The NOI TechPark - Bolzano Science & Technology Centre was designed by Chapman Taylor in collaboration with Studio CL&aa and Andrea Cattacin. Located in Bolzano, Italy the project is an innovative science and technology park with an industrial heritage. The 25,000m² development consists of two historic buildings that have been refurbished and the construction of a new building that has been dubbed the ‘Black Monolith’.
The precinct has been developed to house a range of innovation companies, university research institutions, and training centers. The development has obtained LEED v4 Neighbourhood Development Gold sustainability certification.
The architects of the NOI TechPark - Bolzano Science & Technology Centre used stabilized aluminum foam for the building interior and exterior. The striking black façade of the 'Black Monolith' is clad with Alusion™ from Cymat - ALDFG-12.7-LM-2S – LM cells (Large/Mid) sprayed with Black Wet paint. The development also features Alusion™ cladding to the interior ceilings in a natural silver color. Alusion™ stabilized foam not only gives the ‘Black Monolith’ its distinctive look but the durable, lightweight, and strong aluminum cladding is 100% recyclable and has a large proportion of recycled content contributing to the sustainable ethos of the NOI TechPark - Bolzano Science & Technology Centre development.
|Alusion™ ALFG-12.7-LM-2S – LM cells (Large/Mid) sprayed by Metall Ritten with Black Wet paint, 5000m2
|Cymat Technologies Ltd.
|CL&aa / Claudio Lucchin & Architetti Associati
|Façade Fabricator & Interiors Steel Construction
|Distributor of STAC Bond - Italy and Austria
|IVO CORRÀ, Dario Conci
About Alusion™ Stabilized Foam:
Cymat Technologies Ltd is a world leader and has exclusive rights in the production of Stabilized Aluminum Foam (SAF). Based in Toronto, Canada, it is an innovative materials technology company that uses Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum Foam to make lightweight aluminum panels.
Cymat’s stabilized aluminum foam, marketed under the trade name of Alusion™ for architecture, is a versatile and unique material with virtually limitless design and architectural applications. As well as its unique appearance, the aluminum foam panels have sound-absorbing properties making them ideal for applications requiring both acoustic attenuation and beauty.
The lightweight aluminum panels created by Alusion™ foam are strong yet lightweight and similar in appearance to a metallic sponge. Alusion™ stabilized aluminum foam is buoyant, flame, and corrosion-resistant in the same way as aluminum. The surface of the material is either left in its solid form as produced or undergoes surface preparations that provide many different appearances from a solid surface “shimmering” look to a translucent “water froth” look.
The Alusion™ product is produced with a proprietary continuous panel production process, which allows it to have many advantages. The product’s competitive edge is that no one can produce aluminum foam in the dimensions and volumes that Cymat Technologies Ltd can provide, with the overall consistency or even with the random yet uniform look in which it is created. It is lightweight and easy to install and is 100% recyclable.
Modern and dramatic appearance.
- 100% recyclable, and contains 20% recycled content.
- Acoustic absorption properties.
- Non-combustible with a flame spread of zero.
- Highly corrosion resistant.
- The strength, durability, and resilience of aluminum.
- Windload testing (220 mile per hour + / 354 km/hr+).
- Colors available: Luminous Silver color (aluminum), which can also be powder coated in limitless color choices.
Other Surface Solutions
The aluminum foam panels can be resin coated, and water jet cut with a specialized WJ process only by Cymat Technologies Ltd. Special powder coatings and wet paints can be applied which render the product 100% salt resistant and chemically resistant.
Testing is available upon demand.