The Future of Opaque Facades

UHPC Veneer Facades
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Sponsored by Hofmann Facades
Presented by Philipp Hofmann

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe increased use of opaque materials for complex three dimensional facades. Characteristics of different façade systems (handset, strong back, unitized curtain wall, precast stone veneer) and veneer technologies including prominent failures.
  2. Understand the mechanical and physical properties, technical features of UHPC and benefits of using it for architectural applications, including but not limited to facade cladding, which may include hurricane, seismic or blast loads.
  3. Describe the interface between UHPC and Natural Stone, Terra-Cotta, Brick and Wood as a combined UHPC Veneer Facade cladding application. Its superiority over precast veneer in terms of dimensions, weight, performance, insulation, fire proofing and additional floor space gains. Innovative applications for UHPC Veneer Façade which far exceed the capabilities of each material on its own



This course focusses on innovative applications of Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) in combination with Natural Stone, Terra-Cotta and Brick for architectural cladding, facade elements and entire curtain walls including windows.

Hoffman Facades

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Philipp Hofmann Managing General Partner - Hofmann Facades, 2001 – 2004 Drees & Sommer, Germany, 2004 – 2008 HOCHTIEF / Turner Construction, New York/Germany, 2008 - 2014 Structural Technologies, New York/Maryland, 2015 - date HOFMANN FACADES, New York/London/Germany


Hofmann Facades Hofmann Facades is a fabricator and installer of complex natural stone and ultra-high-performance concrete façade systems. With deep in-house façade engineering and material science expertise, multiple state-of-the-art fabrication facilities in different countries which are among the most modern processing plants in the industry, and many experienced site-installation managers, Hofmann Facades is able to provide comprehensive turn-key façade-solutions for large scale and challenging projects worldwide which meet the highest technical, quality and sustainability standards. In 2020 Hofmann celebrates its 75th year.


Originally published in October 2020