The best designs have a specific direction right from the start. The Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, Wis., was constructed to fit into its site where the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers meet, using traditional and practical façade features, including insulated metal panels from Metl-Span.
“The location along the river played a big part in the design process,” says Gilbert Oh, AIA, LEED AP at Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture of New York. “Metal panels were a pragmatic decision because of the insulation. The depth of the panels helps the appearance because they are high up and we didn’t want that look to get lost from the street.”