March 19, 2007

Translucent honeycomb panels with laminated fiberglass or cast resin facings

Panelite panels were developed by architects Emmanuelle Bourlier and Christian Mitman to resolve an architectural design challenge. The panels use a sandwich construction typically exploited in the aerospace industry for its high strength to weight ratio and excellent resistance to deflection. The structural honeycomb core provides strength and consistent rigidity at a very low density: when bonded to similarly lightweight facings, every honeycomb cell wall acts like the web of an I beam, forming an extremely strong, stiff yet lightweight composite panel. With translucent facings the honeycomb panel becomes a versatile building material: a lightweight, rigid panel, offering a range of aesthetic, textural, and light effects.

Due to their cast facings, Cast Polymer Series panels offer a superior bond strength making them suitable for light load bearing applications such as countertops, tables, workstations and display pedestals. They also offer a unique range of custom and refined detailing options including nearly unlimited colors, self-sealed edges, integral mitered corners, pre-applied interlocking hardware for installation-ready self-supporting walls, and curved radii ranging from 6î to 96′.

Panelite panels may be used to provide varying degrees of visual privacy and to transmit, pixelate, color, or diffuse light, allowing designers to conceive of their projects’ use of light, texture and spatial definition in innovative ways. The panels can be cut, drilled and machined using standard wood-working methods and tools. Panelite Laminated Series and Cast Resin panels are US patent protected.

Contact: Panelite, Los Angeles, California, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment


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