Global architects, ZAS Interiors have designed a luminous white showroom with seamless organic walls for an innovative worldwide corporation; the idea was to showcase the company's products in a stylish contemporary space.
Canadian Corian® fabricators Eventscape engineered, fabricated and installed the complex curved Corian® feature wall and 3 acrylic display cabinets for this corporate showroom.
The thermoformed and sculpted feature wall spreads across a corner of the showroom providing nearly 10 metres of smooth curving wall surface within a 3.5 metre wide area.
Unique Characteristics & Project Challenges:
Eventscape was brought in to review and present material and costing options to achieve the designer's desired *clean, organic, seamless feature*. Corian® was selected as the leading option due to it's unique combination of formability and durability.
The challenge in using Corian as a double curving surface is in the design and implementation of the moulding and forming process, to ensure consistency of surface tangency and edge contact across the 16 individual panels that resulted from the 760mm Corian® sheet width.
From Eventscapes point of view, "the finished feature wall successfully retains the complexity and grace of the initial design in an apparently effortless seamless surface."
Complex Corian® Curves
A unique combination of digital tools, material knowledge, fabrication expertise, and artistic skill needed to come together in order to achieve the seamless feature wall as designed.
12mm thick Corian® sheets were pre-cut on on a CNC router based on compensated digitally generated templates, prior to forming. Particular care needed to be taken in the design of the shape and placement of the irregularly shaped display niche and monitor openings which needed to align accurately once formed, to the recesses and support locations within the wall structure.
The 16 unique waffle shell plywood moulds used to form the Corian® were designed to become the wall framing and support for the finish surface in the final installation. All of the sections were fitted together on a master template in Eventscape's facility over the course of the 12 week project in order to ensure all possible finishing and testing that could be completed prior to installation was done, thereby minimising the time and work needed on site. The final number of individual panels shipped to site was reduced to 7 by shop-finishing selective panel joints based on a 3D analysis of clearance and erection sequence of the now 1.5m wide wall sections.
Eventscape and the end client were delighted with the finished wall - "The finished feature wall successfully retains the complexity and grace of the initial design in an apparently effortless seamless surface."
Design with Freedom
This project is a triumph of combining creative imagination with complex engineering and fabrication. I often say that Corian® is one of the few materials available that can successfully bring to life a designer's concept where seamless 3D shapes are required.
The solution looks remarkable and gives the corporate client a unique showroom experience safe in the knowledge that it will continue to look amazing for years to come.
Take a look at the video below for more insight into the design, fabrication and installation process on this very special project: