A cementitious cladding for a lightweight facade
Inaugurated in September 2014, the new Porte de Vanves student residence boasts 67 accommodation units in a bow-shaped building that meets the architectural constraints of a small, triangular building plot.
The street-facing facade consists of several superimposed flat walls, giving the apartments a variety of viewpoints. The dimensional options provided by the Ductal® cladding solution were used to address the building's complex pattern layout. Large panels have been used, some of which include a vertical or horizontal setback to close the complex's thickness on the edges of the flat walls.
This 1,000-odd metres of facade is dressed with a hundred or so white, smooth-textured Ductal® cladding panels, manufactured to an architectural formulation.
The panels have been given a water repellent coating that guarantees the facade's aesthetic durability in a city setting subject to heavy traffic.
Use of a High Environmental Quality approach has ensured the award of the "Low Energy Building" Qualitel label. The wall's thermal performance is provided by an External Thermal Insulation solution; the protective layer of Ductal® cladding contributes to the overall durability and sustainability.