Cosentino Flagship Project

‘t Hooghe Huys, la simplicité d’une façade Dekton

Stramien, architecture et espace CH

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Lieu

Amberes, Belgium

Matériau

DKTN

Couleurs

Danae

Quantité

1000m2

Architecture/Design

Stramien, architecture and CH space

Collaborateurs

Natuursteen De Wan bvba | Gevelinzicht ingenieur-architecten bvba

End date

2019

Épaisseur :

12 mm

Une façade qui durera longtemps

This building, visible form the De Singel (R10) bypass and leading towards Amberes Sur, will not go unnoticed. The south side of the ’t Hooghe Huys building has received a complete revamp, giving it a unique and attractive look thanks to the use of Dekton® Danae facade panels from Cosentino. The project, managed by VME Brederodestraat 184, was carried out by the Stramien architectural firm. Throughout the project, the Amberes firm relied on the support of Gevelinzicht, an engineering company specialising in facade renovation.

Mais ’t Hooghe Huys était déjà une silhouette familière pour Tine Durnez, designer de Stramien. Elle déclare : « J’ai vécu dans ce bâtiment il y a trois ans. » « J’avais donc complètement compris les problèmes rencontrés par la façade sud depuis longtemps, en particulier en termes d’isolation et d’imperméabilité. La façade vieillissante, construite dans les années 70, semblait être faite en pierre naturelle, mais une enquête approfondie révéla qu’elle était construite à l’aide de panneaux de ciment moulés collés à la structure. Les problèmes ont commencé à apparaître relativement rapidement, donc un revêtement métallique a été installé sur la façade.

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Panneaux souples faciles à installer, fabriqués par Dekton

Tout au long du projet de rénovation de la façade sud du célèbre bâtiment résidentiel, Gevelinzicht a offert son soutien à Stramien en termes de conception technique et de gestion des coûts. « Un projet comme celui-ci est précisément notre spécialité », explique Joni Staljanssens de Gevelinzicht. « En fin de compte, nous sommes passés par un processus exhaustif jusqu’à ce que nous atteignions cette solution vraiment attrayante. Notre première idée était d’utiliser une finition en pierre naturelle pour la façade, avec des panneaux rivetés aux murs de façon traditionnelle. Il s’agissait de la solution préférée pour le client et celle que le Conseil d’Amberes préconisait.

Staljanssens points out, “However, it turned out that natural stone would not be flexible or effective enough. So we began to look for high quality materials that looked like stone but had the technical qualities needed to keep out damp and allow for the building of a facade with elements of ventilation, exposed joints and suitable materials for a building of that height”.

A 1,000 m² feat of engineering

A total of 1000 metres of Dekton® Danae (12 mm) was used. The result is not only a milestone in engineering, but is also visually attractive. According to Tine Durnez: “Dekton is not synthetic stone, so it appears natural both in terms of how it looks and feels. What’s more, the panels do not have a prefabricated print, so each one is completely unique. In the end, we decided to work with large-scale surfaces with a width of 158 cm and with three different heights: 45, 72 and 92 cm. We used 141 cm wide panels of varying heights for the surfaces below the windows.”

Durnez stressed that “positioning the large panels successfully was like building a giant puzzle, but I believe that we have done a great job of it. In terms of the colour (Danae), we wanted to find a shade as close to natural stone as possible, and we didn’t take long to make a decision. For a while, we were thinking about making the central area a different colour, but in the end we went for uniformity in order to reinforce the atmosphere of peace and tranquillity”.

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“Dekton facade panels are easy to install”
Joni Staljanssens

Joni Staljanssens

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The perfect material to fast-track projects

Through this project, Stramien and Gevelinzicht acquired a deeper understanding of the aesthetic, practical and engineering qualities of Dekton. According to Joni Staljanssens: “Designing, installing and adjusting the aluminium scaffolding took some time, but thanks to the precision of the structure, we were able to position the panels onto the facade in just a few weeks”.

Tine Durnez agreed. “Dekton is a very attractive material when it comes to refining each detail. For example, we were able to create a light contour ledge from the same material that the windows are made from. We will definitely keep the fantastic experience we’ve had with Dekton in mind for future projects. We also found that a holistic strategy is crucial with this kind of refurbishment. It’s not enough to simply replace one material on the facade for another. Every aspect should be considered, including the insulation materials and even the carpentry ones. What’s more, you must ensure that it’s waterproof and thermal bridges were not an option. That’s what we’ve managed to achieve, thanks, in part, to Dekton”.

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