The white color of the techno-surface DuPont™ Corian® has been used for the transformation of a residential and commercial building from the 1970s, previously a dark, massive presence located in the central market square of Backnang, a German city in Baden-Württenberg.
Abandoned for over ten years, the building has been restored with DuPont™ Corian® high-tech surfaces, generating a modern mixed-use structure (residences and offices), with an extra floor added during the restructuring phase.
In a position of great visibility, the architecture studio Loesch Architekten GmbH of Stuttgart has transformed the existing space into offices and three spacious two-story apartments, with great sensitivity to design and materials.
The new building has an essential architectural language, with clean lines and a cubic-urban aesthetic. Thanks to its splendid white facade in DuPont™ Corian® the previously neglected entrance to the Fruit Market now offers an interesting new image for residents and visitors.
The modern architecture of the building reflects the functional differences – housing and work – by using different materials: the spaces for the offices, on the lower levels, are clad in DuPont™ Corian® combined with glass, while the upper floors have a particular facade made with horizontal boards. At the same time, the various areas are creatively connected by cubical elements running along three sides of the building.
For the pure white external facing, the architects have chosen the DuPont™ Corian® high-tech surface in the color Glacier White: the image of the facade is homogeneous thanks to the use of borders in the same color scheme.
The DuPont™ Corian® outer facing has a surface of 350 square meters and functions as a double layer for the ventilated facade. The use of DuPont™ Corian® makes it possible to conceal installation devices, offering lasting protection against humidity and atmospheric agents.