CharacteristicsHigh-Performance Polymere Concrete panels, vertical and horizontal installation systems, custom patterns and textures, continuous concealed fixing, 3 mm alternated and/or aligned joint, panel weight 33 kg/m2,
There were 5 main design considerations for the specification of the facade material in the Nokia Library, located 200 km north of Helsinki:
The paper texture
One of the most original creations is the paper texture, conceived by Pekka Koli, arkkitehti SAFA, from the Tilatakomo Studio. The building's facade appears to be covered by a piece of crumpled paper. The customization options were provided by the engineered stone panels and were key when it came to creating ideas for innovative textures.
The concealed fixing system: aesthetic facade
ULMA's fixing system is concealed, meaning that you cannot see how the panels are fixed to the structure from the exterior. This is made possible by the grooved panels and the installation is completed by sliding the panel into the profiles of the structure.
Minimum joint size between panels: uniform facade
ULMA's installation system allows various joint options. For Nokia's library, a 3 mm joint was used, one of the smallest on the market.
This narrow joint helps to provide continuity in terms of the texture, creating the most continuous and uniform skin possible. This point was also key in Pekka Koli's decision.
Customized panels that significantly reduce the installation time
ULMA panels are completely prefabricated pieces that are cut to size, arriving at the site ready for installation. This saves time and reduces costs, as the assembly is quick and easy.
Extremely durable facade thanks to the engineered stone
Last but not least, the resistance of the engineered stone panels is very high. It is a material that ensures durability over time. Its level of water absorption is almost zero, making it very efficient when faced with sudden changes in temperature.
|ARCHITECT:||Pekka Koli, arkkitehti SAFA, from the Tilatakomo Studio|
|FACADE SURFACE AREA:||1,415 m2|
|DATE OF CONSTRUCTION:||2020|