Dekton slabs were installed at the Spain Pavilion of Expo Milano 2015 – creating a beautiful, personalised space.
Almost 1 000m² of the innovative ultra-compact surface, Dekton has been placed in the Spain Pavilion of Expo Milano 2015. The material has been applied on the floors of the public space, the exhibition area, multi-purpose room, vegetable garden, and in the workshops and restoration areas.
It is also used on the counter of the tapas bar, the auditorium bar and VIP bar area, as well as the staircase, which provides access to the restaurant on the second floor. In addition to this, Cosentino has contributed three basins manufactured with the quartz surface, Silestone to the Spain Pavilion.
One of the most attractive and innovative interior design proposals to be found in the Pavilion will be the recreation of the tomato genome using Dekton surfaces, printed using inkjet technology. The slabs are used to form the flooring of the exhibition and public space on the ground floor.
Within the context of the “The language of flavour” slogan, Fermín Vázquez Architects studio came up with the idea of recreating the tomato genome – one of the most important recent steps taken in the field of biotechnology and scientific research. The tomato genome was sequenced for the first time in 2012, and this was a major step forward in improving the variety of crops and for the future of agriculture.
The b720 studio was strongly committed to Dekton as the best partner in order to achieve this stunning design; the Dekton tables in 2cm Zenith colour were personalised using an inkjet printer with the DNA sequence marked in letters and the shape of a tomato drawn on a scale of grey colours.
This is possible because Dekton allows a very high level of customisation in design, and is therefore the perfect surface for designers and architects all over the world. The personalisation has two variations, which can be applied separately or together: using milling technology and inkjet printing technology. In this specific case, the latter solution has been used for the Spain Pavilion.
Inkjet technology can be used to print the Dekton slabs with the design which the client or professional wishes to use, so achieving amazing results. The material’s excellent technical performance is maintained over the entire surface, including the areas where the customisation has been applied.
The large size of the Dekton surfaces create an image of high quality in the areas paved with this material. From a functional point of view of its properties, its hardness and high resistance to abrasion, and the fact that it is hardwearing in areas of continuous foot traffic, make it a perfect product for spaces that are used intensively.
In addition, its easy daily maintenance is a huge plus to highlight for buildings with high levels of activity. Another advantage that Dekton offers is the fact that pieces can be custom-made into large format surfaces (Dekton slab size 1 440mm x 3 200mm), with a minimal joint of 2mm.
The end result is a beautiful space that has truly embraced innovative design to create a truly specialised flooring installation.