Dekton by Cosentino Selected for the New Cajamar Group Building in Almería, Spain
July 29, 2016
The revolutionary ultra-compact surface, Dekton® by Cosentino, was selected for use in the completion of the new Cajamar Group headquarters in Almería, Spain. Dekton® features extensively throughout the building, having been chosen for the façade, indoor flooring, exterior paving, wall cladding, stairwell areas and bathroom panelling.
The most interesting architectural feature of the building is the aesthetic contrast created by the three types of façade that can be seen: a large white volume of GRC photocatalytic panels, a ventilated Dekton® façade in the colour Sirocco, and a curtain wall protected by ceramic slats. The decision to use Dekton® in the colour Danae for both the exterior walkways that elegantly lead up to the building, as well as the flooring indoors, lends a sense of continuity to the design.
Dekton® was selected for the building’s façade as it creates a uniform surface that does not appear to emulate any other type of stone, giving the impression that the structure is clad in a single covering. The grey limestone of the colour Sirocco gives a classic feel to the building, whilst its texture produces a completely natural look. The material also offers a high resistance to ultraviolet rays, frost and thawing, providing colour stability and high stain resistance; all of which are ideal for a building in an environmental climate such as Almería’s. In terms of construction, Dekton® is incredibly easy to assemble and there is a strong union between the CAT1 Wandegar system used for the support, and the large scale Dekton® slabs.
Dekton® in the colour Danae has been used throughout the interior of the building for the flooring, in addition to the exterior flooring. This particular colour was chosen as it was necessary to use a very light colour with a Solar Reflectance Index of SRI> 78, in order to avoid a “heat island” effect. Inspired by Roman travertine, Dekton®, in the colour Danae, with its creamy tone and matte finish suggesting a classic warmth, was perfectly suited to the building’s technical requirements. The light colour also works well in the inner stairwells, as these areas do not receive much daylight, brightening an otherwise potentially gloomy space.
The ultra-compact surface Dekton® is ideal for use in flooring, thanks to its technical properties. The large size Dekton® slabs convey an image of high quality and brightness, whilst from a functional point of view, the chosen material needed to be hard-wearing even in areas of continuous foot traffic, making Dekton® ideal. In addition, its easy daily maintenance is desirable for buildings with high levels of activity, such as the interior flooring and stairwells of the Cajamar Group headquarters. Another great advantage that Dekton® offers – and one that has been most valued for this project – is the fact that the steps can be manufactured in one piece without having to have joints between them.
Showcasing its multipurpose applications, Dekton® in the colour Kadum has been used for the cladding on the walls of the bathrooms on the ground floor. Dekton® is often chosen for worktops, flooring and bathroom cladding owing to its excellent water-resistant qualities, which ensure that the material is not affected by hydrolysis either in composition or aesthetics if it is in contact with liquid for any extended period of time. The tough nature of the material made it the obvious choice for the Cajamar building’s bathrooms, which will be subjected to intensive use, whilst the colour of Kadum and its industrial look give a timeless and sophisticated feel.
The new Cajamar headquarters has the LEED GOLD sustainable buildings certification, issued by the US Green Building Council. This certification provides verification by a specialised and independent agency that the building meets the highest standards of efficiency for sustainable building, including aspects related to energy efficiency, use of alternative energy, improving indoor environmental quality, efficiency of water use, sustainable development gaps and selection of the materials used. Currently there are 49 buildings with LEED GOLD certification in Spain and out of them only one in Andalusia.
Furthermore, the building has obtained the “A” energy rating awarded by the Andalusian Energy Agency, due to the reduction in energy demand from the heat, roofs and air conditioning and ventilation systems.
Finally, according to the parameters of the Guide to Sustainability of the technological park, these Cajamar facilities meet 98 out of the 100 sustainability parameters, and is rated as “excellent”.