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The 2016 NAHB International Builders' Show



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The NAHB International Builders' Show is happening in Las Vegas, Nevada, from January 19 through January 21. Considered the largest annual light construction show in the world, it attracts every year 50,000 visitors from more than 100 countries.

The International Builders Show brings together the industry’s most important global manufacturers and suppliers as it represents the best events to showcases the latest products, materials and technologies involved in all types of buildings – including wood, concrete, stone and brick.

Together with exposition booths, the show also offers educational sessions regarding the industry. The 2016 show features 120+ sessions in 8 tracks, taught by renowned building industry experts from across the country. With topics ranging from sales and marketing to construction and codes, there is literally something for everyone.

CoorItalia is taking part to the show with Steve Lynch and Marco Ginella from our Windows And Doors Division. Indeed, CoorItalia is exhibiting at Brombal stand, with our products that you can find also on our website 

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Alejandro Aravena received the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize


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As announced by the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize, Alejandro Aravena has received the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Based in Santiago, Chile, Mr Aravena becomes the 41st laureate of the Pritzker Prize, the first Pritzker Laureate from Chile, and the fourth from Latin America, after Luis Barragán (1980), Oscar Niemeyer (1988), and Paulo Mendes da Rocha (2006).

 "He practices architecture as an artful endeavor in private commissions and in designs for the public realm and epitomizes the revival of a more socially engaged architect" the organization pointed out.

Read the rest of the announcement here

CoorItalia and Haiti Partners sharing the same goal to help children go to school in Haiti


Develop schools that help children realize their potential while driving community development and lifelong learning.” On November 12, CoorItalia has proudly attended a cocktail event organized by Haiti Partners and hosted by Ken Linsteadt Architects in San Francisco.

While CoorItalia team had the opportunity to mingle with other professionals in the industry and shared the same common values and goals, it has also learned that the donation made to Haiti Partners will help send the Class of 2028 at the Children’s Academy to school and provide a Scholarship for a child for the entire year.

CoorItalia is happy to share the video sent by John Engle, Haiti Partners' co-director, after his trip to Haiti on November 14, with a big thank by Haithian children:


You can look at some pictures from the fundraising event at CoorItalia Facebook Page

If you would like to make your donation, you can check the link here

Corso Bricks


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A new innovative terracotta brick aimed at the Architectural and Contemporary Design market.

The Corso brick is an extra-long brick 19 3/4″ long and 1 1/2″ tall. The long format gives a truly distinctive look to any project and is suited at those designs that seek to marry a contemporary look that is anchored in an ancient, solid and unchanging material like terracotta.

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There is a wide variety of colors, each of which is available in one of four finishes:

TERRA: a special surface and texture. The clay material undergoes an  architectural ceramic method of production to  enlarge the range of the available colors.

Corso Terra

AQUA: the clay long format bricks “CORSO AQUA” are produced by waterstruck technology, so the texture has a water effect. The colors and the smart imperfections are obtained during the moulding process.

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STANDARD & SELMO: these clay elements are produced by soft mud technology. With this type of “CORSO”, there are 2 possible aesthetical looks for the bricks:

STANDARD – smooth texture

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SELMO – rustic texture

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"Between People and Architecture" Exhibition by Vittoria Zupicich at CoorItalia's showroom


Exhibition by Vittoria Zupicich CoorItalia

CoorItalia is very excited to invite you to Vittoria Zupicich’s photography exhibition, held in our new showroom in the San Francisco Design District (151 Vermont Street), from June 2nd through June 30th 2015.

On Thursday June 11th, from 6pm to 8pm, there will be the "Meet the artist" event at CoorItalia. Please RSVP if you would like to attend.

Vittoria Zupicich’s images are inspired by small details of everyday life and this exhibition, entitled “Between People and Architecture”, shows how architectural space is where people move and interact with the architectural design. The dynamic forms of modern architecture produce intriguing compositions, capturing the eye and showing architecture in a new and unexpected way. The individuals become part of the geometrical composition and convey the sense of space, and scale, while breaking the linear quality of the highly designed composition.

About the Artist:

Born and raised in Umbria, Italy, Vittoria attended the Accademia delle Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci in Perugia. Thanks to her dad, who used to take her to exhibitions, she learnt about art and painting as a way to tell the story of humanity and the evolution of society in the most intimate and genuine way. She graduated from a MFA in Photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2013. Vittoria’s works had two Honorable Mentions in the International Photo Awards in 2014 and been published in Best of Photography 2014 by Photographer’s Forum Magazine.

Check Vittoria's website here:

This event is organized by CoorItalia, with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.

The Amazing Use of Travertine at the Getty Center


Travertine, a type of limestone deposited in hot springs, was first used by the Romans thousands of years ago. Two of the most famous travertine structures were built 2,000 years and half apart: the Colosseum in Rome and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.   

The Getty Center was designed by the architect Richard Meier and opened to the public on December 16, 1997. Sitting on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains, just off the San Diego Freeway, it has amazing views of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. The campus, which is clad in Italian travertine, is organized around a central arrival plaza, whose curvilinear design elements soften the toughness created by the travertine slabs. This material is the real protagonist here: 1.2 million square feet of Italian travertine from Bagni di Tivoli, 15 miles east from Rome. This beige-colored, cleft-cut, textured, fossilized stone, usually associated with public architecture, symbolizes in fact qualities that the Getty Center itself celebrates, like permanence, warmth, simplicity and craftsmanship. 

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Many finished pieces, split along their natural grain, reveal fossilized leaves, branches, feathers, and occasionally bones. Richard Meier and his staff collaborated with the workers from the quarry for a year and actually managed to invent a particular “guillotine” process to create this unique rough textured finish, which shows very antique patterns (Tivoli’s travertine, whose deposits are 300 feet thick, started forming 200,000 years ago and has continued up to the present).

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The 16,000 tons of Italian travertine cover not only the retaining walls and the bases of all buildings, but are also used as paving stones for the arrival plaza and the Museum courtyard. Travertine panels serve as indoor decoration for the transitional walls between galleries, while metal panels cover the upper stories and curvilinear elements to resemble the stone. Most of the paving travertine is honed and unfilled, though the interior one has a filled finish. The particular sepia-toned color of the stone catches the bright Southern California light, reflecting sharply during morning hours, and emitting ahoneyed warmth in the afternoon.

Travertine at GettyMuseum courtyard, column and wall of education center with inset feature stones

The lighter colored travertine on the Getty’s exterior and interior is called Classico; the darker one, used just on some interior parts, is called Barco, and both come from different sections of the same quarry near Rome.

Travertine at Getty       Fountain alcove in east pavilion of Museum, courtyard level 

Meier, during his European work, developed an open-joint stone system, which differs from the American technique of sealing the joints with mortar: in this way he was able to protect the surfaces – already treated with a silicate-based water repellent - over time by allowing water to drain behind the outer skin, and to make each stone independently slightly movable, which is critical in earthquake-prone Southern California. In fact, each panel is individually anchored and draftsmen spent more than 3 years creating more than 2,500 shop drawings including every single stone used both in the walls and in the paving. Meier’s perfectionism for this project got famous: he worked with the quarry to create the exact look he wanted for the 290,000 pieces of travertine that cover the buildings.

Travertine at GettyCorner of wall at end of outdoor Museum cafe,travertine panel with leaf fossils

The critics are correct when they say that travertine makes Meier’s design succeed. In fact, without it, the Getty would be good architecture; with it, the Getty is actually great architecture and this particular travertine is unlike any other one used in buildings in the United States.  

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Cooritalia & Brombal at IBIS


IBIS 15, the Annual International Builders' Show is upon us. It is the largest annual light construction show in the world and Brombal will be there exhibiting their new products around the concept of "The world's first luxury thermally broken metal windows & doors."

