DuPont™ Corian® Solid Surface Used to Create Outdoor Spaces

Durable surfaces made with DuPont™ Corian® solid surface material were used to c
Durable surfaces made with DuPont™ Corian® solid surface material were used to create outdoor play spaces.


Maple Avenue Park, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Joanne Hiromura, Principal Designer, Play Site Architecture
Bob Thorne, Industrial Design & Fabrication
Joel Miller, Fabricator, Sterling-Miller Design

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Corian® Outdoor Spaces

Corian® solid surface is a durable material that can provide lasting attractiveness in outdoor spaces.
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Curved Corian® Material Outdoor Application

Chose materials to meet very specific architectural and fabrication criteria including curved designs, steel framework and no visible fasteners.
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Building Blocks or Durable Surfaces?

Outdoor play space intended to resemble structures made from children’s building blocks.

ISSUES

  • Creating an attractive, functional outdoor play space intended to resemble structures made from children’s building blocks.
  • Selecting materials in colors that could fit aesthetically within the landscape of the neighborhood’s Victorian architecture.
  • Finding durable materials that could provide lasting attractiveness in an outdoor play site.

CHALLENGES

  • Finding a surface that is child friendly and resistant to water and graffiti—yet doesn’t feel like plastic.
  • Selecting durable, renewable, non-splintering materials that can withstand an outdoor environment as well as children climbing, walking, sitting and sliding on the structures.
  • Choosing materials to meet very specific architectural and fabrication criteria including curved designs, steel framework and no visible fasteners.

SOLUTIONS

  • DuPont™ Corian® solid surface met a wide range of visual and tactile specifications with an extensive color palette and smooth, touchable surface that doesn’t splinter or get too hot in the sun.
  • Durable Corian® provided a child-friendly environment that was graffiti- and weather-resistant, renewable and repairable with minimal maintenance.
  • Corian® simplified fabrication—with clean joints and connections and ability to accommodate curved forms—ultimately making this unique and structurally sound play space possible.

BENEFITS

  • Corian® is available in a wide range colors to enhance most any high-impact design.
  • With its endless fabrication options, Corian® provides versatility unmatched by other surface materials.
  • Corian® is extremely durable, stain- and fade-resistant and renewable—ideal for meeting the challenges of outdoor elements and heavy use.