Cosentino celebrates Venice Architecture Biennale success
December 4, 2014
The ultra-compact surface Dekton® by Cosentino was selected by the architect, Daniel Libeskind as the material for his sculpture at the Venice Pavilion
The global leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for the world of architecture and design, the Cosentino Group participated for the very first time at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Cosentino was a technical sponsor with architect, Daniel Libeskind who selected the ultra-compact surface Dekton® by Cosentino for his outdoor sculpture. Dekton® was selected thanks to its superior technical characteristics such as: high mechanical resistance, high scratch and high UV resistance, low porosity, very good color stability, resistance to freezing and thawing.
The 5.5 metre high sculpture of a skewed axis finished in the ultracompact surface material, Dekton®, forms part of Sonnets in Babylon and was created by the architect and the Cosentino Group for the Venice Pavilion. Situated in the Giardini della Biennale di Venezia, this important exhibition was attended by 228,000 visitors in six months, including students and young people (45% of the total).
The geometry of the form related to the development of the axis as a fundamental to architectural drawing. The finish of the spectacular sculptural “X” in Dekton® by Cosentino was designed as a ventilated façade that shrouds the entire work, using “Rediwa CAT 1” system from Wandegar company. 50 various sized pieces of Dekton® in Keranium was used for the sculpture, totaling 65m2 of paneling and 15m2 of flooring in a 12mm thickness. The largest piece measured 2.55m x 1.40m.
“Our participation to Venice Architecture Biennale has been an extraordinary experience: collaborating with one of the most prestigious Institutions in the world made us really proud” –, asserts Santiago Alfonso, Cosentino Group’s Marketing and Communications Director. “Sonnets in Babylon strengthened our relationship with Daniel Libeskind, a partnership that continues year after year, reaching always higher goals, such as the opportunity to join in a cutting edge environment for research and new art trends’ promotion, which is Venice Biennale”.
Please click the below link for an interesting interview concerning Daniel Libeskind and Sonnets in Babylon by the Venice Municipality and directed by Daniela Zennaro
The Dekton® by Cosentino ultra-compact surface is a new and innovative category of surfaces created with the objective of becoming a global leader in the world of architecture and design both for indoor and outdoor spaces. It is the result of an investment of 128 million euros and 22,000 hours of research and development, making it the perfect partner for designers and architects throughout the world.
Dekton® is a sophisticated mixture of the raw materials that is used to manufacture glass, porcelain materials and quartz surfaces. The Dekton® surface can recreate any type of material with a high level of quality. It is manufactures in large format (320 cm x 144 cm) and thin thicknesses (0.8 cm, 1.2 cm and 2 cm) and it as superior technical characteristics:
· High mechanical resistance
· Good resistance to fire and heat
· High scratch resistance
· High UV rays resistance
· High hydrolysis resistance
· Low porosity
· Very good colour stability
· Very good dimensional stability
· High abrasion resistance
· High stain resistance
· Resistance to freezing and thawing.
These superior technical characteristics are achieved thanks to the exclusive TSP technology (Technology of Sintered Particles), developed by the R&D of Cosentino Group. TSP technology is an ultra-compaction process which makes Dekton® a totally revolutionary low-maintenance, long-lasting product with a multitude of applications.
About Cosentino Group
The Cosentino Group is a global, family-owned company that produces and distributes high value innovative surfaces for architecture and design. As a leading company, Cosentino imagines and anticipates together with its customers and partners design solutions that offer value and inspiration to people’ lives. This goal is made possible by pioneering brands that are leaders in their respective segments such as Silestone®, Dekton®, Eco by Cosentino® and Sensa by Cosentino®. Technologically advanced surfaces, which create unique designs for the home and public spaces.
The group bases its development on international expansion, an innovative research and development program, respect for the environment and sustainability, and its ongoing corporate commitment to society and the local communities where it operates, education, equality and health & safety.
Th Cosentino Group currently distributes its products and brands in more than 80 countries, and directly manages from its headquarters in Almeria (Spain) its own facilities in more than 20 of them. 90% of Cosentino Group’s turnover comes from international markets.