Come rain or come shine

Neolith Strata Argentum, Pierre Blue, Iron Corten, Calacatta, Estatuario and Nero Zimbabwe have been specified by US Architects, Arquitectonica, for the façade of pioneering mixed-use development Hudson Lights, in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Hudson Lights, which sits a stone’s throw from the famed river for which it is named, deftly combines retail and residential. Comprising a mall, onsite parking and 300 flats over 12 stories, this bold new development offers a refreshed perspective of Manhattan from the Jersey Shore.

The Sintered Stone’s ability to mimic the characteristics of the genuine material while offering a low-maintenance solution to Arquitectonica and their client. In short, it fitted the brief with minimal compromise and no disruption.

2,350 m2 of 6mm Neolith was used for the ventilated façade. Neolith’s UV resistance and waterproof quality made it a natural choice in a state that receives rainfall levels higher than the national average.

Another cost-efficient design element was to use an installation system for the ventilated façade that would be completely invisible. With Neolith offering its own proprietary cladding system, StrongFix, Arquitectonica was able to create sleek looking, sturdy and secure façades. StrongFix is an ICC-certified fixing system and enables architects to specify 6mm panels.

Commenting on Hudson Lights, Arquitectonica’s Jooyeol Oh said,

“A number of factors including longevity, maintenance, consistency and style were considered during the selection process. Crucially, we also specified a list of banned materials, the project had to communicate aspiration, an attractive building in a sought-after location. It was essential to ensure the structure did not look like a cheap strip mall in small town suburbia. Since Hudson Light’s completion two years ago the façade has stood the test of time.”

He adds,

“I actually live near the building complex and drive past it regularly, it still looks great. The US market is always a little apprehensive when it comes to something new, however we foresee that Sintered Stone will become more prolific in the construction sector in the coming year. It’s sustainable, durable and easy to maintain.”