Total revamp for iconic, historically listed building with low-carbon aluminium


The Ticon building in Drammen, Norway, was recently modernized with WICONA facades using Hydro's low-carbon recycled CIRCAL aluminium. Add high-tech, and a respectful sensitivity to the original architecture, and you get a project that is unique in the Nordic region, maybe the world.

The Ticon building is a bit of an icon in the city of Drammen in Norway. Built in 1963, it has an architectural style typical of that time period which is quickly diminishing today. Its exterior is therefore listed as historically protected by the local building authorities.
This represents a source of pride for the owner, Ticon Eiendom, but it was also a conundrum when the building started to get ripe for modernization. They wanted to prepare the building for the future, but any upgrades needed to be done with as little change to the original design as possible.

"We were told this project was impossible, and there is no denying it has been challenging," says Vegard Foseid, project manager from Ticon. "To solve it, we established a project group that deeply involved the architects, the entrepreneur, and our suppliers, among them Hydro."
Hydro, through its building systems brand WICONA, contributed aluminium expertise, training for the metal builder FacadeConsult, and not least some of the world's most sustainable aluminium, Hydro CIRCAL, made of minimum 75% recycled consumer scrap, such as old window frames, aluminium packaging and car parts.

Not only did they manage to bring the building up to contemporary standards while keeping the original architectural design, they went far beyond by making it into a near energy-neutral, super-sustainable building packed with high-tech and Hydro CIRCAL. The result is a building that reduces heating needs by 80 percent.

It's been a little more than a year since Hydro launched its greener brands CIRCAL and REDUXA. Since the launch, Hydro's Building Systems business unit, which supplies facades to the building and construction industry thorough its brands WICONA, TECHNAL and Sapa, has gone all-in on selling our greener aluminium products.

The business unit recently passed a milestone of 40 building projects using CIRCAL facades. That's more than 2,300 tonnes of greener aluminium, with big and small projects of up to 400 tonnes. This year, all of Building Systems' solutions in Europe will be available in either CIRCAL or REDUXA.

For more information and project solutions please contact:

Rimantas Staknevičius

Baltic Countries Manager / Baltijos šalių vadovas

M:+370 614 63280

T: +370 5 243 22 10



About Hydro CIRCAL:

Hydro CIRCAL is a range of products made with recycled post-consumer scrap. Through using recycled content, we reduce energy use drastically while still being able to offer high quality products. The percentage of scrap will change depending on specifications from the client, but we can always guarantee a CO2 footprint below 2.3 kg CO2 per 1 kg aluminium produced.

About Hydro REDUXA:

Hydro REDUXA is our series of certified, low carbon aluminium. It’s made with renewable energy, which results in a maximum carbon footprint of 4.0 kg CO2 per kg aluminium – one-fourth of the global average. The result is among the world’s lowest carbon aluminium to date.


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