With its beautifully rounded shapes, the facades of this water villa in Westland, the Netherlands were clad with DuPont Corian in the colour Cameo White. Corian was also used for the edges of the terraces and the minimalistic casing of the sleek sunscreens.
Seamless, non-porous and resistant to wind and weather, project architect Koen Olthuis explains this was an ideal cladding material for a design at the water.
Corian was also used for the interior fo the villa. Here, Olthuis designed a unique cooking island with a surface that changes seamlessly into the verticle plane. The kitchen cupboards were also created using this material, which is not only resistant to water, but also acidity and high temperatures.
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DuPont™Corian® as a façade cladding: Minimalistic in both style and maintenance
DuPont™Corian® is popular with architects and interior designers because it can be incorporated seamlessly and is practically indestructible. And it is for precisely these reasons that this solid surface is being increasingly used for façades. A waterfront designer villa in the Dutch municipality of Westland has recently been given a timeless elegance thanks to a high-tech façade covering using DuPont™Corian® in the colour Cameo White.
Resistant to moisture and the weather As architect Koen Olthuis from Waterstudio.NL in Rijswijk explains: ‘Building at a waterfront means special building requirements and DuPont™Corian® is the ideal solution for these difficult conditions. After a time, stucco work always becomes unsightly, but this product is completely impervious to moisture and the effects of weather. Decades from now, this façade will still look as good as it did on the day it was made. It is practical and efficient, even if the building isn’t on the waterfront.’
Building with distinction Equally important here is the fact that DuPont™Corian® can be used to create some special effects. The client wanted the villa to be something unique. ‘We didn’t want a country house with a thatched roof. We wanted a house that would still be modern in fifty years’ time.’ The architect therefore designed a spectacular villa with distinctive curves in DuPont™Corian®. He said: ‘This material is so inspiring, I’m discovering new possibilities all the time.’ The client was immediately sold on the concept saying, ‘For the exterior, we didn’t change a thing’.
No seams or edges As an architect, Olthuis is always looking for the best balance between building and product. ‘Perhaps it’s because of my background in industrial design,’ he says. ‘DuPont™Corian® allows me to realise the building exactly as I had envisaged it. Seamless, and without distracting details such as eaves, window frames and roof overhangs. All things that distract from the real essence.’
The façades at the water villa in Westland, with their beautifully rounded shapes, are a real eyecatcher. DuPont™Corian® was used for both the horizontal and vertical surfaces. All the edges of the terraces and the minimalistic casings of the sleek sunscreens have also been produced in the colour Cameo White.
With such a large amount of DuPont™Corian® involved, the villa was no ordinary job for the builders Van Leent Bouwbedrijf. However, the contractor knew exactly how to use the practical possibilities of the material to their advantage and was able to realise this very challenging project on time and within budget.
High-tech DuPont™Corian® - for ever DuPont™Corian® is indestructible. It is resistant and non-porous, and the wind and weather have no effect on it. It is also very easy to clean. ‘These façade are completely smooth. For years to come, they will still look like new,’ promises Olthuis. And during this time, almost no maintenance will be needed. The environmental benefits go even further because DuPont™Corian® can always be removed and reused, although there is nothing to indicate that this façade covering will ever be replaced.
Kitchen cupboards and cooking island DuPont™Corian® has also been used for the interior of the villa. For this, Koen Olthuis designed a unique cooking island with a surface that changes seamlessly into the vertical plane. ‘DuPont™Corian® is resistant to water, acidity and high temperatures, and is therefore perfect for a kitchen,’ he says. The kitchen cupboards have also been made from the same material. And to create an exciting contrast with the smooth surfaces, some of the door panels have been fitted with a soft padding effect.
A sensational trend DuPont™Corian® has been used as an external façade cladding for years and more and more architects are now discovering the possibilities of this material. In the Netherlands, there are already a number of prestigious projects and, apart from this waterfront villa, examples include a housing complex in Breda and a business premises in Utrecht. Internationally too, many sensational façade projects have been realised using DuPont™Corian®.