Ceramic covering for shopping centers and airports
Floor and wall coverings of large heavy-traffic spaces must not only guarantee serious heavy-duty service over the long term but also simplicity of installation over wide surface areas. Ceramic products are best suited on all counts. Tiles and slabs provide regular harmonious surface covering of vast areas, their different formats and shades marking out different spaces and circulation routes to create easy-to-navigate, user-friendly locations in complex environments like airports and shopping centers. The products of Italian ceramics companies have been chosen for their aesthetic and technical high quality in a large number of international projects, confirming Italian excellence also in this sector. In Pasching, close to the Austrian city of Linz, Plus City, a large recreation and shopping center visited by some 20,000 people every day, recently underwent thorough restyling. Three floor slab collections by Ceramiche Fondovalle were chosen for different sections of the complex. The parking area and central approach were laid with tiles of the Tracks collection, a product that combines high footfall resistance with great aesthetic appeal. The Komi tile was used for more interior areas, its warm texture resembling natural wood, while the washrooms were clad with the Action series, their concrete look and innovative shades achieved thanks to a special layering technique. With through-traffic of over 40.9 million people in 2017, Rome’s Fiumicino Airport is Italy’s largest in terms of passenger flows. For terminal E’s makeover, Cotto d’Este developed a special 14 mm thick heavy-duty version of two products: the Ardenne Sablé version of the Cluny range, and the Travertino Silk tile of the Exedra collection. The Ardenne Sablé finish of the Cluny range has the characteristic dark stone finish of this collection while the Exedra Travertino Silk takes its cue from the marble of the same name, a delicate straw-colored stone veined with hazel streaks. In Platov Airport in Rostov-on-Don’s, the southern capital of the Russian Federation, the VIP room has an ample glazed wall overlooking the nearby countryside. Furnishings and cladding materials were chosen with the utmost care to meet the highest standards in terms of mechanical resistance, durability, fire retard properties, and acoustic comfort. Cork has been widely used, combined with minimum thickness large format tiles by Laminam: Grigio of the Calce series, and the Argento slab of the Filo range. Modeled on the large European food markets, Milan Malpensa’s new Food Court has all the atmosphere and industrial flavor of a street market. There are two main sections: on one side, a series of retail stalls, and on the other, a restaurant with table service and open-view kitchen. The restaurant flooring is Trail by Refin, a plank-shaped tile collection harking back to oak, nature’s most resistant wood, its natural yellow-brown hues coursed by straight veins and few knots. As part of a wider transformation of the whole complex, the duty-free area of terminal 3 in Toronto’s International Pearson Airport has been renovated with the shopping precinct now offering relaxation areas and a restaurant. Pietra Valmalenco porcelain stoneware tiles by Coem were used for the flooring, a product that takes its cue from the natural stone quarried in the Lombardy valley of the same name. The pattern of the flooring has been achieved using different formats and color finishes, creating well-defined dynamic spaces throughout the duty-free area. In the south of Poland in Czestochowa, the Galeria Jurajska shopping center includes shops, a restaurant and entertainment facilities. The raised-level restaurant is paved with La Roche slabs by Rex, Memory of Cerim by Cerim, and Styletech by Floor Gres. The combination creates interesting chromatic and texture differences that mark out the various areas, once again showing the versatility and creative and decorative potential of ceramics.
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