Cladding on a ventilated facade in Lapitec®: light finishes and colours for a private residence from the early 1900's

Ventilated facade, private residence, Treviso (Italy)
Completion date: December 2017
Material used: Bianco Crema, Arena; Roma, Urban
Application: Ventilated facades

The MAMA Architecture and Engineering study worked on the renovation and expansion project of a private residence from the beginning of the 20th century, located near the walls to the north of the old town of Treviso. The team of architects designed the timely renovation of the main building's external walls, while the interior part was completely redesigned, from the foundations to the roof, with a modern touch. In addition,
the back of the house was enlarged with a new wooden structure with Lapitec® cladding, an ideal choice for the creation of the ventilated facade. In this way, the final result combines past and future while preserving the beauty and historical value ​of the building.

A balanced dualism between historical and contemporary bodies

The two sections of the residence are connected to each other by a staircase that starts from the historic building and endswhere it meets the new extension. For the latter, the architectural firm has chosen a contemporary style characterised by the presence of a flat roof, straight edges, large square windows alternating with other smaller, longer ones. All designed to give new glimpses of the old town of Treviso.

The aesthetics and functionality of Lapitec® for ventilated facades

While marble in beige tones was chosen for the exterior finishing of the historic section, a different approach was taken with the extension. In fact a wooden support covered by Lapitec ®was designed, a decisive choice for the creation of the ventilated facade. To give the buildingcharacter, the architectural firm wanted to use two types of finishes, the roughness and dynamism of Arena and the smoothness of Urban. All the large slabs in sintered stone have a thickness of 12 mm and have been fixed with a Kerf system from the installation company Antonello Finiture.

From an aesthetic point of view, the colours chosen were the soft shades of Bianco Crema and Roma, both to get closer to the colour of the historical body and to create continuous changes of colour on the facades at different times of the day, due to the reflected light.

From a technical point of view, Lapitec® was chosen because it lends itself perfectly to the external cladding of all kinds of buildings. The slabs in "full-body" sintered stone are planar and have a homogeneous thickness, simplifying assembly and giving a uniform aesthetic result. Furthermore, it is a material that lasts over time because it is perfectly resistant to all temperatures, even the most extreme, the heat, frost and the deteriorating effect of UV rays. Finally, thanks to Bio Care technology, which uses titanium dioxide in the production process, Lapitec® acquires a disruptive power over atmospheric dust, and thus a self-cleaning and bactericidal effect, which is fundamental characteristic for outdoor applications.