The sintered Neolith stone covers the facades of the renovated Nordstrom department store, which replaced the existing store of the Sears chain. Renovated in 2012 and designed by Callison Studio of Seattle, the store has a large area, about 1,300 square meters of facades and internal windows.

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Nordstrom department store, Ottawa, with Neolith sintered stone facade.

The Callison architectural firm also had to face the climate, which in some areas of Canada can be particularly harsh, ranging from extreme cold to summer heat. The material to be used on these surfaces had to be resistant to heat and cold, scratching, stains and weathering, retaining colour despite the climate.

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Nordstrom department store, Ottawa, with Neolith sintered stone facade.

The choice for the facades therefore has been Neolith, the sintered stone, a material resistant to ice, high temperatures and UV rays, therefore ideal for the climate of Ottawa. Neolith is also lightweight, making it easy to install, and it can satisfy the creativity of architects, thanks to the size of the slabs, which allow joints to be reduced to a minimum. Reducing or eliminating joints has a double value: one aesthetic, as it allows more freedom in the project, the other technical, because less joints means less sealing, therefore less technical problems.

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Nordstrom department store, Ottawa, with Neolith sintered stone facade.

For the Nordstrom project in Ottawa, different panels in several colors were used. The basic finish was Neolith Arctic White in Satin finish, plus scattered panels of Barro, Perla and Arena, in Satin and Polished finishes. The Neolith portfolio offers over 50 colors and five finishes, giving a lot of freedom in design. The use of special joints has also made it possible to render the facade visually seamless, minimizing the future appearance of stains due to joints or sealing agents.

Info: Neolith.com
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