Dezeen promotion: the white-coloured planes that sandwich this family residence in the Westland municipality of the Netherlands are made from acrylic polymer material Corian (+ slideshow).
Briefed with creating a unique house that would still look contemporary in fifty years time, project architect Koen Olthuis opted to use the low-maintenance material for Villa New Water that can withstand weathering.
"Building on a waterfront involves special building requirements and DuPont Corian is the ideal solution for such difficult conditions," said Olthuis. "This product is completely impervious to moisture and the effects of weather."
"Decades from now, this facade will still look as good as it did on the day it was installed," he continued. "It is practical and efficient, even for buildings that do not have to withstand waterfront locations."
Corian is a solid-surface material developed for architects and designers, and is used to create seamless architectural features, countertops and basins for both commercial and residential projects.
The material forms both the roof and the base of the building, wrapping over the ends of its two arms and framing floor-to-ceiling glazing down the longer sides.
Inside the house, the material has been used to create a kitchen island with cantilevered breakfast bar, and the faces of storage cupboards.
Earlier this year, DuPont renewed and extended its range of Corian bathroom basins, and photographed them in styled environments for a new publication titled Portraits of Life.
More information can be found on the Corian website.
Villa New Water, Westland, the Netherlands, features an exterior facade made of DuPont Corian solid surface in the Cameo White colour. Photography is by Koen Olthuis.
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A spectacular new waterside home in the Netherlands is distinctive in many ways – not least because of its innovative use of DuPont Corian high-tech surface to create a cocoon of enduring elegance. DuPont Corian has been valued for many years by architects and interior designers for its multiple talents and its famously robust reliability.
These qualities are now increasingly being adopted to form high-impact, low-maintenance exterior façades. For Villa New Water, DuPont Corian in the classical Cameo White colour has been ingeniously applied to wrap and intriguingly shaped structure, from floor to walls to roof, including an open-air terrace with cutaway sections to let the sun and breeze flow in. DuPont Corian also features to the interior, in kitchen installations that echo the organic shapes of the building.
Architect Koen Olthuis from Waterstudio.NL in Rijswijk explains his choice of material: "Building on a waterfront involves special building requirements and DuPont Corian is the ideal solution for such 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 installed. It is practical and efficient, even for buildings that do not have to withstand waterfront locations."
Equally important in this instance, was the ability of DuPont Corian to create some special effects. The client wanted the villa to be something unique, a house that would still be modern in fifty years time. The architect therefore designed a dramatic structure with distinctive curves that are seamlessly wrapped in DuPont Corian.
He adds: "This material is so inspiring, I'm discovering new possibilities all the time." Fortunately the client was equally keen on the concept saying: "For the exterior, we didn’t change a thing."
As an architect, Olthuis is always looking for the best balance between design and product. "Perhaps it's because of my background in industrial design," he explains. "DuPont Corian allowed me to realise the building exactly as I had envisaged it: with a seamless appearance and without distracting details such as eaves, window frames and roof overhangs, all things that take attention away from the real essence of the structure."
The curve appeal of DuPont Corian has been used in this project for both horizontal and vertical, interior and exterior surfaces, from sunscreen casings to kitchen countertops. The effect is at once pure and minimalistic, while also being strikingly unusual.
With such a large amount of DuPont Corian involved, the villa was no ordinary construction task for the builders, Van Leent Bouwbedrijf. However, the contractor was skilled in the fabrication and installation of Corian and knew precisely how to apply the practical possibilities of the material to full advantage and thus was able to realise this very challenging project both on time and within budget.
DuPont Corian has earned a reputation for being practically indestructible, and these qualities are especially useful for exterior installations. This completely solid and homogenous material is stain resistant and non-porous, thus the worst of the weather will have no effect on it.
It is also very easy to clean. "These facades are completely smooth. In years to come, they will still look like new," promises Olthuis. And during this time, none of the usual exterior home maintenance, such as rendering, plastering, grouting or painting will be needed. Longevity is key to sustainability, but the environmental benefits go even further because DuPont Corian can also be restored on site, if necessary, in most cases or removed, re-formed and even reused elsewhere, although it is unlikely that unless the unforeseen happens, that this particular facade will need to be repaired.
Apart from the star performance to the exterior, DuPont Corian also plays a noteworthy supporting role to the interior. Here, Koen Olthuis has designed an impressive kitchen island with cantilevered breakfast bar, again seamlessly wrapped in this malleable material.
"DuPont Corian is resistant to water, acidity and high temperatures, and is therefore well-know for being perfect for a kitchen," he says. The faces of kitchen cupboards have also been formed from the same sleek and sophisticated surface. In chic contrast to the smooth finish of the Corian surfaces, various panels within the design have been fitted with a soft padding effect.