Solid Surface Workshop



These days the students of the MArch programs, in the context of the 03_Build module, have learned first-hand and have been able to work with a material that is increasingly common: the solid surface. During the workshop, taught by Paco Pardo, they learned about its properties and advantages, the different forms of application it offers and what its characteristics and adaptability are, which they were also able to verify by manipulating small pieces.

The thermoformable properties of the solid surface have allowed them to play with this material to generate very diverse shapes. Solid Surface is a versatile material widely used in architectural and interior design applications. It is composed of a mixture of polyester resin with very fine homogeneous solids. It comes in the form of a white powder, it provides thermal properties to the material, providing translucency and a characteristic white finish, although the color can be customized.

One of the main advantages of Solid Surface, as already mentioned, is its ability to be molded and thermoformed into a wide variety of shapes and designs. This makes it an ideal choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops and wall coverings, and as has already been demonstrated in many projects, as façade cladding. In addition, its non-porous and water-resistant composition makes it easy to clean and maintain.

Another notable feature of the Solid Surface is its ability to join surfaces invisibly, allowing you to create designs without visible joints, providing a clean and continuous look. Additionally, its stain, scratch, and impact resistance make it durable and suitable for high-traffic applications.

For his part, Paco Pardo is an industrialist specialized in design with new materials who has been collaborating for years with DuPont’s solid surface known as Corian. His work has led him to participate in projects by numerous architects and designers, among which is the Fran Silvestre Arquitectos studio.


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