Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Center: Transforming a building lobby with Krion®
Manufactured by the Porcelanosa Group, Krion® is a mineral-based solid surface. The material was recently used to transform the lobby of one of the most iconic buildings in the United States, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Center.
Built in the early 19th century, the CME Center has formed the backdrop to some of the most significant economic changes in the United States. Its exterior reflects a postmodernist aesthetic, combining classic elements with later additions in the rationalist style.
Krueck + Sexton Architects’ renovation of the building’s lobby involved combining the original granite with the Snow White East version of Krion®. The white Krion® sheets were installed by the technical team from Butech, part of the Porcelanosa Group, according to official guidelines.
Basing their work on the project outline, Krion and Butech built a 1:1 scale model of the project using Krion®. First, the Krion® sheets were molded to the full-scale model. Next, each element was positioned on a metal frame to create a prefabricated structure of 2,664 pieces, each one attached using Butech’s K-Bolt and K-Fix systems.
Thanks to its photocatalytic properties and K-EAST technology, Krion® K-Life helps reduce environmental pollution and improves people’s quality of life. Since the material has zero porosity, it’s easy to clean and maintain. Plus, the Snow White EAST color option adds to the luminosity of the entire lobby space.
The Porcelanosa Group is a leading manufacturer of ceramic products. The eight companies that make up the group – Porcelanosa, Venis, Gamadecor, Krion, L’Antic Colonial, Butech, Noken, and Urbatek – offer a wide range of products, from kitchen and bathroom fittings to cutting-edge materials for contemporary architecture.