UseInterior and exterior cladding
ApplicationsBuilding Renovations, Internal Partitions, False Ceilings, Bus Terminals, Gas Stations, Column covers, Curved Fascias, Building entranceways, Toll stations, Container Constructions, Machine coverings, Equipment enclosures, Architectural Claddings, Internal Wall Coverings, Internal Decoration, Signage and Exhibition Stands .
CharacteristicsOutstanding strength-to-weight ratio, Increased rigidity, Simple forming techniques, Rapid installation, Excellent UV characteristics, retaining colour after extended exposure.
When StatoilHydro wanted to build modern new offices on the outskirts at Fornebu outside Oslo, it turned to the architects at A-Lab for a unique, environmentally friendly design. What A-Lab came up with was a dramatic concept that featured five overlapping, three-storey buildings. Viewed from above, these 140 meter-long volumes seem scattered onto the parkland like a giant game of pick-up sticks. The daring design certainly fulfilled StatoilHydro’s requirements. In fact, A-Lab’s creative approach saw the Oslo HQ win a World Architecture Festival award before it was fully completed in 2012.
For such a large and complex building, energy efficiency and eco-friendliness was key. StatoilHydro’s initial requirements included low energy consumption, district heating and cooling, plus the construction of a park and gardens around the building. With 65,000 square meters of space spread across the five interconnecting office blocks, a well-insulated outer skin would be integral to minimize heat loss and maximize energy efficiency.
Elval Colour’s etalbond Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) was chosen to construct the building’s distinctive facade. The prefabricated panels that were used were folded to create 220mm deep cassettes. These gave the facade a deep stress relief and also enabled them to cope effectively with extreme wet weather. The prefabricated facade system was also employed inside the building, where the offices overlook a six-storey atrium. The only difference here was that the interior panels were finely perforated in order to deal with the acoustic challenges of the interior atrium space, helping to reduce noise.
The five buildings that make up the StatoilHydro HQ are covered with 20,000 square metres of coated etalbond in a special 3L PVDF Acropolis White coating. They give the complex a unique and dynamic look, characterized by a pattern of geometric windows that make it seem like the whole building has “perforated walls”. This striking effect was easy to achieve with etalbond composite, because the panels can be cut, curved and routed to construct formations and shapes that are just not possible when using more traditional building materials.
etalbond® is a technologically advanced product whose unique features facilitate creative architectural design. Curved and flat surfaces in vivid colours add an elegant sense in buildings and constructions of all kinds.
Attractive and flexible, etalbond® is the appropriate cladding solution for interior and exterior surfaces in new constructions and renovations. The material is rigid, light, and durable and has good insulating properties, resulting in energy-efficient buildings. Furthermore, it is easily installed and formed into a variety of shapes.
etalbond® is a first-class sandwich-type composite panel consisting of a non-toxic polyethylene core firmly bonded between fine aluminium facing and backside sheets. etalbond® sheets are produced in different core thicknesses 2, 3 and 5mm with aluminium sheets of 0.5, standard sheet widths of 1000, 1250 and 1500 mm and lengths 2000 up to 7000 mm. The total thickness of etalbond® is thus 3, 4 and 6mm.
Bonding of the aluminium sheets with the core is accomplished by highly compressing the three parts (two aluminium sheets and adhesive along with the polyethylene) within the rolls, resulting in a strong and exceptionally rigid flat sheet of composite panel. etalbond® is ideal for using in severe environmental conditions such as in polluted urban and industrial areas, as the panels are practically maintenance-free; while their cleaning is easy.