A building is pictured clad in grey Lapitec panelling

Lapitec is a high-performance architectural material made from natural minerals

Promotion: used across facades and architectural interventions Lapitec is a sintered stone architectural material that is developed to have a superior performance to stone and porcelain.

Created by Italian architectural material brand Lapitec, the material is manufactured from a mixture that is made wholly from natural minerals that are melted at over 1,500 degrees and compressed by patented vacuum vibro-compression technology.

Image of Lapitec across the exterior of a retreat and spa
Lapitec can be used across the exterior of architectural projects. Photo is by Alberto Sinigaglia

Lapitec has a minimal look and its main features are described by the brand as "porous-free, heat and frost resistant as well as UV and scratch-resistant" which make it suitable for use across the exterior of buildings and architectural structures.

"The exterior and interior are identical, without enamel and digital printing on the surface," said Lapitec. "This feature allows Lapitec to be machined across its full thickness while ensuring consistent appearance and performance."

Image of a home clad in white Lapitec
It can be organised in different arrangements. Photo is by Andrea Martiradonna

Lapitec is also resistant to dirt, mould and bacteria, and does not weather or deteriorate with age or cleaning.

"Eternal and beautiful, like nature," said the brand. "Lapitec is unalterable to the effects of time and is resistant to any external attack, from atmospheric agents to graffiti."

Exterior image of a modern home with full-height windows
The material is made from 100 per cent natural minerals. Photo is by Andrea Martiradonna

The material is available in large slabs up to 3440 millimetres and is designed to have technically advanced properties in comparison to ceramics, porcelain stoneware, quartz, marble and granite. The material is also silica-free.

The slabs can be used vertically and horizontally – both indoor and outdoor –and are available in three different thicknesses, including 12, 20 and 30 millimetres.

Image of a water-front building that is clad in Lapitec
Lapitec is available in 17 colours. Photo is by Andrea Martiradonna

Along with the number of different thicknesses, Lapitec is available in 17 shades, which were informed by the earth. It also comes in seven surface textures that range from smooth to tactile.

When installed, the slabs can be organised in a regular and symmetrical arrangement or irregularly to create a stacked Tetris-style look.

Image of a pool area that is clad in Lapitec
It has an anti-slip texture and can be used across pools and wet areas. Photo is by Andrea Martiradonna, courtesy of Sky-frame

Lapitec is an Italian company that has a sustainable focus and uses wholly natural materials to make and construct its surfaces.

To learn more about Lapitec's surfaces, visit the brand's website.

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This article was written by Dezeen for Lapitec as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.