The facade of the new office building housing Platform Basket S.R.L in Poviglio, Italy is now decked out in Ductal®. The installation of 380 m 2 of 15 mm thick sand-colored panels lasted 15 days, from September 1 to 19, 2015. Aiming to combine both style and efficiency, the contractor and the architect both opted for an External Thermal Insulation system with ventilated cladding. In the design, the architect decided to pair two different materials: Corten steel and Ductal® as well as a 10-cm layer of mineral wool to insulate the building.
Originally designed in (GFRC) glass fiber reinforced concrete, the architect decided to shift to Ductal® cladding panels for two simple reasons: durability and a wider range of customization options for the façade. In fact, at a cost comparable to GFRC, Ductal® panels delivered much more freedom in terms of design by offering larger panels of smaller thickness. The aesthetic and mechanical durability, promised over the project’s entire life cycle are what convinced the contracting client to go with Ductal® cladding.