Visual Space for the Vertical City Dwellers

Creating urban spaces that can withstand the test of time is an eternal challenge faced by designers since the earlier days of urban development. As urban populations grow with the migration of rural dwellers to capitals and city centers, there is now and ever-pressing call for efficient, well-designed, and lifestyle-friendly vertical cities to accommodate more people in limited flat spaces.

The usual approach of building  developers is to maximize vertical spaces as much as possible. This calls for smaller dwelling units, limited lifestyle facilities, and somehow the absence of “outdoor” spaces, the higher up you go in the building. How can designer create visually liberating spaces from limited square meters?

  1. Create divisions of space within small spaces.
    In low-cost developments, there is little consideration given for flooring design. A single-design tile would fill up the floor space from the front door to the end of the room in high-rise condominiums. A quick design hack is to create sections by differentiating flooring materials. Terrazzo tiles can run from the front door to the kitchen area, while wood can be the flooring for the living space up to the bedroom. This creates behavioral changes, encouraging people to keep kitchen appliances in the kitchen space, while fitting furniture in the limited living room area. Organization is one of the most effective ways to create visually liberating spaces. And this can start with a simple separation created by the flooring material.
  2. Add accents to the counters.
    Designers can also deviate from the usual flat white designs for kitchen counters by adding terrazzo marble as a counter accent. Small spaces usually lack the needed deviations from flat colors. Putting the burden of design on the dweller. It is within the power of the vertical property developers to create a livable space while incorporating style and design even before the occupants move in.
  3. Make the lifestyle and recreational areas actual spaces for living, and not just empty, negative spaces.
    There are buildings that allocate a few meters for recreational space. Unfortunately, it can appear as simple voids without function or purpose. Creating safe areas for walking, for instance using Terrazzo pavers, and adding appropriate pieces of furniture can make a space comfortable and inviting.

There are other ways vertical properties can be made less like matchboxes or dove houses. By incorporating terrazzo into the design, no matter how minimal the inclusion is, urban dwellers can achieve visually appealing spaces, regardless of space limitations.

Terrazzo and 3D Printing: Mixing Traditional and Contemporary

There are now so many resources available to designers about 3D Printing and how it can be incorporated into everyday design. From fashion, to architecture, to interior design and even healthcare, 3D printing is becoming a standard as an easily accessible manufacturing approach for highly customized design.

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Terrazzo and marble, on the other hand, have been known and established in the interior design and architecture space as go-to materials when achieving a classic yet playful look. It has been used for exterior or outdoor functional areas such as pavements and walkways, and in interior spaces such as having a terrazzo kitchen countertop or a terrazzo marble divider in the washroom area. The traditional uses of terrazzo have seemingly limited its attractiveness and capability as a material. But, modern designers are not yet giving up on this material and continue to seek its unique texture and finish to complement many design perspectives and objectives. One approach to maximizing the good old terrazzo is to match it with contemporary approaches to design, such as 3D printing.

 

A company like Aectual is an example of a company that is pushing the boundaries of traditional and modern by combining 3D Printing and Terrazzo. By digitizing design in the building and architecture industry, the company can bring about endless possibilities, giving designers total freedom in creating ground-breaking and sustainable solutions for different space requirements. Designers can, then, create massive patterns to occupy large floor spaces which could have been impossible to fill in with terrazzo without the pattern base. In the past, terrazzo would be poured on site to fill a large space without much innovation aside from the way it is finished and the color combinations. Aectual, using bioplastic made from plants as their material for 3D printing, not only gives designers a base framework of pattern to fill terrazzo with, but also does it in a sustainable manner.

 

This is just the beginning of combining 3D printing and Terrazzo. The opportunities to adapt the design to challenging spaces have just become easier to explore given the flexibility of 3D printing. Combining this with Terrazzo and marble for flooring may just be the start of another genre of interior design. Talk to our Terrazzo experts today to understand how terrazzo can fit your design project.

 

Reference: https://www.dezeen.com/2018/01/02/aectual-robotic-3d-printers-terrazzo-floors-patterns/

Terrazzo Flooring for Sustainable Construction

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Sustainability has penetrated a wide spectrum of professional practices from engineering, medicine, art, business, and construction. The idea of creating things that can have minimal to zero impact to the environment has become a noble goal for practitioners across different sectors and professions. In architecture and design, materials sourced responsibly with minimal impact to the source and best outcome for the end users is highly preferred for all size of projects. Terrazzo, with its composition, installation, and lifespan, has become a material of choice for flooring requirements.

Reusing materials remain at the core of Terrazzo
From as far back as 1,500 years ago, Terrazzo as a material was built around the concept of maximizing scraps to build something durable yet attractive. Creating beautiful pieces from marble scraps and cement was the foundation of today’s more forward concepts of Terrazzo. The most skillful designers know that creating the most effective designs does not necessarily mean creating from scratch. Terrazzo’s composition can use recycled glass and other materials, making it one of the primary choice for sustainable flooring designs.

