Dekton® ultra-compact surface installed in large-format panel size in the exterior façade of the new Porsche boutique.
The new Porsche design boutique in Oak Brooks, Illinois (USA), has installed the ultra-compact surfacing material Dekton, Domoos colour, in the exterior façade.
In conceptualizing the Porsche Design boutique in Oak Brook, architect Eric Styer of DXU Architecture sought a façade material that would embody the client’s design philosophy and that would set it apart from adjacent storefronts in an upscale retail development.
The design concept required a material that would achieve a minimalist, homogenous look, with understated detailing. Key considerations such as budget, performance and aesthetic eliminated initial materials including stone, tile and fiber cement board. However, the zero-porosity, UV and freeze/thaw resistance, and dimensional stability characteristics of Dekton® made the material an ideal solution for the installation.
Domoos color Dekton applied in façade.
The façade 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 (aprox. 5ft x 10ft) Dekton® slabs, installed using a railing system. The large-format size of Dekton® slabs minimizes the number of visible joints on the façade creating a sleek, sophisticated appearance that mirrors the brand identity of Porsche.
Additional details include mitered joint detailing at corners and three-inch returns that tuck just behind the framing of the storefront. The panels feature tight cutouts, so as to allow the acrylic ‘PORSCHE DESIGN’ lettering to come through and provide a clean, crisp aesthetic when illuminated at night.
Eric Styer from DXU architecture, explains:
“From a conceptual perspective, I sought a material that would provide a homogenous look. The design represented the corner storefront as a stone block with openings carved into it to create a solid/void dynamic across the façade. During the process, I initially worked with another material, but for a variety of reasons, it was not going to be a viable solution.
At this juncture, I learned of the unique characteristics offered by Dekton, which were very appealing. Dekton’s technical properties lend themselves quite nicely to a number of the specialized techniques, like mitered corners, that I wanted to execute in order to achieve the deep reveals and shadows of the façade’s design.
Additionally, the durability of the façade was a key consideration. 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 is essential in ensuring the façade’s integrity.
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.”