Ventilated Facades represent relatively new uses of Porphyry. Depending on the aesthetic result, the surface can be natural or flamed. The decision has a profound consequence on the installation system.
Flamed surface tiles have a fixed thickness (3/4” or 1 ¼”), since they’re obtained from big porphyry blocks. Their dimension can go up to 3’ x 4’.
Natural surface tiles, instead have variable thickness, and their size is smaller, since we quarry them from small layered blocks. On average the maximum dimension is about 16” x 24”, and the thickness is variable from 1 ¼” to 2”.
Variable thickness tiles allows the designer to express their concept in a very unique way. In fact, the architect can decide to “hide” the variability in the back of the structure with a uniform front, or can decide to “emphasize” in the front of the wall with a uniform back.
With variable thickness tiles, ventilated facades can come to live!