Petrarch is a fibreglass-reinforced panel manufactured in the UK, using predominantly natural minerals, such as marble and stone.
”The product offers unprecedented design freedom because we can totally customise the aesthetic using custom pigments to provide a completely individual facade panel,” explains Michiel of CFS Netherlands. “The sky is the limit with Petrarch, both in terms of colour and texture, and all this is even morebudget-friendly thanks to the new Petrarch Planx slim format. The product is lightweight, does not absorb dirt and moisture and is very easy to clean.”
Ready-made facade system
Petrarch is available in thicknesses of 7 or 10 millimetres and is usually mechanically or adhesive fixed. “We supply the complete facade construction turnkey, including design, calculation and aluminium substructure,” says Michiel. “Everything is organised from the office in Oosterhout, which is very convenient for facade builders.” Architects also appreciate the benefits of Petrarch. “Recent Netherlands projects finished with Petrarch façade panels are the police station in Bergen op Zoom and the Radisson Blu hotel in Bruges.
Additionally, Petrarch also lends itself ideally to interior applications, as in the Phoenix building in Brussels. The possibilities are endless when it comes to its colour palette too, with a choice of over 1500 shades as well as custom shades. For the police station project in Bergen op Zoom, for example, Van Pelt architects combined four custom colours.”
langen + Koenis Architecten have been strong advocates of Petrarch for many years, and are extremely proud of their Petrarch Planx premier.
Initially, the idea was to use precast concrete for the facade at Het Baken, but in the end we opted for Petrarch Planx, a much lighter and budget-friendly alternative. “The advantage is that, like the sheet material, we can produce the planks in any colours and textures, so the appearance of concrete or brick can be easily emulated, which is exactly what we’ve done here. Petrarch Planx (only 7mm thick) were supplied in three striking grey shades, resulting in an attractive and varied façade aesthetic.” Slangen + Koenis Architecten
Project images courtesy of CFS Nederland and architects
Project Image – Sports Complex, Netherlands
Architect: Slangen + Koenis Architecten
Petrarch Planx: Colours #1137, #1137A, #1137B Smooth Matt
Contractor: 3ACP bv
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