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White Residential Lobby

Cosentino Case Study

Dekton in white tones, captivating nuances for this residential lobby

Shiri Levy

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Location

Kiryat Motzkin, Haifa, Israel

End date

2020

Material

Dekton

Colour

Aura15 | Zenith

Architect / Design

Shiri Levy

Application

Flooring and wall cladding

Thickness

8 mm for the flooring and 4 mm for the wall cladding

Love at first sight

Although the White House residential lobby was fully completed in March 2020, the creative process had been brewing in the mind of its designer, Shiri Levy, for many months. It all started during a visit to Cosentino’s headquarters in Almeria. Levy was invited to see the latest product innovations and their countless applications. The designer was so fascinated by Dekton that, as soon as she returned to Israel, she decided to return to Cosentino’s factories in Almeria, but this time accompanied by her site manager. On this second visit, they chose the finishes and quantities needed for the execution of the project.

As it could not be otherwise, two different shades of white were used in the White House: Dekton Aura, with strong grey veining and featuring a fold out design; and Dekton Zenith, a solid Nordic white, with no veining or texture. Classicism and modernity go hand in hand to create an elegant and imposing lobby.

In this way, the designer succeeded in responding to the project brief: to create an impressive and timeless space that combines innovation and elegance.

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Inspired by Italian Carrara marble

Planning the White House lobby was not without its complications. Levy specifically refers to the difficulty in coordinating the different systems that are mandatory in public spaces, as well as the cutting of the slabs into triangular shapes. This required a series of technical simulations in collaboration with the Cosentino team in Spain to reduce material waste.

Beyond the technical challenges, the designer speaks enthusiastically about her source of inspiration. For Levy, the Italian region of Tuscany and Carrara marble represent the pinnacle of elegance and good taste, both of which are present in this lobby. Dekton allows the design of large-scale public spaces, achieving that complex balance between functionality and beauty.

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“The collaboration with Cosentino's factory team in Spain was very professional. They provided continuous support until the very last moment”
Shiri Levy

Shiri Levy

Designer

Cosentino’s materials used in this project

aura_dekton

Aura15

DEKTON
Zenith---dekton

Zenith

DEKTON

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Union Wharf

Cosentino Flagship Project

Silence and comfort with Dekton for the first building in the UK specifically designed for families

By Assael Architects & HTA Architects

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Location

Greenwich, London

Material

Dekton

Colour

Halo

Quantity

3000 m2

Architect / Designer

Assael Architects & HTA Architects

Application

Ventilated Façade, flooring, worktops, external cladding and staircase

Thickness

12 mm

Installator

Conneely Facades

A home to enjoy what matters most

The avant-garde ultra-compact surface Dekton has been specified as the façade of a multi award-winning residential build in the heart of London. Two 23-storey tower blocks in Greenwich, the Union Wharf Creekside Buildings have created 249 homes to rent in south London. One of the tallest modular buildings in the UK, the project was the first in the country to cater solely and specifically for families, with buggy storage, acoustic noise insulation and an on-site nursery for parents with young children.

Involved from inception to completion, Cosentino worked closely with architects Assael and HTA over five years to help deliver the best design and finish. 3,000m2 of Dekton was specified for both towers in the Union Wharf development, adorning the top penthouse level and down two sides of both buildings. Developers, Essential Living, utilised Dekton in a large redevelopment project, Vantage Point Archway Tower back in 2017, making this an easy decision for subsequent projects.

Dekton facades, sustainable and designed to last

With high rise façades being one of the key news topics in the UK, the imitable benefits of Cosentino’s Dekton material, including safety, sustainability and energy efficiency, are all paramount considerations, especially within living quarters. Boasting LEED and BREEAM certifications in environmental and sustainable design, as well as the highest classification in terms of fire resistance: A2 s0 d1 for 12 mm, Dekton’s durability, ease of installation, consistency in colour and thickness as well as high scratch resistance and low porosity makes it the ideal surface for façades.

Dekton also offers high resistance to ultraviolet rays, frost and thawing, as well as colour stability and high stain resistance, which results in it being an ideal material for use on exterior ventilated façades. Cosentino’s National Façade Manager, Simon Hope comments “This project demonstrates both a practical and aesthetically pleasing façade, which integrates with the window layout while complementing the innovative location. The result is a striking finish utilising a product that benefits from strong eco credentials and cutting-edge technology – all helping to meet the client’s brief.”

