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, Rapid installation, Excellent UV characteristics, retaining colour after extended exposure, Easy maintenance - pollution, acid, alkali and salt resistant.
- 5500m2 of perforated etalbond® facade
- 3058m2 of covered space
- 17.8m height
- One 1500 seat concert hall
- Three exhibition halls
- Construction duration 2 years
- Official Inauguration September 2017
- Architect: MOG Architects
- Facade panel manufacturer: Elval Colour
From a first perspective, the many straight lines and triangular shapes, which meet to form the all-white, imposing shell of Quai 9, seem to draw futuristic design elements even evoking a star ship straight out of a Star Wars movie.
The predominant sail shape motif defines the 3D form of the facade, which in turn announces to the visitor the function, the openness, the invitation to a (cultural) journey, the spirit of the place.
This purposeful ambiance is further enhanced by the thousands of perforated motifs that are found in flowing patterns throughout the facade. These, distill natural day light inwards during the day and artificial light outwards during the night.
Finally, why “Quai 9”? Because not only Quai means “pier” but also because Lanester was founded in 1909.
Composed of many origami like facets that decidedly blur the division between its “horizontal” roof and “vertical” walls, the all – white metallic shell of Quai 9 required rigorous study, planning and execution to transform the vision of its architect Cecille Moga (MOG Architects), into a successful reality.
The roof overlay and facade cladding is composed of a complex of 2000 aluminum composite panels etalbond®, dimension 0.5m X 5m each, riveted on frameworks and on vertical concrete walls. The etalbond® composite covering covers the entire building. The composite panels are partially perforated in four different patterned modules and exclusively provide the decorative appearance of the building.
Designing Quai 9’s outer shell presented several challenges regarding the durability of the facade. Its close proximity to saltwater (less than 1km), the multitude of perforations on its 2000 panels and last but not least its large number of panels that are of horizontal instead of vertical orientation, thus being subject to relatively higher amounts of rain and UV radiation compared to vertical panels, all presented a unique problem to be solved.
Rising up to the challenge, Elval Colour came up with a customized PVDF4 coating built to last the 20-year duration of the requested warranty and beyond. The coils, which were used to produce the panels, were produced in ELVAL and coated in Elval Colour’s own coating lines with an especially thick white primer, white PVDF base coat and PVDF clear topcoat to maximize corrosion and UV resistance. All panels were also coated with white primer on the backside, as this is visible from the inside of the façade. Finally, all panel edges were specially treated with bond protecting agents on site. Close collaboration with AXIMA CONCEPT and subsequent technical audits during construction by Elval Colour engineers verified that fabrication and installation of the facade was done according to specification, what finally ensures its aesthetic and structural integrity for many years to come.
etalbond® by Elval Colour is an Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) for construction projects worldwide.
etalbond® panels are designed with a special aluminium alloy that presents the right balance between rigidity and flexibility. High wind load capacity and strong penetration resistance are complemented with soft bending for the most demanding facade formations. The strips are rolled and coated in the company’s facilities with the outmost care and in compliance with the most demanding European and global norms. The panels are light, highly rigid, absolutely flat and are presented with the most durable coating qualities.
etalbond® by Elval Colour is available in three different cores. etalbond® PE with low-density polyethylene, etalbond® FR with a fire-retardant core and etalbond® A2 with an incombustible core, suitable for the most demanding applications, which complies with all fire safety requirements for external cladding.
- etalbond® is an absolutely flat panel with extreme strength and low weight. This very flexible material, can add a touch of architectural elegance and an attractive design.
- etalbond® is a building material that can be easily formed to a small radius, allowing a
greater variety of shapes than many other competitive building products.
Undoubtedly, an etalbond® cladding system will substantially improve the aesthetics of any old building and even increase its property value.
COLOURS AND SURFACES
From vibrant colours to conservative shades, solid colours create a unified appearance without the need of special effects. The whole range of RAL and Pantone at your disposal.
Gloss: from 5% to 80+%.
Premium Metallic and Dual/Prismatic
Changing light conditions and perspectives give these elegant colours a glowing, vivid appearance. Gloss: from 5% to 80+%.