In an era characterized by a hectic pace and high-tech, constant values and traditions are of special significance. Architecture as an expression of our attitude towards life and as a cultural standard is certainly one of these particular values. It links tradition with the future, aesthetics with functionality. Here again, natural materials of lasting value have been gaining increasingly in significance. Slate is one of them.
The different types of cover and slate qualities that Rathscheck, the largest German producer and importer of slate offers, harmonize with all architectural styles, ranging from classic constructions to modern architecture: With its special aesthetics slate sets standards for roofs and façades.
As a supplier of slate, Rathscheck not only markets the exclusive Mosel slate, which is mined in close vicinity to the company's headquarters in the Eifel region of Germany. With regard to the quality control of this slate, Rathscheck applies the same high standards set for Mosel slate. Under the labels "Intersin" and "Colorsklent", the company in Rhineland-Palatinate also mines and sells slate from the best international sources.
As a result of advanced processing methods the precious construction material slate has become better value for money over the past few years. Comparing the cost of procuring slate and its life span, it is extremely economical. The development of efficient laying techniques such as dynamic, underlaid rectangular or drawn cladding, and of endstone formats mean that nowadays anyone can afford slate. Moreover, a roof or façade made of this traditional material is something very special because - as is the case with all natural products - each and every piece of slate is unique.
Dynamic underlaid drawn
30 March 2010
Horizontal cladding: With the semi-bracing it appears symmetrical and archaic at one and the same time.
The approximately 6,000 sq. m. façade features vertical-format horizontal cladding.
The natural-cut slate lends the building a rock-like and at the same time classy character.
The dovetail connection of the façade sections around corners dissolves the static look of the window fronts and lends the slate façade a dynamic character.
Lined rectangular cladding: Kunsthaus Basel featuring dark slates with reflecting chrome-nickel steel fastening plates.
To the south the houses open out by means of large, continuous horizontal strips of windows.
Dynamic rectangle cladding with stones of three different brick heights.
For the observer, the different heights are 5, 10 and 15 cm, respectively.
Grey and shimmering like silk: The grey slate façade is part of the dominant appearance of the single-family home.
The 40 x 25 cm ColorSklent stone cladding took the form of vertical-format horizontal rectangular cladding fixed with stainless steel clamps.
Silky, shimmering green ColorSklent slate and silvery aluminum are an elegant combination for the windows.
Lined rectangular cladding in detail, at the Kunsthaus Basel, Switzerland
Rectangular double cladding: Facing north the slate façades are sealed and designed as a perforated façade.