Feb 19, 2018 Last Updated 4:17 PM, Jan 31, 2018

Harmonious colour scheme for German hospital extension

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The ultra-compact surface Dekton in the colour ‘Edora’ has been selected for use on the exterior facades on the recently completed Erlangen University Hospital in Germany.

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The original building was expanded due to a need for additional space, with the two-floor addition designed sensitively to fit in with the existing architecture. Above all, a uniform colour palette was required for the facade, in addition to meeting the high functional requirements as expected from exterior cladding. Thanks to its excellent aesthetic qualities and numerous advantages as a material, Dekton was chosen for the building’s panels, enabling the project to sit harmoniously next to existing structures.

A particularly important aesthetic consideration the Architect, Sabine Rossdeutscher (ByAK), faced was the medieval city wall remains, which run just past the building. Due to the project being in such close proximity to this respected historical feature, there was a need to source an external material that would integrate well into the surrounding environment, whilst also blending perfectly with the main building and meet the advisory board’s aesthetic specifications.

In total, 550m2 of ultra-compact Dekton by Cosentino surfaces were applied to the facade in the colour Edora from the Natural Collection. Its colour palette of warm and neutral greys in addition to its uniform texture results in a modern, pure and natural look.

The two-floor addition connects directly to the east side of the existing building and offers a new and attractive entrance to visitors and patients. The combination of pearl beige window frames, pastel blue ventilation flaps and bright bronze protective window films create a harmonious colour scheme, giving the addition a timeless elegance.

In addition to its aesthetic value, the large-format Dekton slabs also offer practical benefits when used for building cladding. The design of the facade, which is suspended and ventilated from behind, comprises a 240mm-thick concrete wall, a 160mm-thick layer of thermal insulation, rear space for ventilation and a sub-structure, to which the facade panels are anchored. Thanks to the material’s exceptional qualities, the facade slabs fit perfectly on the hidden aluminium supports of the sub-structure made by Keil Befestigungstechnik GmbH, allowing the weight of the design’s cladding to be safely transferred to the concrete walls.

What’s more, ultra-compact Dekton surfaces, as a CE-certified cladding material, offer a range of additional technical qualities besides their outstanding dimensional and colour stability, such as impressive protection against water penetration and fire. The surfaces have high resistance to ultraviolet rays, frost and thawing, as well as high scratch and stain resistance, ideal for creating beautiful lasting designs. Due to the high density of the material, Dekton surfaces are relatively light, and thanks to the large-format slabs (3200 x 1440mm) available; they may be mounted with relative ease and speed. The consistent thickness (12mm) of the material will also allow the creation of a completely uniform surface.

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