December 15, 2017


Krion® K-Life: the material that improves people’s quality of life, in the Puerta America Hotel

The Puerta America Hotel in Madrid is a symbol of the most contemporary architecture and design. A place that invites us to dream through a structure that has passed through the hands of nineteen of the best architecture studios in the world. Among those there are Pritzker prize winners such as Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel.

On each of its twelve floors, we find a world dedicated to architecture with materials, shapes and colours that offer a sensory experience and an exquisite aesthetic.

Rita Gasalla and her company, Galöw, join the list of professionals who have participated in the design of the luxurious Puerta America Hotel, with a refurbishment incorporating the revolutionary Krion® K-Life compact mineral from the PORCELANOSA  Grupo. An unprecedented material whose mineral composition improves people’s quality of life by purifying the air around them.

As specialists in projects in which design and efficiency are the main attractions, Galöw is committed to incorporating the highest technology of Krion® K-Life in the hotel reception. A high-traffic place where resistant, easy-to-clean and low maintenance materials are required. With K-Life, liquids and dirt can be cleaned from the surface easily and quickly. It is capable of completely removing chemicals that come into contact with the material. This is because when K-Life is in contact with any type of light, the properties of this material are activated through a process of photocatalysis, which initiates self-cleaning and the regeneration of the air.

In this project, K-Life has been transformed by the Hermanos Toribio carpentry company as a monolithic piece. It occupies three sides of the reception, extending 3.35 metres to the ceiling and extending 27 linear metres to the wall covering which surrounds the videowall. The Krion® Solid Surface Moai compact mineral from the Colors series is also used for the countertop and the drawers’ front for the reception desk. This creates a space at the height of the structure with a design which foresees what is left to be discovered by visitors to the architectural world.


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