With MD Formatura a pattern is punched into the panels. The resulting figures are converted to capture light, cast shadow and create depth. The pattern can consist of a square, round, triangular, hexagonal or free form. Below you can see a selection of the possibilities that MD Formatura offers that we previously applied to projects.
MD Formatura offers so many possibilities that we can use it to create the most extraordinary designs. The variable apertures in the MD Formatura panels can act as a wind break or control the entry of sunlight. Apertures are put in the optimum position, depending on how the sun moves across the building. The coating can be adjusted to reduce reflection towards the inside.
Designer Chris Kabel
MD Formatura was created in collaboration with designer Chris Kabel. It all started with the project Tussen de Lakens in Amsterdam in 2012, for which a pattern had to be devised for a metal facade. By subsequently converting the pattern, the incident sunlight created an ever-changing image.
We work around your design, functionality requirements and available budget when choosing a fastening system. Our engineers have a wealth of experience and we have a wide range of fastening systems for use in projects.
For our projects, we supply MD Formatura in aluminum, steel and corten steel.
Aluminum has many advantages. It is:
- low maintenance. The smooth and shiny finish does not attract dust and sand.
- light, making it easier to fix into place, and the construction has less weight to support.
- durable, with a long service life. Aluminum is unaffected by UV rays or moisture and does not corrode or twist.
- environmentally friendly because aluminum is 100% recyclable. Also, recycling is not an energy-intensive process.
Steel is the best choice for heavy construction projects, such as fences in school areas or crowded public places. It is also ideal for other structures that require high durability. Steel is more rigid and therefore stronger.
Corten, or weather-resistant steel, is an alloy of copper and chrome. This gives a higher level of resistance to atmospheric weathering compared to other unalloyed steel panels.
The alloy creates an oxidized 'rust look' layer that actually protects the panels when exposed to the elements. The protective layer of corten also continues to evolve and responds to pollutants in the atmosphere over time.
Corten steel is harder than steel or aluminum, which makes processing more expensive. However, it does mean that the steel requires no further surface treatment, which can mean a significant overall cost reduction.
It's also possible to achieve a corten steel 'look' with powder coated aluminum. With this method colours are mixed and layered to match the required corten colour.
The finishing of the material is determined by the location of a project, the likely weather effects and the vision of the designer. It is possible to powder coat, anodize or galvanize MD Formatura. Therefore the panels are protected against corrosion, wastage and chemical damage. And of course, it determines the final appearance of a building.