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.