Resin floors in museums and art galleries in 3 ways

On the occasion of the approaching Night of Museums, it is worth to have a look at resin floors that are an important, though often unnoticed element of the interior design of many museums.

They effectively protect the substrate from damage caused by intense traffic of visitors or heavy loads of some exhibits. They gain importance, because the most popular events attract thousands of people a day, and such objects as tanks, planes or railway carriages are often an integral part of exhibitions today.

In addition to excellent parameters in terms of mechanical strength and easy cleaning, resin floors have one more important advantage for museum space. They offer wide design possibilities and allow for creating almost any visual effects. Below are three examples of the use of resin floors in exhibition facilities.

1.    Neutral background for the exhibition

Resin floors allow to create a smooth, homogenous surface. The only visible divisions are those resulting from subdivisions of the ground, e.g. structural dilatations. The flooring technology based on epoxy resin, including self smoothing floors or floors containing carefully selected mixes of coloured sands, allows to obtain almost any colour from the RAL palette, in a matte or glossy finish.

For interiors where the exhibits are to be the in the spotlight and the floor is a background, calm, subdued shades are most often chosen – from broken white, through grey and beige, to the colours close to black. A universal colour that matches the changing expositions is a solid base for years. This solution was used, among others at the Depot History Centre in Wrocław, Poland, where the Peran STB Compact floor was selected based on a clear resin and coloured sand in grey. This type of floor, often used in industry, has high durability and resistance to abrasion, thanks to which it also works well in back-up rooms or museum archives.

A similar effect was obtained at the Emami Art Gallery in India, where smooth, one-color resin floors in light colors and with a glossy finish were made. Such floors are a subtle background for exhibits, but also optically enlarge interiors.

2.    Integral part of the exhibition

More and more often museum spaces are designed in a holistic way, and floors are an important, and in many cases central, part of the exhibition. The visitor's sight is directed at the feet, because the floor is the most attractive element and it is also used as a carrier of information. Such solutions are used in thematic museums, in rooms with a permanent exhibition, where the arrangement remains unchanged for years. In the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk, Poland, among others Peran SL self smoothing resin flooring was applied, in a matte finish, with embedded posters and graphics depicting maps.


3.    Elegant setting for the entrance area

Entrance hall in museums is the most representative room – the showcase of the building that creates good first impression. Often temporary exhibitions or the most spectacular exhibits, e.g. of large sizes, designed to impress visitors, are arranged in this space. Resin floors are then an elegant setting for the entrance area.

In this role, flooring solutions that add glamor to the interior, such as high quality resin terrazzo, e.g. Mondéco floor, are perfect. It is made of a mass composed of coloured epoxy resin and marble aggregate. Its surface has a subtle shine and resembles polished stone. Floors of this type can be found, among others in the London Victoria and Albert Museum.

Resin floors are solutions that will work in museums of various types. The choice of the appropriate solution in each case depends on the desired visual effect, the style of the exhibition and the anticipated pedestrian traffic.

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