Kitchen and bathroom designers are no strangers to using DuPont’s Corian material on their projects, And, as part of a major project to create an open, inviting and distinctive retail banking branch within its UK London head office, Santander has opted to use it as well.
DuPont Corian high-tech surface has been chosen to enhance both the visual impact and the functional interface with clients. The six-storey atrium has been designed to establish a flowing and accessible use of its volume, with split levels and suspended elements framing the focus on a pair of living trees planted at the heart of the space.
The in-house architects for the project were Miguel Pérez Tallón and Rubén Sesmero Blanco. They explained that Corian was chosen after a long research process into many different kinds of materials, and particularly because it was the best material for achieving the seamless appearance they were looking for. In addition, Corian allowed them to match the curved shapes proposed in the design without incurring a more challenging manufacturing process
The design of the space aims also for optimum energy-efficiency. Features such as underfloor heating and the apertures within the separation ‘planes’ of the various zones, which have been added to enhance ventilation, mean that no additional HVAC equipment was required, which together with the louvred ceiling that has been installed in the ‘back of house’ area will save approximately 40% of expected energy use otherwise.
Image shows: The Triton Square branch at the London head office of Santander UK has been designed to offer a light, open and flowing retail banking space, and features the premium finish of Corian surfaces in colours to match the brand identity. (Photo courtesy of Santander UK.)
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