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The large stand will feature a number of new products and applications, including a 12ft wide curved 4 panel Bifold unit, a stunning corten steel pivot door as well as wells as a Bronze door and a a narrow profile window.

CoorItalia is also particularly proud as Brombal has chosen to highlight one of our recent projects with them.

As well as the Brombal family and management, CoorItalia will be there,  with Marco on the 21st and 22nd of January, and with myself and Steve on the 22nd and we would be very proud to show you the latest products, our Miami -Dade and NFRC certifications, and find out how Steel and Bronze can be part of your next project.


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Brombal Windows & Doors are "Best in Class"


The results are out and Brombal USA's Steel and Bronze windows and doors go straight to the top of their class!

After being the first manufacturer to certify their units to Miami-Dade specifications for hurricane and Water, Brombal has just wrapped up certification of both its OS2 and EBE65 product line in all of it's combinations - Powder Coated Galvanized Steel, Stainless Steel, Cor-ten Steel and Bronze as well as operational, including Casements, Awnings, Tilt & Turns, fixed units for the windows, and French Doors and Lift & Slides for the doors. And the numbers are top of the metal category.

For example, both the OS2 and EBE65 casement window in Bronze has a u-factor of .23  (SHGC of .19) in it's most efficient glazing combination.

Architects all over the USA are coming up against ever increasing Building Code requirements for Fenestration energy efficiency. For Example in California the new Title 24 legislation has, as of July of this year, introduced much more stringent requirements for the Building Envelope, the "Prescriptive Method"  for "all fenestration" (windows, glass doors, skylightis) has been reduced to 0.32 in all climate zones. The mandatory maximum u-factor for all fenestration has been reduced to 0.58. As the default value is .79 (metal frame no thermal break - Table 110.6A CEC)  for Non NFRC products most projects in California will not be in complaince with Title 24. Choosing the "Performance Method" of calculation is, by now an almost obligatory for Architects in California, but to do so you MUST specify a product that has the NFRC certification, and not just one kind of product (eg a fixed unit) but all the units (doors, sliders, awnings, etc) must be certified.

Brombal USA Windows & Doors not only offer you a complete range of units and glazing solutions but thanks to their advanced thermal break system they are the best available on the US market. Combine that with the fact the Brombal is the largest manufacturer in the world for thermally broken steel units and you have a winning combination.describe the image

Brombal's Milestones and First Project in the US


CoorItalia’s partner for all steel windows and doors is the historic Brombal Company, which is the world’s largest thermally broken Steel, CorTen, and Bronze window and door manufacturer. It was founded in 1970 by Pietro Brombal in a small town in Northern Italy and it has always been extremely flexible in adapting to the different requests and designs proposed by the clients. Over the years the Brombal team has consolidated their know-how into an outstanding Italian family business.

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Let’s take a look at the milestones that made Brombal the big and successful company is today:

1959 – Pietro Brombal begins apprenticeship as a metal craftsman.

1970 – Pietro Brombal establishes a metal fabrication shop in Altivole, Italy, specializing in custom window and door frames.

1975 – Pietro Brombal opens his own workshop in Altivole, Italy.

1979 – The name of the company becomes “Serramenti Brombal”.

2002 – The two sons of Pietro Brombal,  Leonardo and Pierpaolo, who learnt the steel business from their father at an early age, officially become part of the company, respectively overseeing the manufacturing  and sales and marketing. Combined they have over 50 years of steel/bronze fenestration expertise.

2004 – Brombal and CoorItalia start to work together and, for the first time, Brombal exports a thermally broken project into the US market.

2005 – Brombal completes largest project to date – the 5 star Molino Stucky Hilton resort hotel in Venice, Italy. Over 2000 window units are installed in this restoration project.

