Formica Group, a leading global manufacturer of surfacing products, continues its innovative approach to rainscreen cladding with a new range of VIVIX® exterior façade panels. Featuring 25 new decors developed specifically for exterior applications, the range also introduces Younique® by Formica Group a custom laminate service which allows specifiers, designers and contractors to create a truly bespoke look
Innovative designs for exterior applications
Based on extensive research, the refreshed VIVIX range introduces eight new Woods decors and eight new Patterns all in True Scale, nine additional Plain Colours, as well as the Younique service to provide architects, designers and specifiers with unlimited design potential.
Eva Hoernisch, Design Manager, Formica Group explains: “We have completely renovated our woodgrain range of VIVIX panels and developed unique visuals in True Scale. With this technique there is no repetition across the width of the panel, capturing the subtle variations inherent in such natural materials. We have also broadened the range of pattern options to include new visuals such as bronze and steel ‘materials’.
Formica Group has also introduced Younique®, a custom service that takes exterior cladding design to the next level, allowing creation of stunning individual visuals beyond natural or man-made materials. With the ability to replicate any design or image, Younique combines the practicality and hard wearing characteristics of Formica® High Pressure Laminate (HPL) with limitless options for customised patterns, images, as well as corporate branding logos.
The new VIVIX range also benefits from additional technical content such as BIM objects compatible with all major architectural drawing packages, and available to download from the National Building Specification (NBS) Library.
The full promoted Vivix range is available as FSC Certified. Manufactured in the United Kingdom to ISO 9001 standards, VIVIX panels cause minimal environmental impact as determined by Formica Group’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). VIVIX panels have fire class B-s1, d0 (EDF 6 mm) according to European standard EN13501-1. Formica Group is also the first laminate manufacturer in the world to be awarded the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label.
VIVIX panels can be fabricated away from the building for efficiency, but if required they can be easily cut on site. Lightweight and easily transported, VIVIX panels do not create dust when being cut, are easy to clean and maintain.
A recent project where VIVIX architectural panels were specified is the air traffic control tower at Kristiansand Airport in Kjevik, Norway. Wiig og Horgmo Architects explain: “The control towers are at least 30 metres above ground; the material we used for cladding had to be lightweight for ease of installation and safety as well as versatile and flexible to allow us to realize the design concept.VIVIX panels proved ideal thanks to the colour choice, versatility, durability and quality offered.”