Forward Bathrooms: Breakaway From The Plain

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When you think bathroom, the most immediate image of familiar comfort is that of a bathroom with white or off-white floors and walls, metal bars to hang towels, white sink and toilets. Plains and whites in the bathroom give a sense of cleanliness. White floors and walls make it easy to spot dirt, discoloration, and other impurities that can easily accumulate and transform into giant lumps of bacteria, posing health risks. White floors and walls also reflect light better. But bathrooms need not be too plain or too white. With some daring and bold creativity, bathrooms can their own styles, distinctly highlighting them from the rest of the building.

Terrazzo flooring and terrazzo countertops can be a fantastic start to explore colors to add to the usual whites for bathrooms. Gentle deviations can be introduced by playing with terrazzo aggregates and choosing the second tone to add to the plain white. Personality can be added by exploring some light-colored glass.

Another approach to adding colors is exploring other elements for the vanities area. Incorporating wood countertops, copper handles for drawers, or gold-tinted faucets can add some warmer tones to an all-white bathroom.

Patterns and darker colors for other decors such as rugs, framed art, towels, and plant pots are also counted as colors to the bathroom.

The trick is to first decide on the hues you want to play around with. Start with one shade darker and one shade lighter from the original hue and look for elements that have these colors. Once you’ve seen these tones mix up in your bathroom, don’t be afraid to explore more colors if you feel like it. There are endless possibilities to add personality to your bathroom. Talk to Terrazzo Australian Marble to explore the different ways you can incorporate terrazzo in your bathroom’s design.

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Terrazzo Australian Marble’s Featured Global Spot: Parc Hadau

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If improvements are to be made with how people live, it must start at home. This is the reason why residential buildings continue to be at the forefront of priorities for innovations when it comes to finding ways to lower carbon emissions. From building efficient homes by using passive design principles, to selecting sustainable materials, such as bamboo, timber, stone and terrazzo, the climate crisis demands for more conscious and immediate answers to be used and implemented today onwards.

This Terrazzo Australian Marble’s Featured Global Spot article presents a residential development in Wales that has responded to the call for carbon neutral residences for the future.

To expound a bit on zero-carbon housing, these are single family dwellings which are designed to have very efficient use of energy (also more commonly called “energy efficiency”.) Think about a single unit conceptualized and designed to use the least energy possible, from construction to actual use. An architect and the builders may feel a real sense of achievement by having produced a climate-responsive unit. But imagine the impact of replicating this efficiency across a community of houses – you have a community of people living responsibly by limiting their carbon emissions daily.

Parc Hadau was designed to be a carbon neutral neighbourhood in Wales. Having received the Welsh Government’s Innovation Housing Programme fund, this community intends to battle the climate emergency by employing a passive design approach and renewable energy technologies. Passive design means the design of every house ensures a correct balance of daylight, heat loss, and thermal efficiency so that the dwellers need not use more energy to live more comfortably.

The beauty of Parc Hadau’s community is that efficiency does not stop indoors. Residents will also be encouraged to travel more sustainably with the provision of electric car charging ports and storage areas for cycles for every residence. Car club facilities will also be available for residents to also reduce the demand for private car ownership.

The demand for efficient and responsible homes and communities will continue to soar as people become more conscious of their lifestyle’s impact to the environment. Preparing and building the dwellings of future generations is the responsibility of architects and designers today. There will never be a better time to aim for responsible lifestyles across countries and around the world.

Terrazzo Australian Marble’s Featured Global Spot is a series of articles featuring noteworthy spaces, created with ingenious architecture and interior design from around the world. To learn about Terrazzo and how it can be incorporated in your design and projects in Australia, talk to Terrazzo Australian Marble today. 

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Landscape Architecture: The Bare Essentials of Urban Development

Image: © Barrett Doherty | The Public Square and Gardens at Hudson Yards designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW)

Landscape architecture has been around since the agricultural era but only became a formal profession in the mid-19th century. Human migration from less-developed areas to cities continues to shift standards of living, creating more mega cities. The pressure, then, to create cities which are functional, welcoming, and aesthetically pleasing while catering to the needs of a growing population has posed significant challenges for private developers and public institutions managing a city’s public infrastructure.

Landscape architecture marries hard materials, such as concrete, terrazzo, marble, and stone, with softer elements, such as wood, flora, while keeping in mind the “whole building design” approach. Because a landscape architect needs to understand different elements and merge them to create livable spaces, they appreciate a multi-disciplinary approach to design. While cities are becoming packed with people, effective landscape architects understand that they must fuse all the elements while keeping the integrity of the natural space. The architects and designers also take to heart the importance of sustainability, moving forward. Currently, sustainability is a non-negotiable aspect of urban development. And landscape architects must take every opportunity to bring this issue front and center of their designs and development.

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Terrazzo Australian Marble’s Featured Global Spot: Montreal’s Le Marie-Victorin

Montreal's Le Marie-Victorin

In this Terrazzo Australian Marble’s Featured Global Spot article, we highlight an educational institution in Montreal Canada that’s created a space for quality training and education by creating a green suburban haven for students and adult learners. The play of modern and historical values combined concrete, metal, terrazzo, and wood, with unique shapes and colors.

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Working with Limitations: The Responsibility of Modern Interior Designers

Every interior designer has had to work with limitations. From graphic design, to interior design, or architecture, every designer has experienced how productivity and the overall process of creation is curtailed by limitations on budget, production systems, software, or general resources. But what if the limitations are being set by the environment that is becoming ever more vulnerable to abuse and degradation?

The world is now being shaped by how humans are shifting more and more towards cities and mega-centers. The consumption patterns and demands of global populations are putting immense pressure on production. This, in turn, takes a much bigger toll on the degradation of natural resources. Even though the technologically advanced cities, such as New York, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, and Helsinki, are more rapidly embracing sustainable development, countless cities across the world continue to fall behind when it comes to implementing sustainable and smart solutions across every aspect of city living. While experts would argue that mass behavior starts with an individual taking initiative, it is undeniable that global shifts in behavior are driven by design which is dominant, imposing, and non-negotiable. This burden rests on the shoulders of every designer in society. And every designer is being urged to work with limitations being set by the natural environment.

For architects and interior designers, the immediate burden is to find sources that will minimize excessive extraction of natural resources. Whether it is deciding on wood, marble, or terrazzo for flooring, the challenge is to work with less, to maximize the existing, to make the old new again. It is not a question of which material is better for design – every material suits a different kind of design. It now a matter of finding the most innovative ways to get these materials in a manner that does not use more of something that the earth cannot replenish in a year, a decade, or even a century.

The limitation set by the natural environment is becoming a harder and clearer line. Modern designers are called to influence the creative decisions, and not just to sit at the end of the process in order to generate wealth from the most lucrative projects in mega-cities. With consciousness on the impacts of their design, designers are called to keep the environment’s limitations in mind. If designers with their expertise on materials and production do not advocate responsible and sustainable practices, it will be much harder for those who do not have this level of expertise or consciousness to even care about these limitations. The responsibility weighs heavier on responsible design now more than ever.