Here East Innovation Center – London+
Venus Fitness – the break room by Newfloor+
Amazon has arrived in Milan – Italy+
XFLOOR for internal use: the case of Ferrinox+
Newfloor and the new offices of Plastic System+
The renovation of the ancient Saint Augustine convent of the XV century – Lucca+
A Company Reborn: the new headquarter Ofmecc – Mirandola+
SIT Group new headquarter – San Marino+
Easy House System: Modular Building System – Milan+
Headquarters of Irinox – Treviso+
Angola Pavilion at Expo 2015 – Milan+
Headquarters of Pittini Group – Udine+
A house for the Solar Decathlon competition – Versailles+
Birmingham Library – UK+
Arsenal, Zadar – Croatia+
Clothes Shop – Milan+
Here East Innovation Center – London
THE QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK
Today we want to talk about an ambitious project, the Here East Innovation Center, where we provided 2,000 sqm of raised floor.
The building raises in the ‘Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’, an huge park realized for the Olympic games in 2012. It was created to be the Press and Broadcast Centre, where about 20,000 journalists reached an estimated audience of more than 4 billion people worldwide.
London is one of the cities that has been able to convert and enhance the facilities realized for the event. The Here East represents now a thriving commercial space, with the most advanced digital infrastructures in Europe. It offers commercial spaces of all sizes and it’s also a training ground for new talent.
For this project we have supplied 650sqm of 38mm thickness chipboard panels, with a top covering of reconstituted stone by Agglobaghin color EM 06-05 with a thickness of 20mm. Other 1,200sqm were realized in chipboard panel with the reconstituted stone Agglobaghin color EM 4607. For the steel substructure it was chosen the light stringer and the pedestals with different regulations depending on the height of the various spaces.
Venus Fitness – the break room by Newfloor
An example of synergy between customer and company
Newfloor – in collaboration with the architect and owner of the building – has designed, provided and produced the raised floor for the new break room of the spa.
We’re talking about the gym and spa Venus Fitness in Rho – Milan, a place where to combine the fitness area and the swimming pool with a place to rest in the basement.
It were chosen two different types of panels, to solve the problem of the difference in level of the area. For an area it was provided the x-floor, a ceramic tile glued with a ceramic support, water resistant so perfect to face the hygrometric conditions, supported by a pvc substructure. For another area the floor was installed directly on the screed at the same level of the x-floor. This time it was used the freefloor system, a ceramic tile with a special rubber on the bottom and a pvc edge trim.
For both panels it was used the ceramic tile wood effect Woodside Oak by Kronos, with a “chess board design”.
The risult was perfect thanks to the choice of the material and to the ability of Newfloor of working two different types of floor, guarantying the continuity of the floor, both aesthetically and in terms of dimension.
Amazon has arrived in Milan – Italy
The new headquarter of Amazon in Monte Grappa street in Milan
Amazon – the giant of the e-commerce – has chosen Milan for its European headquarter, taking cue from other multinational corporations of the new economy like Google, Linkedin, Microsoft and Samsung and of the finance sector like Unicredit and BNP Paribas. The new Amazon occupy a strategic place, the core of Porta Nuova, that in the last years has attracted the most important energies of the city, contributing also to the architectural development.
The regeneration project was signed by the design studio GBPA Architects (Federica De Leva and Antonio Gioli). The complex is developed on two adjoining buildings and a covered central square with 4 major elevators. The glazing façade was changed to favor the interaction between internal and external environments.
The interior design was edited by the Spanish architect Barnabé Rodriguez of JLL, who designed the space in order to facilitate the integration between teams, with different conference rooms adaptable to many uses; there are some areas dedicated to the collaboration between working groups, business centers and rooms for the conference calls and video conferences. The offices are used by more than 400 employees on 15 floors (9 in a building and 6 in the other one) covering 17.500 sqm.
In some internal areas Newfloor has provided and installed about 500sqm of Freefloor, the loose-lay solution with ceramic tile Lea Ceramiche District Boulevard cement effect dim. 90x90cm. Freefloor is the innovative loose-lay system that allows a quick and easy installation without glue or other adhesives, using tiles of different materials (ceramic, marble, granite) and completely independent one to each other. The tiles are rectified and beveled, the pvc edge is added on every side and finally a special rubber is glued on the bottom side.
The Freefloor system can be used on every type of floor, from traditional to raised ones, in a simple and quick way; the only necessary thing is a pre-treatment with a self-leveling concrete in case of non-planar surfaces. This product is ideal for the renovation of already existent floors or to realize shops, showrooms, fairs, museums and many others projects.
