Creative applications of resin flooring in commercial facilities
Every year, on April 21, World Creativity and Innovation Day is celebrated. Architects and interior designers search for unconventional solutions in their daily work, and resin flooring is a material that allows them a lot of freedom. On the occasion of the celebration of creativity, experts of the Flowcrete brand – a leading manufacturer and supplier of resin flooring systems, present inspiring examples of extraordinary projects from Poland and around the world.
1. A bold, non-obvious colour
The aesthetics commonly associated with resin floors is a smooth, seamless, single-colour surface. Such effect is achieved, among others, in eth case of self-smoothing systems or thin resin coatings. Their production technology allows achieving almost any colour – the choice depends on the architects’ design concept.
Examples of bold, non-standard projects include the eye-catching yellow Peran SL resin floor in the Miss Sixty showroom in the UK and the Flowfresh antibacterial flooring system in a vivid blue shade from RCL Foods in South Africa.
2. A surprising mix of surface structures
Resin floors offer a wide range of finishes. In the hall of the Menai Science Park building in Wales two flooring technologies, both in white, have been combined. A smooth, matt floor with increased resistance to UV radiation (Peran Comfort) was applied on the predominant surface.
On the border with the café zone, a stripe of a structural “stone carpet” floor was made, with a characteristic, porous texture of marble pebbles surrounded by clear resin (Rustik). This type of marking the floor zones has an additional advantage – it is also noticed by people who cannot see or have serious seeing disabilities.
3. Individually designed patterns
Floors based on resins and various additives give a lot of freedom in making patterns, both geometric and irregular.
Examples of the creative use of the resin terrazzo (Mondéco) technology include numerous projects by Zaha Hadid Architects from around the world, with flooring that harmonizes with surroundings, e.g. walls and ceilings, creating a coherent whole with a unique character.
4. Original combinations of finishing materials
Unusual visual effects can also be achieved by combining resin floors with other finishing materials, often in an original and inventive way. The creativity of designers in this area has practically no limits. However, this requires careful substrate preparation, taking into account the differences in the thickness of the systems to obtain a perfectly even surface.
In the Alain Ducasse at Morpheus restaurant in Macau, a smooth, glossy orange resin floor (Peran SL) is combined with soft carpets. Another example is the Mercedes-Benz Duda Cars showroom in Wrocław (designed by Cutout Architects), where strips with LED lighting are installed in the stone carpet (Rustik) floor.
5. Special effects under the feet
Technologies for making floors based on resins also allow for non-standard visual effects. However, they require considerable knowledge, experience and skills of the contractor.
Such solutions are used, among others, in modern exhibition spaces. In the Second World War Museum in Gdańsk (the building designed by Jacek Droszcz Architectural Studio, interiors designed by LOFT Magdalena Adamus) posters and large-format maps showing the movement patterns of troops are incorporated onto the flooring design.
Resin floors are a material that gives a space for free imagination. Due to the wide possibilities of this technology, when designing creative interiors of public facilities, it is worth using the advice of experts in this area.