Materials and adaptation in projects for water

09-08-2012
Pavements on waterfronts and all areas in contact with water - swimming pools, spas and wellness centres – require a special focus on choice of materials. Graniti Fiandre offers a number of solutions guaranteeing perfect inclusion in the landscape and safe, comfortable use, as in the Wellness System line.
 
Hotel Hi Net, Nice
 
Observation tower in Seljord, Norway
 
Wellington Harbour, New Zealand
 
SA Residence, Dhaka, Bangladesh
 
Sloterpark swimming pools, Amsterdam
 
Il Ciocco Spa, Castelvecchio Pascoli
 
La Rotonda dei bagni Palmieri (1866)
 
Venetian lagoon
 
Deiva Marina, Spezia
 
Deiva Marina, Spezia

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.

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Captions

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

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