In addition, carbon neutrality has been achieved for the entire life cycle of Dekton, from the extraction of the raw material and the calculation of the direct and indirect emissions from its production cycle (and those derived from its use), to the end of the product’s life. This milestone is a result of the strong measures taken by Cosentino to achieve greater efficiency in terms of energy, consumption of resources, use of renewable electricity and sustainable mobility policies.

``Dekton benefits from strong eco credentials and cutting-edge technology - all helping to meet the client's brief``
Simon Hope

Simon Hope

Cosentino’s National Façade Manager

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Halo

DEKTON

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Villa Rosh Hanikra

Cosentino Flagship Project

Villa Rosh Hanikra: when industrial style embraces the rustic

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Location

Rosh HaNikra, Mateh Asher, Israel

Material

Dekton

Colour

Kelya | Soke | Radium

Quantity

400 m2

End date

Moshe Zion

Application

Façade and worktop

Thickness

8 mm for the façade and 20 mm for the worktop

Installator

Alukal Group

Dekton, glass and wood in perfect balance

Architect Moshe Zion explains proudly the inspiration behind his latest project, Villa Rosh Hanikra, a villa located in a kibbutz in the north of Israel, on the Mediterranean coast. The sea views from the villa are an inseparable part of the house and the unifying feature connecting the interior with the exterior. Taking this view of the sea as a starting point, Zion has designed an open, transparent space with clear views over the garden and pool.

The aim? To create a contrast between the coldness of the materials with the appearance of concrete and glass and the warmth of wood. The different planes in Dekton Kelya and Dekton Soke respond to this aim, also creating a sense of dynamism on the façade.

The choice of a material with the appearance of concrete creates a very industrial and trendy look. Large terraces with wooden floors and glass balustrades are the perfect counterpoint to the concrete effect. The warmth of the wood and character of the open-plan kitchen, with its impressive Dekton Radium island connecting the interior with the pool area, embrace the visitor as they enter the home.

The challenge of updating a rustic style home

The major challenge of this project was to revamp a rustic style home with a tiled roof into a modern and inspiring design. In terms of look and feel, no one would think that this house is a renovation of a traditional style home. The “miracle” was made possible by the large Dekton surfaces installed on the aluminium structure.

This modern concept is also evident in the design of the interior spaces of the house, perhaps the most obvious example being the kitchen, seamlessly connected to the view of the sea and the outdoor area. The large island, which also serves as a bar, provides an open and highly functional meeting area, matching the design of the rest of the house.

A façade renovation is probably one of the most visually impactful solutions to transform a house without significantly changing its internal structure. In the case of the Villa Rosh Hanikra, the result is so spectacular that it looks like a newly built house.

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“The large Dekton surfaces used for the façade are the stars of the look and feel we were searching for”
Moshe Zion

Moshe Zion

Designer

Cosentino’s materials used in this project

kelya

Kelya

DEKTON
Soke

Soke

DEKTON
Radium---Detalle

Radium

DEKTON

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G-10 Nazereth

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Welcoming lobby made of Dekton Kelya for the G10 residential project

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Location

Nazareth, Israel

Material

Dekton

Colour

Kelya | Irok

Quantity

250 m2

Architect / Designer

Jomana Lahham | Salim Lahham

Application

Wall cladding and flooring

Thickness

12mm for wall cladding | 8mm for flooring

The feeling of entering a giant ‘cave’

When architect Jomana Lahham was asked to design the lobby of the G10 project in Nazareth, it was clear to her that she wanted to create a dramatic effect. The lobby of a residential complex is a place of connection between outdoors and indoors, and it is the first impression the tenant has after a long day away from home. This area should make the most of natural light during the day and provide soft lighting at night.

Inspired by a giant cave and using beautifully textured natural materials, Lahham creates a powerful experience of high ceilings and interplay of light and shadow with a huge Dekton Kelya wall cladding. This material features fine veins which give a sense of fluidity and the natural stone look that the architect likes so much. In addition, it provides a pleasant texture to offer warmth in this cosy space.

The architect turns the difficulty of a small, narrow lobby into its greatest strength by creating a dramatic and deep contrast through the use of a large, dark, veined material.

Dekton colours and textures, the perfect choice

When we asked the architect of this spectacular lobby why she chose Dekton by Cosentino for this project, her answer was clear. The wide range of colours, as well as textures reminiscent of natural stone, are the properties that make Dekton a very special material for her.

Jomana also explained the challenges and difficulties of this project and how much support she received from Cosentino’s team for professionals. The architect appreciated the fact that she was able to receive large samples or have different options in terms of colours and qualities during the execution of the lobby.

Once again, the material becomes the best tool to create a sensory experience for the architect’s creativity and people’s enjoyment.

