Architectural Materials

Materials are one of the most important aspects of the build. They’re used to create contrast, define colour, change texture, and interact with the environment and immediate area.

While materials are often defined by area, planning options, and budget, there are a huge number of options available for every build to make the space functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Simple change of render material, cladding, or flooring can change the entire feel of a building and either anchor it or mark it out from the surrounding area.


No building is created in isolation; every single piece of architecture is a reaction to the space around it and must be treated as such. In some situations, planning restrictions may dictate the materials allowed for a build – in these cases, it’s essential that a building is in keeping with the area’s vernacular. In others, planning may not stipulate which materials need to be used but they still need to be selected with the surrounding environment in mind.

Material Qualities

Architectural materials are more than a surface, colour, or texture. Modern materials work to ensure that the building is durable, suited to its environment, and can have a huge impact on its energy efficiency. The windows, structure, and even the render on your build can ensure that less heat escapes and the internal space is more comfortable throughout the year.

Material qualities are particularly important if a building is particularly exposed or built to be eco-friendly. Green building materials reduce the carbon footprint of your building both over the course of the build (by reducing miles travelled and carbon usage during production) and the overall carbon footprint of the building on an annual basis. Likewise, considering the longevity and development of materials will ensure that every Pinnacle building stands the test of time.