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Main article: Sensitile
Sensitile Multi-color Terrazzo

Emerging uses / trends

Sensitile® products were born from the need to reconcile the relationship between ourselves and our environment. Sensitile’s® materials quietly interact with ambient light and shadow creating an aesthetically pleasing solution to our utilitarian needs. Using durable acrylics and micro-concrete, Sensitile® provides a varied line of tiles and panels that can be used for items as small as POP displays to exterior facades and flooring. The materials are durable, temperature resistant and energy efficient.

Material performance

  • Scintilla is made of PMMA (acrylic) which is highly durable and naturally resists abrasion. It successfully resists stains, scratching and general wear. It will not “yellow” in direct sunlight or with intense UV exposure.
Tensile strength (parallel to grain): 10,000 psi
Compressive strength (edge to edge): 18,000 psi
  • Terrazzo is composed of a proprietary micro-concrete mix and has the durability of concrete.
Tensile Strength: 1,200 psi
Compressive Strength: 4,400 psi

Environmental impact

  • Currently, Sensitile is not able to use recycled materials in their products. However, Sensitile is one of the few products on the market that is interactive and dynamic without using a power source.
  • The cement-based Terrazzo line can be recycled through traditional cement recyclers despite having a minimal plastic content (5% or less). The Scintilla®/Jali® products can be recycled either by returning the product to Sensitile® for either resale/recycle or directly through a plastic recycler. In some instances, Sensitile® installations can be dismounted and “portable”.
  • Due primarily to maintaining the integrity of our products, at the present time Sensitile’s standard product lines do not incorporate any recycled materials. However, we do offer a PETG cladding option for Scintilla and Jali which can be 100% recycled. Our product lines and processes are constantly evolving which leaves open the opportunity to incorporate recyclables in the future.

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Ray and Maria Stata Center

Main article: Ray and Maria Stata Center
Detail Assembly Drawing

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The café wall located in the southeast wing of the Stata Center is a prime example of Gehry’s use of material and joinery in a way that references Building 20’s past. The base of the café wall, consisting of a framed box with plywood facing, exposes the rough plywood edges along its border. These exposed edges are indicative of Gehry’s use of such a basic, exterior grade material. He allows the rough edges to remain bare and unfinished in a non-sophisticated, very simple manner. Glass panels stand tall in the aforementioned plywood boxes, supported by custom brackets secured to the wood framing of the base. The glass panels display a pixilated font floating the word “café,” visible to passersby, as the facility is open to the public.

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