A custom façade, fit for a designer
The eye-catching façade of the Eromesmarko headquarters building in Wijchen, the Netherlands, looks so much like wood, visitors can’t believe it isn’t the real thing.
It is called Caramel Oak and it’s the newest colour in the Rockpanel Woods line of façade products, custom-made for the Eromesmarko renovation project.
The Dutch furniture company has a reputation for innovative products specially designed to improve school environments, and a strong commitment to sustainability. They wanted the renovated building to reflect their work and their values by holding its good looks and functionality for decades, meeting the Netherlands’ highest standard for fire protection, and making employees proud and happy to come to work.
“It’s a 200-metre long façade at the headquarter building. It’s what you see first, so it needed to be beautiful and durable over time”, says Martijn de Waal. “Eromesmarko wanted the look of wood, but without the high maintenance and other challenges that come with it, like the need for weather treating and the risks of discoloration and rot over time”.
When the architect approached Rockpanel with a real wood sample of the colour the customer wanted, Rockpanel had nothing like it among the more than 200 colours in its portfolio – so they custom made a new one. Two weeks later, Caramel Oak was available.
“We have a lot of colours to choose from but if the desired colour isn’t in our portfolio, we will do our best to customise a colour for them”, says Raf Millis, Director of Marketing for Rockpanel. “Eromesmarko wanted the durability of stone with the natural look of wood. We’re very happy to have met their expectations”.