Terrazzo flooring has been around since Roman times. The basic process - the suspension of particulates in a liquid medium which sets to a hard finish - has remained unchanged for centuries. This is all about to change.
There’s been a revolution in this most traditional of flooring methods by enhancing it with the most modern of technologies - robotic 3d printing. Durabella Aectual is the result of the fusion of these opposing disciplines.
Terrazzo has traditionally been a ‘workhorse’ kind of product - solid and reliable but not very exciting. Durabella Aectual reinvents the category which is why we call it Designer Terrazzo.
Durabella Aectual is highly sustainable. It’s a combination of natural stone and a binding agent based on plants (soy). This makes it the only terrazzo floor which is free of all of the potentially harmful chemicals on the International Living Future’s Red List.
The appliance of science
Durabella Aectual is produced using a three-step process:
A raised profile design frame is created from plant-based biopolymers using an industrial robotic 3d printer.
This frame is filled with an all-natural liquid colour binder mixed with recycled marble and glass and other natural materials.
And is left to dry overnight to form a solid, hard wearing finish
This delivers some important advantages:
In contrast to traditional cementitious terrazzo, its thickness can be as low as 3 mm, which makes it a perfect solution for commercial projects.
It’s truly seamless even across an expansive public space
Areas of contrast in design and colour can be simply created
Designer Terrazzo is fully seamless with no expansion joints and it’s not prone to cracking. It’s a very long-life material - it should last 40 years or more in the most demanding of commercial spaces - which minimises its lifetime environmental impact and reduces lifecycle maintenance costs.
Let the floor tell the story
Durabella Aectual is a designer’s dream. The 3d printing process works to a singular specification. Patterns can be created, and replicated, from a freehand drawing or a generated design. So, the floor becomes a perfect design medium.
This allows you to accentuate architectural lines and tell a visual story with innovative shapes and colours all in a seamless fashion. It is also very practical commercially, allowing you to add bespoke branding or give clarity to routing and wayfinding through large buildings.
It should be no surprise that Durabella has been specified by prestigious architectural and design practices for international brands including Amazon, BMW and Nike.
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