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Facade colours are closely linked to place identity and help influence the surroundings and the people. Here you will find the colour expert's advice for colouring façades.
With respect for the past and ambitions for the future, we present a completely new colour collection, developed in collaboration with Scandinavia's leading expert in colour and architecture. The colours make it easier to safeguard place identities and correct use of colour in urban areas.
In the Dutch village Olst, a bicycle- and pedestrian tunnel officially opened March 31. The tunnel is not only an asset for road safety, but you can also admire the colorful artwork 'The Time Machine' printed on Steni Vision Custom.
Steni Nature is one of the most traditional façade panels in Norway with well over 50 million m2 of panels produced to-date. The façade panels are now being relaunched in several state-of-the-art and gorgeous versions, with surfaces such as recycled glass, olivine and river stone.
Steni has for years made natural and environmentally friendly façade panels with surfaces of crushed stone. It's now one step further, when tons of old glass is recycled and reused to create gorgeous façade panels with elegant and natural play.
Steni's continuous search for new materials has yielded results. And now comes a new surface made of one of Norway's most exciting minerals, namely olivine.
The reuse of building materials is the current and future response to several global environmental challenges. We are now launching Steni Colour Reuse – façade panels that can be used several times.
Specialist in facade cladding panels, the brand reinforces its presence in Portugal with a new project in the archipelago of Azores, the rehabilitation of the building that now houses Pingo Doce Shopping Mall in Vila Franca do Campo, in São Miguel.
We are now launching a new collection – Steni Vision Standard. As many as 64 ready-to-use designs with different expressions and colour variations.
How do you make a hundred metre long cycle tunnel into an art experience? Just ask the residents of Leiden in the Netherlands, who have done just that using a very special photo print on Steni Vision façade panels.
This building is a landmark in the Finnish university city of Joensuu. Lighthouse Joensuu has won awards for its innovative wooden construction, although the wood is not visible on the outside. Façade panels from Steni give life to the building.
“The fresh green colour of the Steni panels gives the school an urban and playful expression, and forms an exciting contrast with the solid pine façade,” says Marlies Lekven, an architect at HLM Arkitektur. Using the forest as inspiration, she has designed a new secondary school in Kongsvinger. The project has given the whole city a boost.
“I couldn’t wait to use Steni’s BIM modules when I heard about them. They are the latest in a line of new technology that aids creativity. This is wonderful news for us architects,” says Frida Helen Andersen, Civil Architect at Norconsult in Tromsø.
When Telia was designing its new, cutting-edge, environmentally friendly data processing centre in Helsinki, the architect chose to clad parts of the building with façade panels from Steni. The environmentally friendly choices resulted in a LEED gold rating for the building.
A neglected 1960s tower block has been transformed into an architectural landmark in the “EU capital” of Brussels. The façade of the combined apartment and office building known as “The Cosmopolitan” has been clad in façade panels from Steni.
There are places on Earth where buildings are subjected to extraordinary stress from strong winds, massive rainfall and extreme temperatures. This puts excessive demands on the robustness and durability of the building materials – and puts Steni’s façade panels to the ultimate test.
35-year-old Steni Colour façade panels from a housing association building in Trondheim have been used to give an Oslo building from the 1950s a new lease of life.
The building rises from a rock face jutting up from the ocean at Skutvik in Nordland. Steni Vision façade panels give the Arctic Salmon Center a quite unique expression that is really getting noticed.
Façade panels from Steni will adorn the much-heralded Powerhouse Telemark in Porsgrunn, one of ten buildings that CNN believes will set the standard for 2020.
When Link Arkitektur were commissioned to design an energy-plus kindergarten for Omsorgsbygg in Oslo, achieving a “Very Good” BREEAM-NOR certificate was a minimum requirement. With innovative solutions and façade panels from Steni, though, the end result was in fact “Excellent”.
When the Dutch architects DOOR Architecten were planning to renovate and modernise four old apartment blocks in Delft in the Netherlands, they decided to clad the façades with 7,500 m² of Steni panels.
“Robust and durable solutions pay off over time, and here at Steni we are developing extremely strong, environmentally friendly products that help extend the service life of buildings. That’s why we are now offering a 60-year functional warranty on our façade panels,” explains Steni’s Jan Terje Nielsen.
On commission from Skanska and Link Arkitektur, section-manufacturers RVT have delivered prefabricated sections, using façade panels from Steni, to Vestfold Hospital Trust.
30 years ago, Lyderhorn Housing Cooperative was refurbished using façade panels from Steni. Since then, the panels have had to withstand wind, rain and lots of dirt but after a thorough wash they look as good as new.
- We are more than a manufacturer and supplier of facade panels. A delivery from Steni is significantly more than having some pallets with facade panels delivered at the construction site, says Ola Harildstad Olsen in Steni.
- Our new BIM modules are revolutionising the architect’s working life. Steni’s Jan Terje Nielsen’s satisfaction with the newly developed tools for designing an advanced and detailed façade plan is clear from his description.
“We’re proud of the result, which is turning out to be truly beautiful – and we’re looking forward to seeing the entire renovation finished.” So says Tine C. Haug, deputy chairman of the board of Solheimslien Housing Cooperative in Bergen.
“We’ve received a lot of praise,” says Espen Vestbø in the broadest Sunnhordland dialect. Vikahaugane Stord Idrettspark sports hall has been given a comprehensive face lift, with Steni Vision façade panels on the walls.
Arenahotellet in Uppsala stands out from ordinary hotels through its emphasis on catering for sports and association events. Its façade has attracted a lot of positive attention, too.
After a long period of decline and minimal maintenance, the board of the Solheimslien housing cooperative in Bergen decided that it was time to completely renovate the buildings. Even with a limited budget, the housing cooperative was transformed into an aesthetic gem that gives a boost to the city.
