For the revamp of a luxurious Brazilian home, architect Ricardo Rossi opted for an aged metal surface look throughout the residence and outside.
Inspired by the iron-oxide look, Ricardo Rossi of Ricardo Rossi Architecture and Interiors aimed to replicate this aged metal surface on the walls of the IV Centenário, a residential home in São Paulo, Brazil, that he was renovating.
To achieve this, Rossi specified Neolith® by TheSize sintered compact surface in iron copper as the main material to clad all the walls of this luxurious space. This colour contrasts the sophisticated greys and muted whites, while complementing the earthy tones that are present throughout the property.
In addition to its visual qualities, durability was equally important during the selection process. “We wanted a hardwearing surface that would remain intact over time and withstand the wear and tear that typically occurs in the home environment,” explains Rossi.
While the Satin finish is often favoured for commercial use, the application of the matte finish to a residential project, coupled with the scratch resistance and modulus of rupture afforded by Neolith®, gives a hardwearing integrity to the design.
Hygienic, waterproof, easy to clean and 100% natural, the Neolith® surface was equally suitable for application in the kitchen and breakfast room as it is for the living space and beyond, a factor that was taken full advantage of. Iron copper was also specified for the balcony facades, where its resistance to high temperatures and ultraviolet (UV) rays protects it from the scorching Brazilian weather. Furthermore, Neolith®’s near-zero water absorption and resistance to chemical cleaning agents meant potential exposure to pool water and chlorine would not affect the integrity of the material.
“Due to the open-plan nature of the ground-floor layout, in which the outdoor area connects with the interior lounge, it was important for the surfacing material to not deteriorate under exposure to the sun and extreme temperatures,” Rossi notes.
A 3mm and 12mm Neolith® panel weigh only 7kg/m² and 30kg/m² respectively. It comes in a variety of slab sizes, which include large formats measuring 3 200mm x 1 500mm and 3 600mm x 1 200mm, as well as bespoke options. “Being able to cover large areas with fewer panels, combined with Neolith®’s lightweight properties, provides installation advantages from a labour, time and cost perspective,” Rossi adds.
“In addition to putting the customer’s wishes in the design concept of the vanguard, Ricardo Rossi Architecture and Interiors is also concerned with sustainability and whenever possible will specify eco-friendly materials,” he states.
For the IV Centenário project, TheSize’s production processes and Neolith®’s sustainable, ecological and 100% recyclable nature offered a product in keeping with this approach.
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Caption: Equally suited for interior and exterior applications, the Neolith® surface enables design continuity across spaces.