XFLOOR for internal use: the case of Ferrinox
Last year Ferrinox celebrated 30 years of activity and for this occasion it were inaugurated the new offices. Newfloor has been in charge of providing the raised floor.
Ferrinox is a company leader in the field of the steel manufacturing, heading to quality and productive flexibility, with a wide range of sectors for the use of their products – food, domestic appliances, street furniture etc.
For the new offices, Newfloor proposed the X-floor, a raised floor with no glue or adhesive needed for the installation. Thanks to these characteristics it was possible to guarantee urgent delivery time as requested.
X-floor panel was also chosen because of the thickness of the panel – just 26mm; this type of panel is suitable for internal use when there is little space under the walking surface. In this case the substructure was adjustable from 4.5 to 7 cm, and the combination with a slim panel has made it possible to install a raised floor anyway.
X-floor is a porcelain tile glued with a ceramic support; between these two layers there’s a glass-fibre net, that makes the panel not only stronger but also resistant to fire and water. Thant’s why it’s perfect also for external use, for roof terraces or along swimming pools.
Newfloor and the new offices of Plastic System
It’s a pleasure for us to contribute to the renovation of a company, above all when it represents the growing of a company of our territory. It’s the case of Plastic System, a leader in the field of the machinery for the sector of plastics processing. It’s a positive example of a company that has been able to endure the economical crisis and to continue increasing.
For this project Newfloor has chosen different floors for different needs. For the major part of the internal area it has been used a calcium sulphate panel 30mm thk 1.100 kg/mc density, with a top covering in ceramic tile Italgraniti Materia D.
For what concerns the exhibition room it has been chosen a calcium sulphate panel 30mm thk 1.500 kg/mc density, with a steel substructure SNFM, with a medium stringer in order to increase the mechanical capacity of the panel. For the offices it has been installed a steel substructure SNFS without stringers.
Finally, the terrace. For the external terrace we’ve used a x-floor panel, a ceramic support combined with a top covering in ceramic tile Imola Creative concrete grey and a glass fiber in the middle. For the support we’ve used pvc pedestals.
The renovation of the ancient Saint Augustine convent of the XV century – Lucca
A positive example of school buildings
One year ago there was just an ancient and largely abandoned monastery, destined to a progressive degradation. Now, thanks to the province of Lucca and to an agreement signed in 2015 between the government of the province and the state domain, there is a new school, the high school for music “Passaglia”, situated in the ancient, historic centre of Lucca. It’s a place for music training in a city with a huge tradition in this field and that contributes to consolidate the identity and the vocation of Lucca, the city of music. The project and the renovation has been cured by the architect Francesca Lazzari, director of the technical office of the province of Lucca. The new classrooms are technically avant-garde: the project aimed to improve the structural safety of the building, even with regards to seismic events. It has also been possible to meet the most advanced criteria of energy saving and the use of eco-friendly material; moreover the historic and architectural elements lost in the previous years have been recovered thanks to the last intervention.
For this delicate project two of our products have been selected: the radiant heating Calidus AD and the Four X Four AD for its anti-seismic performance. Newfloor has produced about 700sqm of raised floor composed by G30HAK panels 60x60cm, with a core of 30mm thk calcium sulphate 1500kg/mc density combined with the radiant module Calidus AD at the bottom and the porcelain finish at the top. For the substructure we have provided the innovative anti-seismic and self-centering system Four X Four AD, which also improves the mechanical characteristics of the floor.
Photographer: Benvenuto Saba
A Company Reborn: the new headquarter Ofmecc – Mirandola
Like a Phoenix Rising from the Ashes
In May 2012, some eartquakes destroyed all the churches and many of the factories in the area of Emilia Romagna. Many of productive activities suffered extensive damage.
One of these Companies was OFMECC, that was founded in Mirandola (Mo) in 1974 and serves the metalworking and mechanical industries with research, projects, and drawings. They’re supplyier of components, units, and machines for the household appliance, industrial, and agricultural sectors.
For this project we provided over 750 sqm of raised access flooring in calcium sulphate with 1.500 kg/m3 of density, thk 30 mm, with aluminium foil on bottom and covered by ceramic grés Cotto d’Este, dimension 60×90 cm composed by two ceramic 30×90 cm bonded together.
In the hall, just to balance the cold air retorn from the sliding doors, we applied Calidus AD, raised flooring with integral heating.
The whole substructure adopted is Four x Four AD, our patented system that guarantees the integrity of raised access flooring during a seismic event, therefore allowing people to reach the emergency exit and to leave the premises quickly.
