Corian® exterior cladding on timber frame for a dental clinic in Bordeaux (France)
Corian® exterior cladding at the Eric Normand dental clinic in Bordeaux. Courtesy of the agency BüPA Architectures, photo Denis Lacharme, all rights reserved.

BüPA Architectures have transformed a dental clinic in Bordeaux (Gironde-France) by renovating the existing building and grafting on an additional floor, covered entirely in DuPont Corian® high tech surface material.

Corian® exterior cladding at the Eric Normand dental clinic in Bordeaux. Courtesy of the agency BüPA Architectures, photo Denis Lacharme, all rights reserved.

Choosing Corian® in Glacier White colour to clad the building, which covers a total area of ​​450m2, architect Frantz Bülher was seduced by the exceptional freedom of expression offered by this high tech material. He was also impressed by its durability, having seen the Corian® façade of the Seekoo hotel in Bordeaux (also in Glacier White colour): few materials retain such intensity of white over time.

One of the exceptional elements of the renovation is that the DuPont Corian® cladding is on a wooden frame, which is a real technical innovation.

Seventy panels of Corian® (in Glacier White colour) were processed by fabricator Ateliers St-André (ASA) to create a façade without visible joints, which integrates exterior moldings around the windows.

DuPont Corian® exterior cladding at the Eric Normand dental clinic in Bordeaux. Courtesy of the agency BüPA Architectures, photo Denis Lacharme, all rights reserved.

Ateliers St-André (ASA) were also responsible for the broader technical feasibility of the project, the timber frame and all on-site implementation. The work was conducted in close collaboration with the DuPont Corian ® technical centre – covering the expansion stresses, sealants and fixings, as well as aesthetic aspects – ensuring the success of this unprecedented use of Corian®.

Cleverly integrating the existing stone, DuPont Corian® creates a perfect synergy between the old and new architectural elements. The joints are invisible, which enables a beautiful flowing design.

The smooth, immaculate appearance of Corian® enhances the medical function of the building while bringing a modern touch to the traditional Bordeaux architecture of the existing building.

The futuristic interior space of the clinic reflects the philosophy of the owner Eric Normand, a dedicated and passionate practician, and incorporates the latest technological advances.

DuPont Corian® exterior cladding at the Eric Normand dental clinic in Bordeaux. Courtesy of the agency BüPA Architectures, photo Denis Lacharme, all rights reserved.

The flexibility of DuPont Corian® has allowed the architect to design a curved reception area, fabricated by Ateliers St-André (SAA), that contributes to the high-tech environment.

In the reception area – and also the kitchen and laboratories – furniture in DuPont Corian® Glacier White sculps the interior while different finishes (matt or polished and shiny) create added visual interest.

Laboratory countertops made of DuPont Corian®. Photos Ateliers St-André (ASA), all rights reserved.

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