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/

Revolutionizing Material Sampling: Material Bank Lab


Construction and interior design remain to be a highly experiential process. A huge portion of a designer’s time is dedicated to searching for construction materials that could match the ideas and concepts dictated by both the designer and the client. This process, no matter how advanced technology can be in providing near-accurate descriptions, continue to be a deliberate and thorough process because designers always need to use their senses — sight, touch, smell — to understand the materials.

A revolutionary venture by Adam Sandow, CEO and founder of SANDOW, has created a platform which aims to “…answer architecture and design community’s need to streamline and speed up the material search and sampling process.” Material Bank Lab was a concept created through SANDOW’s years of experience in managing leading design brands, including Interior Design, Luxe Interiors + Design, Material ConneXion, and ThinkLab.

Whether you are looking for materials to complement your terrazzo flooring, or to match the colors of your terrazzo kitchen top, platforms such as Material Bank Lab will help designers and even property owners to directly explore hundreds of materials in an efficient and experiential manner, matched with cutting edge digital platform. Users of Material Bank can also get access to new Material Desk™ technology and Smart Swatch™ system, as well as to Material Bank’s material experts. All these systems are integrated into a singular platform that can make the designer’s job more efficient, so that they can focus on their main role, creating top-of-the-line interior designs.

Material Bank’s unique proposition reduces the stress and work of designers by collating and masterfully curating over 160 leading manufacturers into a single platform, even managing delivery of swatches into an overnight wait only.

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Infrastructure For the Future: Sustainable Architecture is On The Rise

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Low-cost housing and cheap materials have inundated many existing and new communities with low-quality infrastructure in many countries around the world. People see chipped and cracked tiles and broken floors in new malls and think that it may simply be an execution flaw. But many times, this goes down to the poor choices of materials by the contractors to save on cost, disregarding the fact that constantly replacing parts of any structure is not sustainable in the long run.

Recently, the rise on awareness about sustainable design has penetrated the mindset of property owners and service providers. There is benefit in designing for longevity while keeping the space flexible enough to accommodate new trends in lifestyle and usage. Creating infrastructure for the future means thinking about houses, hospitals, schools, malls, railway stations, and bridges, passageways, and all forms of infrastructure in a way that can withstand the harsher elements and the dynamism of today’s lifestyle. Architects and engineers are turning to materials that can withstand these elements while retaining its design and structural integrity. Metals and wood are cured and honed to perfect foundation requirements. Materials are picked for a sturdy yet stylish finish. Here are a few more steps taken by designers to pursue sustainable architecture:

1. Choosing lighter colors for wall paint

Designers continue to choose lighter colors for painting walls as it absorbs less heat, and therefore helps regulate temperatures within a building. It also creates more opportunities and flexibility for interior design concepts and designs.

2. Picking Terrazzo for flooring

With a wide array of color combinations to choose from, and its adaptability to space requirements with on-site pouring options, Terrazzo continues to be a go-to material for flooring in many types of buildings and spaces.

3. Shifting to LED lights and renewable energy to power up

While architecture is mainly concerned about the structure and design of a building, architects are also shifting towards designing infrastructure which consume less energy, and can be powered up with renewable sources like solar panels etc. Choosing the right lighting to match the space and colors is one of the vital finishes for any structure.

Not all infrastructure projects are provided with budget and resources to create and carry out out-of-the-box, bespoke designs. Yet, at the very core, architects and designers can create simple designs with quality materials to ensure sustainability and longevity, passing on from one generation to another.

Maximizing Terrazzo in Public Facilities

Sustainability and longevity are prioritized in creating facilities and infrastructure which cater to public needs. For government buildings and public facilities which are intended to last generations, it is crucial to select and build with the most durable and efficient materials. Terrazzo continues to be a material of choice when needed for longevity with minimal maintenance required.

Terrazzo flooring in train stations and subways
Public train stations and subways need to survive high traffic and a multitude of elements. In train stations and subways, it is important that the flooring can withstand the pressures of high foot traffic, with little to no maintenance required. Hindering traffic with floor maintenance works can be costly and hazardous in train stations and subways. It is, therefore, beneficial to layout the flooring right the first time. Government-run stations consider terrazzo for flooring in train stations and subways to answer these requirements.

Terrazzo counters and dividers in Public Hospital Toilets
Public hospitals, like train stations, have high foot traffic. The challenge in public hospitals is keeping cleanliness and sanitation to prevent spreading bacteria and diseases in different part of the hospital. Terrazzo comes in as the material of choice for toilets and lavatories in public hospitals for its easy-to-maintain surface. Cleaning and maintenance staff usually face challenges in keeping the sink and dividers clean. With Terrazzo, maintenance and cleaning is faster and hassle-free.

Terrazzo pavers in public parks

Public parks are more prone to faster wear-and-tear. These spaces need to be designed to be clean, safe, and welcoming to be enjoyed by the communities surrounding it. Terrazzo pavers, such as those from Terrazzo Australian Marble, should be hermetically pressed to produce a durable tile that can withstand harsh outdoor elements while being anti-slip. These are ideal for public parks to create a clean, sturdy, and safe pavement for park visitors.

There are other uses of Terrazzo in public spaces. Talk to Terrazzo Australian Marble today to learn how Terrazzo can best support your public building projects.

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.