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case study Create a perfect smile with Formica® laminate

Bringing a modern and sophisticated look, ColorCore® was used in the transformation of former office space into a stylish dental care clinic, Be Clinique. Located on Castilho Street, one of the most emblematic neighbourhoods of Lisbon, Portugal, the clinic was designed by OPENLAB Architects, an award winning multidisciplinary practice also based in Lisbon. In keeping with Be Clinique’s distinct colour palette of black, silver and grey/ green, ColorCore in black gloss and matte was used in the reception and bathroom area. The ideal choice for an array of interior solutions, ColorCore’s hard-wearing characteristics make it suitable for high traffic environments where there is a high risk of scratching and impact damage. “The reception area and the waiting room deserved special attention since these are the areas customers see as soon as they come in,” says architect Gonçalo Guerreiro.

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Client

Be Clinique

Location

Lisbon, Portugal

Design

OPENLAB architects

Photography

OPENLAB architects/ João Ferrand and Mariana Ternudo

Formica Limited, 11 Silver Fox Way, Cobalt Business Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE27 0QJ.Tel: 0191 259 3100, Fax: 0191 259 2648, www.formica.com. Formica and the Formica Anvil Device are registered trademarks of The Diller Corporation. © 2012 The Diller Corporation. A Fletcher Building Company.


case study Following the client’s brief for a modern,

Formica® laminate provides a surface

luxurious and chic image, ColorCore

that not only looks clean and fresh but

was also used to clad a bespoke

also stays clean and fresh, as it can be

reception desk and also on a wall of

steam cleaned or disinfected with no

sleek black cabinets that serve as a

adverse effects. The nature of laminate

stunning backdrop to the reception.

makes it an ideal surfacing product in environments where hygiene is an

ColorCore is a dramatic and exciting

important issue; providing easy to

surfacing material that features the high

clean, durable and inert surfaces. The

performance characteristcs of Formica®

clinical need, on one hand, demands

decorative laminates, with the added

easily maintained surfaces whilst staff

dimension of solid through colour.

and patients appreciate a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The high gloss finish not only looks chic, stylish and contemporary, but

ColorCore is a popular choice as it

was also a very practical choice. It

offers an ideal solution for the designer

provides a reflective surface, bouncing

in terms of colours, finishes, textures

light into and around the rooms.

and patterns. Inherently durable, the solid core of colour lends itself

Using an unusual design feature, a

well to edging, allowing the creation

screen made of twisted metal blades,

of monolithic effects or contrasting

the designers divided the area into

features to add depth. The surface

two distinct spaces. “The first one

can be routered, engraved and even

is more private, for those who like

sand blasted to produce subtle or bold

to concentrate on reading, and the

graphic and three-dimensional effects.

second is a more open space near the reception desk, with a window that opens on to the city. The concept of a clean image associated with the indirect light composition added character to the space”, explains Jennifer Gomes, architect at OPENLAB Architects.

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Formica Limited, 11 Silver Fox Way, Cobalt Business Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE27 0QJ.Tel: 0191 259 3100, Fax: 0191 259 2648, www.formica.com. Formica and the Formica Anvil Device are registered trademarks of The Diller Corporation. © 2012 The Diller Corporation. A Fletcher Building Company.


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