SIT Group new headquarter – San Marino
Today SIT GROUP has three production establishments
The project built by Antao Progetti and Studio Archimedia, involves the construction of a new industrial building conveniently connected through an underpass the current headquarters of the company SIT, this is the only possibility to expand to meet new production requirements and organizational. The complex is organized on different levels: – BELOW SECOND where is the stock cylinder and the technical rooms; – IN THE UNDERLYING mezzanine floor you can find a 71 parking spaces; – BELOW FIRSTwhere you can find the production; – From GROUND to THIRD FLOOR we developed offices , laboratories, and services by creating a new direction headquarters for the S.I.T. GROUP. On the same level you can find 31 parking spaces , connected to the access road through adequate ramp.
The SIT GROUP has been operating for many years on the Flexible Packaging market, supplying Clients in the sector of Food Stuffs and Non Food Stuffs, with the most appropriate packaging solutions, technologically advanced, secure and respectful of the Environment and capable of guaranteeing the success of their products.
The activity of the Group and the printing is of the highest quality, in the technology of rotogravure and Flexography on transparent, paper based laminated or metalized films, with or without solvents – and with specific treatments in regards with the graphical needs and product protection.
For this project we supplied over 3.400 smq of raised access floor composed by core in calcium sulphate thk. 30 mm with 1.500 kg/m3 of density, sixe 60×120 cm covering with ceramic tiles Ceramica del Conca from San Marino with wood effect, cut and reassembled into 20×120 cm slabs.
Easy House System: Modular Building System – Milan
Easy House System: Triennale Milano 2016 "21st Century. Design After Design"
“Easy House” is a building system based on the use of modular components and innovative materials, characterized by high energy performance. This system employes sustainable, lightweight and easy to assemble building technologies.
Newfloor is technical partner of this interesting project designed and patented in collaboration with Studio Armando Coppola – Engineering and Architecture, during the Triennale of Milan 2016.
For the occasion a habitation module mock-up has been set up and accessible by the visitors: a chance to see and try our raised floor solutions applied in the field of design and innovation building.
Headquarters of Irinox – Treviso
Irinox: over 20 years of success
Over the years Irinox has specialized in the production of electrical enclosures and blast chillers, becoming market leader in both fields and a benchmark for quality in all its products.
The project was carried out by Studio De Luca Associati of san Giacomo di Veglia, with Arch. alessandro De Luca, while the interior design was created by Mzc+ of Treviso with. Arch. Giuseppe Cangialosi.
In this project we supplied raised access floor composed by core in calcium sulphate thk. 30 mm with 1.500 kg/m3 of density, covering with ceramic tiles Cotto D’Este, Buxy Perle collection, size 60×60 cm.
Angola Pavilion at Expo 2015 – Milan
Angolan project architect Paula Nascimiento, where the figure and the role of women is put at the center of everything
In view of the Universal Expo 2015 in Milan, we were interviewed in more than a few occasions to help achieve a proud Italian : Milano 2015 Feeding the Planet , Energy for Life .We manufactured and supplied for this great event pavilions and service facilities .On this occasion, we’ll tell you about the biggest African pavilion at Expo 2015: the Angola Pavilion.
At its exhibition space, Angola seeks to showcase Angolan food and fare that can be used to create better and healthier lifestyles for future generations. Angola has chosen to elaborate the theme of Expo Milano 2015, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life: focusing on the culture and soul of the African nation through its varied and traditional cuisine, with its theme of: Educate to Innovate.
The concept of education is interpreted here as awareness of nutrition in Angolan society from schools to universities, the re-definition of norms and regulations of local production and imports, and the introduction of quality checks in local markets. The concept of innovation has two aspects: one, based on the constant encouragement of traditional local practices that are both healthy and sustainable. The other, to integrate the best technologies that science can offer for a robust sustainable development. The role of women is central to Angolan society – from food preparation to domestic economy, from family hygiene to education; they are at the heart of its traditions.
The Pavilion of Angola is characterized by the shape of a stylized African baobab at the center of the structure.In this architecture we provided 500 sqm of raised access flooring in calcium sulphate with 1.500 kg/m3 of density, thk 34 mm, with steel tray on bottom and vynil on top.
Headquarters of Pittini Group – Udine
A project carried out through a partnership between companies from Friuli Venezia Giulia - Italy
The construction of the new headquarters of Pittini Group, designed by Progetto CMR, involved our participation thanks to the sinergy created between Newfloor and Companies leader in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
In this project we supplied over 3.700 smq of raised access floor composed by core in calcium sulphate thk. 30 mm with 1.100 kg/m3 of density, covering with ceramic tiles Casalgrande Padana, Meteor collection, colour grey, size 600×600 mm.
