Disrupting a stagnated industry, S9 have collaborated with steel manufacturer Stratco to design a series of new architectural wall cladding profiles, aptly named NINELINE

Designed by Architects for Architects, the innovative series brings to market a series of new distinctive profiles in shapes, forms and depths never executed before in a steel wall cladding product.

Born out of a mixture of curiosity and frustration, the series was triggered through a sports project within the studio. Sports architecture is typically clad in a single, cost-effective, prefinished material across a large-scale façade — one design move on mass. The team wanted a bespoke solution for the project and the opportunity for true architectural freedom, so they began the process of working with a steel manufacturer to understand the potential for designing and manufacturing new products.

Where function typically informs the form, we took a different approach, flipping the process on its head by starting with a form and reverse engineering it from there. The simplest geometric shapes have been embraced and interpreted into new forms. Continuing to challenge industry norms, the profiles are much deeper than those currently on the market — providing deep-set articulation and visual impact, especially when applied at scale.

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A reimagined version of a traditional corrugated profile in a triangulated form, emphasising sharpness of the shadow and finish through pointed form.

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The interpretation of the batten profile in its extreme form — the geometric version of a traditional corrugated profile, with a boxed-out shape as deep as it is wide.

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Creating the effect of an applied, repeated batten system across a wall — the profile achieves the same aesthetic with one integrated singular product, rather than a traditional combination of a weatherproof wall system with an applied batten product.

For more information contact 

Eric Lien
Stratco National Architectural and Specification Manager
M — 0460 746 432

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