EQUITONE facade materials offer unparalleled design flexibility. The fibre cement material is through-coloured, which means the surface displays the inner texture and colour of the core eternit material. No matter what facade design options you explore, the through-coloured materials can be transformed into crisp, monolithic facade details. EQUITONE facade material comes in a maximum panel size of 1.25 x 3m (4´x 10´) and can be transformed into any size or shape using standard tools in the workshop or on site. The material can be perforated using waterjet or CNC machines, large or very small cuts can be made, it can even be embossed and printed. Some designers have used it for interiors or furniture. The equitoned or through-coloured material allows you to achieve flawless intricate details.
Fibre cement production
When Ludwig Hatscheck invented fibre cement in the late 19th century, he combined the basic elements of the earth: mineral materials, water, air and fire (heat) in a simple filtration process. He named the resulting material ¨Eternit¨, hinting at the superior durability of this new material. Our mother company, Etex Group, has been manufacturing these materials since 1905. The most recent and most prestigious incarnation in this prould heritage of unique materials is the EQUITONE® façade material.
The Hatscheck production process makes each panel unique wth an individual fibre cement texture. Most EQUITONE façade materials are not treated with artificial colour coatings, giving the through coloured materials a raw, unfinished character.
Fibre cement heritage
In the 1950´s leading architects like Walter Gropius pioneered the use of coated fibre cement panels using the ventilated façade (rainscreen) system. Designer Willy Guhl created the famous ¨loop chair¨out of 1 piece of fibre cement in 1954. This design today still testifies the core qualities of the fibre cement base material: Thin, light yet indestructible and beautiful.
In 1987 Herzog & De Meuron created a building that would change the development of fibre cement façade materials forever. The Ricola storage building in Laufen used uncoated fibre cement panels. The resulting shutter façade, making a reference to the cardboard boxes inside, inspired our company to start the industrial development of raw untreated fibre cement materials.
Today EQUITONE has a full range of through coloured, untreated fibre cement materials. Leading architects of our time like Souto De Moura, Herman Hertzberger, Delugan Meissl and many others have explored and transformed the EQUITONE material in remarkable façade designs.