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DIAB Helps to Build Paradise under a Composite Ceiling

13 January 2015

DIAB Helps to Build Paradise under a Composite Ceiling

The Aziamendi restaurant which can be found at the Iniala Beach House, Phuket, Thailand, has a new composite ceiling created using DIAB’s Divinycell.

DIAB explains that, apart from three villas and a penthouse, the resort also features Aziamendi, a top-notch restaurant from Bilbao’s acclaimed 3 Michelin star chef Eneko Atxa. The restaurant is designed by A-cero and inspired by the nature surrounding it. The ceiling topping this venue features DIAB’s high-performance Divinycell core material.

According to DIAB, the choice of material for the ceiling was due to the designers’ wish to minimise its weight and thereby the load to the building structure. With solid wood, the construction would need additional bracing. The characteristics of composite material also make it highly suitable for the hot and humid weather conditions in Thailand.

“We were searching for a solution that could handle both the weight of the construction and the climate issue,” said Peter & Graham Lamb, one of the two project designers. “With the doors of the restaurant opening and closing all day, it would create a flux of moisture, causing the wood to twist. Being water-resistant, sandwich composite is the ultimate solution. It offers excellent durability and requires no maintenance.

“Before meeting with DIAB, the project was at a dead end without a solution,” continued Peter. But once I met the brilliant DIAB Thailand team, it moved forward and we were able to meet our deadline. DIAB offered us outstanding engineering support directly through their Regional Sales Manager.”

Photo provided by DIAB.






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