• The raised floor in the luxury world

  • Amazon has arrived in Milan – Italy

  • Restauration d’un ancien couvent de Saint Augustin de XV siècle – Lucca – Italie

  • Newfloor and the new offices of Plastic System

  • A Company Reborn: the new headquarter Ofmecc – Mirandola

  • Angola Pavilion at Expo 2015 – Milan

  • Birmingham Library – UK


The raised floor in the luxury world

Newfloor for Bulgari in the largest jewellery manufacturing headquarter

There are companies that do not need presentation, and one of them is surely Bulgari, a company founded in 1884 that operates in the luxury field, from jewels to watches, from perfumery to leather goods and even the hotel industry with its brand of luxury hotels, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts.

The giant of luxury has founded its first home in Rome, the historic shop in Condotti Street 10, where Bulgari weaved its history with the world of cinema, with customers like Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Sofia Loren.

The company has opened various shops in many cities of the world, like New York, Paris and Tokyo. But it’s in Valenza in 2017 that Bulgari inaugurated the Europe’s largest jewellery manufacturing headquarter and for this seat Newfloor has provided the raised floor.

For this ambitious project we have produced more than 800sqm of panels of different types. The major part of the project was done with a 30mm thickness calcium sulphate panel and a top covering in natural wood walnut UV varnished with 9 stripes, for a final dimension of 600x600mm. For some spaces it was chosen a calcium sulphate panel with a vinyl top covering.

Finally, the steel substructure with pedestals in different heights; the pedestals were glued in order to install the substructure without the stringers and to gain more space under the panel.

Amazon has arrived in Milan – Italy

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.

Restauration d’un ancien couvent de Saint Augustin de XV siècle – Lucca – Italie

Un exemple positif de bâtiments scolaires

Là où il y a un peu plus d’un an il avait une couvent abandonné, aujourd’hui il y a l’école musicale ‘Passaglia’, dans le centre historique de Lucca. Les nouvelles classes sont à la pointe en matière de technologies: le projet veut améliorer la sécurité statique de l’édifice pour résister aux effets des phénomènes sismiques et veut répondre aux critères les plus avancés de efficacité énergétique et l’utilisation de matériaux  écologiques. Pour réaliser cette intervention nous avons choisi les systèmes innovants de Newfloor : Calidus AD pour le chauffage et la structure Four X Four AD pour les prestations antisismiques.

La surface réalisé est de 700 mètres carrés de plancher surélevé composé de panneaux G30HAK de dimension 60x60cm, avec cœur en sulfate de calcium épaisseur 30mm et densité 1500kg/m², le système Calidus AD en parte inferieure et un revêtement supérieur de grès porcelainé. Pour la structure nous avons utilisé la structure innovatrice Four X Four AD que favorise l’effet antisismique et d’auto centrage du plancher.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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