Dekton® by Cosentino: Rafa Nadal Academy
The Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, located in Manacor (Majorca), came into being in 2016 with the aim of becoming a benchmark centre in the world of tennis at an international level. With the driving force of the sportsman Rafa Nadal, the Academy brings together tennis and education, aiming to ensure that students may follow a career in tennis without neglecting their academic studies.
The architectural project consists of more than 24,000 m2 and a range of impressive facilities located throughout the halls of residence, training school, hotel, sports courts, changing rooms, bar, clinic and green areas.
RAFA NADAL ACADEMY
David Iglesias, architect of the Rafa Nadal Academy: “The premise of this project was to build a training academy and at the same time create a building for use by the people of the town and for the whole of Mallorca. Therefore, the end result had to be made up of a very defined area, specifically for children, and another, completely the contrary, where people could circulate freely.
Consequently, the two buildings that make up the final project are relatively multi-functional, each one with its own features and level of safety. They are perfectly interconnected, in such a way as to meet with the objective”.
The Rafa Nadal Academy has become a real showcase for Dekton® and Silestone® products. The Cosentino Group has fitted more than 40,000 m2 of Dekton® of all thicknesses and for different types of use, such as tiling, floors, worktops, stairs or baseboards, with particular emphasis on its use in the façades of the two main buildings of the complex, the pools and the spa area.
Silestone® is in evidence in the 130 shower trays in Blanco Zeus colour with a suede finish. This very same tone and texture was also chosen for the more than 100 bathroom worktops, which incorporate Elegance hand basins from the Cosentino Bath Collection.
The façade of the Rafa Nadal Academy is composed mainly of Dekton® and glass. The qualities of Dekton®, such as its high resistance to ultraviolet rays, its resistance to frost and thawing, its colour stability and high stain resistance are essential properties for its use with such exterior façades. Also of importance is its ease of assembly, due to the precise nature of the material; there is an excellent ease of fusion between the CAT1 Wandegar system, used in the placement procedure, and the Dekton® pieces. The result is visually spectacular.
“THE BEST FEATURE OF DEKTON® FOR THE ARCHITECTS: ITS FORMAT”
David Iglesias, Architect: “The best feature of Dekton® is something which we architects love: its format. It allows you to play with large dimensions and with different forms of quartering. It is very easy to work with Dekton® and the result is perfection”.
The large format of the Dekton® pieces allowed the creation of beautiful pavements and applications of quality and beauty in almost all environments encompassed by the project. From a functional point of view, its hardness, resistance to abrasion and its easy daily maintenance, make it the perfect product for this type of use, both indoor and outdoor.
What is more, the use of anti-slip grip technology gives the material a greater level of safety, preventing possible accidents in areas of regular use, especially in those where water is an added feature, as is the case with the indoor and outdoor pools or the impressive spa that form part of the project.
The stairs form part of the continuous flooring of the building and receive high level of footfall every day.
Dekton® is the ideal surface for areas of high transit – it is hard-wearing thanks to its hardness and high resistance to abrasion. Another great advantage offered by Dekton® and one which has been highly prized for this project is the fact that the steps may be manufactured in one piece, without having to create joints in between them.
COSENTINO GROUP obtains in 2016 the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the Life Cycle Analysis of Dekton®.
Obtaining it from an external organism, supports the involvement of the company in improving efficiency in the consumption of raw materials and energy, reducing waste generation.
All the wall coverings, created from large pieces of Dekton®, are important players in the final grand design. The flatness of the product may be appreciated even in its 8 mm format for vertical installation, and the resulting uniformity is striking from both an architectural and an aesthetic point of view. This environment highlights how the large format of Dekton® facilitates its adaptation to the creativity and the versatility of any architectural project.
Dekton® is ideal for any bathroom coverings due to its excellent water resistant qualities. Thanks to its high resistance to hydrolysis, this material does not change if it is in contact with fluid for prolonged periods of time.
This fact, which ensures the durability of the material, combined with the ease of its daily maintenance, have made this the perfect choice to cover all the showers of the spa and those located in the changing rooms and the halls of residence.
For this project, two customised shades of Dekton® were created: an intense blue which serves as a hallmark of the academy and its image to the world, thanks to its use in the main façade, and a soft white tone (Alba) that is characterized by its subtlety and which covers a great number of the walls of the building.
Silestone® Kador Suite Shower trays
For the bathrooms of the halls of residence over 130 shower trays with a Silestone® quartz surface have been created. The model chosen, due to its attractive and elegant design, was the Kador Series of the Cosentino Bath Collection. The purity of colour of Blanco Zeus and the sensuality of the Silestone® suede finish provide an effect which is extraordinary both aesthetically and visually.
The safety aspect is crucial in this type of use. This aspect is fully met by Silestone® shower trays, which have an established low slipping risk, meeting with the strict German standard DIN 51097: 1992. Its low porosity and minimal maintenance requirements make Silestone® the ideal product for this type of use, where water and other personal hygiene products come into play.
Silestone® bathroom countertop with integrated wahsbasins
The possibilities of format and size offered by Silestone® in all its bathroom collection has allowed the creation of over 100 customised bathrooms worktops for the halls of residence. In order to continue to offer the sense of unity that characterizes the whole project, worktops were created with integrated wash basins from the Cosentino Bath Collection.
The Elegance model and its outstanding design, with its straight, highly defined lines, lend the space a unique beauty. The worktops with integrated wash basins provide the design, style and high performance features of Silestone®: hardness, high resistance to staining and scratching and low liquid absorption.