LG Hausys used HI-MACS’ acrylic solid surface in architectural project the Zaryadie Concert Hall in Russia. There are several themes in the architecture of the concert hall, but they are not divided. Although they are arranged in space with a certain sequence, they are actually intertwined.
The hall has been dubbed as a ‘generator’ that receives plastic energy from music in its core: streams are generated around, like electricity on a coil of copper wire, or like the magnetism of a large celestial body. On the border of the hall energy does not disappear, it splashes in the foyer with white protuberances of stair railing and balconies, whose asymmetrical fluid movement is emphasised by light lines and randomly scattered dots of lamps, somewhat similar to stars. The grid of measured rhythm of the vertical walls of the hall and the façade, stitched with curves of balconies and railings, is connected with them as closely as rhythm in music is associated with melody.
When creating the interior, much attention was paid to the finishing material, which in addition to aesthetic properties, had to satisfy several requirements that take into account the social nature of the space, such as fire and wear resistance, ease of maintenance and further operation. The architects chose the HI-MACS composite material for cladding the surfaces of balconies and staircases. The total surface area created with HI-MACS is about 6000sqm. This non-porous material is easy to clean, wash and remove scratches by polishing. There are bar counters of two cafes on the balcony of the second tier and countertops in the toilet rooms made by HI-MACS.
One of the main requirements for the material is the ability to create seamless surfaces of a large area, including curvilinear ones. Due to its special properties, HI-MACS is often used to create objects designed using parametric modelling. The continuity of the lines of extensive parapets of balconies and stair railings flowing into each other, the graphics of the slats hiding the ventilation system and the finishing of thin columns of the second tier are the result of accurate modelling and flawless production. In addition to curvilinear fences, a grooved finishing of the cashier’s office area was created using 3D moulding, continuing the theme of the wooden ribbed surface of adjacent wardrobe walls.
The translucency of HI-MACS has become another determining factor when choosing material for foyer interiors: light plays an important role in the foyer space, creating a vertical rhythm in the interior, where the horizontal dominates. In the afternoon, shadows on windows and columns draw shadows on the snow-white planes. And in the evening, the surfaces are enlivened with light lines on the balconies and illuminated stepped ceilings. Different colours of LEDs mounted in the design, and the use of dimmers allow a variation in the lighting effects.
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