Raw rubber: a fascinating material with immense potential, as seen from point of view of industry. But also an ancient matter, with strong roots both in our history and our imagination. Photographer Andrea Ferrari tells the tale from the very beginning, through all the phases that turn raw rubber into our floorings.
Surfacing bibliotheque with rubber flooring ND/UNI
“Urban living room” is how Architect Lambert Lenack chooses to introduce this public library refurbishment in Rambouillet. “The transformation of the Florian library brought a total reorganization of the space”.
“The media library is completely freed from the old conception of physical storage of books and becomes an open, friendly and domestic space: that is why we call it the urban living room”.
The atmosphere is relaxed, with white walls and made-to-measure natural wood furniture. Our own Nd/Uni U21 flooring (for a total surface of 1334 sqm) provides a stark chromatic contrast, all the while ensuring comfort and reduction of the noise due to treading.
School surfacing with rubber flooring Granito Elastic+BS Strong
“This work has been done in close collaboration with the teachers’ groups and representatives from the City” is how Cedervall Arkitekter introduce us to this brand-new high school in the city of Vaxholm.
“We focused on creating a varied and flexible study environment, that could sustain the activity of attending to both small and large groups of students, shaping the environment on different types of work”.
The basic idea is to give both teachers and students better opportunities for learning through different spatial configurations. The student landscape in the school should be calm and inspiring. There are sofas, booths, writing stations and various types of chairs.
The school houses approximately 500 students in grades 7-9. Built and decorated with a completely different pattern than older schools, it features our iconic BS flooring, as well as Granito, for a total surface of more than 4000 sqm.
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.