Every year the South African Bureau of Standards hosts a gathering of designers, architects and engineers to celebrate the most innovative products in the country. Last year, the SABS Design Institute celebrated its 40th year and the most innovative products of the past 40 years were remembered. On this platform, the Design Excellence Award winners for 2009 were announced.Kubik was one among just 17 other winners and the company was presented with a Design Excellence Award for its versatile, modular, aluminium and glass construction system – with particular note to its innovative and environmentally friendly characteristics.
Kubik is a pre-engineered, customisable, modular, aluminium system that can be used for interior and exterior structures. As a pre-engineered system it allows for solutions to be constructed in advance, with no on-site assembly required. Customisable – it offers solutions to meet specific requirements and particular spaces, and modular – it combines multiple components to create a whole that meets the briefed requirements. These were cited as the qualities that distinguished the Kubik system in terms of innovation.
With regard to its green attributes, the system is designed taking account of the three Rs of Reduce, Recycle and Reuse. Low-energy lamps are used; Kubik LEDs have a life expectancy of up to 10 years. Kubik extrusions contain 30% recycled material and 20% acrylics – which are now also 100% recyclable and the glass panels used are 100% recyclable. And because the system is modular, the frames can be dismantled and reconstructed very quickly.
The Kubik product range includes walls, floors, ceilings, light fittings and illuminated facades. The system was first used in the construction of the Autopavilion at the Volkswagen-Audi Discovery Centre four years ago. More recently the company installed the world’s biggest LED-illuminated floor in Dubai and now eight Kubik illuminated columns can be seen on the plaza at the newly extended Cape Town International Airport.
The company has developed a series of architectural lights which are used in shopping centres, corporate lobbies and private homes and it is also producing a range of garden and domestic designer lights as well as illuminated furniture.