Spanish architects Carlos Ferrater and Joan Gibernau designed an eloquent home in Sant Cugat, Barcelona, with a built floor space of 1,000m2. Stark white tiles by Saloni were used to clad both the façade and roof, creating a striking visual contrast between the white tiles and the forest that surrounds the house. The building stands out for the use of a ventilated façade incorporating 45×90 (17” x 35.4”) through-body porcelain tiles from the Vivendi collection by Saloni. With its concealed anchorage system, the façade contributes substantially to the sustainability of the building.
The tile-clad roof adds an eye-catching effect due to the tiles’ lightweight versatility. Architects were able to create innovative geometric form that add volume to the building and set it apart. At the same time, practical benefits were ensured due to the porcelain tiles zero water absorption rate which offers first-class insulation whatever the weather while also avoiding noise pollution.
The incorporation of porcelain tiles in ventilated façade systems represents a big step forward in architecture, allowing for the creation of buildings that combine comfort with beauty. They reduce the weight of the façade and thus the structural load, the assembly process is rapid, and the tiles can easily be replaced thanks to their modular format.
Aesthetically they come in a wide variety of colors and surface finishes. Technically they combine low permeability, moisture expansion and thermal expansion with high bending strength. They offer resistance to corrosion, atmospheric agents, frost and ice, staining, and industrial pollution. Porcelain tiles also offer energy-saving and environmental benefits in comparison with other materials because they generate a lower amount of harmful waste and consume fewer raw materials during the manufacturing process.