Modern Materials partnered with Davis Partnership Architects in Denver to provide DIZAL wood grain aluminum façades to the Hotel Maverick design project. Davis Partnership Architects envisioned a unique materiality of the Hotel Maverick to set it apart. One of the key elements of the hotel’s design is faux wood façades. The DIZAL façades are created with digitized wood images that are laser printed onto aluminum panels. DIZAL faux wood façades look like real wood.
The Hotel Maverick boasts a contemporary theme that integrates an ethos of the modern West. The amenity wing to the east is clad in fiber cement panels and concrete masonry units, while the hotel wing is clad in the DIZAL aluminum siding product. These materials bring a sense of modernity to the region while staying true to the Western roots of the city and region.
One of the key elements of the hotel’s design is faux wood façades. Nothing speaks to Colorado and Western architecture as much as the look and colors of real wood grain, however, the harsh Colorado climate makes the use of real wood a challenge. University buildings are designed and constructed with the intent of lasting 50, 100, or even 200 years on campus. Thus, the fragility of real wood is rarely used due to the annual maintenance and upkeep required.
The Hotel Maverick is benefitting from a faux wood material that has not only provided a long term solution but provides the exterior of the building with the look and feel of Colorado and the West. The DIZAL façades are created with digitized wood images that are laser printed onto aluminum panels. The high-definition images create photographic quality reproductions of natural wood with improved wood grains in an unlimited range of color variations and actually improves upon nature’s varieties of real wood with color highlights and variegated patterns. As a guest views the building, the grain looks as natural as real lumber. The DIZAL façades are installed vertically in a narrow plank format with a flush-panel condition. The color was customized to reflect the existing natural timber of the region.
DIZAL faux wood aluminum panels are designed to meet code standard NFPA 285 for fire safety and the aggressive ASTM weathering criteria for UV stability. The color retention and quality is backed by a warranty that outline all performance standards. The long-term protection against wind loading, fading and hail resistance provide the ownership security for weather-ability, fire ratings and a continuously clean and new appearance – all things that real wood can’t possibly deliver.