»BI Cube« - 650 m² Corian facade
Facades can be used to express both the type and the character of a building. 650 m² of radiant white Corian envelop the »BI CUBE«. A clean design, large windows and first-class technical implementation all define the building. Innovative, creative and modern – just a few of the many characteristics of the »BI CUBE«.
Thermoforming as decision criterion
With the »BI CUBE«, the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim has created a »centre for agile methods of work«. The employees enjoy a creative, modular working environment spanning 700 m² in order to solve problems and develop new strategies. The sustainably built »BI CUBE« is as innovative as the working methods. »The materials and shapes used for the building meant that it was necessary to find a material for the facade that could be shaped as required«, highlights architect Lars Geis from Hirschmuellerschmidt Architektur. »With its thermal formability, Corian was the perfect solution here«. 650 m² of the high-tech material in Glacier White was processed by Hasenkopf to produce curved and flat panels, which were then mounted by Popiolek. Both companies are experts in their own fields. Popiolek has over 70 years’ experience as a facade installation specialist. Since Hasenkopf manufactured the first Corian facade for a building in Germany, the solid surface material processor has been involved in several other facade projects.
Millimetre work: The even joint pattern highlights the elegance of the Corian facade.
Thanks to the close co-operation between the project partners, it took less than eight weeks to manufacture and install the around 350 facade elements. The production and assembly work both had to be precise down to the millimetre to achieve a precise panel alignment. The thin joints between the solid surface material elements underline the elegance of the building, while the rounded and diagonal surfaces of the curtain wall and the six-metre-wide overhanging awnings highlight its dynamism. 65 m² of Deep Nocturne Corian was processed for the around 10 cm wide shadow joints on the corners of the building.
Photos: © Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG