Custom molds create unlimited design freedom to create architectural stone panels with complex shapes.
Following video explains more about the CNC machine technology and the design expertise are used to create custom molds for manufactured cast stone, GFRC and architectural precast.
Project examples in this blog post show range of architectural stone applications.
PROJECT: SMU COMMONS
Custom molds made it possible to create large size, unique cast stone pieces that fit together precisely. Precise tolerances and detailed engineering achieved monolithic design for the facade veneer of the building.
On The Westbrook Building, cast stone was used in the overall design of the building to be reminiscent of the Art Deco structures located in many areas in Ft. Worth.
Architectural Stone made the molds for the Art Deco designs from isometric sketches provided by the architect. In other words, the sketches provided three sides, all in dimensional proportion, but none were shown as a true shape with 90 degree corners.
The sketch was only a guide to making actual size molds. Artisan designers created molds for the Art Deco panels combining their design craftsmanship with extensive CAD drafting and also precision cutting using CNC machines.
PROJECT: High-End Design Element Using Custom Mold – Rockwall County Court House
The architect for this project had vision for unique design elements on the exterior of the building. AAS team designed highly intricate mold to create it in cast stone. The precise tolerance and detailed coordination with the construction team helped create the desired look with smooth installation that completed on time.
This project consisted of 6 panels installed in the entry to the remodeled and enlarged football stadium at Texas Christian University. The panels were made using architectural percast and cast stone. The purpose of the panels and the project was to honor and recognize the original founders of the University dating to 1895.
Architect for the project, HKS Architects hired an artist to approve and render the murals. The AAS team transferred the original art work to a rubber mold for casting. The panels represent the cultural icon at the heart and soul of the Texas Christian University. It was critical that the panels can be seen within a few feet of viewer. AAS team used its experience and technology to refine every detail within the mold, so that panels accurately depict the original aesthetic appeal so critical to project’s success.
The project won 2014 APA (Architectural Precast Association) Craftsmanship Award.
Here is a composite showing example panels.
Trahan Architects had vision for emulating Cane river channels inside the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum. This required cast stone panels with complex shapes. Panels were also very large in size. The project execution also demanded stringent tolerance requirements in the mold, so the panels would fit in seamlessly for monolithic look.
This project required matching building exterior color with the terracotta stone that was used to clad the building exterior.
The design had the Roman Heads depiction on the outside which were authenticated and designed by artists. AAS team worked closely with the architect and artist to design and create the depictions in cast stone that matched the original rendering of the artist precisely.
AAS team helped create exterior fronts of the building that used cast stone and architectural precast extensively. The design used grape leaves build from the cast stone panels. The grape leaf design and integration was to connect with the historic name of the city and local culture.
The AAS project team used custom molds to create highly intricate grape leaf design elements that are accurate representation of the original design renderings.
Gilbert Christian High School is located in city of Gilbert in the Scottsdale (AZ) area. The school exterior used extensive Architectural GFRC elements that were easy to integrate with the exterior thin brick veneer of the building. The column capitals have Corinthian style.
This is a new development added to the school campus.
The entry way of the building has very high elevation breeze way. The cast stone and architectural precast panels required custom molds that enabled panels of such a big size that would fit together to create seamless effect in the breeze way.
The 40,000 sq. ft. building has large columns that are four-story high with diameter of 5-6 feet. The side of the building has cylindrical portico, the precise integration of the columns in the radius wall required a large number of unique cast stone pieces that fit seamlessly for intended design effect.