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Lorin Industries Supplies Anodized Aluminum For Unique Panels On Shanghai Shopping Complex

Lorin Industries Inc., a global industry leader in the innovation and production of coil anodized aluminum, supplied the anodized aluminum for the unique shining silver-toned exterior panels for the CapitaMall LuOne shopping complex, located in Shanghai, China.

Designed by famed international architect Moshe Safdie, CapitaMall LuOne’s façade includes a living wall with exterior curtain wall “flappers” made from Custom ClearBrite® and Custom Silver White anodized aluminum provided by Lorin, which move gracefully in the wind.

The 140,000 square meter, eight-story shopping mall features two stories underground and six stories above ground. With more than 200 retail spaces, dozens of restaurants, a supermarket, and a cinema, the new landmark development is directly connected to two subway lines.

The innovative living wall design features 160 x 180 millimeter rectangular panels that are attached to spindles, which are affixed to the wall, allowing them to move with the wind. To achieve the architect’s living wall vision, Lorin’s application experts developed a customized composition for the panels’ anodic layer that balances durability, corrosion resistance, and weatherability with the need to turn easily and smoothly on the spindles.

Working closely with Shenzhen Bond Industry Co. Ltd., Lorin’s China distributor and partner, the team prepared several mockups, including a 10' x 200' section on the side of the building used by the architect to test the panels’ appearance and performance. After being selected from among several bidders, Lorin and Shenzhen Bond worked with a fabricator who developed the technology to design and fabricate the more than 180,000 panels and, with a local curtain wall installer, installed these on the building, accomplishing it all in only four months. They also developed different finishes to accommodate reflectivity needs of local residents.

“The architect appreciated the consultation and material selection advice Lorin and Shenzhen Bond provided, which helped them meet their creative vision for the design of this signature building,” said Edward Chen, President and General Manager of Shenzhen Bond. “With the panels made from Custom ClearBrite® and Custom Silver White Lorin anodized aluminum, the architect achieved the silvery beauty of stainless steel with a material that is lighter, wears better, and can ripple in even the lightest winds.”

CapitalMall LuOne opened in September 2018.

About Lorin Industries

Lorin-logoLorin Industries is a provider of coil anodized aluminum used in various industries including architecture and construction. Family-owned for over 75 years, Lorin aluminum can be seen shining brilliantly on some of the world’s most iconic structures and designs, and, no matter the age, they are always radiant. Three times tougher than the raw material, anodized aluminum won’t chip, flake, peel, patina, rust, or weather. And to make things easy, Lorin cleans, anodizes, colors, seals, cuts, and delivers ready-to-fabricate coils all in one stop. A wide range of colors and finish options are available, along with several different patterns of perforated aluminum.

Anodized aluminum isn’t just one material. It’s one remarkable opportunity to access thousands of looks, textures, colors and finishes that reflect creativity, advanced technology and environmental responsibility. No one understands that technology and its potential better than Lorin Industries. To learn more, visit www.lorin.com.

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