Z. Island by DuPont

'Z. Island by DuPont™ Corian®', design by Zaha Hadid.

Corian is an advanced composite manufactured by DuPont. It is made by pouring a mix of aluminum trihydrate and acrylic (PMMA) resin onto a moving steel belt. During polymerization, heat is released, which is controlled in a cooling tunnel. Once cooled, the sides of the continuous sheet are trimmed off and the length is cross-cut to obtain Corian sheets. It is a remarkably durable and versatile material, which can survive the impacts, nicks, and cuts that can occur with daily use. Colors and patterns can run through its entire thickness, to create luminescent surfaces.


Corian is solid and cannot delaminate. Joints can be glued inconspicuously, making it possible to produce virtually unlimited surfaces, which are hygienic because they are non-porous. Also Corian is inert, non toxic, and hypoallergenic, and the aluminum trihydrate means it is highly flame retardant. It is available in a range of colors and sizes, with the lighter six millimeter plates being more translucent.


The sheets can be thermoformed and treated like wood. Corian can be applied domestically, as durable surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms, but it also has the potential for other uses in public spaces, such as hospital operating rooms and intensive care facilities, cruise ships, airport check-in counters, and as a design material for lamps, homeware, and furniture.