Understanding that the façade sets expectations and defines the overall building structure, the architecture and design team at Equatorin Stockholm tapped global surfacing leader Cosentino to reinvigorate a block of Stockholm’s inner city centre called Grävlingen 12.
To breathe new life to the 350-year old block, the Equator team chose Cosentino’s celebrated Dekton series for the façade, taking the building from a ‘walk by’ building to a ‘stop by’ retail destination for locals and travelers alike.
“The choice of material was made with both future needs and a connection to the history of Grävlingen in mind,” explained Jana Becker, Architect of Equator Stockholm. “The stone-like material gives a feeling of weight that stands for durability and security, which are desirable expressions in our street spaces.”
Dekton’s warm, brown hue provides the property with weight and a striking appearance. Unlike natural stone, Dekton allows for strong vertical grids—a key design feature for the Equator team as they wanted to offer a different aesthetic during the day and in the evening, with the facades’ slats casting shadows during the day and integrated LED lights becoming a focal point at night.
Created from a sophisticated blend of raw materials including glass, quartz and porcelain, Dekton is completely unique to the market. As a carbon-neutral composite stone, the series provides UV stability, stain/graffiti resistance, and is sustainable. Dekton is completely reusable—once a new design is slated for a project, the slabs can be repurposed or broken down to become new slabs.
Dekton® by Cosentino
Dekton® is a sophisticated mixture of the raw materials used to manufacture glass, porcelain and quartz surfaces. The Dekton® by Cosentino ultra-compact surface is a new and innovative category of materials created in pursuit of global primacy in the world of architecture and design for both indoor and outdoor spaces. The Dekton® surface can recreate any type of material at the highest level of quality. Dekton is offered in large format slabs, measuring 56” X 126”, and in five thicknesses: 0.4 cm, 0.8cm, 1.2cm, 2cm and 3cm. Dekton retails for $58-$96 per square foot, depending on thickness and color, at Cosentino Centers and Kitchen and Bath retailers nationwide.
About Cosentino Group
Cosentino Group is a global, family-owned company that produces and distributes high value innovative surfaces for architecture and design. As a leading company, Cosentino imagines and anticipates together with its customers and partners design solutions that offer value and inspiration to peoples’ lives. This goal is made possible by pioneering brands that are leaders in their respective segments such as Silestone®, Dekton®, and Sensa by Cosentino®. Technologically advanced surfaces create unique designs for the home and public spaces.
The group bases its development on international expansion, an innovative research and development program, respect for the environment and sustainability, and its ongoing corporate commitment to society and the local communities where it operates, education, equality and health & safety.
Cosentino Group currently distributes its products and brands in more than 80 countries from its headquarters in Almeria, Spain. Currently Cosentino is present in 32 countries with its own assets in 29 of them. The group has seven factories (six in Almeria and one in Brazil), one intelligent logistics platform in Spain and more than 120 commercial and business units throughout the world. More than 90% of Cosentino Group’s financial turnover comes from international markets.