CharacteristicsDurable, tough, easy-clean, non-porous, reparable, seamless, thermoformability
The “Glazialhaus” project started in 2013 with the plan to renovate and completely re-develop an existing office building in the west of Hamburg. The owners wanted a pure and timeless facade that would stand out from the adjacent glass and concrete structures in the area. Together with architects Heyroth & Kürbitz from Hamburg, they chose advanced material DuPont™ Corian® for the facade material.
Corian® in color Glacier White gives a spotless appearance with connecting 3.5 square meter-sized facade panels which are modern yet classic. For aesthetical purposes, they are divided solely by very thin, black seams. Other than the visible seams, there are nearly invisible lap joints to deal with the thermal expansion of the material showing that different joint versions can be used in a single project in order to attain different perceptions.
In order to avoid an angular, overly structured character of the building, use of the thermoformability of the material was made to fabricate rounded panels for the corners. Consequently, the overall optics of the building ensure an accommodating, soft finish. The cutting and thermoforming of the material were provided by Adolf Kuhlmann Einrichtungswerkstätten from Schwerin. The pure white external cladding in DuPont™ Corian® in the color Glacier White of the completely renovated office building is now highly visible amongst its neighbors.
The owners were equally convinced by the functional qualities as they were by the aesthetics of Corian®: The reliable and sustainable material is not only very durable and weather-resistant but it also features a non-porous surface. Therefore, dirt cannot enter its surface. If soiling for example due to graffiti does happen, it can be easily removed on site. In areas with high dust exposure, the rain will wash off any build-up. And a freezing-up due to moisture penetration is equally avoided due to the even surface.