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The Cosentino Group Collaborates with Daniel Libeskind at the Venice Architecture Biennale

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  • The ultra-compact surface Dekton® by Cosentino has been selected by the renowned 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, will be present for the very first time at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Cosentino is a technical sponsor of the Venice Pavilion with architect Daniel Libeskind who has selected the ultra-compact surface, Dekton® for his outdoor sculpture that forms part of Sonnets in Babylon.

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Exclusive sketch by Daniel Libeskind showing the sculptural X created using Dekton by Cosentino

As visitors approach the Pavilion, situated in the Giardini della Biennale di Venezia, they will first encounter a 5.5 meter high sculpture of a skewed axis form finished in Dekton®. The geometry of the form relates to the development of the axis as a fundamental to architectural drawing. Libeskind has explored this technical mark in all his major drawing works beginning with Micromegas continuing with Chamberworks, and now in Sonnets in Babylon. This sculptural “X” will serve as a starting point—a virtual beginning of a line that runs through the Sonnets and anchors their exploding and collapsing worlds.

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Francisco Martinez-Cosentino, President of the Cosentino Group with Daniel Libeskind, Architect

The finish of this spectacular sculptural “X” in Dekton® has been 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 have been used for the sculpture, totaling 65m2 of paneling and 15m2 of flooring in a 12mm thickness. The largest piece measures 2.55m x 1.40m.

Francisco Martinez-Cosentino, President of the Cosentino Group highlighted: “It is a great honour for the Cosentino Group to be present at the Venice Architecture Biennale as sponsors of the Venice Pavilion. The spectacular sculpture created by Daniel Libeskind with Dekton® surface is a fantastic example of our ongoing commitment to architecture at the highest level.”

In addition, the global company is present at the Architecture Biennale not only with the architect Daniel Libeskind at the Venice Pavilion, but also in the heart of the city with an exhibition at the Palazzo Bembo, a fifteenth century palace facing the Grand Canal.

In collaboration with the studio Opta Architects, Dekton by Cosentino has also been used at the Palazzo Bembo in the THREETIMESTHREE project on display in the Palazzo. Various sized pieces of 8mm thick Dekton in Kadum transmits the innovative nature of both the project and the Architecture Biennale.

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