By Steven Soderberg, Lorin Industries, Inc.
Lorin’s coil anodizing process builds an anodic layer from the aluminum, bonding it to the surface at the molecular level, thus protecting the aluminum from the elements. The anodized aluminum will not chip, flake, peel, or corrode and also resists scratching. With a Mohs Hardness score comparable to sapphire, and corrosion resistance that leaves the metal unaffected by salt and air, coil anodized aluminum provides durable beauty that cuts maintenance costs while providing added environmental benefits. All of these benefits make the material ideal for your architectural needs.
Coil anodized aluminum can be made in numerous colors. For example, for exterior use, Lorin can match most any natural metal look, including shades of zinc, steel, titanium, copper, gold, brass, bronze, and natural aluminum by using inorganic dyes or metal fines added into the pores of the protective anodic outer layer.
Continuous coil anodized aluminum from Lorin has been featured in award winning architecture all around the world. The Ito tower in Amsterdam won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and features Lorin coil anodized aluminum done with Hunter Douglas panels. Additionally, the 100 Above The Park tower in St. Louis, featuring panels made from Lorin anodized aluminum, was awarded the 2nd best building of the year in the Single Skin Panels design category in 2022.
Other examples of Lorin Anodized Aluminum in architecture include: the Louisiana Caesar’s Superdome in New Orleans, the US Olympic Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, the Las Vegas City Center in Nevada, the Youth Olympics Games towers in Nanjing, China, and the Gyeongju World Expo Tower in South Korea.