Highlighted in the architectural projects, the ornamental rocks give a special charm to the environments. With them, you can customize the spaces and make them more welcoming. According to Adael de Oliveira, specialist of Grupo Qualitá, today, the main bets are quartzite, granite and marble, which can be used to cover walls and facades, floors and counters, for example.
"However, because of their own characteristics and composition, the durability and strength of each becomes different depending on the application site," explains Adael. For this, it is important to be aware of the tips of the architect and a specialist in the segment to choose the ideal stone for each environment. Another option that can also be an ally when it comes to conferring innovative design to buildings is quartz.
The strength of granite makes the main application of the stone in kitchens and bathrooms. Known for high durability, with low water absorption, the composition allows the granite to be resistant to chemical and abrasive scratches and abrasions, which guarantees the possibility of being applied in internal or external environments, with great flow of people.
Imposing and elegant, marble is the main material used in the construction of tropical countries to give a sense of freshness to the environment. In colder regions, they are combined with heating systems and carpets.
Although luxurious, marble is a more delicate stone that needs greater care, and is not suitable for kitchen countertops and outdoor areas because of its greater vulnerability to risks and water absorption.
The ideal is to apply the marble as table top, wall cladding and finishing, suggestions that involve less impact and exposure to water.
The quartzite can be described as rock that unites the beauty of marble to the resistance of granite, and can be used in all environments of the house. Wealth abundant in Brazilian soil, the rock is the noblest of all and goes from the simplest to the superexotic. It can be applied to floors, walls, countertops, furniture and decorative objects.
The high resistance to chemicals, simple maintenance and tolerance to great changes of temperature without undergoing changes in the structure, make the quartzite the ideal raw material to coat kitchens and external areas.
In her "Drink Bar" at Casa Cor 2018, the architect Caroline Zambori presents the concept focused on the four astrological elements: earth, air, water and fire.
To compose the space, following this line, she chose the ornamental rocks produced by Grupo Guidoni. In the design, the Voyage quartzite is applied with a semi-polished finish on the floor and the counters are made with Topzstone - from the newly inaugurated industry by Guidoni - in City color.
Architects Kassio Fontoura and Marcela Grasselli selected natural materials to develop the living environment at Casa Cor ES. The Madeirus exotic brushed quartzite bench was used in the reading and relaxation lounge. In addition to serving as a seat, it still works as a sideboard for decorations and works of art.
Aimed at the trends of architecture and design, the architect Daniela Andrade bet on the use of ornamental rock to coat the counter that is highlighted in the Ginasta Loft, environment of Casa Cor ES2018. The professional chose quartzite Antares, from Grupo Qualitá, to give charm and sophistication to the space.
To create the environment of Refúgio do Tenista, one of the largest spaces in Casa Cor ES, the architect Cristiane LocateW used "casqueiro" from the classic granite Ornamental Guidoni to carve a grand counter in the gourmet kitchen located in the external area. The material comes from taking advantage of the beneficiation process of the blocks, which besides the sustainable proposal results in rustic and surprising pieces.
*Published in newspapper A Tribuna in 12/12/2018.