Waterfront walkways, belvederes with views over lakes and the sea, swimming pools, spas and wellness centres: the presence of water, a key element in the Italian landscape, is a distinctive trait of the architecture of the entire Mediterranean area.
Pavements in areas like these which are very high traffic places in summer and subject to various forms of atmospheric stress for the rest of the year are an aspect of design in which preventive and long-term maintenance methods are essential.
Most projects of this kind involve redevelopment of walkways, sections corroded by salt air or stained by the presence of constant humidity; in swimming pools and spas, on the other hand, constant antibacterial and anti-pollutant action is necessary to guarantee high standards of cleanliness and healthfulness.
Graniti Fiandre porcelain stoneware tiles, in association with Technokolla sealant, offer the perfect response to all these requirements: resistance to atmospheric agents, scratching and temperature changes; long-lasting colours even with ongoing exposure to light. Designed specifically for swimming pools and wellness centres, the Wellness System collection is characterised by completeness (with handrails, drainage channels and a variety of different surfaces: smooth underwater, non-slip where people walk) and a great range of colours.
Meeting all the practical requirements for use thanks to the properties inherent in porcelain stoneware, these reception spaces and passageways by the water thus acquire additional morphological and semantic qualities: s’they fit into the landscape typical of holiday resort areas, ensuring a fulfilling holiday experience and perfect relaxation.
01_Hotel Hi Net, Nice. Design: Matali Crasset. Photos: courtesy of Hotel Hi
02_Observation tower in Seljord, Norway. Design: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
03_Wellington Harbour, New Zealand. Commons: Frank Kitts Lagoon & Wellington Harbour
04_SA Residence, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010. Project: Rafiq Azam. Foto: Daniele Domenicali
05_Sloterpark swimming pools, Amsterdam. Studio: Roy Gelders Architecten bv
06_Il Ciocco Spa, Castelvecchio Pascoli, 2008 - Pietra di Gerusalemme
07_La Rotonda dei bagni Palmieri (1866), oil on wood by Giovanni Fattori (1825-1908). Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Florence. Commons: Giovanni Fattori 027 - The Yorck Project
08_Reflections on the lagoon in Venice, 2012. Photo: Massimo Fabris
09_Deiva Marina (Spezia) - Fiandre: Biancone, Pietra di Gerusalemme, Ardesia Verde
10_Deiva Marina (Spezia) - Fiandre: Biancone, Pietra di Gerusalemme, Ardesia Verde