Based on the size/thickness of those "sandstone" cladding pieces alone, one can tell that it is nothing more than a veneer. What's more, you can see the edges of them and you can also see units which have chipped and reveal the fibreglass beneath.
This is the cladding unit which was used at Aura: http://claddingsystems.ca/index.php/ahsp/description
6mm stone veneer is very thin, and I think it will age poorly. You're welcome to disagree, but let's call it what it is: a thin veneer. It's not as substantial as using dimensional stone panels like many other projects have used when stone is employed as a cladding material. There are ways that a thin stone veneer would work well, but the WAY it was used on this project makes it appear very cheap and unconvincing. An interior application would have been more appropriate, or at the very least a more delicate/lighter application of them on the exterior.
It looks worst at the corners, especially looking up, where you can see that it does not take the shape of a dimensional stone unit, and you can see the edges to the veneer very easily. I'm also puzzled at the choice to use these stone-veneer units (which are designed to have a "depth" and 3-dimensional quality to them) but then place the glazing units flush with the stone. I'm not necessarily opposed to that type of stone-veneer panel, but I think form an architectonic point of view, it's an inappropriate and heavy-handed use of a material. The biggest problem is the WAY they use the material, which is an important consideration in design.
Call me a Aura-h8er!!!111, but I would never use such a heavy-handed application of stone veneer panel in my own design work.
Last edited by modernizt; 2014-Nov-27 at 15:05.
I guess they aren't putting a roof on the crown after all?
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There is some limestone and granite detailing at ground level. But the stuff that's above that is veneer. You could see when they were installing it that it was just aluminium paneling. I'm sure there are pictures earlier in the thread
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The fact that we have to debate what materials were used says a lot about the architectural quality of this building. Whether it's granite or not, this podium and it's basement still sucks.