Architectural Design Flexibility Evolves with Wood Rainscreen SidingWritten by Liza Sivek on
In the world of restaurant design, standing out and building with ease are essential. For architects creating restaurants and commercial exteriors, the Climate-Shield Wood Rainscreen System offers a unique solution. This peerless system helped craft an impressive, one-of-a-kind project.
An inspired three dimensional wood rainscreen siding design
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An older business complex in the Mid-Atlantic is experiencing a renaissance. Anchored by a major tech company, new restaurants, and businesses are revitalizing the 1-acre park-like setting. This includes a restaurant with a cutting-edge wood-cladding façade.
The completed exterior of Surreal's Dinig In The park restaurant, photo courtesy of @ARLNow.com
ARL.now quoted the property owner of the complex as saying that the park’s restaurants will offer, "a seamless indoor/outdoor culinary destination” and that the “modified park will also host herb gardens and outdoor markets”. Sounds amazing and we want to go! We especially want to visit one restaurant where a renowned architectural firm designed a textural exterior to welcome diners.
Mataverde Sustainable Decking and Siding Solutions is privileged to be the distributor of the rainscreen system and the Cumaru wood siding material used in this project.
Exterior Design or Artwork? Both.
Close up detail of the installed and finished Cumaru hardwood siding vertical columns
No utilitarian exterior here.
The exterior was expertly designed to be as much a part of the dining experience as the interior. Custom milled wood siding boards were used to create a sculptural, multi-dimensional façade.
The base of the siding is an open-joint rainscreen system. Atop the rainscreen boards, varying widths of vertical Cumaru hardwood dance across the wall of the restaurant. Shadows and light play against the natural wood colors. The effect is eye-catching, modern, and elegant atmosphere, drawing you in.
How Architectural Design Becomes Reality
There are so many dimensional aspects [to this design], with varying depths, installing them correctly was paramount."
- Charles Bonser, Technical Director
Behind the scenes, there were many choices to make for seamless, secure installation while staying true to the design.
Charles Bonser is the Technical Director and Project Manager at MataverdeDecking.com. Mataverde is the distributor of both the rainscreen system and the hardwood siding used in the project. Charles assisted the team with installation assistance and technical drawings.
"There are so many dimensional aspects", said Charles. He continued, "Installing them correctly was paramount."
Detail of the technical drawing showing the complexity of the different depths and heights of the vertical columns fastened to the rainscreen siding boards
The exterior wall is prepped with horizontal z-girts and exterior insulation for the Climate-Shield vertical rainscreen
The façade was created using the Climate-Shield Wood Rainscreen System, designed for easier vertical installation of the field siding that eliminates all the furring strips. It's a time and labor saver, especially for custom designed architectural elements. Climate-Shield rainscreen created a strong, durable siding as the base for the custom exterior.
Cumaru Brazilian hardwood was chosen for the rich red- to golden-brown range of hues. A high density hardwood, Cumaru is incredibly decay resistant and requires no painting or staining. These decisions ensure that the design lasts decades with minimal maintenance.
Watch this brief video for what Cumaru hardwood siding looks like, finished and unfinished:
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How Does the Climate-Shield Wood Rainscreen System Help Design?
Architects can confidently explore innovative ideas, knowing that the Climate-Shield system can adapt to their vision. It suits most aesthetics, making it a go-to for architects that have used it. The patented system gives designers a fantastic opportunity to make a statement to a statement with their commercial exterior designs.
Cumaru vertical rainscreen with dimensional columns under construction
Climate-Shield lets you:
- combine style with durability
- design horizontal or vertical facades, or both
- eliminates furring strips so installation of your custom architectural elements can be simpler
And importantly, Climate-Shield is designed as an open-joint rainscreen to protects the wood siding from weather elements while preserving its natural beauty. A well-designed open-joint rainscreen offers:
- better ventilation behind the siding
- prevents trapped moisture
- lowers maintenance needs
- can help sustain longevity for your finished project
Ensuring Precise Installation of Design Elements
Architects often struggle with the accurate installation of custom exterior elements as designed. However, the Climate-Shield Rainscreen System can simplify this process.
For this restaurant exterior, the dimensional variations in the façade required the fasteners to be hidden from view while still fastening securely. The clean, flowing lines would be interrupted by a fastener showing along the siding boards, taking the eye away from the overall effect.
Shop drawing elevation detail of the Typical Batten Layout Drawing for this project
By choosing to install with the Climate-Shield rainscreen system it gave the advantage of fastening the rainscreen from behind, hiding the fasteners from the eye.
This technical shop drawing shows a sample batten layout from above, and you can see how the rainscreen clips are designed to fasten behind the rainscreen boards, where they won't interfere with the visual design.
The aircraft grade aluminum components like the Rainscreen clip used in installation allows for easy adjustments during construction, providing flexibility to accommodate design changes. Architects can maintain control over their vision and achieve precise results.
The patented Climate-Shield CS2 clip is all aluminum for strength and longevity, and automatically sets the correct rainscreen gap.
Plus, since it is designed to hide the fasteners behind the siding boards, there was no sacrifice of strength. The patented CS2 rainscreen clip fastener is 100% metal, no plastic. All the rainscreen components are strong and can last for decades.
Provides Flexibility in Design
With the Climate-Shield Rainscreen System, design teams gain unparalleled flexibility.
Climate-Shield’s components are made to integrate with most premium wood siding materials, such as Cumaru and other premium wood options, giving designers a wide range of choices. At Mataverde, the siding boards are expertly milled to Climate-Shield rainscreen specifications, making installation faster and easier.
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The Benefits of Rainscreen for Longevity
The main advantage of a rainscreen system is its ability to promote the building's exterior longevity. The airspace created between the open joint rainscreen siding and the structure allows proper ventilation and moisture management. This design effectively prevents issues like rot, decay, and insect damage that often affect conventional siding.
By using the Climate-Shield Rainscreen System, architects ensure that the restaurant's exterior remains resilient and visually striking for years. Additionally, the system and the use of durable hardwood siding reduces potential costly repairs, offering significant cost savings over time.
Advantages of Cumaru Wood for Exterior Siding
Cumaru wood is an excellent choice for exterior rainscreen siding due to its natural beauty, sustainability, and exceptional durability.
Its captivating color range, from reddish-brown to deep golden brown, adds elegance to any restaurant design. The vertical installation of Cumaru wood with the Climate-Shield Rainscreen System enhances its unique grain patterns, creating a visually appealing façade.
Cumaru rainscreen in a horizontal installation example, with a clear, oil based finish that makes the colors vibrant.
What does Cumaru hardwood siding look like, finished and unfinished? Watch this brief video and find out.
Beyond aesthetics, Cumaru wood is highly durable, thanks to its natural resistance to insects, rot, and decay. It can withstand harsh weather conditions without compromising its structure or appearance. Moreover, its low maintenance requirements make it an attractive choice for commercial exteriors.
We hope we have helped you see the benefits of the Climate-Shield Rainscreen System for your next exterior design project. It empowers architectural design teams with unmatched flexibility and durability. By incorporating this innovative rainscreen system, architects can confidently create remarkable and distinctive restaurant designs that stand the test of time. So, embrace the Climate-Shield Rainscreen System and elevate your architectural designs to new heights!
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