Shaping The Future of Wall Paneling: SnapCab, Collaboration, And Innovation

Progress and innovation refuse to stand still. As technology advances and the demands of consumers evolve, forward-thinking companies not only adapt – they lead the way into the future. SnapCab is built on a foundation of ingenuity; its out-of-the-box solutions revolutionized the elevator interior world. And now we’re thinking out-of-the-cab.

An emerging player in the wall paneling industry, SnapCab can infuse building projects with new energy and unlimited possibilities.

Partnering with the Best

SnapCab’s collaboration with innovative companies Corning® Gorilla® Glass and Duggal Visual Solutions has given architects and designers the ability to recreate the look and appeal of wood, stone, and other materials – in a lightweight, cost effective way. With super-strong, ultra-lightweight Gorilla® Glass and high-resolution printing techniques, these professionals can integrate customized artwork, interactive screens, branded messages, and more into SnapCab Elevator and SnapCab Wall interiors.

When it comes to possibilities these partnerships enable, SnapCab hasn’t even scratched the surface (not surprising: scratching the surface of Gorilla® Glass is a difficult feat).

Corning’s revolutionary glass meets ASTM International standards for flat glass. When you pair it with a qualified panel backer, it meets US standards for indoor use. And when you add advanced technology and leading edge materials, it meets our standard for innovation. That means the sky – or, rather, the lobby, conference room, living room, office … – is the limit in terms of applications.

Imagine the Future

Imagine living and working in spaces that adapt to your needs rather than forcing you to fit within their confines. Imagine customization, efficiency, technology, and functionality, all integrated seamlessly into buildings for maximum impact with a minimal footprint.

By forging strategic partnerships and pushing the boundaries of traditional building, SnapCab allows people to stop imagining, and start planning. Within the next few years, “flex space” will become a more prominent component of homes, offices, and other applications. SnapCab’s audiovisual wall plays a key role.

Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt: The Power of Collaboration

Top home builder KB Home, in conjunction with Virginia Tech and over 25 industry partners, recently debuted their 1790-square-foot demo home – Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt. The model gives the industry a glimpse into the future of the “high-performance, sustainable, resiliency-built and efficiently operating home.”

KB Home senior vice president Dan Bridleman, “We felt it would be important to demonstrate not what you could do today, not what you could in 2020, but to bring a collaborative group of our partners together with some big thinkers and demonstrate what could be.”

And “what could be,” among other innovative elements, is a movable wall that increases flexibility and functionality. Made of optically-clear Gorilla® Glass and fabricated by SnapCab, this is no ordinary wall. In the model, it separates the living room from a home office, much like a regular fixed wall. Unlike a fixed wall: if a homeowner is entertaining guests, it can be pushed back to allow more space in the living area. If he or she has a business meeting, the wall can be adjusted to create a spacious conference area in the office.

A 180° Change

The wall itself offers a host of functions: on one side, it houses a televisionmonitor, and audio system, all discretely integrated into the wall itself. The bane of all entertainment/technology centers – the ugly tangle of wires – is completely hidden. On the other side is a customized piece of art, a gigapixel photograph, high-res printed with incredible precision.

Need a switch? The audiovisual wall does a complete 180°. In the living room, for example, a homeowner can enjoy a movie theater-quality experience with all the comforts of home on the visually-clear Gorilla® Glass screen. When it’s time for work, he or she can simply flip the screen and take advantage of prime computer and teleconferencing capabilities, as well as a whiteboard surface for notes, reminders, presentations, and brainstorming.

The Future Looks… The Way Homeowners Want

Homeowners increasingly demand efficiency; flex spaces allow them to maximize their space – and its functionality. The collaboration and technology on display in the KB Home demo can also empower builders to create homes with smaller footprints and bigger impacts.

The modular living room/home office design is also featured in Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS, a prototype showcasing future design possibilities. Joseph Wheeler, co-director of the Center for Design Research and professor in the School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, says,

…Smart design and technology can solve universal challenges in home building to make homes of the future more efficient, sustainable, and affordable. The concepts modeled in FutureHAUS can be used to build homes that intuitively respond to the needs of everyone from millennials and centennials to the aging and housebound – allowing people to live better and more sustainably.

In the coming years, homes – not to mention community and commercial buildings – will adapt to meet the needs of owners, tenants, and visitors. They will offer functionality that flexes, ensuring greater efficiency.

This is the future. SnapCab isn’t content to simply imagine it. We’re helping to build it.