PRAGUE (CZ) - Mimosa architekti created a monochrome white environment for the showroom of the Czech branch of chemical company DuPont. Instead of presenting the company's products as exhibits, they decided to use them to create the interior as a whole.
The showroom, situated within a building that also contains the administration department, is separated from the offices by a floor-to-ceiling 'ribbon' of Corian, SentryGlas Expressions and Butacite – all DuPont materials. The criss-cross line pattern on this ribbon refers to chemical fixations and to the polymer fibres that are used in the majority of DuPont's products. All the ancillary spaces – cupboards for storing samples and graphic materials, a changing room and so on – are hidden behind the ribbon wall. The clean, sophisticated look of the materials is counterbalanced by the ceiling with its exposed services.
The lighting concept – artificial light in combination with natural daylight – supports the soft ambient atmosphere. Series of halide point lights (70 W) emphasize the pattern on the Corian panels, while the natural light emphasizes the material's translucency. At night, the natural light is replaced by the reflection of artificial light. The 4200 K light tone is used to achieve a completely colourless light scheme. (Kirsten Hannema)
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