Lightben is an ultralight composite material produced by coupling a core consisting of transparent polycarbonate cylinders to external skins of Polycarbonate, PETG or acrylic in various finishes and multiple colors.
Thanks to the EPD studies carried out on Lightben, its environmental performance has been described in a transparent way by implementing a complete assessment of its life cycle (LCA) that allowed to categorize it in an indicative range between “good” and “very good” (in which “very good” means the maximum capacity of the company to minimize the environmental impact of the material over the entire life cycle of the product, from production to final customer).
Obtaining this important certification marks a further step for Bencore towards a clear path to sustainability and the circular economy at both corporate and product level. The Brand, in fact, has always been very careful about these topics and its primary objective is to provide architects and designers with increasingly ‘green’ solutions.
The 8 variants of the Lightben family
Lightben Standard: the basic material of the Lightben family, particularly suitable for applications such as backlit walls and doors.
Lightben CC and CC Plus: with coloured core (polycarbonate cylinders) and external skins in transparent or satin PETG. The CC Plus version is the alternative with fire certification.
Lightben Large: material with 34 mm thickness and with 10mm diameter cells, recommended for a more visibility of the cells even from a certain distance.
Lightben Mini: 9 and 11 mm thin version, particularly suitable for furniture doors, backlit ceilings and contemporary decorations.
Lightben Kaos 3D: with transparent core in cells of variable diameter from 4, 7 and 12mm and skins of various colors.
Lightben Kaos 3D White: with white core and cells in 3 different diameters (4-7-12 mm).
Lightben Kaos 3D Black: with black core and cells in 3 different diameters (4-7-12 mm).
Lightben Acoustic: with external micro-perforated skins that allow a considerable sound absorption. Ideal for use in public places and offices where the sound-absorbing aspect is quite important.
Lightben’s Application: The Magic Leap Project
The international architecture Glavovic Studio has developed an impressive workspace project for the new Magic Leap Headquarters located in the American town of Plantation, Florida. The new offices of this important international company, that focuses on the development of projects related augmented reality (and which also counts Google Inc. among its main investors,) are characterized by quality, comfort and sustainability of the environments in which technology and lifestyle are combined in a harmonious way with a result of maximum functionality and livability of the spaces.
For its headquarters, Magic Leap has taken over an existing prefabricated commercial building in which multiple work areas have been included such as research and development laboratories, production facilities, a mechanical workshop and other support spaces with advanced acoustics and audio systems requirements. For Glavovic Studio, the main challenge was to create a workplace that would reflect and inspire the revolutionary nature of the company’s core business and that, at the same time, promote collaboration and interpersonal relationships among its more than 1,000 employees.
Among the main materials used, we can find Lightben Standard, specifically used for the main wall on which the entire design concept for the building is developed. For the occasion Lightben was also backlit to accentuate its natural ability to create unique light games. The aesthetic value of this material is combined with its extreme lightness and structurality, factors that make it particularly suitable to be worked, cut and finished with accessories such as profiles, handles and hinges, to ensure an excellent guarantee of result.