At one with Carrara and Palladium
von | May 22, 2010

The Palace of International Forums is considered one of the largest construction projects in Central Asia and an architectural highlight of the East. It was a joint project involving several international partners, including German industrial materials supplier Hasenkopf, which was responsible for fitting out the interior with DuPontTM Corian®, and the architecture studio Ippolito Fleitz Group, which planned the interior of the congress center.

The internal wall cladding of the amphitheater features Corian® and is milled on the rear to various depths and then back lit. The lower section of the auditorium opens up into a vault, a historically important detail firmly associated with traditional Uzbek architecture. Continuous bands arranged and staggered one above the other make the stage and spectator area merge into one unit. These back-lit ribbons provide sublime atmospheric lighting conditions and transform the space into a weightless body of light. Owing to its diverse design possibilities, Corian® is garnering ever more attention from architects and designers.

The mineral material Corian® has been on the market for over 40 years and, not least thanks to high-grade specialist processing, has long since established itself as a material in a class of its own, like glass, wood or metal. Today it offers almost infinite design potential thanks to processing options with conventional joiner's tools and thermoforming without visible seams and joins. Alongside Corian®, only high-grade materials such as Carrara marble and palladium were used in the prestigious new building.

Palace of International Forums, Tashkent, Uzbekistan | photos © Zooey Braun; Andreas J Focke