Terrazzo is a highly versatile, solid and durable surface that has been around for centuries. Its history is shrouded in the romantic notion of 15th century Venetian marble workers discarding odd-sized pieces and off-cuts into clay to create attractive patios or terraces for themselves at home.
At first, these surfaces were rough and hard to walk on, but over time, when worn and rubbed with stone they became smooth and the marble aggregates would shimmer in the Italian sunshine.
Today, the process of installing a terrazzo floor may not be quite as dreamy, but it’s a real testament to the material that it remains a popular flooring choice for those looking to combine durability and sustainability with decorative qualities.
Modern terrazzo is made with either an epoxy resin or cementitious base and combined with aggregates to create that unique and unrivalled speckled look. Although marble is still highly desirable, terrazzo can also be made using recycled glass, crushed mirror glass, metallic as well as mother-of-pearl, flint and granite.
One of the greatest benefits of terrazzo for architects and interior designers is how flexible the material can be in terms of its application. Terrazzo can be set into precision cut forms to create logos, medallions, text or virtually any pattern imaginable.
Take, The School at Jaya One for example. This facility represents a completely new concept in retailing by creating a space that encourages children to play and learn. At the heart of the school, lies a full-scale tree house, complete with podium where live performances, readings and other events are hosted.
The podium represents a stunning display of flooring design using two contrasting terrazzo systems, Mondéco Earth and Mondéco Splash from Flowcrete Asia to create a geometric starburst design across two circular platforms…