VIVIX® exterior facade panels are a soaring success at Kristiansand Airport, Norway

VIVIX® exterior façade panels were installed at the new control tower for Kristiansand Airport, in Kjevik, Norway. Located in the southern part of Norway, the airport serves the Agder district with domestic and international flights. To clad the control tower, Archus Architects and Wiig og Horgmo Architects chose VIVIX panels in Storm, a deep charcoal grey.

The control tower’s egg-inspired shape dictated the choice of material which needed to be curved in order to create this unique design. Roald Bakke of Wiig og Horgmo comments:

“VIVIX panels are the ideal solution for this project. The panels are easily machined and can be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes. The control towers are at least 30 meters above ground; the material we used for cladding had to be lightweight for ease of installation and safety as well as versatile and flexible to allow us to realize the design concept.”

Developed in consultation with leading architects and colour consultants, VIVIX offers a fresh perspective in architectural panels. VIVIX panels are available in plain colours with sophisticated neutrals and striking accents, nature-inspired abstract patterns and rich woodgrains, allowing to clad a building, create individual design features or to use in combination with other cladding materials.

Tor Henrik Sømme of Archus comments:

“Both the teams at Avinor and Archus have had previous experience with using Formica® laminate for their projects, including another control tower in Honningsvag and all the Statoil stations. VIVIX panels proved ideal thanks to the colour choice, versatility, durability and quality offered.”

VIVIX panels are not only decorative and give architects an opportunity to accentuate elements and features, creating a statement in the landscape; they are also practical, functional and can contribute to how the building as a whole performs.

Carrying the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label, VIVIX panels incorporate Formica Group’s commitment to sustainable principles and practices. Manufactured in Europe to ISO 9001 standards, VIVIX panels cause minimal environmental impact as determined by Formica Group’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). All of Formica Group’s European manufacturing sites and distribution centres have achieved the internationally recognised Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (COC) certification from leading accreditation body, BM TRADA. This ensures that materials used in the production of Formica® High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and wood-based bonded items are from sustainably managed sources.

VIVIX panels have fire class B-s1, d0 (EDF 6 mm) according to European standard EN13501-1. VIVIX panels have also passed the fire test fire SP 105, which means that the product is approved as the perfect solution for all types of buildings in Sweden without restrictions.

Formica Group, the inventor of laminate, marks 100 years of invention, innovation and design leadership in 2013. Working closely with architects, designers and specifiers, Formica Group is ideally placed to offer innovative new products and decors which respond to market needs and complement current design trends.