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The Shift–From Old to Renewable With Corian® Solid Surface Exterior Wall Cladding

Fitting in isn’t always easy and poses a significant challenge when trying to literally strike a balance between historic buildings and new construction. Axel Schoenert Architectes (ASA) architectural studio has accomplished that using Corian® Exteriors solid surface customized panels in its renovation of the “Shift,” a Parisian office compound housing co-working spaces.

The project involved three buildings in the heart of the Saint-Lazare railway station district at 54 rue de Londres in Paris, France. The challenge of the undertaking was to transform three buildings from the 1930’s, the 1840’s and the 19th century to provide balanced symmetry and identity in the urban setting while at the same time providing sustainability.

Dynamic District Location

Ideally positioned in the heart of the dynamic district of the Saint-Lazare railway station, the office complex has been entirely restyled and renovated to make it modern, innovative and functional, while importantly respecting its urban environment and its history.

The Shift building in Paris, France, featuring a facade made of Corian® Exteriors panels based on Corian® Solid Surface in Glacier White colour; photo courtesy of Axel Schoenert Architectes, all rights reserved.
The Shift building in Paris, France, featuring a facade made of Corian® Exteriors panels based on Corian® Solid Surface in Glacier White colour; photo courtesy of Axel Schoenert Architectes, all rights reserved.

A Balanced Approach

ASA studio used a different approach for each of the three buildings that led to the creation of one new construction and a major renovation and restructuration of two historic buildings.

The main challenge was to give the spaces a balanced symmetry, that was fragmented due to a succession of different architectural and historical sequences, and to provide a strong overall identity, especially for the façade on rue de Londres.

By creating a sculpted 3D appearance, ASA studio wanted to add value and give new life to the imposing façade on rue de Londres. The idea was to use a geometric patterned cladding resembling an Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper.

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Guide to Finding Corian® Glacier White and Other Solid White Solid Surface Material

Did you know that White is the most sought after color of the many hundreds of colors and patterns of solid surface? White is not only classic and aesthetically bright, it also provides a wonderful visual representation of solid surface’s naturally antiseptic nature.

While DuPont’s Corian® Glacier White is one of the more widely known and highly popular versions of white, there are also many other equally desirable white solid surface options available that may satisfy the needs of your project.  We thought it may be useful to put together this handy guide that presents the various white options available through SolidSurface.com:

DuPont Corian® Glacier White

Although Glacier White is not part of the standard stocked product offering at SolidSurface.com, it does frequently come into the overstock “full” and “partial sheet” inventory.  When items do become available, they frequently sell out fast. We suggest if you are interested in an item you either immediately grab it, or contact us to place a hold on it for you.

View the overstock Corian® Glacier White selection at SolidSurface.com

Select Grade Glacier White

The next best alternative to DuPont Corian® Glacier White is the Select Grade. Select Grade Glacier White is 100% acrylic solid surface made in the USA and matches the color of Corian® Glacier White. Select Grade is material that did not meet the manufacturer’s precise specifications and is made available under our overstock full and partial sheet inventory.  However, the majority of these ‘imperfections’ cannot be detected to an untrained eye, if even then. (Learn more about Select Grade.)

The primary benefits of Select Grade are that it is still a very high quality material offered at a considerably less expensive price.  Even more dramatic discounts are available when you purchase the material in 8-pack quantities or more, when available.  Both ½” & ¼” thick material are frequently listed in the overstock inventory.

View the Select Grade Glacier White selection at SolidSurface.com

Solid White Available From All Brands

Just about every brand of solid surface offers some type of solid white color.  There are many shades of solid white to choose from in a variety of different names, including Glacier White, Arctic White, Antique White, Alpine White, Bone or Ivory White and many more.  If you have a specific shade of white in mind for your project, its a good idea to locate physical samples for the options available.

SolidSurface.com offers an array of solid whites in both stocked full sheets and overstock full and partial sheets from many different brands including LG HI-MACS, Samsung Staron, Formica Solid Surface, Hanex and many more.  The best way to view what is available in both stocked and overstocked inventory is to visit the link below which displays a page that pre-filters the search options by “White” color family, “Solid” pattern, “Full Sheet” size and sorts by “Color Hue”.  All items listed are considered stocked (in-production and consistently available), unless the name contains “overstock” (limited availability).

Visit all of the solid white full sheets available at SolidSurface.com

For additional guidance on how to find material on SolidSurface.com, visit How to Find Solid Surface Material on SolidSurface.com