Fantastic façades
Oct 8, 2015

From abstract patterns to figurative images – old-established German firm RMIG produces galvanized or anodized metal sheets as customized façade cladding – in line with the architect’s ideas. Consequently, buildings are given a highly individual “face”, as was the case with North Star High School in the Danish seaport of Frederikshavn, where a finely drawn desert landscape on the perforated steel sheets adorns the school’s outer walls. RMIG has over 45,000 different perforated sheets of aluminum and stainless steel in its repertoire. As round, square, hexagonal or vertical perforation, they not only enjoy diverse use as façade elements, but also make for delicate shading elements, balconies or parapets.

The one or other architect or property developer might think the process too complicated and costly, but the manufacturing method is fast and surprisingly simple. A photo or sketch is digitalized and transformed into a CAD model, which is then used to form the metal perforations. Moreover, the architect can determine the shape of the perforation, this applies to both its diameter and the distance between the perforations themselves. Thanks to the simplicity of the manufacturing method it is possible to quickly play through various models and make any corrections the architect would like. And if RMIG does not have the necessary equipment for a special perforation the company simply has it made. It was an architect with a particular love of detail who provided the inspiration for this idea. He rejected all the standard perforations the manufacturer offered him, because he had his own highly personal ideas for the perforated façade. Consequently, RMIG developed a special tool with individual stamp and stencil so the perforated sheet could be realized precisely down to the millimeter. The company has offered this special service ever since.


Making the city more beautiful: Under the slogan “City Emotion Project” RMIG makes customized perforated metal sheets, working hand in glove with urban planners, architects and designers. Photo © RMIG

One building, many faces: Metal panel façade with a 3D desert landscape and city skyline embellish the walls of the school in Fredrikshavn, Denmark. Photo © RMIG

From a photo via a CAD model through to the finished perforated façade in just a few hours. The manufacturing method is surprisingly simple and the result is really impressive. Photo © RMIG

Sculptural relief for Oslo’s New Opera House. Following punching, the aluminum panels were anodized to protect them from the harsh Norwegian climate.
Photo © RMIG