Corian® Solid Surface Solution for Indian Airports
With an ever-increasing population and the emergence of rapidly expanding and economically mobile middle class, the existing airport infrastructure in India was in great need of absolute makeover. The geography of these regions is responsible for the differences in the climate of these cities. A climatic condition in Delhi, which faces extreme of the temperatures in summers and winters, is starkly different from Mumbai, which has extreme of humidity and rains in monsoons. For the upcoming new airports in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, it was vital to keep into account that the solid surface solutions used are of low maintenance or absolutely free from maintenance without compromising on the aesthetic appeal. In addition the surface solutions used are weather resistant and gives the building an overall architectural expression in addition to the structural support.
The designers and architects had to choose from a range of solid surface products that were essential, right from Laminates, Natural Stones, Engineered Stone to Glass and Metal. Some scored on durability but lacked aesthetic appeal, others were far better in aesthetic but fell short on durability and required high maintenance. The Challenge was to come up with a surface solution that would possess:
• Design flexibility
• High performance durability
• Excellent UV and weather resistance
• Easy maintenance
• Fire rating
• Structural performance
DuPont™ Corian® solid surface was chosen for the complex task of achieving functional objectives at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru Airports without compromising on the aesthetic.
DuPont™ Corian® solid surface not only allowed designers to express themselves but helped them deliver world class airport infrastructure for the global travellers.
It all began with the DuPont™ Building Innovation team collaborating with Architects and Designers along with the promoters of Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore Airports. DuPont™ had several addressable needs in the Aviation Infrastructure Market and provided solutions for some interesting concepts. From Wash room areas, Passenger Terminal Buildings(PTB) zone, Check In counters, Inside shopping and quick service restaurant(QSRs) to name a few, DuPont™ Corian® solid surface helped designers accomplish safe and functional design elements for tomorrow’s airports.
DuPont™ Corian® at Delhi International Airport (T3)
DuPont™ Corian® solid surface is featured in a new state-of-the-art
integrated passenger Terminal 3 (T3) at the newly renovated Indira
Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. DuPont has delivered its
market-driven innovations to this project through DuPont™ Corian® surfaces which are extensively used in the Terminal, rendering a modern look with unlimited design flexibility, seamless appearance and ease of maintenance.
DuPont™ Corian® at Mumbai International Airport
DuPont™ Corian® solid surface is featured in the Terminal 2, Chhatrapati
Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai - one of India’s busiest airport and also one of South Asia's most notable aviation hub. Corian® is applied not only on workstations and information desks, but also on column claddings, wall claddings and furniture. Corian® gives the new terminal a signature aesthetic style that stands up to beauty and durability for both vertical and horizontal applications.
DuPont™ Corian® at Bengaluru International Airport
DuPont™ Corian® solid surface played a significant role in revamping the old airport into Kempegowda International Airport. DuPont™ Corian® surfaces permitted designers to bring design at the center stage of all the components. From check-in counters to planter’s box, the design was futuristic with minimalist imperatives.
One important technical aspect of DuPont™ Corian® that made its usage in diverse applications at airports is its ability to be one of the best suitable surface solutions for a ventilated facade system. The ventilated façade system is an answer to the problems in buildings that arise due to humidity, in almost all weathers in India. When used with DuPont™ Tyvek®, DuPont™ Corian® forms an excellent breathing surface that offer possibilities of high insulation values and contribute to healthy indoor climate.
DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces with its seamless, homogenous look and solid feel, has the substance to create impressive, large-scale designs, while also offering the durability, ease of cleaning and minimal maintenance that commercial spaces require in the long-term.
Corian® is applied not only on workstations and information desks, but also on wall claddings, columns and furniture. Corian® gives the commercial spaces a signature aesthetic style that stands up to beauty and durability for both vertical and horizontal applications. Furthermore, Corian® is stain and fade resistant, renewable and requires little maintenance; this makes it the perfect choice for places with heavy daily traffic.
Here are the benefits of DuPont™ Corian® at a glance:
1. Structural Performance
a. Light weight for a reduced structural load.
b. High flexural and tensile strength providing excellent resistance to wind loads.
c. Compatibility with typical building components, structural silicone and sealants.
d. High resistance to abuse and graffiti.
2. Fire Resistance through its low burning characteristic.
a. UV resistance
b. Weather resistance minimizes leakages from wind driven rains
c. Excellent resistance to freeze, thaw, chemicals and detergents.