External Cladding and Lintels
The 87th Avenue Road is in one of London’s most prime sites. This new neo-classical 10-bedroom residence with 12-seat cinema, spa, cigar room, two secure climate-controlled wine cellars, a state-of-the-art biometric security technology room, an underground four-car garage with a hydraulic car lift and illustrious neighbors, is the most expensive property on sale in London in 2020 so far, according to Homes & Property.
LSI Stone played a big role in this project for exterior cladding and lintels cladding. The impressive façade is complete with robust Doric columns that draws its inspiration from the Neoclassical architecture.
Its high complexity design of the stone parts was a big challenge for LSI Stone. The different stone profiles were created using specialized high-tech CNC cutting machines. The columns and decorative friezes were inspired by the works of one of the best-known British architects who were responsible for some of London’s most iconic architecture, such as the Buckingham Palace.
The house is moments away from all the trendy places of St John’s Wood and Regent’s Park, making this site one of the most desired areas. Specially for those who seek the perfect mix between green calm spaces with the movement and life of the city.
The finish applied to the exterior details was honed, turning the surface smooth but without shine or light reflections. In this case, the honed finish is more appropriate than the polished, due to the external erosion factors. On the other hand, with the honed finish, the detrition of the stone is less noticeable and does not require as much care to maintain its original appearance.
The different stone pieces were allocated through different details of the exterior cladding. Appointments in doors and windows frames, frieze and cornice, quoins, stone plinth, steps, and classical-style columns.
Due to the complexity of the project, LSI’s Project Manager helped decide on two different types of limestones: Moca Cream Fine Grain and Moleanos.
Moca Cream Fine Grain is a limestone from central Portugal, quarried close to our factory. It has a beige homogeneous color and, if cut against the vein, a distinct parallel vein. When cut in the direction of the vein, the uniform background is highlighted with some shaded areas instead of the vein.
Due to its hardness, it is suited for masonry, external cladding, and moderate traffic paving. Moca Cream Fine Grain is one of the most preferred stones from Portugal.
The other stone chosen was Moleanos, another favorite among the United Kingdom. This stone is particularly appropriate for London due to its similarities to Portland limestone that is all over the city, as well as its resistance to weather conditions.