Encore Urban Living

Cincinnati, OH

Stealing the Spotlight

Touted by Cincinnati Refined as “…a colossal color-changing chameleon on the east side of downtown” and “…the city’s only color-changing skyscraper,” Encore Urban Living commanded attention and reshaped Cincinnati’s skyline the moment it was completed. The building’s defining architectural characteristic: Concept Series with Kolorshift, courtesy of CENTRIA.

Center City Living at its Finest

Encore Urban Living is a $52-million, 17-story mixed-used development at the corner of 8th and Sycamore streets in Cincinnati. 

The building includes 133 luxury apartments and amenities such as a pool, a sundeck, an exercise room and a grand lobby. The high-rise building also boasts a 500-space parking garage, two restaurants and a fitness studio. 

Residents are within walking distance of the Red Bike Station, the Connector Streetcar Station, the city’s central business district and many other key locations. 

Attention Please

Architects and planners were focused on making a statement when designing what would become Encore Urban Living. They wanted to erect a modern, dynamic structure that would clearly distinguish itself amongst other buildings on the street, and that meant making the optimal choice for the building’s exterior.

The solution: CENTRIA’s Concept Series CS-260 Horizontal metal panels in Dusty Rose with a Smooth finish and Kolorshift coating. Crews installed 50,000 feet of the CENTRIA panels as the external cladding.  

John Senhauser Architects, the design architects on the project, noted that CENTRIA’s Concept Series provided a cost-effective skin, while the Kolorshift coating created a memorable surface dynamic. 

Concept Series single-skin rainscreen panels feature concealed fasteners and a common-lock joint that allows the panels to be integrated with each other. The panels can be installed vertically or horizontally and have an unbroken appearance that further adds to the product’s aesthetic versatility.

The Kolorshift Series Coating System is an iridescent architectural coating that enables the color of the exterior metal panel to change hues with varying angles of light. This means that the panels on the structure shift from one color to another as the light reaches the panels. 

The result is a stunning building facade that has contributed to a city skyline’s transformation. Encore Urban Living stands out amongst its peers on the block and has opened a new chapter in Cincinnati for people eager to embrace city living. 

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  • Architect Name

    Neyer Architects, Inc.

  • Dealer

    Hemm's Glass Shops, Inc.

  • Contractor

    Al Neyer

  • LEED Certification