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Linear Metallic Steel, Solihull, United Kingdom

Friday 01 Jul 2011

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Steel flooring softly complements design of German rehabilitation centre 

In 2010, German architect firm Herzog, Kassel and Partner, transformed the site of a former supermarket into a prestigious healthcare facility, Rehazentrum Metzingen Rehabilitation Centre, near Stuttgart in Germany. Specialising in helping patients with spinal injuries, this first-class healthcare facility has treatment rooms, a fitness area, changing rooms and offices.

With such a large open space, the design brief required the flooring to complement the overall design theme of creating a welcoming, modern and clean look for the centre, whilst also meeting the cleaning regulations dictated by German healthcare building laws.

Having previously worked with luxury vinyl flooring from Amtico International, Herzog, Kassel and Partner were confident that Amtico Linear Metallic Steel would not only complement the modern design theme but would also be durable, hard-wearing and easy to maintain. By choosing the large Amtico Xtra tile format, the team was able to create an interesting flooring layout that enhanced the feeling of open space throughout the treatment rooms, fitness area, reception and staff offices.

With the soft good looks of brushed aluminium, Linear Metallic Steel lends a silvery coolness to the facility and perfectly complements the crisp monochromatic scheme and chrome finishes of the centre's equipment.  Graphic yet subtle, the random, delicate threads within Linear Metallic Steel catch the eye and add just a hint of industrialised glamour whilst the overall finish evokes a feeling of depth and movement more commonly found in textiles.

It was vital that the interior design, including flooring, was based on a comprehensive understanding of the facility's needs and patient profile, such as being able to stand up to the day-to-day challenges of heavy equipment, footfall, spills and cleanliness. Thanks to Amtico's layered construction - which includes a backing layer, an aesthetic layer, two separate performance wear layers and a urethane treatment - the products have an unrivalled durability, as well as added slip, scuff and stain resistance.

All Amtico products come with a 20-year commercial warranty against wear-out, giving specifiers and end-users further confidence in the longevity of its appearance.

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