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AR Products – Formica's vibrant new panelling system

Offering a fresh and innovative perspective on rainscreen panels, VIVIX panels can be used to clad surfaces, create unique, individual design features or be combined with other cladding materials. With the introduction of VIVIX, Formica Group consolidates its position at the cutting edge of cladding design and technology. For nearly a century, Formica® laminate has defined the look and performance of modern interiors.

Now, building on years of exterior cladding success in European markets, Formica Group remains at the leading edge of building envelope technology and aesthetics. The development of VIVIX, an innovative exterior lightweight rainscreen cladding system, redefines the landscape of contemporary construction for both new build and renovation projects.

Offering opportunities to experiment with colour and form, VIVIX panels can complement or add interest to office buildings, public, cultural and sports facilities, transportation centres, industrial buildings, educational facilities, residential schemes and many other types of development.


Design and application


VIVIX provides solid phenolic, engineered exterior facade panels with decorative surfaces on both sides. Developed in consultation with leading architects and colour consultants, VIVIX panels are available in plain colours, featuring sophisticated neutrals and striking accents, as well as nature-inspired abstract patterns and rich woodgrains.

The VIVIX range offers the possibility of creating many different visual effects in a cost-efficient way. VIVIX panels can be used for cladding an entire building or simply highlighting individual architectural features. The versatile panels can also be used for other kinds of exterior applications such as balconies, soffits, decorative screening and fencing, or to accent an entrance, emphasise different floors or departments, or simply to create a distinctive and eye-catching pattern that makes a particular building stand out.

Recently, VIVIX was specified for the exterior of La Pobla De Vallbona, a sports centre in the Spanish city of Valencia, designed by AC Architecture. VIVIX was selected because of its innate versatility, flexibility and durability. ‘The material was the ideal option for this project, where we wanted durable materials together with technology that maximised energy savings,’ says architect Emilio Conejero, principal of
AC Architecture.

‘VIVIX panels allow architects to balance considerations of appearance, design, maintenance and cost efficiency when choosing exterior cladding,’ says Simon Wild, European Marketing Director of Formica Group. ‘As part of a ventilated rainscreen facade system, the panels offer a range of finishes and patterns, creating exteriors that can be either understated or flamboyant.’


Installation


Panels from the VIVIX range can be used with a variety of fixing systems, from simple timber battens to proprietary metal systems. Depending on the aesthetic requirements of the project, they can be hung either by visible face-fixing or concealed fixing arrangements. Panels can be easily cut into a wide assortment of shapes and sizes to express different design concepts.


Performance



Today, building facades have assumed a new significance. Architects are increasingly choosing materials for exterior cladding that are not only decorative, but also practical and functional, contributing to a building’s overall performance. Being resistant to impact, abrasion and weather effects, VIVIX panels extend the lifespan of a building. Each panel includes double-sided UV protection as standard and undergoes rigorous testing for severe use. VIVIX panels can also significantly enhance a building’s thermal efficiency. And when installed as part of a lightweight ventilated facade system, the panels act as a defence against water penetration and help to prevent the adverse effects of moisture on surface finishes and structural components.


Sustainability


VIVIX panels incorporate Formica Group’s commitment to sustainable principles and practices. Manufactured in the UK to ISO 9001 standards, VIVIX panels cause minimal environmental impact as determined by Formica Group’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). All of Formica Group’s European manufacturing sites and distribution centres have achieved the internationally recognised Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (COC) certification from leading accreditation body, BM TRADA. This ensures that materials used in the production of Formica High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and wood-based bonded items are all drawn from sustainably managed sources.

Formica Group continues to innovate and lead the market in decorative laminates. A visionary approach to product development coupled with the application of advanced technology enables Formica Group to devise and manufacture products that continue to inspire and excite the market. Working closely with architects and designers, the company is ideally placed to offer innovative products that respond to market needs and complement current design trends.

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