We are coming back to Kołobrzeg again and we have no choice but to declare once again: there is nothing like bad stone; there is just stone badly used.

In the photo we can see a high quality długopolski sandstone used in combination with granite. In this case, however, the designer used a very strange combination: granite sills on the walls with a sandstone cladding. Right now, it is clearly visible how the sandstone “pulls” moisture from the ground, there are traces of incipient corrosion although it has been merely two years since its implementation. No sandstone should be used for plinth cladding. And this applies doubly to shady and damp areas. It was enough to use the opposite combination of stone – to clad the plinths and walls with granite and to make the window sills in sandstone. The area covered would have remained the same and the lifetime of such a solution would be extended incomparably.

The fact that the use of sandstone in Pomerania has no historical tradition can hardly be overlooked. However, granite has been successfully used in Kołobrzeg for many years. Why hasn’t it been used in this case in accordance with a well-established tradition?

Perhaps it would be worth creating a consultancy centre for designers where they could not only learn about the colour of stone, but could also try out, or even feel, the properties of individual stones. Or then, there is once again the question: is there a better way? And stone – a true synonym for durability and timelessness – never ceases to amaze us in realizations like the one here …

Source: Kurier kamieniarski

Author: Bogusław Skolak   |   Published: 3 November 2015