USE OF COMPACT MATERIALSIN BUILDING, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
WHERE IN BUILDING,ARCHITECTURE ANDDESIGN CANCOMPACT MATERIALSBE USED?
where there are straight boards glued together tomake various objects in interior - jointless elementswith high use, image and design quality can arise.where there is an aim to combine materials andachieve higher functional perfection of some interiorparts.where there is an aim to achieve extraordinaryperfection and shape unity not only in the objects’size but also in the freedom in interior shaping whendesigning interiors.where there is an aim to brighten designed objectscompletely or only individual parts of them and movethe interior modelling to an absolutely different level.where there is an aim to combine various colours andmaintain a tight shape simultaneously.where there is necessary to achieve hygienic andaseptic environment without and possibility ofsettlement and growth of bacteria.where there are extreme requirements on outer facefrom architects and designers.
IN WHAT KIND OFOBJECTS IT CAN BEUSED?
In commercial objects (multifunctional buildings,hotels, health care, restaurants, public areas, etc.)
outer and inner facingall sorts of receptionsbarswashbasins and washbasin surfaceslaboratory a health care roomsdesk surfacesindividual designrail
In residence objects (ﬂats, villas)
washbasins, showers, bathskitchen surfaces, sinks, barsbookcasestables, furnitureOrganicity and unity of shape, new possibilities inmanufacturing, extraordinary freedom – in these wordsthe work with compact materials, such as CORIAN
orHI-MACS, STARON, SOLID STONE can be described.
WHAT YOU NEEDTO KNOW ABOUTCORIAN
Material and its properties
is a solid, homogenous and massive material(weight 1m
/22kg) with evenly distributed colour andtexture in cross-section. This material is exceptionallyresistant and durable. It proves very good mechanicalproperties such as hardness, toughness, abrasionresistance and tenacity. Scratches and nicks canbe simply removed by regrinding and repolishingwithout any change or homogeneity of colouredsurface. Corian
cannot be chopped or shatteredand it is not fragile, however, it must be braced toprevent any sagging. It is frameless only in caseof being glued together into a favourable shape.Depending on application, steel, stainless steel or
aluminium proﬁles, humidityproof MDF boards, plywood
or DTD, plasterboard or Perspex boards are used. Inkitchen surfaces, frame construction and partial bracingis recommended because of heat removal.
is produced in form of boards and it is treatedin the same way as hardwood (saw, grind, glue, mill), itis also possible to bend and shape it into closed circlesand 2D and 3D objects can be created from it. Minimalshaped radius of material 12,3mm thick is 100mm.Warning: darker colours and smaller radius can cause„turning white“.
By means of joint technology we can create logos,mosaics and marquetries with diverse colours withoutany obvious joints between the colours. Corian
can bewell combined with wood, glass and metal. With the useof heat, photos, letterings, etc. can be sublimated intothe Corian
Bright colour hues in weaker thickness (i.e. 6mm)
can be sufﬁciently transilluminated, which makes
the impression of subject’s levitation in the space.Or into the material of thickness 12,3mm we can millany ornaments, letterings, logos which will come forthand shine thanks to this. Moreover, special set ofcolours was developed designed particularly for easytransillumination; these colours, marked ICE, enableperfect transillumination across the board.
Furthermore, different thermal expansion must be
expected for Corian
and bracing materials andconstructions, i.e. though surface of any size withoutjoints can be produced, dilatation between Corian
andconstruction must be provided.
UV radiation resistance
is colour fast, resistant to sunshine and other
climatic inﬂuences, so it is possible to use it in exterioras well (frontage facing, banks). Yet long-term inﬂuence
of acid rains, extremely strong sunshine, thin layer ofdust or algae can cause a slight fading out of colours onthe surface. These changes however can be prevented ifregular maintenance by workers with special equipmentis done.
Thanks to compact and non-porous material withoutjoints, all liquids remain on the surface, therefore theboard is easily cleaned and ideal hygienic conditionsare ensured. This enables us to use it in laboratoriesand hospitals. Also viruses can be cleaned awayand radioactive substances can be decontaminated.Nevertheless, take special care with strong acids(concentrated sulphuric acid), ketones (acetone) andchlorinated solvents (chloroform). These can causea change in surface colour. This can be repaired byregrinding or cutting the damaged part out and gluinga new part in.
withstands long-term temperature up to 180˚C,short-term temperature up to 360˚C, depending on the
heat source size and thermal variation between the
site of heat and surroundings. For example a cigarette
which can have more degrees is a very small site andcan only cause a very small area turning yellow whichcan be easily removed by abrasive detergent and a smallsponge with Scotch Brite layer.
Material ﬂammability is categorized as B1, which is
very important for application into school buildings,hospitals, hotels, airport lounges and railway stations.Corian
is neutral and non-toxic material. Under normalthermal conditions it does not radiate any gases. When
on ﬁre, it releases carbonic gases and smoke that is
optically bright and does not contain toxins.
Suitable colour hue choice
Hues particularly marked in the DuPont
company colourbox are not suitable for extremely stressed surfaces,because these hues contain a large amount of pigment;hence the attrition and abrasion are far more obvious.
Shaped pieces (sinks and washbasins)
Beside boards, DuPont
also produces casted shapedpieces whose outstanding feature is great solidity,endurance and heat resistance which is far morehigher than shaped pieces manufactured by gluing andpressing according to individual design.
Material’s endurance and lifetime is not limited.Guarantee offered by the processor awarded with
Quality network certiﬁcate from DuPont
company is 10years.
Company A.M.O.S. DESIGN s.r.o. is a holder of
certiﬁcates “Quality Network” and ISO 9001.
Company A.M.O.S. DESIGN s.r.o. offers full technicalassistance to architects and designers in solvingprojects; we work in the program AUTOCAD. http://www2.dupont.com/Corian/en_GB/index.htmlhttp://www.squirrels-uk.com/seekoo.htm
design: Missoniproducer: Hasenkopf in cooperation with DuPont
and Missoni(photo archive DuPont