Established in 1970 as a direct successor to the 700 years old University of Paris, the faculty of Panthéon-Assas University has produced so far two Presidents, four Prime Ministers and a large number of jurists and politicians. The Library of the Faculty, located in Rue d’Assas, retains all the features of such an illustrious place of knowledge: silence, focus, solemnity, and yet a sense of community, a feeling of collective experience. It’s a place open 67 hours every week, where people can meet, browse through the 15000 books on loan, study, socialize and feel integral part of a past that reverberates into the present. In a project of this scope, striking aesthetics must go hand in hand with the other “musts” of contemporary architecture: ecology, recyclability, proven commitment to a sustainable building approach.
In Japan Wabi-Sabi stands for the broad Japanese perspective of aesthetics based on transience which is still very much alive in modern architecture. It describes beauty as imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is the expression of simplicity and humility, and it is related directly to the 3 basic Buddhist principles of existence having its roots in Zen:
- rustic simplicity
The simple but sophisticated look in 6 “achromatic” shades is subtle enough to match with virtually everything, but at the same time visible enough to characterize an environment. The product will come as a standard in 3 mm with PRO coating :
- in rolls of 1,90 by 10 m
- in tiles 610x 610 mm
Natural rubber, fibres and vegetable oils: Screed is the result of a composition of natural and renewable materials that guarantee resistance, long life and elasticity whilst featuring a high ecological content and fully respecting the environment. On the finished 3mm Screed can claim:
- Natural: abundant natural minerals + rapidly renewable content
- Rapidly renewable: natural rubber, vegetal fibres, vegetal oils.
- Post industrial: in-process recycling of production scraps
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|60 – 65%||10%||3%|
- Free from phthalates, formaldehyde and halogens
- 100% recyclable
- Produced using green energy from solar source
- Low life cycle cost (low maintenance)
- Lower cost of the finished job
The advantages of rubber flooring over similar solutions :
- Not cracking
- Reduction of noise due to treading up to 10 dB
- Anti-slip resistance: R9
- Fast and easy installation
Calcioshop.it is the leading e-commerce site for everything soccer in Italy. Now the brand has opened a new store in the heart of Milano and the concrete-like aesthetics of Screed play a fundamental part in the striking visuals of the interiors.
“Shop experience” has become the leading word when creating a highly-branded store: the designers are called to give shape and substance to a whole world, a world that is entered, explored, “felt” and loved. In this case, a shop where some of the most universally-known sport brands sit side by side or share the same shoe-wall, all the while maintaining Calcioshop.it visual identity.
Our Screed range allows designers to explore a rugged, concrete-like aesthetics while retaining all the ease of a rubber flooring, with the maximum guarantee of resilience, noise reduction and fast cleaning.
A landmark of Toronto skyline, CN Tower has recently adopted our brand-new Screed flooring for the mezzanine shopping area, for a total surface of more than 2000 sqm.
Our design was inspired by the bright red and white vertical lines that light the tower at night: we incorporated the same red lines in the floor, made with our own Kayar K74, separating the two Screed nuances (S05 and S04).
Bustling with shops and restaurants, the CN Tower offers also the unique experience of the dazzling “EdgeWalk”, where people can actually walk around the spherical pod, hands free, 356 meters from the ground.
Smooth rubber with a painted concrete appearance, Screed is making its way into some very interesting projects, promoting a new concept of flooring where the human hand plays a decisive role.
Maritime terminal station surfacing with rubber flooring Loges.
“Like an oyster”: these words by Zaha Hadid seemed to resonate in the air at the beginning of this spring, as the Salerno Maritime Terminal was being inaugurated.
Like an oyster, the building is a combination of hard and soft: “The terminal’s hard, asymmetric shell protects the softer elements within, sheltering passengers from the intense Mediterranean sun during the popular tourist season”.
Our contribution to the project comes in the form of our long-tested Loges, the tactile paths for the visually-impaired visitors: as the new Terminal is expected to become a gateway for more than 500.000 travelers each year, a reliable and safe guidance system is paramount.
How do you approach the redesign of a Library that goes back to the XVI century? How do you listen to the stories told by more than 5 millions volumes?
For Katja Hogenboom, one of the architects working on renovation of the Leiden University Library, the answer is quite clear. “People like to go to this new library to read and meet, now that the streets of the city are taken over by shopping and commuting. Public buildings such as this can provide information and enlightenment when they become the new public sphere of the city”.
