Miami Beach / Florida
I Naturali, Bianco Statuario Venato
Among Laminam most recent architectural projects is the façade of the Bhojwani Tower in Miami.
Building safety regulations in Miami are particularly restrictive, above all those applied in coastal areas of southern Florida because of the high risk of hurricanes. Add to that the preservation requirements concerning historic buildings, and the Bhojwani Tower on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach is a perfect example of an architectural solution that complies with both technical and aesthetic regulations.
The architecture and interior design studio Kobi-Karp which was entrusted with the renovation project of the Art Deco style building dating back to the ’50s, identified the use of Laminam ceramic slabs for the exterior cladding as the solution to every critical problem.
Firstly, the slab aesthetics that perfectly replicate natural marble made it possible to create the desired effect for less, while fully satisfying the architectural canons of the Historic Preservation Board.
Secondly, the light weight of the slabs, which enables easy handling and working, allowed the use of fewer workers on-site than would have been required for any other natural stone. The historic building is located in an extremely busy area of the city and the renovation work required particular attention with regard to traffic; the slabs were installed using a simple scaffolding and a maximum of three men.
However, the most significant advantages come from the innovative technical features of the ceramic slabs, which have excellent resistance to even the most aggressive atmospheric agents. In this case, before being installed on the full height of the tower, the slabs were laboratory-tested to check their impact resistance.
Equally important for this project were the other technical properties of Laminam surfaces: resistance to heat, frost, scratches and abrasion, plus chromatic stability even when exposed to sunlight.
The superb durability of the porcelain stoneware slabs is complemented by the eco-friendly characteristics of the material, which is totally natural and recyclable.
For this cladding, the Kobi-Karp studio selected the evergreen Bianco Statuario Venato finish from the I Naturali collection, in the 1000x3000mm size with a thickness of 5.6mm, applied using an innovative fixing system devised by HyCOMB USA whereby the ceramic slabs are bonded to special aluminium panels for increased resistance.