stairs surfacing with Nd/Uni rubber flooring
This project focuses on stairs. Fundamental and necessary: as a structural element and as a safety feature. The same qualities apply to our specific solutions for steps: easy-to-apply, safe, with high “grip” even when wet.
And also, creative. Case in point, this refurbishment by Turin studio Isolarchitetti, where the stairs emphasize their early-XX century “industrial” look with a total white palette, in sharp contrast with our Nd/Uni U18 blue.
The Collegio Carlo Alberto is a foundation created in 2004 as a joint initiative of the Compagnia di San Paolo and the University of Turin. Its mission is to foster research and high education in the social sciences.
school surfacing with Kayar rubber flooring
“The colourful and visually inviting school designed by JKMM Architects has no conventional pupils’ desks or stuffy classrooms” says Architect in charge Juha Mäki-Jyllilä of JKMM Architects.
With a day care centre and school on three floors, the building closely follows the shape of the winding streets and has a nestling courtyard inside.
The school was designed to be an inviting and approachable public building. The cheerful façade clearly stands out among the surrounding blocks of concrete buildings.
The building is still in progress and will be completed in 2020. By that time, it will host 700 pupils.
The choice of materials was affected by the fact that shoes are not worn inside the building. Enter our Kayar rubber flooring, designed by Sottsass Associati, in five colors: K01, K70, K72, K73 and K74 for a total surface of 585 sqm.
Traditional desks and classrooms have been done away with, and the teacher no longer sits behind a desk. The environment provides stimuli and encourages interactivity. In this school, learning is possible also when one is not sitting behind a desk.
photos Studio Hans Koistinen, Mika Huisman
school surfacing with rubber flooring Nd/Uni
The analysis of this refurbishment project highlights, in many ways, the evolution of the concept of school, both as an architectural object and as a functioning entity.
Whereas in the “old days” the distinction between class and corridor was rigid and purely functional, today the experience of entering the school and moving through it every day, “the mood”, the feeling, is a fundamental aspect of the design.
“A particular concern was the creation of an attractive entrance situation, which extends from access in the north to the spacious staircase in the existing south wing and touches the courtyard” explain Architects Kerschbaumer and Pichler.
The concept of “Flexible Classrooms” was widely adopted. “The school’s orientation today has been implemented according to new pedagogical concepts. In the classroom, the break-up of the linear corridor was essential: the creation of the learning workshops is greatly appreciated,as well as the redivision of the classes with alternative spaces in between”.
For this project we contributed our own Nd/Uni rubber flooring in several colors: U107, U106, U27, U11, U99, U105, U108 for a total surface of more than 4700 sqm.
school cafeteria surfacing with Screed rubber flooring
“Home of the Panthers” proudly states the Antioch High School website.
And this is another case in which our rubber floorings actively help enhancing the school’s identity, bringing the yellow flag color even on the floors of the cafeteria.
Produced with our water-jet technology, the design is a mix of our Nd/Uni in the U108 yellow and Screed in two different shades of grey.
The result is a dynamic, fluid composition that brings the excitement of the game in the students’ favorite place to relax and take a break.
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.
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.
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.
School surfacing with rubber flooring Grain
An educational revolution has been taking place around the world, changing the way students approach core subjects resulting in higher academic achievement. The goal is to improve the academic achievement of every student by advancing and integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and 21st century literacies.
Niles Township High School District 219 (D219) in Skokie, Illinois, has set a standard by building an environment specifically for STEM education. These labs received national attention, winning the National School Boards Association citation in its 2010 Exhibition of School Architecture awards.
District 219 hired Chicago-based Legat Architects to ensure that the look and feel of the STEM labs were modeled as closely as possible on professional laboratories, the designers chose our black Grain flooring. The black was nothing like the colors used in the rest of the school and the choice of rubber was for optimum maintenance and comfort underfoot. “These areas are heavily trafficked and prone to spills and scrapes,” says Jason Lembke of Legat Architects. “The floor is easy to clean, durable, and comfortable on the feet. It also reinforces the professional research aesthetic we wanted to create.”
nursery surfacing with rubber flooring Nd/Uni
This nursery, named after politician and writer Jules Guesde, goes back to1898. When approaching such an historical building, Paris studio B+C Architects made the conscious decision to preserve, whenever possible, the existing interior spaces, characterized by the quality of the volumes and the great transparency of the original divisions, allowing natural light to flow inside the spaces.
At the same time elements of contemporaneity were introduced, taking inspiration from the vocabulary of the original decoration. For example, in the backyard facade, the architects played with references to the vegetable world, translating them into a translucent envelope made of polycarbonate and a metal mesh functioning as a solar shading.
On the inside, the original partitioning is enriched by new, original lightning solutions.
“We remain convinced that the only way to preserve the nature and character of a place is to participate with our culture and our contemporaneity in the process of making its history” say the architects. For the floorings our Nd/Uni was chosen: the colors making a bold contrast with the white structures of the glass panels. A solution that ensures a “soft” and safe surface for the kids, in every aspect.
pavimentazione scuola con pavimento in gomma Kayar
An Eco-friendly school: chromatic effects and eco-friendly materials to help the younger generation discover a new awareness of the environment. Kayar flooring, designed by Sottsass Associati, becomes the focus of the project: the union of rubber and natural coir features in all areas, from common areas to classrooms.
The architectural project, conceived by Area Architetti Associati of Bolzano, enhances the pure strength of colour through the rigorous geometry of the stairs, the clear glass railings and a careful study of the lighting. The green in the common areas is accompanied by a more neutral colour scheme for the spaces dedicated to study, in which the naturalness of Kayar always plays the leading role.