Dri-Design’s proprietary copper anodized panels highlight the new 47-story Parkview West condominiums near Lake Michigan in Chicago. More than 33,000 sq. ft. of .063 aluminum Dri-Design panels complement a curved glass façade and masonry accents.
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The copper anodized panels are part of Dri-Design’s Specialty Series and provide the metallic quality of copper with an extremely hard and long-lasting finish. The panels will not patina.
Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Chicago, the 450,000 sq. ft. project includes 268 condominium units with full luxury amenities and has been described by New Homes Magazine as “maybe the most successful and exciting of all new towers” in the Chicago area. The project cost $121 million.
The architectural firm had not used the Dri-Design system before. “We were looking for a signature statement for the building and did a survey of different types of materials including flat-lock natural copper shingles,” according to Devon Patterson, principal of design with SCB. “We ended up going with the Dri-Design system because it seemed more proven for residential high rise and because of the color consistency for the long term. The copper anodized finish doesn’t break down or patina—it preserves the color for the lifetime of the building.”
“When we originally looked at the flat-lock system of natural copper, we liked the fact that it would have a mottled look and wouldn’t look like a machine-finished color,” said Patterson. “So that’s why we opted for the copper anodized because it has some range to it like natural copper. It was the color we were trying to get. It was a good compromise that turned out to be a superior solution in the end.”