Recognized worldwide for its expertise and its innovative technical and environmental performance, CLIPSO was selected by the architecture firm Hickok Cole to carry out an ambitious project during the renovation of the headquarters of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), a leading international non-profit scientific association based in Washington DC.
The versatility of the CLIPSO system, the SO ACOUSTIC & SO AERO covering ranges and the know-how of all those involved made it possible to achieve the main objective of the architects: to create a 3D volume with many facets, from a deep specific blue, dotted with fiber optic lighting. A unique space, like a vast starry vault, symbol of the AGU's geophysical mission.
Using very high-tech profiles, the CLIPSO design office has designed a totally customizable range. SO AERO offers multiple shapes and sizes that adapt perfectly to any type of environment and configuration, from standard frames to custom-made for the most complex projects. Light, solid and discreet, these aluminum profiles are installed suspended, from the ceiling, from the wall or as an island.
In this project, the profiles cover the upper part of the main stairwell and the ceiling of the top floor. They were attached to a wood and metal sub-construction made from a CLIPSO workshop drawing and then manufactured on site by the approved installer in the USA: Fabric Wall Concepts.
800 m2 of SO ACOUSTIC 495 D technical solution were needed to cover the entire frame. The coating has been printed with a specific RAL, highly pigmented to obtain a deep blue with a brilliant luster to which fiber optic lighting has been integrated.
CLIPSO has come up with a micro-perforated canvas that promotes sound absorption: SO ACOUSTIC. Combined with a polyester fiber fleece, this coating offers excellent acoustic performance with the possibility of printing and light integration in a single coating.
The architecture firm and the AGU also chose CLIPSO because of its contribution to environmental objectives. The brand's technical solutions have low emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), are reusable and recyclable. CLIPSO has obtained A+ and GreenGuard Gold 2018 certifications.
Another advantage is that CLIPSO products are installed at room temperature. A fast, simple, clean, nuisance-free and odorless process for an impeccable result.
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