This year’s Design Architecture Specification Conference kicked off in Cape Town with the theme ‘The Mother City of The Future’, to explore key themes in public and private infrastructure such as schools and clinics as well as the high-end Silo project – a luxury, five star hotel.
The conference was well attended with over 100 architects, designers and specifiers; allowing attendees to make new contacts, share industry knowledge and gain entrance into new architectural practises.
A range of informative talks were given throughout the day including: ‘The Silo District at the V&A Waterfront – A Sustainable Urban Precinct’ by Lloyd Rubidge, director of VDMMA Architects; ‘What Epoxies Can Do For Infrastructure’ by Emile Venter, Flowcrete South Africa’s Sales Director; and ‘Matching Our Heritage With Future Generations’ by Mokena Makeka, founder and principal of Makeka Design Labs.
In case you missed the conference, here’s what we found out:
Architects are interested in systems that are HACCP International certified
The HACCP management system provides a set of guidelines to ensure that the production process is as hygienic as possible. It is a globally recognised food safety programme that means food and beverage producers can rest assured that their facilities will meet the domestic and international standards for safe procurement, production and processing.
The HACCP International certified, polyurethane system Flowfresh particularly impressed architects thanks to its industry accreditations. The high cross-linked density typical of polyurethane floors makes them exceptionally robust and able to withstand abusive environments, offering much more effective protection against chemical and thermal attack than epoxy or MMA floors.
In addition, a Polygiene® additive, which is a natural silver ion-based antimicrobial agent, has been incorporated into the polyurethane matrix of Flowfresh to offer an advanced surface protection against harmful bacteria, mould and yeasts. The effectiveness of this technique is exemplified by the fact that many world-class healthcare environments have embraced Flowfresh flooring.
Architects were impressed with seamless resin terrazzo flooring
Architects particularly liked the Mondéco range, as it’s a good alternative to polished concrete.
This seamless resin terrazzo flooring range provides the ultimate in luxury and durable flooring for upmarket shopping malls and commercial venues and is available in a wide variety of colourful and decorative aggregates, which are incorporated into the resin, mix before the floor is diamond ground to deliver a smooth floor finish.
Aggregates available include glass, mirror glass, marble, mother of pearl, granite and flint although special mixes and colours can be produced to special order on request to offer complete creative freedom.
The Metallic Expressions range is a hot trend for 2017
With the metallic style of flooring becoming more and more popular in the commercial sector, Flowcrete launched a new range of artistic resin floor finishes for contemporary retail brands and the commercial sector.
The Expressions range features three new systems in a total of 20 new colour ways offering a choice between solid and multi-dimensional marbled colour tones or alternatively a striking galvanised metallic effect to create a highly artistic finish on the surface of the floor.
The range evokes cosmopolitan sophistication and artistic expression to create floors that are consistently inconsistent but which artfully interplay a raw industrial aesthetic with a soft and welcoming feel.