Designed spaces as blank canvases
“We focus on a sense of space instead of individual taste. Because we come from architectural backgrounds, this influences our methodology and provides us with the technical ability to realise our design. This is how you get coherent designs that stand the test of time.” Speaking is Vesna Aksentijevic of interior design company FLINT, which is based in London, UK. She talks about FLINT’s work for the Alto project in Wembley Park.
Swaying birch trees inspire people to connect
When designing the Väven cultural centre in Umeå, Sweden, the architects of Snöhetta and White Arkitekter were inspired by the birch tree, the city's symbol. With its white bark and characteristic black stripes, the birch tree provided the inspiration for Väven's abstract appearance. Väven is Swedish for ‘weave’. In the evenings and darker seasons, the building's white exterior radiates the warm interior light to the outside world. During the day, you can see how the white façade and irregular black windows form the tree's bark with its intriguing graphic pattern.
Sand-coloured ceramic façade enriches The Hague skyline
Architectural firm Geurst & Schulze has transformed a dull ministerial office complex in The Hague into a warm, metropolitan building. The Wijnhavenkwartier complex now accommodates apartments, restaurants, shops, and an annex of Leiden University. The most striking aspect of the building is the sand-coloured façade that has been finished with custom-made tiles from Mosa, with which the architect makes a reference to ‘the beautiful city behind the dunes’.
Tiled floors as a form of traffic system
‘Floors in a foyer are like business cards. They set the tone and ensure visitors can find their way in large buildings; you know where you are so you feel more comfortable and at ease. You can notice this in the new Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+) building,’ says architect Luc Nooijen, who works for Architecten aan de Maas in Maastricht.
Creating the perfect high traffic tile for Amsterdam Central Station
Tiling a high traffic area such as Amsterdam Central Station is a big challenge. Nonetheless, we were up for it. Joined by Merk X the Mosa team created a special floor tile that not only resembled the look and feel of the railway station but could accommodate the heavy flow of commuters too.
Tiling the Milan Central station – Underscoring the technical prowess and design of Mosa tiles
Tiling a busy train station in the middle of one of Europe's most visited fashion capitals surely is no small feat. For the Milan Central station, each new addition of tiles had to be fittingly stylish - echoing the early 20th century feel of the building – and of exceptionally high quality to accommodate a heavy flow of foot traffic. Additionally, the tiles were to be installed on elevated concrete with train traffic nearby.
Townhouse complex: Hafenquartier Berlin Mitte
Hafenquartier Berlin Mitte was created between 2008 and 2012 as a townhouse complex with eleven residential units, constructed for Agromex GmbH & Co. KG based on a design by the architectural firm of Behzadi & Partner. High priority was given to the use of natural and sustainable materials in the interior design. For the bathrooms as well as the kitchens and entry areas the architects opted for Mosa tiles (from the Beige&Brown and Terra Maestricht collections), which had already proven themselves in various other projects.
Building green: repurposing waste means creating value
Park 20|20 is located southwest of Amsterdam. A unique business park where challenges in the field of building green and Cradle to Cradle® are met in an innovative way by Delta Development and N3O Architecten. The development's approach is twofold. On one hand, an endeavour is being made to preserve the residual value of buildings by constructing them in a flexible way with materials that can be reused. On the other hand, buildings must be made healthier and smarter, taking the users' well-being into account.