Longevity prevents constant replacement
Constant replacement means constantly sourcing materials which in turn depletes natural resources. Terrazzo flooring can be kept and maintained to at least 50 years with the right maintenance and care. Sustainable design allows generations to use the space as intended, without the need for constant repairs and replacements.

Minimal Maintenance mean low impact
With minimal maintenance required, Terrazzo flooring requires less energy and toxic products. It can be easily maintained with environmentally-safe products, at very few instances, compared to other flooring options which require high maintenance to retain its original look and feel.

Promoting and advocating sustainable design can define the future of infrastructure and construction. It is important for the experts to always, or as much as possible, integrate sustainable materials and practices into their design, as any space built today can establish the lifestyle of city and rural dwellers in the next few decades. Talk to Terrazzo Australian Marble to integrate Terrazzo into your sustainable construction and design concepts.

Greens in Architecture: Plants as Part of Urban Space

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Cities are getting more crowded and urban planners are scrambling to understand how spaces can be developed to balance healthy spaces with rising demand for convenience and comfort. Integrating greens into design does more than just achieving a balanced theme of concrete and nature. It enhances the concepts of spatial distribution, expansion of sight and freedom of space.  

How can plants be part of urban space and what can be their purpose?  

  1. Shrubs for edgings – When using Terrazzo External paver, shrubs can be used for edgings to foot paths or outline the space to create lines and borders between sections. Shrubs can even further define the theme of the space through the type of shrub one will choose for edging. Contemporary designs can use pointy or clean-cut plants that can make the design sleek and well-defined.  
  2. Trees as barriers – When trying to separate one view from another, or even covering up unpleasant views, trees can be used as barriers. It gives emphasis to the area where the elements are more coherent with the plants. If, for example, one tries to separate the plain parking space from the rest of the amenities, trees can serve as barriers to take the view away from the parking space and refocus it to the amenities area. This can be further guided by the correct flooring design.  
  3. Climbers as accents – Climbers can definitely add effects to a rather plain space. If parking spaces are plain, but the designer’s objective is not to separate it from the rest of the structure but to make that space a part of the experience, climbers can definitely give accent to a plain wall. Bamboo and other sleek trees can also be lined on the wall to give the same effect. Adding a small flooring segment, terrazzo tiles floor or paver, to emphasize the climbers can also be considered.  

Planning to integrate plants into the design is a fantastic option to bring out the personality of the structure. Choosing the right flooring will surely have an impact to the design. Consult providers such as Terrazzo Australian Marble to provide the best recommendations for flooring to match your choice of plants for your designs.  

Urban Design Trends: A Generation Influencing Urban Design

As we get closer to the end of another decade, design seems to have slowly but surely changed in the past 20 years since the early Y2K. It continues to challenge and define the tastes of the outgoing and new generations. The “middle” generation – the millennials – seems to be slowly defining design as they move onto the more stable years of their lives. As they seek to purchase property, expand their experiences through space and immersive activities, millennials are pushing the boundaries of design and challenging the industry to merge modern and classics. Why? Millennials continue to be the connection between the days when technology and the internet have not yet been “consumerized and the days when every bit of information is readily available on a smart phone. Their taste in design is therefore a fusion of the old days and the new times. They’re setting a worldwide trend of defining spaces through materials and texture. 

1. The Real Estate twist.

Millennials are starting to invest in real estate – whether it’s land and property or a small condominium unit, they are pouring in resources to dressing up their properties. From fancy outdoor reception and barbecue areas with wood accents and leather furniture, to posh bathrooms with terrazzo partitions and terrazzo marble, the design for real estate has never this demanding and varied.  

 2. The Retail experience re imagined

In the beginning of their generation, Millennials were glued to their screens and incapable of leaving technology behind. But, as they make efforts to “silence the noise”, as they miss the “good old days” without technology, they are trying to find a respite from the chaos and balancing online activities with physical activities. This is translated even onto their purchasing and shopping behaviors. A young Australian, for example, shops for clothes online but still enjoys the walk to his regular retail shop. Retail experience is therefore being reimagined to further engage this generation. From enhancing the façade designs of the shop with texture that could stand out from the typical building walls, to dressing up the interiors with interesting colors for floors and shelves, there is an evident effort to reimagine this whole experience based on the desires and preferences of this generation that has the capacity to spend and a disposable income. 

 3. Food halls and community spaces restructured. 

Millennials are also going back to community gatherings and spaces where they can both enjoy technology and physical activities. Food halls and community spaces are seeing a revamp not only in their purpose but in design and structure. This is also why co-working spaces is a booming business as it helps bring together communities while staying connected to the internet and enjoying functional comfort and spatial design.  

As more designers understand this changing trend for urban spaces, it is crucial to get partners and suppliers who can provide top-class solutions for design challenges. Terrazzo Australian Marble is a known supplier of Terrazzo Tiles, Partitions, and Precast solutions for urban spaces and projects. Contact us today to get a hand in executing the right Terrazzo solutions to your projects.