Featured Facade Project: The Mead School

Porcelanosa worked with Crown Architecture & Consulting to refurbish the unique exterior facade system of The Mead School located in Stamford, Connecticut. For this project, Porcelanosa created panels using their XLight Concrete Black design, and covered 250 square meters with the material.

The porcelain panels are a perfect material for an exterior application because they are waterproof, frost and stain resistant. The panels are easily installed because of the lightweight and thin properties of XLIGHT material. Due to the “chimney effect” of the façade system, the system helps regulate the building’s temperature as cold during the summer and warm during the winter. XLIGHT materials also reduce the effect of outside noise inside the building,  and can easily be replaced if they sustain any damage.

Regarding the project, Michael Santora and Matthew Lucciola from Crown Architecture and Consulting said:

The Mead School, contemplating a major renovation and addition engaged Crown Architecture to design a new building to be the face of their facility, which naturally had to make an architectural statement. Crown quickly realized that new contemporary structure did not blend well with the existing midcentury modern buildings. The solution was to mask the existing façade on the aging school, and for that, Crown Architecture turned to Porcelanosa. The product had to overcome a number of challenges; in addition to the aesthetic transition and need to function on both the existing and new buildings, the facade system had to seamlessly interact with an abutting vented rain screen where depth constraints posed difficult fenestration conditions. The Porcelanosa team’s intricate knowledge of their products made the design process flawless, and their expertise and willingness to go above and beyond in field coordination allowed for an easy installation despite challenging existing conditions.

To see more of the photos from this project click here.