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``There were several challenges during the project, but Cosentino’s team managed to address them in a professional manner and find a solution``
Jomana Lahham

Jomana Lahham

Architect

Cosentino’s materials used in this project

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Kelya

DEKTON
Irok_dekton

Irok

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The limitless façade

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IDOM

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Minimal joints for seamless cladding

For the façade of this residential building located in Durango, a small town in the north of Spain, IDOM’s team of architects strived for a simple, elegant finish. Lines and right angles work together with the creamy tone of Dekton Ariane, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing look. From a distance, this ventilated façade offers a sense of continuity, which becomes more pronounced the closer you get thanks to the minimal joints which vertically style this four-storey new building clad in Dekton.

On façades, the ultra-compact Dekton surface offers high UV resistance, ensuring colour consistency over time. Furthermore, as a non-porous material, Dekton is easy to clean, even in urban environments where it is exposed to dirt, wear and aggressive stains such as graffiti. Thanks to its light weight and its availability in a thickness of just 0.4 cm in its Dekton Slim version, this surface has become a benchmark for the installation of ventilated façades in architectural projects of any size and complexity.

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Casa Forest

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Cooking with Silestone in the crystalline “Casa Forest”

Daluz Gonzalez Architekten

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Basel, Switzerland

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Silestone

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Blanco Zeus

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Daluz Gonzalez Architekten

A home to dialogue with the natural surroundings

Hidden away on a wooded slope near Basel, a crystal-shaped building can be seen. Rising up from a small clearing, it is just high enough to remain at eye level with the surrounding trees. The “Casa Forest” home belongs to a family of five who love the “art of the clear line” as much as they love nature. This is also reflected in the view from the kitchen-living room into the garden.

The house is scarcely visible from the neighbourhood road. You can only see the multifaceted building, set back among the trees, as you approach across the light-coloured natural stone slabs made from local gneiss. “The earth-coloured outer skin and the angular form of the building are in a constant dialogue with the natural surroundings,” says Juan Gonzalez from the architectural firm DALUZ GONZALEZ ARCHITEKTEN. “In dialogue with the builders we have attempted to create a contrast as well as a harmony with nature – externally as well as internally.”

The heptagonal building and the nest-like roof terrace are clad in massive fine stoneware slabs in irridescent dark brown – polished above and below like gemstones. The front of the building is interrupted by large, sometimes room-height window facades. The south side is almost completely glazed, allowing the daylight to penetrate deep inside the building. In the open eating and living area, the walls are executed in cool exposed concrete. As a counterpoint to this, the window mouldings and the shelves are made from honey-coloured oak, and this is then is also carried through in the treads of the stairs and floors of the bedrooms, conveying a natural warmth.

Silestone Blanco Zeus, harmony in the heart of nature

On the ground floor, the generous eating and cooking zone opens up to the garden. The transition is almost invisible, thanks to the floor-height glazing. This gives you an uninterrupted view into the greenery while cooking or when the family come together to eat at the simple oak table. “The intention is not to separate the kitchen off or place it in the middle of the space, but create a link to the living area,” says Juan Gonzales. “This way we have combined a kitchen area with plenty of storage space and a kitchen island that reflects the multifaceted shape of the building and creates a light, airy transition to the eating area.”

“The specially shaped kitchen island can be used from both sides,” explains Ian Hunziker from the carpentry firm SCHREINEREI HUNZIKER. “In essence, the furnishings are based on standard elements that we have individually adapted. As a result, the interior of the floating wing contains a robust, extremely durable beam construction to which the 60 cm wide cupboard elements are attached. The fronts are made from strong, 19 mm MDF panels with slightly rounded edges painted in RAL 9016 matt white. The work surfaces and rear wall of the kitchen area are made from Silestone in the Blanco Zeus Extreme shade.”

Cosentino supplies Silestone in over 80 designs. “But only Blanco Zeus Extreme from the Mythology Collection had the desired white shade that creates a timeless and energetically warm effect. The builder was delighted,” recalls Ian Hunziker, who had the quartz surface precisely cut to size and supplied by SCHÜRMANN NATURSTEINE. “Silestone is very hard-wearing and offers a high level of stain and fade resistance. It is also easy to clean, which makes it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and furniture. It also has a uniquely beautiful and glossy surface, which in the “Casa Forest” now reflects the hazy outlines of the trees.”

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Blanco Zeus

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Sweden

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Dekton

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Design and functionality

Despite being a private residence, Skallan House resembles a museum of modern art. Its straight lines and large windows, together with the use of brutalist materials, make this house an example of monumental yet minimalist architecture.

