Perforated panels give distinctive look

For outdoor applications, Bruag supplies customised panels for facades and balcony balustrades.

Swiss architectural innovations provider Bruag has launched a new perforation (Mashrabia) design collection that has been created to enhance the aesthetics of façades, cladding, partitions, ceilings and balcony balustrades, among other applications.

These delicate panels, which are available in a myriad of designs, comprise the company’s proprietory Cellon or Formboard top pine which are crafted using its innovative laser technology.

While Formboard top pine is made from wood-based fibres with polyurethane bonding, Cellon is a high-pressure laminate (HPL) panel, consisting of 70 per cent cellulosic web and 30 per cent phenolic resin, the company says.

Bruag’s new perforation design ... aesthetic.

Bruag’s new perforation design ... aesthetic.

Highlighting the features of each material, a spokesman for Bruag says: “The advantages of Formboard top pine are great value and ecofriendliness (as it incorporates recycled sawdust). The special bonding used means the panels can be installed in exterior applications. However, over time, the surface may change to a small extent and the panels themselves will expand by about three parts per thousand. Cellon is your material of choice if you want the façade panels to retain the same surface quality even after years of use.”

Cellon is moisture-resistant and expands by no more than one part per thousand, he claims.

“Unlike conventional HPL panels, Cellon stands out not only because of the variety of shapes and colours available, but also because of its natural look,” he continues. “The colour is applied directly to the resin and thus the top layer, which means that the sterile resin surface can’t be seen, but instead that the colour concept is well emphasised. You have the choice between a wood-based material, which naturally changes over time but is eco-friendly and inexpensive, or a solid core board, which is weather-resistant and stable.

“We use state-of-the-art laser equipment to produce smooth or perforated panels to your design and we finish them in our modern paint shop in more than 3,000 colour shades.”

Every panel is individually laser cut, hence the company delivers products that are ready for installation including the desired drill holes, assembly-related recesses, the sealing tapes for the substructure and the stove-enamelled screws, he says.

 “Our customers are thrilled with the degree of detail in our perforations as compared to traditional production techniques such as what is produced by a CNC machine,” says an Abu Dhabi-based spokesman for the company.

“New interpretations of historic patterns or completely new ornamentations and perforations that have never previously been seen can be produced in almost any dimension using digital input information (dxf, dwg).

“Customers can design their very own patterns, or select one of Bruag’s perforation styles that will be adapted to the size they need,” he adds.

In addition to the flexibility offered in terms of the shape of the panel, the Swiss company also offers a wide range of colours from a choice of over 3,000 different colours (RAL, NCS S, Bruag Alu).

For outdoor applications, Bruag supplies customised panels for back-ventilated facades, perforated facades, balcony balustrades and even complete balcony acoustics solutions. In addition, these products can also be used for gardens such as for pergolas and pool privacy screens.

Interior applications for these products include room dividers and wall cladding, stair railings and room acoustics.

 According to the spokesman, Bruag has supplied to a number of coastal areas such as the Marriott Hotel in Haiti, some projects on Turks and Caicos Island, a stadium in Doha, the Boxpark in Dubai and Paragon Bay Shopping mall in Abu Dhabi.