Interiors; Exteriors Developers building in style with ultra-thin worksurfaces
Housebuilders are the largest growth area for sales of Zenith solid-core laminate worksurface. Nick Jones, Sales, and Marketing Director for Wilsonart UK said: “The demand for Zenith has been remarkable since its launch in 2016. We were the first to market with a slim solid core product range of its kind. We knew it would appeal to kitchen and bathroom designers but the success of Zenith with builders and contractors has been a fantastic bonus. Zenith is 100 per cent solid and waterproof which means it can be stored on site. It’s adaptable and easy to handle on site too so can be cut as it is required for kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms and WCs with no need for off-site templating.” Available in three convincing textures mimicking either concrete, granite or wood, Zenith offers a compelling range of design options: Curves, thick-and-thin surface combinations and co-ordinating backsplashes are easy to create and can be fixed at the same time the kitchen or bathroom units are being installed. Zenith has a decorative surface finish on both sides, perfect to create waterfall-end panels and co-ordinated bespoke open shelves. In a kitchen an under-mount sink with drainer grooves that reveal the stunning black core are practical and easy to create.
Reducing the risk
A revolutionary new project in Copenhagen designed by Bjarke Ingels Group Architects has turned a waste-to- energy plant into a 95,000 square metre tourist attraction. Located on Amager island, the Amager Resource Centre incorporates a ski slope into the roof, walking trails and a rock-climbing wall up one face. All this build on the island’s reputation for extreme sports enthusiasts, thanks to its parks, beaches, dunes and lagoon for kayaking and windsurfing. The 100m building will incinerate over 435,000 tons of waste per year and serve about 140,000 local households. Given the potential dangers of such a massive operation, Structura Kalwall® translucent cladding has been used extensively not only for its aesthetics and energy efficiency but also for its excellent explosion-venting and blast-resistant properties. Kalwall can be specifically designed to be the weak point in the building envelope in order to relieve pressure created by any explosion, thereby reducing the risk of damage to the primary structure and the occupants. The panels work to vent pressure out of the explosion without collapsing roofs or floors. Kalwall also provides dramatic savings in energy consumption.
Helping Grenfell survivors get fighting fit
As part of the BBC DIY SOS build to support the Grenfell community, Structura UK is proud to announce it has helped to realise the ambitious project to build a new Community Centre and a replacement Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club – located in Bay 20 of the Westway. Both projects are aimed to support the survivors of the Grenfell disaster. Over 200 square metres of Kalwall®
translucent cladding has been used along the whole
elevation of the new Boxing Club using the newly adapted THERM+ ‘stick built’ curtain walling system from RAICO. This is the first project realised using the new system and has worked remarkably well. The ability to conceal the fixings and screws coupled with the mill-finished aluminium framing has created a wonderfully smooth and dramatic facade. This new Kalwall+Raico system offers incredible versatility, even allowing the switching of materials – such as aluminium, steel or glued laminate timber (Glulam) – within the same facade. Kalwall is a popular choice for projects where performance, long life cycle and low maintenance are required, coupled with an aesthetic finish.
Creating the perfect acoustic ambience
The Experimentarium museum in Hellerup, Denmark has been listed as one of the ‘Greatest Places to visit 2018’ by Time Magazine. Following an extensive renovation, guests can now dive into a virtual submarine safari, zoom in on the world of microorganisms or travel through the Tunnel of Senses to explore sight, touch, smell and sound. However, one distraction they will not hear are the loud echoes and reverberations in the exhibitions and galleries from the noise and chatter of the thousands of daily visitors. This is because architects CEBRA have specified Troldtekt wood wool panelling extensively throughout. These panels, in white and grey, counterpoint the museum’s raw and industrial feel and contrast with the design elements of the copper, aluminium and glass. Troldtekt ceiling panels provide a very high-performance sound absorbing surface which absorbs and reduces the noise and reverberations bouncing off the interior hard surfaces. In addition, because the ceiling is suspended, it can be removed or adapted to accommodate exhibition changes within the 11,500sqm of public space.
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