Daniel Libeskind and the Cosentino Group present the permanent sculpture Beyond The Wall created with the ultra-compact surface Dekton®
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February 14, 2014
Cosentino Group, the worldwide leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, and the prestigious architect and designer Daniel Libeskind unveiled today a permanent sculpture at the Group’s headquarters in Almeria, Spain. The spectacular polycentric spiral is called Beyond The Wall and is a remarkable result of an ongoing collaboration between Libeskind Design and Cosentino Group. A temporary version of the sculpture was first showcased in Milan’s Statale University during Milan’s Design Week 2013.
Beyond The Wall, based on the infinite possibilities of the spiral, is a unique structure and is the first to be created using Dekton® by Cosentino. It is not a traditional spiral with a single center and axis, but a contemporary spiral, which opens a plurality of directions along many different trajectories; a polycentric spiral, propulsively twisting to a dramatic zenith.
The spiral is a result of the synergy between Libeskind’s architectural vision and Cosentino’s innovative material, Dekton®. Beyond The Wall shows how this ultra-compact material can be used for cladding a contemporary and complex architectural facade. In the final sculpture, Dekton® surfaces are utilized in all exterior facades, interior walls and floors. The whitest finish of Dekton®, Zenith, was chosen for the facades and walls, in contrast with the perfect black color of the Sirius finish, chosen for the floors of the impressive 8.5 meter high sculpture. Both colors belong to Dekton’s® Solid Collection, a range of pure, solid colors that offer stunning balance and harmony. A total of 305m2 of Dekton material was utilized for the sculpture in 2cm thickness, including several entire large-format slabs of size 320cm x 140cm. The facades and walls are made up of 80 different Dekton® pieces.
After the unveiling of the Beyond The Wall sculpture, Daniel Libeskind and Cosentino Group’s President, Francisco Martinez-Cosentino visited the impressive new factory where Dekton® by Cosentino is manufactured, which is the result of a 128 million Euro investment by Cosentino Group.
“I feel very honored that Daniel Libeskind has chosen Dekton® for his creation, and want to thank him for his visit to Cosentino Headquarters today. Our aim with the ultracompact surface Dekton® is to suit any design request while guaranteeing extreme performance. I am proud this has been achieved for the remarkable installation Beyond The Wall,” said Francisco Martinez-Cosentino, President of Cosentino Group.
The geometry of external material on the sculpture’s wall forms a contemporary fractal pattern related to the Golden Section. The pattern is integral to the wall structure, carrying within itself the structural logic of modulating scale and proportion within an endlessly fascinating surface. A kind of shiver should run up the form—an overlaying of a pattern that would break scale and dissolve the strength of the rising, twisting wall planes. It’s a mathematical mosaic, a mobile net that would run and break without repeating: a wholly modern concept of a tile, a ‘fractile.’ The aim is to find a similarity that never quite repeats, and to do that the surfacing would have to be a-periodic. It fits and locks together in an open-ended logic, as a network develops. The tiling has to be a growth of strange branchings.
Dekton® by Cosentino is an innovative material, an entirely new category of surface which features the exclusive TSP technology developed by the Cosentino Group R&D department. Dekton® surfaces have superior technical characteristics including very low porosity, high resistance to scratching and abrasion, design in volume, infinite design possibilities, and resistance to UV rays and extreme temperatures. Dekton® allows large format application both indoors and outdoors.