CORK COVERING SOLUTIONS
THE NEXT GENERATION
GENCORK is a brand of cork solutions that explores the symbiosis between a low-tech material and high-tech processes. The 100% natural and sustainable expanded cork agglomerate is transformed through generative design algorithms and advanced digital fabrication processes, expressing a new formal aesthetics.This creative and disruptive system not only optimizes cork’s thermal and acoustic properties, but also adds artistic value to traditional walls. Brand by SOFALCA and Creative Direction by DIGITALAB
CORK. THE SUPER MATERIAL
It is only used cork of the branches (falca) for the manufacture of cork granules. These are block clusters in an autoclave, a process that’s 100% natural, without the use of additives. This technology, developed by Sofalca, consists of injecting water vapour through pellets that will expand and agglomerate with the resin of the cork itself. This “cooking” also gives the resulting cork a dark color, like chocolate. During production of the steam, biomass is used, which is obtained in milling and cleaning the falca, and that’s what makes it a truly ecological production and without waste, with a 95% energy self-sufficiency. This super-material, cork, offers a huge range of advantages, because in addition to being an excellent thermal and acoustic insulator and as well as antivibration, it’s also a CO2 sink, playing a key role in the environment.
The digital process is one of most important elements of GENCORK´s DNA. Adopting computational design strategies, the brand explores algorithmic scripts inspired by nature, as well as mathematics, geometry, and biomimetics, through parametric systems. With this process, it’s now possible to produce a huge range of different variations of a pattern, adapting it to any size or form.