A house for the Solar Decathlon competition – Versailles
The DTU Technical University of Denmark project, which involved the use of Freefloor flooring
We often talk about synergies between companies and universities, research and industry, with a view to mutual growth and enrichment.
For Newfloor, this opportunity arose thanks to the University of Denmark, which asked the company to supply flooring for a project taking part in Solar Decathlon 2014, the major international event for zero energy buildings.
The project by the DTU Technical University of Denmark was awarded eighth place. It created great enthusiasm among the researchers and students who took part in its implementation and aroused much curiosity among visitors to the event held in Versailles.
“It was one of the first enquiries we received in 2014 from our website, from Dott. Luca Gennari, an Italian student at the DTU Technical University of Denmark,” comments Giada Battistello – Sales Account at Newfloor.
The request was simple and concise: ”The competition basically involves a project for a sustainable prefabricated house, covering an area from 50-150 square metres, with zero energy consumption. The house will be built (scale 1:1), tested and made accessible to the general public for a period of three weeks. We are interested in your Freefloor product to cover the floor of our house.”
Newfloor immediately believed in the project, confident about the potential of Freefloor and proving, once again, that it was able to quickly and precisely meet the needs of any customer, for any type of installation.
“Some samples of the flooring were initially sent – continued Giada Battistello – and after being examined by various architects at the university, they were accepted and acknowledged for use in the project. The supply was for 60 square metres of satin grey Freefloor Silent 60×60”.
Birmingham Library – UK
The Library of Birmingham is a transparent glass building. Its delicate filigree skin is inspired by the artisan tradition
The Library of Birmingham, built by Dutch architects Mecanoo, is the largest library in Europe, with a total area of 31.000 square meters
and nine floors housing millions of books, but also a 300 seats auditorium, multifunctional facilities, gardens and cafes.
Officially opened in 2013, the library has been designed as a public space that may reconnect the city’s urban fabric giving a new identity to
Centenary Square, the largest square in Birmingham. Newfloor, in collaboration with its national supplier of porcelain stoneware – the
Company Mirage Spa – has been awarded this important project providing over 7.000 square meters of raised floor.
The large degree of customisation and attention to detail in every single piece required considerable effort on the part of Newfloor’s staff, which was engaged
in a comprehensive and prolonged study with designers and commissioners, to define a solution that would ensure both high aesthetic impact and superior performance in terms of resistance and safety.
In fact, one of the key requirements for the award of the project was to supply a raised floor that would ensure the highest load capacity, that is load ‘Class 6’. This class corresponds to a permissible breaking load ≥ 1.200kg in the middle of the side of the panel. To obtain this feature, Newfloor adopted appropriate measures, such as using a thick steel reinforcement and a particularly resistant raised metal structure.
The raised floor consists of 34 mm thick calcium sulphate panels measuring 60×120 cm, covered with Made in Italy stoneware – supplied by the Mirage Company – from the marble range, statuary white, pre-polished, cut and reassembled into 20×120 cm slabs. The typical grain pattern of this stoneware was customised during the baking process according to the taste of the designers who attended these operations at the Mirage site in Modena – Italy.
Arsenal, Zadar – Croatia
New use for an old building
Arsenal is a multifunctional space of 1.800 m2 in which the whole concept was implemented as an “indoor town square”. This is about an active space which is open to the community, a place where, next to the significance of the building, there have been new reasons implemented to continue the existence and it now provides a different purpose.
Arsenal is now a meeting place, a place where people can exchange views and form new opinions, where people promote business opportunities, where unique events are organized, a place to simply socialize with good music.
As a cultural and conference center, Arsenal is a place with unique conditions for concerts, presentations, receptions, conferences, private parties, exhibitions as well as commercial events.
Newfloor intsalled 3 tipes of raised access floor:
– Core: th. 38 mm high density chipboard 720 kg/m³, with top covering: 8/9 slates of stained Iroko veneer panel, size 60×120 cm;
– Core: th. 38 mm high density chipboard 720 kg/m³, with top covering: AISI 304 Stainless steel, Checks décor, size 60×60 cm;
– Core: th. 38 mm high density chipboard 720 kg/m³ with top covering in rubber, size 60×60 cm.
Clothes Shop – Milan
"CIAO CIAO" Shop into Bennet Commercial Center - Milan
With the collaboration of Ricci Casa, well-known Italian retailer of finishings, Newfloor was hired to make the floor of the new “Ciao Ciao” clothing chain store opening at the Bennet Shopping Centre in Sedriano (MI). Ricci Casa, which supervised all renovation works for the client, had the opportunity to use Newfloor products and recommended them for all other new stores of same chain, so that the company was awarded another work at the “Le Ginestre” Shopping Centre in Celano (AQ).