A durable and refined facade finish for architects, designers and builders.
The Fraké panel is a product that can be used for finishing or renovating exterior facades. The panels are made from a waste stream of preserved Fraké wood. This means that the wood has been processed in such a way that it can be used outside without further protection like paint, varnish or stain.
Detailed design and easy to build
Het monteren van de panelen is een overzichtelijke handeling: het precisiewerk is al gedaan, ze hoeven enkel nog bevestigd te worden.
Material: Platonized Fraké
Dimensions: 1220x1250x32 (wxhxd)
Life expectancy: 25 years (without surface treatment)
Color: Brown (greyed by sunlight)
Platowood uses fast-growing wood from sustainably managed forests. The wood naturally contains sugars, which are attractive to fungi. The untreated wood is heated in an oven to a maximum of 170⁰C. The structure of the wood changes due to steam and increased pressure. During the process, the sugars, which are prone to mold, are broken down. This process is called platonization. More information about Platonization
When platonizing, steam and heat must be able to reach each plank. Platowood does this by stacking the planks with the help of slats. The slats go along with the process and most of them will still be in good condition after that. During a visit at Platowood, Collectief Soepel became enthusiastic about the waste product after they discovered the large stacks of slats beside the Platowood factory. They saw potential for a new idea here, a way to convert this waste flow into a new product.
About 70% of the slats purchased from Platowood by Collective Soepel can be used. A selection is made based on the usability of the wood. Some slats have become too brittle in de platonization process or simply are too crooked. By planing the slats once they enter the workplace, the beauty of the wood get revealed again. Collective Soepel has developed a mold that turns the widely varying waste material into a sleek product. The mold presses the slats in several directions, after which they are glued. This way Soepel is able to create a consistent panel time and time again.