The structure blends in perfectly with its surroundings, thanks in part to the Dekton colour ‘Kadum’, which has been used on the second floor of this ventilated façade: the Dekton cladding frames the large windows which look out onto the lake. The location of the house is unique not only because of its beauty, but also because of the wear and tear to which the exterior materials are subjected.

A non-porous material to stand-up to the challenges of the weather

Architect Håkan Widjedal, from Arkitektstudio Widjedal Racki AB, was looking for a façade material with a rusty look that would resist discolouration caused by UV rays. The material also needed to withstand the low temperatures of Sweden and the very high humidity from the nearby lake.

The solution was the use of Dekton, which provided both the desired colour and the required strength to withstand the Scandinavian weather conditions. As an ultra-compact surface, Dekton is a non-porous material that does not deteriorate over time or in unfavourable weather conditions.

This architectural project also aimed to be an example of sustainable construction, so it was essential that the material of choice should be environmentally friendly; Dekton, classified as a Carbon Neutral product, fulfils this requirement perfectly and puts the finishing touch to this project in which architecture, design and sustainability are in perfect harmony.

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Long-lasting colour and maximum strength

During the renovation work, Dekton was used to clad the façade. Its limitless cutting possibilities, together with its availability in different thicknesses, simplified the project. In fact, the house owner was already familiar with Cosentino’s ultra-compact surface, having used it on previous projects; on this occasion, he again relied on Dekton not only to give his home a fresh new look, but also to make it resistant to unfavourable weather conditions and the wear and tear of time.

Specifically, Dekton in the colour Danae with a thickness of 8mm was used for this glued façade. Dekton’s high strength ensures that UV rays will not damage its colour consistency and that rain or dirt will not degrade the surface, as it is a non-porous material.

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Dekton, a design material for façades

The New York district of Brooklyn has many iconic elements, from its famous bridge to its residential neighbourhoods with brick façade buildings and fire escapes. The O2 residential building stands out for its modern and striking façade made from Dekton in colours Irok and Keyla. A contrast that matches the soul of a unique neighbourhood.

The firm in charge of the project, International Stone Collections, required a façade material that was, above all, easy to maintain. Due to the exposure to external attack -whether natural, dirt or graffiti-, façades are one of the architectural elements that suffer the most and deteriorate over time. After considering different materials, International Stone Collection chose Dekton for its unique physical-mechanical properties.

A non-porous material designed to withstand

Dekton is a non-porous surface, which prevents dirt and graffiti from penetrating the surface, making it easy to maintain. In fact, Dekton is resistant to abrasion, UV rays and fire, so its use ensures a long-lasting façade that will maintain its colour consistency over time.

In order to facilitate the installation of the ventilated façade, the project managers required the packaging of each piece to be accurate. The Cosentino team not only supplied the material, but also provided support and acted as a partner to help the fitters work as efficiently as possible. The result is a distinctive façade that fits perfectly into the historical district of Brooklyn.

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DEKTON
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Marçal Codina i Franch

Material

Dekton

Colour

Blanc Concrete

Application

Façade

Thickness

12mm

Quantity

700m2

UV-resistant material

The town of Vic, in the north of Spain and very close to the Pyrenees, experiences a temperature variation that results in freezing sub zero winter temperatures and scorching summers with overwhelming heat and humidity. Weather conditions are such that the materials exposed to the elements can easily be damaged, so the owners of this residential project decided to compliment a classic and functional exposed brick façade with Dekton.

The ultra-compact Dekton surface is specially designed for use on façades due to its high resistance to external factors: from UV rays that do not damage or alter the colour consistency, to its low water absorption as a non-porous material; as well as its resistance to knocks and scratches, Dekton offers high resistance and low maintenance.

Beautiful colour that does not fade outdoors

Dekton Blanc Concrete – a beige concrete with delicate grey veining reminiscent of the vulnerability and beauty of concrete – was used for this residential building in Vic. The resistance of Dekton allows the architect or designer to create outdoor surfaces with the full range of colours in the Dekton catalogue, ensuring that the sun’s rays, saltpetre or any other external element will not damage the colour.

Specifically, 12mm thick Dekton has been used for the finishes of the balconies and windows of this bonded façade, as well as for the walls of the penthouse that crowns the building. The cut-to-size slabs are particularly striking, as the horizontal lines have combined to create a harmony that complements the exposed brickwork very well.

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Cosentino’s materials used in this project

Blanc-Concrete---Dekton

Blanc Concrete

DEKTON

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