The Svolvær Goat rage in the highlands outside Svolvær. But down in the city, it has competition from the skyline of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organization, decorated with nautical charts, lighthouses and sector lines.
Fungus and rot, rusted rebar and crumbling concrete. After extensive renovations, this housing cooperative in Voss has become new and modern.
In 2013, the Nonnebanken housing association in Herfølge, Denmark replaced 3,200 square metres of traditional wooden cladding with Steni’ façade panels. This has resulted in significantly lower maintenance costs, less graffiti and stable rent.
What do architects think about Steni’s facade panels and what do they see as important for being able to meet their clients’ wishes and needs? We asked architect Kasper Kullegaard, who worked with Steni on the building project for the Samsøvej assisted living centre – known for its curved black facade – and this article highlights some of his answers.
When architect Paal Johan Kahrs chose to use Steni’s façade panels on his own cabin, it was based on inspiration from his 1960s Panton chairs – and architectural considerations. When the architect had his own holiday home built in 2014, at Lerøy outside Bergen, one of the buildings he himself was most pleased with was ready for use. “The cabin is like a jewellery box – smooth on the outside and soft on the inside,” says Kahrs.
The artist Njål Lunde transformed the ablution block at Manglerud School from a creepy and unsightly building in the schoolyard into a burst of colour with motifs from Østensjøvannet lake.
With its newly renovated façades, additional sound absorption measures and balconies clad with Steni Colour, the Brunevang residential complex in Rødovre, Denmark, has been given a significant makeover.
In Sandefjord, carpenter Dag Olsen and his colleagues at Bygg og Maskin AS are busy mounting Steni façade panels on the new ice rink at the Bugårdsparken recreation centre. He estimates that two people can install around 70 square metres of façade panels each day.
Badeloch Housing Corporation in Eindhovenlaan in the Netherlands has built sheltered housing based on an entirely new concept. They chose façade panels from Steni.
Project Manager Karl Erik Rønstad set clear and detailed guidelines for the project. Only Steni’s façade panels satisfied the specifications for the housing cooperative’s facelift.
When the municipality of Køge in Denmark built the kindergarten and nursery “Børnehuset Valhalla”, they employed a new and untraditional testing method for selecting materials for the façade – The Moon Car Test. The idea was to ensure they had a durable and maintenance-free façade, thus ensuring a long service life and low maintenance costs.
BIM is becoming increasingly important and more widespread. “At Steni, we have been using BIM modules for several years, but we see that many who work with project descriptions and with the contractors have not realised that they have this opportunity,” says Jan Terje Nielsen, Stenis Concept Manager.
The Atlantic Ocean Road is perhaps the biggest attraction for motorists here in Norway. At Eldhusøya, the architects at Ghilardi + Hellsten have created a picnic area that is a destination in itself.
Thanks to their economical, aesthetic and environmental qualities, Steni Colour façade panels were chosen to adorn the exterior of the award-winning, renovated Nordre Gran housing cooperative in Oslo.
Colour, texture, gloss and patterns help give a building its identity. Steni’s world of surfaces combines these elements, giving you freedom in the creative process.
In order to create a better framework for both residents and staff, the new assisted living centre in Holbæk, Denmark, was formed as figure eight, clad with black façade panels from Steni.
When the architects from Nordic Office of Architecture started planning Fagerli School in Larvik, the idea was to go for light-coloured panel cladding. The choice fell quickly on Steni’s products.
Ferrari-red landmarks keep motorists on the right track. As it runs along Lake Mjøsa, the E6 motorway is speckled with distinctive red buildings clad in Steni panels, which are designed to reduce the number of accidents.
Cleaning graffiti off buildings can be a time-consuming and frustrating business. In this article, we’ll show you how Steni’s façade panels can be made to look like new when they are cleaned properly.
Functional accommodation and tight maintenance budgets were the guiding principles behind the design of the Remmen and Bjølstad student blocks in Østfold.
The Vadmyra housing cooperative in Bergen was renovated 20 years ago. It chose STENI Colour façade panels and the buildings' exteriors are just as attractive today as when the cladding was installed.
The Newton Flight Academy opened on 17 June in Bodø. Around 300 square metres of Steni Vision and Steni Colour façade panels give the school building a quite unique profile.
Boligbygg has converted a dilapidated housing complex at Skullerud in Oslo into attractive apartments in bright and green surroundings.
The “new” Oslo city district of Sørenga includes numerous blocks of flats right by the sea, with shops, cafés and other services on the ground floor of the buildings.
Høng School is a cultural meeting point in the Danish municipality of Kalundborg. The architecture signals fun and games, and the goal was to create an orderly, modern school with plenty of outdoor areas to encourage the children to spend time outside.
The Hjørnet youth club in the municipality of Roskilde in Denmark was built nine years ago, but its façade was not strong enough to withstand the impacts from the ball games that club members were always playing, and the club was constantly replacing damaged panels. The local council is now hoping to completely avoid this not inconsiderable expense by changing to more robust façade panels.
At Steni, we are proud to have been part of this project, supplying Steni Colour façade panels designed for the tough climatic conditions on the Atlantic Ocean Road.
At a cabin in idyllic Ula in the municipality of Larvik in Vestfold, architect Signe Mossige let her imagination run free with her use of materials. She chose Steni façade panels for her project – which is her family’s cottage. Read on to find out more about Signe’s ideas behind her untraditional choice of cladding.
“With good planning and good groundwork, it was easy to install this impressive façade,” says Contract Manager Timo Paloposki from MM-Yritysrakentajat. The Steni colour façade panels for the kindergarten were installed using construction adhesive on parts of the façade, and together with the other materials, form an innovative and colourful building. This kindergarten is inspiring and fun for the children and adults alike!