HI-MACS, a solid surface material that can be moulded into any shape, from the house of LG Hausys was used to create a backlit facade in the upgrade of Fort Kinnaird's retail park in Edinburg. The project was undertaken by Leonard Design Architects, an international firm of architects and interior designers. The project commissioned by British Land saw the 200,000 sft site turn into a thriving mixed-use retail and leisure-led destination.
All the current frontages were replaced with high quality, visually appealing HI-MACS. The versatile material was backlit with LEDs, enabling the buildings to have a different appearance at night and making them stand out from the adjoining units. Supplied by UK distributor James Latham, the cladding for the impressive facades was fabricated by Glasgow based specialist, Independent Furniture and Interiors using HI-MACS 12mm translucent Opal and Solid Diamond White sheets.
Location: Newcraighall, Edinburgh
Architect: Leonard Design Architects - https://leonard.design
HI-MACS® Fabrication: Independent Furniture and Interiors, Glasgow - www.independentfurniture.co.uk
HI-MACS® Supplier: James Latham
Material: HI-MACS® S302 Opal and S034 Diamond White – www.himacs.eu
As a matter of fact HI-MACS 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. Offering almost infinite design possibilities, HI-MACS is projected as a perfect material for exterior cladding and boasts a long list of features and benefits, including three-dimensional thermoplastic forming capabilities and an extensive range of colours. It was particularly selected for this project due to its excellent resistance to weathering and dramatic translucency.
“Leonard Design have done an amazing job here. It’s a really impressive project, which shows just what can be done. These shops now have high quality, visually appealing frontages and we are delighted to see the significant and dramatic impact that HI-MACS solid surface has added to the cladding element,” commented Emma English, HI-MACS specification manager for James Latham who worked on the project.