One of the most recent architectural achievements of Laminam, the Emilia-based company that produces large ceramic sheets in small thicknesses for architecture, interiors and design, is the ventilated facade of the Panmure Station on the southwest outskirts of Auckland, designed by Opus Architecture, a qualified team of architects, planners, interior designers and project managers based in Australia and New Zealand.
With about 1700 passengers per day, Panmure Station is one of the busiest in the region: the new interchange between train and bus lines opened in January 2015 is the starting point for development of better connections towards the eastern suburbs of the city.
The project by Opus Architecture provides a new central pedestrian plaza connected to both sides of the tracks, two elevators, escalators for both platforms and four flights of stairs at the main access points.
The ceramic sheets from the Filo Series in the Ghisa color (a texture based on the image of a changing thread that infinitely repeats in a twining series, forming a shiny, metallic skin) have been used to enhance the glass facade of the building, creating separate volumes that reveal but also screen off functional features like the entrance, the ticket office and the restrooms.
Thanks to their physical and mechanical properties, the Laminam sheets are ideal for outdoor applications: they stand up to atmospheric agents and UV rays, as well as the most extreme stress, and come in the exceptional format of 1000×3000 mm, while still being incredibly light thanks to the thickness of just 3 mm. Peerless solutions that combine great performance with a modern, sophisticated look that becomes the distinctive feature of the building.