The brand-new training center for Bologna Calcio is a 2000 sqm building featuring locker rooms, medical facilities, offices and a conference room.
The center is a remarkable achievement in terms of sustainability, being 100% solar-powered thanks to the photovoltaic panels on the roof.
In this project, our collection proved once more to be an important ally in terms of design, assisting Gau Arena Studio in their decision to use the flag colors of the soccer team, red and blue, as a constant presence throughout the building.
The choice came to our Kayar flooring, designed by Sottsass Associati, in the K74 and K62 colors, with the addition of the neutral K104, for a total surface of 1800 sqm.
You can now download all our floorings as BIM objects for ArchiCad and Revit from the BIMobject cloud (a quick registration is required).
BIM stands for Building Information Modeling. BIM objects are the digital equivalents of real products and materials.
They are a repository of information that holds data regarding 2d and 3d geometry description of the actual object and, in addition to that, metadata that includes which kind of object it is (in our case, a rubber flooring), how it is classified, its performances and acoustic values.
Our BIM objects give you instant access to every color shade of our collections, as well as all the technical information, including the certifications, needed in every step of a project.
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