Cervecería Islia is a modern, distinctive bar located in the town of Ordes, in the heart of the province of A Coruña, Spain. Designed by interior design studio PF1, the premises appeal, with their organic forms and backlit furnishings created using HI-MACS® acrylic stone.
The space has been divided into several areas, designed after extensive research into all the aspects of the surroundings, making it possible to determine which elements to emphasise. “We did a long study, which helped us realise that one of the most outstanding values is the nature surrounding this space. From this we designed a space that would fit sympathetically into the regional market,” explains Loli Moroño, creative director at interior design studio PF1 Interiorismo.
PF1 faced an interesting challenge, since the space was very restricted, with a narrow entrance that created a dark, crowded back area. So the architects decided to use dramatic LED lighting to brighten the whole area.
One of the client’s main requirements was that the materials had to be high quality, functional, and sustainable. Thus the designers chose HI-MACS®, which apart from the previous properties, is also translucent, so made working with LED lighting possible. “We needed materials that were innovative, but also guaranteed to be durable and easy to maintain. We went for LG Hausys’ Solid Surface material since it offered the guarantees to meet the client’s requirements,” says Moroño.
Light and lightness in the furnishings
The backlit tables which appear to be suspended in mid-air, are made from HI-MACS®, and are the focal point of the bar. HI-MACS® was essential for transforming the furnishings into real design pieces, while at the same time lighting the room without dazzling the customers. The tables are anchored to the wooden wall that runs around the whole premises, creating a wave effect.
The properties of LG Hausys’ Solid Surface make it possible to create seamless surfaces that are completely hygienic and easy to clean. Given the fundamental importance of these qualities for food and drink, the main bar, its bottle rack, and the food display case were also created using HI-MACS®. Moreover, thanks to the thermoformable properties of HI-MACS®, a second curved bar was created, built into the wall while appearing to be suspended in the air, giving the space the modern touch the owners were looking for. All of the furnishings at Cervecería Islia were made using the Alpine White and Opal shades of HI-MACS®.
The design teams from PF1 studio have created a stunning space for enjoying local fare in a modern setting.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT DESIGN
Architect and renovation:
Ordes, A Coruña, Galicia (Spain)
Carpintería Ramón García S.L
HI-MACS® Alpine White and Opal
Tables, sinks, bottle rack, umbrella stand, and logo signage.
HI-MACS® by LG Hausys
HI-MACS® is a solid surface material that can be moulded into any shape. It is widely used for architectural and interior applications, such as sculptural and high performance wall-cladding or kitchen, bathroom and furniture surfaces, in commercial, residential and public space projects. It is composed of minerals, acrylic and natural pigments that come together to provide a smooth, non-porous and visually seamless surface which meets the highest standards for aesthetics, fabrication, functionality and hygiene – offering manifold advantages over conventional materials.
HI-MACS® provides limitless possibilities for surfacing solutions and inspires creative minds from all over the world. Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Rafael Moneo, Karim Rashid, Marcel Wanders and David Chipperfield, among others, have completed fabulous projects using HI-MACS®.
At the forefront of innovation as always, LG Hausys recently introduced two new products. First HI-MACS Structura®, a 3D textured panel material that takes solid surface opportunities to a new level. And now HI-MACS® Ultra-Thermoforming, an innovative formula that pushes the boundaries of solid surface shaping to a whole new level, with 30% more thermoplastic capabilities – the biggest innovation for the Solid Surface history since its inception in 1967.
LG Hausys’ HI-MACS® uses a simple heating process to give three-dimensional thermoplastic forming capabilities, allows visually seamless designs, offers a virtually limitless range of colours and – for some shades – exhibits a special translucency when exposed to light. Although HI-MACS® is almost as robust as stone, it can be worked in a similar way as wood: it can be sawn, routed, drilled or sanded.
HI-MACS® is manufactured using a new generation technology, the thermal cure. The temperature reached during the manufacturing process sets HI-MACS® apart from other solid surfaces and creates a denser, even more homogeneous, sturdy, durable surface – with a better resistance and superior thermoforming performance.
HI-MACS® does not absorb humidity, is highly resistant to stains, and is easy to clean, maintain and repair.
Countless internationally recognized certificates attest to the quality of HI-MACS® in terms of ecological commitment, hygiene and fire resistance – being the first Solid Surface in the market to receive the official European Technical Approval (ETA) for façades – for Alpine White S728 colour.
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