All-in-One Corian Sink Takes Top “Shape the Future” Prize

The winning design of the DuPont Corian Shape the Future competition marries digital form-making technologies and function.

The children’s trough sink is part of superkül’s design for the bathrooms at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

Courtesy Royal Ontario Museum/Corian

This past summer, Metropolis and DuPont Corian solicited proposals from design students and professionals for the Shape the Future competition, in a bid to foster forward-thinking design concepts using Corian solid surface. After reviewing the multitude of submissions, the jury picked the winning scheme that reimagined an old archetype in an arresting yet functional form.

Canadian architecture firm superkül was awarded the top prize for its redesign of the Currelly Hall bathrooms at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto. In conceiving the new restrooms, the architects disposed of the dated 1970s fittings. Standing now in their place is an undulating Corian countertop that integrates several bathroom fixtures and functions into its sculptural shape.

“Corian was the ideal material for this application, given its versatility,” says Bindya Lad, superkül’s studio and marketing director. “We proposed a custom-formed, all-in-one Corian sink/counter/diaper-change area that centralizes hand-washing and drying, and shortens the overall time spent in the washroom by reducing crossover traffic.” Drawing inspiration from the museum’s extensive collections, superkül says it was able to “strike a balance between playfulness, elegance, and durability” with the design.

Soto-Medina, Nogueras, and Luyando-Martínez were runners-up with their Corian Supporting World Health project, which uses jointless panels as highly hygienic and sanitary surfaces.

Runners-up images courtesy Corian

The ROM’s newly renovated restrooms showcase just how far Corian has come since its 1960s beginnings as a durable but drab building material for bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Today’s architects and designers —with the help of digital tools and rapid prototyping—are using Corian to create striking, innovative visual objects such as wall and ceiling treatments, jewelry, furniture, and even art, in both bright hues and deep blacks.

In addition to assessing aesthetics, competition participants also demonstrated how to take concepts a step further by marrying form and function with environmental responsibility. Sustainability was a common theme among entries, including the runner-up project by Eduardo Soto-Medina, Reynaldo Nogueras, and Noraida Luyando-Martínez that incorporated recycled Corian. For its innovative effort, the winner received $7,000, while each runner-up was awarded $1,500.

Runner-up Purva Chawla designed the Corian ActiveStop, a transit station that uses translucent panels as seating and public information screens.

Nikita Vlasov received an honorable mention for her Pilot Table series, which features removable modules, allowing users to perform various creative tasks.

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