, Andrew Steele.
“When you graduate you very quickly learn the materials you have to work with in architecture. Architects are heavily driven by the products available to them”, says Steele. Wanting a bespoke solution for the project and the opportunity for true architectural freedom, he began designing alternatives.
Steele approached Revolution Roofing to understand the potential for designing and manufacturing new products. “We asked ourselves the question, if we had the freedom and the choice (to design a new profile), where would you go with it?”
“Studio Nine demonstrated a desire to not only design something new, but to push the boundaries that tend to exist”, says Revolution Roofing National Product Manager, Eric Lien.
Where function typically informs the form, S9 challenged Revolution Roofing to take a different approach. “We wanted to flip the process on its head — starting with a form and reverse engineering it from there”, says Steele.
Embracing the simplest geometric shapes; triangles, boxes and circles have been interpreted into a series of 7 new distinctive wall cladding profiles —
- Pleat 100
- Batten 100
- Box 100
- Flute 100
- Flute 150
- Sawtooth 100
- Studio 100
Challenging the norm, the profiles are much deeper than those currently on the market. Existing profiles are around 50mm deep — the NINELINE series will deliver up to three times that depth with the ‘Fluted 150’ reaching 150mm, providing deep-set articulation and visual impact from afar, particularly when applied at scale.
Through exploration of how the simple shapes can be used to create varying derivatives, the ‘Studio 100’ uses a repeated combination of the sawtooth, batten and box profiles to create a unique form. The profile is a demonstration of the series’ potential to allow the architectural industry the freedom to mix and match and create something that’s bespoke to their own project.
The NINELINE series has been 18 months in the making, undertaking a rigorous research and development process. Extensive testing and prototyping has been carried out to understand how the profiles interact and relate with other materials, with the exploration of a systems-based approach to standardise detailing. The profiles will be able to be applied both internally and externally.
“When people come to us to collaborate, it’s rare that they come with a collaboration that is designed for all. So often we see solutions that are unique to one project or to one firm. The production of a new profile requires a real investment in research, development and testing”, says Lien.
“To do something different with a wall cladding it’s been pretty easy for people to choose different colours, it’s been a little harder for people to choose different textures, it’s been almost impossible for people to choose different shapes”, he says. “The real strength of conviction from Studio Nine was to come up with shapes that they wanted to see and have the commitment of the journey to make sure that they went from just an idea to being put into production.”
Revolution Roofing has previously collaborated with South Australian Architect Max Pritchard to develop Maxline, bringing the profile to market following its use on a number of his own residential projects.
With Revolution Roofing as the supply partners for the Nexteel series of pre-painted steel, the NINELINE will be accessible in the Nexteel range of contemporary colours and finishes, including the recently launched ‘Pastels Range’.
NINELINE is set to launch within the coming months. Specification enquiries are being funnelled through the Revolution Roofing National Product Manager.
Read the NINELINE feature on ArchitectureAU here
For more information about availability and specs, contact:
National Product Manager / Revolution Roofing
P — +61 8 8352 0911
For more information about the design inspiration and process, contact:
Director / Studio Nine Architects
P — +61 8 8132 3999
Renders by Treehouse 3D / Video & Photos by Avinash Kunjamboo & Thomas Clarke