Dekton® by Cosentino has been selected for the façade of the Kap West Building, Munich, creating a sophisticated façade as specified by Wiel Arets Architects.
Close up of the Dekton® Keon façade on the new Kap West building, image copyright: OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH
The ultra-compact surface Dekton® by Cosentino has been chosen to create an urban, high-tech and architecturally sophisticated façade for the Kap West building in Munich, Germany.
Due for completion in late 2019, the impressive 7,300 m2 Kap West building in the new Am Hirschgarten district will be home to flexible modular office space over more than 41,000 m2. The ultra-compact surface Dekton® by Cosentino was selected for the extensive 12,600 m2 façade, defining the building’s assertive urban image from every perspective.
The design by the award-winning Wiel Arets Architects for property development firm OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH centres on two U-shaped engineered plinth buildings, with towers rising 53m and 60m high. The taller south tower boasts a cantilevered block with a sophisticated counter-clockwise rotation, which hangs 18 metres freely above the ground. The campus-like layout and open spaces complete the visionary design, blending an efficient, quality working environment and expressive architectural features.
The new Kap West building, image copyright: OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH.
Dekton® by Cosentino was selected for the building’s façade due to its unique technical properties, with the colour Keon chosen due to its industrial colouring. Created using an innovative ultra-compaction process and a sophisticated mixture of the raw materials used to make glass, next-generation porcelain surfaces and quartz surfaces, Dekton® offers technical benefits including colour stability, frost resistance and consistent protection against seeping water. In addition, as a CE-marked material for exterior façades, Dekton® also has the maximum fire resistance class applicable to the façade construction of high-rise buildings.
Walter Schelle, the leading architect at HPP Architekten GmbH, the company engaged to carry out the project, says, “The basic requirements for a long-lasting façade are an impact-resistant surface that can withstand extreme weather and has a high degree of mechanical resistance. Dekton® fully provides these functional benefits, thus making it the ideal material for Kap West. In the context of urban development, we can’t neglect facility management aspects such as graffiti removal. We benefit immensely from the panels’ resistance to stains and scratches. In addition to UV resistance, we achieve a uniform look for the façade with long-lasting and brilliant colours.”
The building uses a curtain wall system, with the large-format Dekton® panels mounted on the wall’s structural components using concealed aluminium anchors. The surfaces are pre-fabricated and delivered as custom (+/- 0.5 mm) façade components, comprising of Dekton® panels and framed windows with ventilation elements. This, combined with Cosentino’s high level of expertise with projects of this nature in terms of volume and delivery, ensures a quicker turnaround on the construction on the façade. Due to its high material density, Dekton®’s thin 12 mm thickness makes the façade appear refreshingly “airy”, whilst allowing for precisely cut edges without nicks and corners that can be sharply mitred and bonded.
This all comes together to allow Kap West to fully realise its aesthetic potential, supported by a technically excellent exterior façade.