A recent project by Bijl Architecture in collaboration with AR-MA in the Sydney suburb of Willoughby demonstrates a boldly innovative application of Corian® product, creating a powerfully compelling aesthetic effect and consequently winning the Corian® Residential Wild Card Award for Quarter 3 2013.
December 1st, 2013
The De-Form Wall, a CNC routed Corian® panel wall installation alongside a custom cantilevered stairway, forms the centrepiece of a new residence designed and project managed by Bijl Architecture. The wall installation needed to be robust as well as beautiful, workable for the design demands, and resistant to UV due to its location under two large skylights over the stair void. Corian® was chosen for the aesthetic qualities and material integrity it was able to bring to this highly detailed design with respect to colour consistency, luminosity, UV resistance, workability and robustness. Corian® Glacier Ice panels were then also used for the soffit of the cantilevered stair integrated with the DE-Form Wall.
The Glacier White wall panels feature a CNC routed motif produced from a detailed digital design and physical prototyping process. The lines which form the design were cut with a specially developed tool in order to produce particular angles and effects, as well as reduce the occurrence of “artefacts’ on the finished surface. This produces the effect of very fine lines and shadows – the wall is located near large skylights which bring light onto the wall, illuminating the various routed patterns in different ways throughout the day. The stair landing soffit allows the landing to float, backlit by the Spicon Matrix LED lighting system.
The use of Corian® in the De-Form Wall installation has allowed the rigorous design and prototyping process to come to a full and impressive fruition for Bijl’s clients, in the form of a unique, endlessly fascinating surface in the centre of their new home.
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