2011 – Brombal USA founded with partners Domenick Siano and William Polinsky to provide excellent customer service and commitment to the US market.

Brombal, Napa, First Project"Napa Retreat", The First American Project 

The most important year for Brombal and CoorItalia as partners was 2004, when the two companies started to work together for the first time. The project took place in Napa Valley and the choice fell on bronze, both for its aesthetic qualities and for the flexibility in shaping. As you can see in the case study’s pictures, the job of the windows was not just to let the light in, but also to frame the picture perfect Napa countryside.

Since today Brombal has produced thousands of units and successfully completed hundreds of projects around the world.

Brombal, ProjectBrombal Project "Wild Bird" in Big Sur

CoorItalia is proud to represent Brombal products, which meet the highest quality thanks to a mix of family tradition and a strong spirit of innovation.

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The “Belgian Blue” - One of the most popular and versatile European limestones


Belgium is famous for beer, the detective Poirot, and mussels but actually this country gave us also one of the most versatile European limestones: the Belgian Blue.

The Stone has been quarried since the early middle ages and an early example of it used in construction is the magnificent Church of St. Wadru, in Mons, built in 1450. More recently, the Galeries Saint-Hubert in Brussels, the oldest covered shopping arcade in Europe - built in 1847 by the Dutch architect J.-P. Cluysenaer – perfectly demonstrate the high versatility of this stone, whose typical color is actually dark grey. In fact here the Belgian Blue is used in all its forms: chiselled and moulded hewn stones on the exterior façades and their reverse sides; honed and polished products for the skirting and lintels of the shop windows and sawn tiles on the floor. The monolithic columns on pedestals of the alleyways and peristyles, the lintels and circumferences of windows, the ledges, abutments and corbelling are also made of blue stone. It is interesting to note that the tiles have an almost polished appearance just because of the heavy foot-traffic inside the building.

Church of St. Wadru, Belgian Blue Church of St. Wadru (Picture by Jose' Constantino)

Galeries Saint-Hubert in Brussels, Belgian BlueGaleries Saint-Hubert in Brussels (Picture by Audrius Meskauskas)

Thanks to its excellent technical qualities, the Belgian Blue is one of the best construction stones quarried in Europe, which can be used in all climates and, allowing many different finishes, it is perfectly suited for indoor and outdoor applications.

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This rock has also been used widely in sculpture and architecture by several well known artists (e.g. Mateo Hernández, Michel Smolders, Tom Blatt, Elise Delbrassinne, Benoît Luyckx, Santiago Calatrava, among others) and for more than 300 years has enhanced the beauty of countless projects in Belgium as well as abroad. 

"Hipopotamo", made of Belgian Blue, by Mateo Hernandez"Hipopotamo", made of Belgian Blue, by Mateo Hernandez in the Salamanca Museum (Picture from


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The Belgian Blue, called also “Petit Granit”, is not actually a granite but a compact limestone (1). Its color, determined by the amount of organic matter present in the calcite crystals, is grey - from blue-grey to blue-black - and it becomes shiny black when the stone is polished. 

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The Belgian Blue has been extracted in several regions of South Belgium, especially in the Ardennes, since the Middle Ages. From the second half of the 19th century it has been used in various countries in Europe and overseas. Nowadays it is popular all over the world and in 1999 it got an Appellation d’Origine Locale (Local Appellation of Origin) designation. Around fifteen quarries are active these days and the quarrying and exportation of Belgian Blue represent an important part of the Belgian economy.

Soignies Belgium Blue Quarry Belgian Blue quarry in Soignies, Belgium (Picture by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT)

The Belgian Blue is the best choice for many kinds of applications and it can be considered as Global Heritage Stone Resource in Europe, for both its use in construction and for artistic purposes.

(1) It has sedimentary origin, resulting from the accumulation of innumerable crinoids items (Animals living in the seabed, which have calcium carbonate skeleton), cemented into a mass of microcrystalline calcite.

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