The architectural firm USE has implemented one of the first major applications of DuPont ™ Corian® techno-surface for the structural facade of a new residential building in an area of London that is experiencing significant regeneration.
A testimony is the rebirth of the district of Hackney where there is the pioneer project, both the attractiveness of the same, every apartment has been sold on the plant before the building was completed.
Majestic, proud and immaculate, the building situated in Mentmore Terrace contrasts with the historicity of the Victorian railway arches of London Fields and adds excitement to the local landscape gently reflecting light with its elegant and light finish sanded. Made entirely of DuPont ™ Corian®, Material that is becoming a solution for facades favorite designers at the forefront, this high-performance protection against the weather promises to maintain its delicate beauty and sophisticated for a long time.
Architect Jo Hagan, for years engaged in the regeneration of English districts such as Hackney where he resides, he explains, "In the project, there is certainly an element of homage to Bauhaus. The facade and its relationship with the windows and balconies is the only decorative element. The concept is inspired by the book Fahrenheit 451 Raymond Bradbury, so we used the ratio of 4.5.1. between the various panels. "
Hagan said he liked the idea of using DuPont ™ Corian® as exterior cladding since it had already been able to appreciate the performance and the aesthetic qualities of the material Letting applied to his home kitchen. This project has given him a great opportunity to realize his idea in part because Hagan is co-owner of the building (its study has moved from a palace adjoining the ground floor of the new office) and then, being too ' the customer ', has had much more freedom to innovate.
"I always wanted to play a building DuPont ™ Corian®" Hagan explains, "But you need a good imagination because in this country the material has never been used in such a large scale. The application 4.5.1 relationship has allowed the reduction of costs and obtaining a visual effect of breakage of what would otherwise have been a very simple structure. The design of the façade is both abstract and pragmatic, since it offers more variety than the vertical elements and accentuates the impact of the decorative motif thanks to the shadow areas, and from a distance looks firm. "
The individual panels in DuPont ™ Corian® that make up the facade are designed and implemented by specialists of the Spanish company Urbana Exteriores, and were installed through a mounting system Keil in a frame Hilti. The property also benefits the installation of DuPont ™ Tyvek® UV Facade, an advanced version of the famous breathable membrane, created specifically to allow greater freedom of design, reliable protection and improved energy performance facade with open joints.
In fact, sustainability is a key aspect of the building, designed for very low U values (where U is the thermal transmittance value). A heat exchange system means that there is air circulation between the building and integrated grids directly into DuPont ™ Corian® panels to facilitate this process. "Today, the architecture become radical through technology," Hagan said, "The use of a skin to provide insulation to the building becomes an idea of great impact."
Instead of opting for one of the bright whites contained in the sophisticated palette of DuPont ™ Corian®, Hagan has chosen to dress the building with a slight tinge of gray using Private Grey, a discreet shade that turns with the change of the characteristic light of UK and, according to Jo Hagan, "means that the building seems to float." There are thirty-seven colors of DuPont ™ Corian® recommended for façade applications, which allow to operate sophisticated choices of exterior cladding projects, and, together with the remarkable versatility of the material, obtain various decorative effects.
Completely smooth and nonporous, DuPont ™ Corian® is easy to clean and maintain, is fireproof, resistant to graffiti, UV and weathering - and should any damage - be repaired. DuPont ™ Corian® used as an exterior coating is compatible with a system of invisible anchoring and its properties such as light weight and ease of machining mean that the manufacture and assembly can be run smoothly both on site and no.
Whether you want to get a monolithic look with no visible joints or decorative patterns puzzle type or carved, textured, and backlit, DuPont ™ Corian® offers a solution to do as no other material is able to do.