In most public spaces, the reduction of noise due to treading is becoming a more and more important feature.
Be it a hospital, a public library or even a working place, where silence and focus are required our new collection of acoustic rubber floorings is the answer to creating a comfortable environment.
Our X-Elastic range is certified by CSI for a reduction of noise up to 21 dB.
X-Elastic is available for the whole of the Plansystem collection. Seven different floorings including our classic Kayar designed by Sottsass Associati, the monochromatic series Nd/Uni, the concrete-like Screed and more, for a design and color palette that encompasses more than 100 choices.
Rubber is a raw material with few rivals where resilience and basic elasticity are concerned. Using advanced processes that perfect its characteristics we are able to increase its technical performance. But, exactly, which processes?
Photographer Valentina Sommariva visited our Italian production plant in Cairo Montenotte, translating our work in a fascinating visual tale. All the magic of rubber as a raw material, stemming with infinite possibilities.
Office surfacing with rubber flooring ND/UNI
Located in central Oslo, LPO Architects is today one of the country’s leading architectural offices, with 79 employees and 59 partners.
Established in 1984, the firm handles complex projects in plan, architecture and transformation at all levels from opportunity studies, engineering and follow-up to finished buildings.
“As an engaged social actor, we strive to create good, comprehensive solutions for users and society as a whole, where sustainability and innovation are respected” says CEO and co-founder Lars Haukeland. In their own Oslo Headquarters, an accomplished match of post-industrial space and modern office design, LPO has chosen our Nd/Uni in the U54 color for a total surface of 1400 sqm.
The creative flair, the spark, reverberates from the meeting room to each individual workpost.
Indoor air quality is essential for a healthy office or learning environment.
A collaborative study in 2015 in the US discovered that people who work in good IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) conditions show significantly higher cognitive function scores.
The same goes for schools and any other learning environment: children and young adults alike can benefit enormously from a good IAQ.
In this special feature we walk you through our certifications, showing that rubber floorings emit very few pollutants to the indoor air and, thus, do not affect the health of the inhabitants.
School surfacing with rubber flooring Grain
From the moment people walk through the front doors of the Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School, they know they are in a special place. “With the modern technology and architecture, the Holy Cross Elementary School embodies the latest ideology for schools of the 21st Century,” says Denis Faucher, manager of facility services. “The main foyer is designed with an open atrium. And from the start, this has created a sense of pride and ownership for everyone,” says Faucher. “The foyer will act as the hub of all central activities and the numerous windows allow a perfect view into the adjacent lower gymnasium.” All classrooms are focused towards the expansive natural southern views at the rear of the property. A daycare facility is provided within the school as a separate entity. The open main entrance will act as the hub of all central activities. Its large, airy design is in direct contrast to the traditional low entry points of previous elementary school design. Wheelchair accessibility was also incorporated to all areas of the school. In order to maintain a sanitary environment for the young students, our own Grain flooring was installed. Its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties are not only beneficial on a health level but the attractive colors made for eye-catching designs as well. Color cueing and large patterns were created to facilitate directions. From a budget stand point, the Artigo floor is low maintenance and it is environmentally friendly, since there is no need for harsh chemicals in the cleaning process.
Hospital surfacing with rubber flooring Grain
Women’s College Hospital is Canada’s leading independent, academic, ambulatory care hospital with a primary focus on the health of women. It is a glass structured building, with a purple-colored glass, 4-story atrium located in the center and acting as a kind of “heart” of the building itself, making the hospital a little more relaxing.
IBI Group and joint venture partner Perkins Eastman Black chose for the floorings colours mimicking nature, punctuated with wayfinding colour cues.
“Among our key objectives” say the architects “was the desire to increase the hospital’s physical presence and engagement within the community. We were able to maximize future flexibility and adaptability, combining thorough research and careful planning of multi-use exam/treatment rooms for different care teams inside the iconic building.”
Environmental sustainability was another key factor in the project. In keeping with the LEED Silver requirements, the Women’s College Hospital has incorporated drought resistant vegetation, electric vehicle recharging stations, bird friendly glazing and 39 percent reduction in energy consumption.
Hospital surfacing with rubber flooringND/UNI
Founded in 1986, the Villa Annunziata Healthcare Facility has undergone a substancial reformation in 2016. The intervention, directed by fARCHITECTS studio, focused on sustainability: Architect Federico Pavese, Leed Green Associate and Passive House Accredited Designer, says: “Architecture, technology, safety, quality of life, sustainability and territory are all parts of a unique thinking process. Our goal is to create a building that can be efficient and friendly. We pursue through ’humanization’ the psychological and physical well-being of the patients”.
It was with this goal in mind that our rubber floorings were chosen: resilient, easy-to-clean and noise-reducing, our Nd/Uni and BS Classic are featured throughout the new building for a total surface of more than 2300 sqm. The West Wing, currently under construction, will also feature more than 500 sqm of our floors as well. The possibilities given by the use of different colors were another reason fARCHITECTS chose Artigo: “We were able to make the different zones instantly recognizable through colors, at the same time stimulating senses and creating familiar paths for the patients”.
Hospital surfacing with rubber flooring Kayar
In the Healthcare sector, Specialized Clinics represent an interesting design challenge, requiring simple, effective solutions, with the ability to mix standardized elements and made-to-order details.
All the while, the design elements must guarantee the most perfect hygiene and safeness for the customers on a long temporal perspective.
Case in point, this clinic in Slovenia, specialized in dental care and cosmetic surgery, features our Loose Lay flooring, Kayar K64, designed by Sottsass Associati, for a total surface of 710 sqm.
The choice of a Loose Lay rubber flooring, with all the unique qualities of rubber, is also part of the set of prefabricated systems (including also suspended ceilings and prefabricated walls) that guarantee time saving and cost effectiveness to the final client.
University surfacing with rubber flooring Grain
Douglas College’s namesake is the father of modern British Columbia, Sir James Douglas. A testament to the power of education and perseverance, Douglas—illegitimate, mixed-race, and born in a rough area—climbed the corporate and political ladder to become B.C.’s first governor.
Founded in 1970, the college emphasizes inclusivity and support for students from a wide variety of backgrounds and today is one of the largest public colleges in British Columbia.
The Concourse in New Westminster Campus, the grand entrance hall facing 8th Street, is – as is to be expected – one of the College’s liveliest points, where college social life really comes to flourish.
The refurbishment was inspired by the natural lighting which floods The Concourse from the glass facade. We choose our Grain flooring in three colours – bathed in sunlight, it is a stunning addition to phenomenal architecture.
Curved lines in the lower deck give way to a more geometric design in the higher level. Combine this with classic red brick walls, and the result is a relaxed yet bustling atmosphere.