Cosentino Flagship Project

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

Stramien, architecture et espace CH

Emplacement

Anvers, Belgique

Matériau

Dekton

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.

But ’t Hooghe Huys was already a familiar figure for Tine Durnez, designer from Stramien. “I lived in that building until three years ago”, she says. “So I completely understood first hand the issues the south facade had experienced for a long time, especially in terms of insulation and waterproofing. The ageing facade, built in the 70s, appeared to be built in natural stone, but further investigation revealed that it was constructed using moulded cement panels stuck to the structure. Problems began to appear relatively quickly, so a metallic cladding was installed on the facade.

Flexible panels that are easy to install, made by Dekton

Throughout the project to renovate the south facade of the famous residential building, Gevelinzicht offered support to Stramien in terms of technical design and cost management. “A project such as this is precisely what we specialise in”, explains Joni Staljanssens from Gevelinzicht. “In the end, we went through an exhaustive process until we reached this really attractive solution. Our first idea was to use a natural stone finish for the facade, with panels pinned to the walls in the traditional way. This was the preferred solution for the customer and one that the Amberes Council supported.

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”.

“Dekton facade panels are easy to install”
Joni Staljanssens

Joni Staljanssens

Architecte

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Le matériau idéal pour des projets rapides

Grâce à ce projet, Stramien et Gevelinzicht ont acquis une meilleure compréhension des qualités esthétismes, pratiques et techniques de Dekton. Selon Joni Staljanssens : Concevoir, installer et ajuster les échafaudages en aluminium a pris du temps, mais grâce à la précision de la structure, nous avons pu positionner les panneaux sur la façade en quelques semaines seulement. »

Tine Durnez est d’accord. « Dekton est un matériau très attrayant lorsqu’il s’agit de raffiner chaque détail. Par exemple, nous avons pu créer un habillage clair, à partir du même matériau que celui utilisé pour les fenêtres. Nous garderons certainement à l’esprit l'expérience fantastique que nous avons vécue avec Dekton pour de futurs projets. Nous avons également constaté qu’une stratégie holistique est cruciale dans ce type de rénovation. Il ne suffit pas simplement de remplacer un matériau de façade par un autre. Chaque aspect doit être pris en compte, y compris les matériaux d’isolation et même ceux de la menuiserie. De plus, vous devez vous assurer que la façade est étanche car les ponts thermiques n'étaient pas une option. C’est ce que nous avons réussi à accomplir, en partie grâce à Dekton. » 

Matériaux Cosentino utilisés dans ce projet

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