The complete renovation of Fletcher Jones Audi/Volkswagen in Chicago is a striking example of the use of Dri-Design’s new Texture Series panels to provide a uniquely accented design element.
The Texture Series is created by attaching a 2 ¾” deep perforated corrugated grill to the surface of a traditional Dri-Design rainscreen wall panel. The grill is separated from the panel with a 2” airspace to provide dramatic shadowing and depth. Total system depth is 6” and is delivered to the jobsite factory assembled and ready to install.
Approximately 11,500 sq. ft. of Texture Series .080 and .063 aluminum panels finished in Clear Anodized were utilized on the exterior of the Audi portion of the 100,000 sq. ft. Fletcher Jones facility. Approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of traditional Dri-Design panels finished in White and Gray Velvet were used in exterior and interior applications on the Volkswagen portion of the dealership.
Architectural design for the multi-story Audi Terminal was provided by CR Studio Architects, New York, NY. Gensler, Chicago was the Architect of Record. Located on the near north side of Chicago, the Fletcher Jones building comprises three interconnected structures, the oldest of which was constructed in 1928. According to Angela Harper, Gensler project architect. “The exterior was completely reconstructed and more than 60% of the exterior brick piers were removed. The new envelope using the Dri-Design system provides a unique look.”