For the redesign of the 1st floor study area we provided our exclusive Kayar flooring with coconut fibers, designed by Sottsass Associati.
A library like a modern-day agorà, a place of meeting, studying, sharing. Perfectly attuned to the modern age, with one million e-books on its virtual shelves, the Library focuses its mission mainly towers the students of Leiden University, though others can profit from its services.
Exhibition space surfacing with smooth rubber flooring Kayar.
Our own Kayar flooring has been chosen by Andrea Branzi for his new exhibition “The Multicultural Metropolis” that can be visited in Milano’s Triennale.
The exhibition enrolls through of a series of simple wooden “benches” where mass-consumerism products (a constant in Branzi’s line of thought since the ‘60s) sit alongside portraits of people of different ethnicities.
The benches look unrefined and playful, conjuring the image of a local artisan in India or South America who gave in to his inner child with some scraps he had laying around. The photos have a “family portrait” feel to them, like they were taken out of the house to have some new, unexpected guests have a look at them.
The Exhibition focuses on the themes of globalization and identity, using the sharp contrast between mass products and fragile personal memories as a tool to tell stories on the verge of vanishing.
Theatre surfacing with rubber flooring Multifloor Nd Uni e BS Classic.
Bergen-born composer Edvard Grieg wrote his most famous opus, the music for Henrik Ibens’s Peer Gynt, in 1875. Its best-known theme “In The Hall of the Mountain King” was to make its way in popular culture, mainly thanks to Fritz Lang’s movie “M”, like few other pieces of classical music ever.
The story of Grieg’s own “Hall”, namely the concert hall in the heart of Bergen that takes his name, is similarly epic: early talks go back to 1894, after Grieg himself had directed for two years the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, but the project met almost everything on its way: from lack of a suitable location to the Bergen Fire of 1916 to WWII to lack of funds.
On May 12, 1978, the 1500-seats Grieghallen, designed by Danish architect Knud Munk, was officially opened with a performance of Grieg’s Norwegian Dances.
We are very proud to have contributed our flooring to such an amazing legacy: namely, 600 sqm of our unicolor Nd/Uni and 1200 sqm of our studded BS Classic made in a custom color.
Flooring for children’s hospital with smooth rubber floors Kayar.
Founded more than 200 years ago, the Medical University of Warsaw is one of the oldest medical schools in Poland. The new Children’s Hospital, an impressive, 7-story building of more than 80000 sqm, was completed in 2015.
The hospital building facilitates examination and treatment of children from Warsaw and the whole country. Each hospital clinic houses teaching and research spaces for scientific work.
The main building is a glass block including the communication and lounge zones, and this is where our own contribution focused, providing more than 7000 sqm of Kayar flooring, designed by Sottsass Associati, in the two “signature colors” of the collection, K72 and K00.
“The whole design” say the architects of Open, “reflects the desire to create a child-friendly building, that would provide comfortable conditions for all users”.
Audiovisual library rubber surfacing with smooth flooring Multifloor Nd Uni.
“Une médiathèque n’a donc pas la rigueur d’une simple bibliothèque. Son apparence est plus ouverte et peut exprimer une image plus spectaculaire. En d’autres termes, ce bâtiment peut et doit donner envie”.
In the words of designers Karine Herman & Jérôme Sigwalt of K-architects, L’Echo is more than your typical neighborhood “mediateque”, combining a strong sense of mission and commitment to knowledge with a contemporary approach to sharing and “consuming” culture.
An iconic presence (thanks to its “rosso Ferrari” facade) in the commune of Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, just south of Paris, it is a place that invites curiosity, discovery and exploration, while at the same time retaining an “easy” style, allowing all visitors, young and grown-ups, to relax, sit back and just feel free to browse through books, magazines, music and movies.
Compliant to its mission, the mediateque proposes a full and varied calendar of events, recommendations, activities and reviews, establishing itself as a beacon of “good” culture for the people of the commune: vibrant, alive, friendly.
There may be a lot of walls to tear down when it comes to ensuring the fruition and the enjoinment of culture in nowadays world: the reclusive, self-referential notion of serious culture allegedly opposed to popular (or pop) culture has to go, and this project in Paris, where we supplied our classic solid-colour Nd/Uni, is certainly a very good start.
Photo credits Fabrice Dunou