FrieslandCampina builds high-performance design laboratory exploiting the properties of Corian®

FrieslandCampina’s new Innovation Centre in Wageningen the Netherlands. Project by Fokkema & Partners. Photo by Horizon Photoworks, Rotterdam, all rights reserved.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands recently opened FrieslandCampina’s new Innovation Centre in Wageningen. This state of the art complex brings together various laboratories, a “Technohal”, and several different research disciplines. The furnishing of the laboratory was done using DuPont™ Corian®.

Hygiene a priority
In this highly environmentally sustainable building, innovative solutions that best support the work processes are sought at every level. “In that case, DuPont™ Corian® high-tech surface is the ultimate material,” said Edward de Vette, Director of S+B Rotterdam, a supplier of interior design concepts for schools and laboratories.
“The product is extremely hygienic. The surface is sealed and resistant to most chemicals and bacteria. It can be worked in all possible shapes and sizes without any joints or seams. It is not cold and feels incredibly soft and smooth to touch. And, as a result, it has a fantastic designer look.”

Seamlessly incorporated
Helga Boks, architect at Fokkema & Partners, the architects responsible for the interior, said: “In laboratories, people often choose a purely functional solution, such as work surfaces from Trespa. But that lacks a certain appeal. In the Innovation Centre, you can look into all the rooms and so we wanted an attractive solution, a design that would radiate calm within the transparent character of the building.” The final design for the laboratory tables came about through very close collaboration between the architect, the interior designer and the client. S+B produced around 50 tables from DuPont™ Corian®. As a result, the universal connections for gas and electricity were completely and seamlessly integrated for optimal hygienic conditions.

Designer appearance
According to Edward de Vette of S+B, there is nowhere else in the world where DuPont™ Corian® advanced surface material is used on this scale in a laboratory institute. “It fits perfectly in FrieslandCampina’s Innovation Centre. It is functional, but also a ‘designer piece’. Just like the other rooms in the complex, the labs have an expressive, yet understated character.”
The lab tables were produced in Glacier White, while the edging for the different departments was done in various colours from the striking colour palette of FrieslandCampina – green, yellow, red, orange and blue in DuPont™ Corian®.

‘Milk Splash’ from DuPont™ Corian®
There is even more DuPont™ Corian® to surprise you in the FrieslandCampina complex. In the Experience Centre, visitors can learn more about the innovations and applications surrounding dairy products today. There is also a unique artwork by Tinker Imagineers and Bloei Creative Innovations: the ‘Milk Splash’, a milk droplet splash that is 1.30 m high and 1.00 m in diameter. Solid Factory, a business unit of S+B, created this with the help of thermo forming and 3D milling.
“The droplet is not only beautiful, but also functional: a film about milk molecules is shown in the middle of it,” said Edward de Vette. Solid Factory has also made some specially shaped walls and partitions from DuPont™ Corian® for the Experience Centre.

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