Cosentino's Dekton has been chosen as the exterior cladding for the renovation of the celebrated Cap Ferrat building in Rio de Janiero.
Built in 1976 in the exclusive Avenida Vieira Souto in Ipanema, the Cap Ferrat is considered an architectural icon worldwide.
But 40 years standing on its coastal location had left it needing some attention. So the architectural practice of Di Filippo Arquitectura was asked to renovate it. Dekton Danae, with its sandy hue appropriate to the nearby beach, was the material chosen for the job to brighten up the existing granite façades.
Juan Carlos Di Filippo says: “We decided to keep the original cladding, with the aim to cover and enhance it where possible. For this we had to choose a new material with very particular properties. Low porosity was a key factor due to the Cap Ferrat’s location, plus it also needed to be available in large format slabs while weighing as little as possible."
Dekton’s high-resistance to UV rays, stains and thermal shock were all determining factors in the selection. The material also needed to suit the aesthetics of the surrounding environment. Dekton Danae fitted the bill and its colour stability should ensure it continues to do so.
Cosentino says Dekton is ideal for large scale cladding projects because slabs can be manufactured in large format to customised sizes. On Cap Ferrat in Rio, 3,800m2 of Dekton Danae was used. Juan Carlos Di Filippo said afterwards: “Dekton was definitely the right surface solution for this project.”