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The new Oak Brooks Porsche Design Boutique, Illinois (USA) featuring a Dekton® exterior façade
The new Porsche design boutique in Oak Brooks, Illinois (USA), has installed the ultra-compact surface material Dekton® by Cosentino. The colour Sirius was selected for the exterior façade by architect Eric Styer of DXU Architecture to embody the client’s design philosophy and to set it apart from adjacent storefronts in the 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 fibre cement board. However, the low porosity, high resistance to UV and freezing, and dimensional stability characteristics of Dekton® made the material an ideal solution for the installation.
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 minimises 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.
The new Oak Brooks Porsche Design Boutique, Illinois (USA) featuring a Dekton® exterior façade 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 specialised 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.”
The use of Dekton® allowed for a uniform design to be created, making all the walls of the building appear clad in a single covering. Its high resistance to ultraviolet rays, frost and thawing combined with its colour stability and high stain resistance result in a material ideal for use on exterior façades with these characteristics. In addition, the Dekton® ventilated façade serves as the primary layer in protecting critical building components from Mother Nature.