The facade design of the new Porsche boutique in Oak Brook, Chicago, is minimalistic yet sophisticated, with a homogenous look and understated details. To create this architectural vision, a Dekton® ultra-compact surface was selected to be installed in large-format panel sizes onto the exterior facade.
Installed using a railing system, the facade was constructed as a rain screen that is structurally independent from the base building structural system, allowing for water and air to circulate behind the 1,2cm thick, 320cm x 144cm Dekton® slabs. What’s more, the large-format size of Dekton® slabs minimises the number of visible joints on the facade in creating a sleek, sophisticated appearance that mirrors the brand identity of Porsche.
Additional details include mitered joint detailing at the corners and three-inch returns that tuck just behind the framing of the storefront. The panels feature tight cut-outs, so as to allow the acrylic “Porsche design” lettering to come through and provide a clean, crisp aesthetic when illuminated at night.
Fit for purpose
Architect Eric Styer of DXU Architecture specifically sought a facade material that would embody the client’s design philosophy and would set it apart from adjacent storefronts in an upscale retail development.
Key considerations such as budget, performance and aesthetics eliminated initial material options including stone, tile and fibre-cement board. Not only did Dekton® fit the architect’s design concept, but its zero-porosity, ultraviolet (UV) and freeze/thaw resistance, and dimensional stability characteristics made the material an ideal solution for the installation.
“The durability of the facade was a key consideration,” says Styer. “The storefront is located at a high-traffic corner in the retail development, so the material must be able to stand up to day-to-day wear and tear without damage. Foot-traffic concerns aside, the climate is highly varied from season to season, so the freeze/thaw resistance and stability offered by Dekton are essential in ensuring the facade’s integrity,” he explains.
“The desired aesthetic of this project could not have been achieved without the use – and unmatched characteristics – of Dekton. This project was the first time I had used the material, so there was certainly a learning curve to anticipate, but now having cleared that process, I will continue to specify this ultra-compact material for future projects that require its advanced characteristics.”
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Caption: The large-format size of Dekton® slabs minimises the number of visible joints on the facade to create a sleek, sophisticated appearance that mirrors the brand identity of Porsche.