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Abu Dhabi's Louvre

Nesite raised floor for the Louvre of Abu Dhabi

After many years of hard work, the museum Louvre in Abu Dhabi will open its doors.

Designed  by Pritzker prize winner Jean Nouvel, the museum was born following an intergovernmental agreement with France and it will exhibit artworks from all over the World.

Jean Nouvel was inspired by the special features of the Saadiyat site: a virgin lagoon island, between sand and sea, shade and light. His design will offer future visitors a high-impact architectural and museum experience that fosters dialogue between cultures.

The peculiarity of this prestigious work is the silver dome, which measures 180 meters and is made up of nearly 8000 metallic stars embedded in a complex geometric pattern which creates a spetacular “light rain” effect when it is lit by the sun.

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Nesite contributed to the completion of the project by installing over 20.000 sqm of highly customized raised access floor, certified as anti–seismic. 

This is a project of enormous complexity, with highly customized product that also includes the Leed certification.

We have produced panels with special dimensions, for the most part 1400×233 mm, with calcium sulphate core 38 mm thick and upper covering in different types of natural marbles, applying a 3 mm bronzed brass edge trim specifically designed to meet the customer’s request.

For this project, we have produced and installed the following:

  • Our Tetris floor with tongue & groove system, calcium sulphate core at high density 32 mm thick and MPL stringers.
  • Customized panels with calcium sulphate core, 38 mm thick, galvanized steel tray 1 mm thick and various finishes in natural stone, with perimeter in bronze brass 3 mm thick, special dimensions 1400×233 mm.
  • Heavy duty substructure, with stringers 50x50x2 mm and special metal mesh 70×70 cm.

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mostra architettura

International architecture Exhibition. May 2017, Padova.

Following the outstanding success of Padova 2013 Architettura international architecture workshop, Padova 2015 Architettura international architecture workshop and Padova2016 Architettura exhibitions and discussions, Padova 2017 architettura is just around the corner with a richer and wider programme which will feature research, study and working moments: the events will be a convention, two exhibitions and the third international workshop.

Nesite is proud to be a partner of this event, which will take place in the heart of Padova, which has always been a “workshop-like” urban area, and one of the most interesting and representative cities of Veneto. All the historical stratifications and transformations that shaped the current structure of the city are clearly visible. Many of the ideas which constitute the know-how of city planning and architecture came up thanks to the analysis of cities like Padova, and with such an expertise and their theories, it is nowadays possible to plan and build better cities.

The aim of the convention is to face the issue of the city’s analysis and planning and to gather a remarkable amount of renowned architects, with the aim of discussing their architectural projects and to draw common conclusions from which a program will be extracted and published in a conclusive volume.


“Element of Architecture”: between tradition and innovation

We have already spoken of “Fundamentals”, the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, cared by the Dutch archi-star Rem Koolhaas, that a few weeks after opening, is proving a big success with critics and audiences.

Today we want to focus on what happens at the Central Pavilion in the Giardini, right in the heart of the exhibition.

Here there is “Elements of Architecture”, where the curator with a brave choice – it would have been much easier to dedicate the main area to the big projects or civil society issues – has collected all those elements that are not always valued, but they represent the base and the daily work of any architect: doors, ceilings, walls, windows, stairs, corridors, balconies, bathrooms, etc..

And, of course, the floor.

We then move into the “Floor Room” where the raised floor Nesite was installed.

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As in the other rooms of the exhibition, also here the visitor is immersed in an intriguing mix of ancient and contemporary, artistic ambitions and common tools, tradition and innovation.

The floor is sometimes considered just a flat slab on which to walk, here, instead, it becomes the foundation on which to build and enhance fragments of history, like a Venetian mosaic or an Afghan prayer rug, or some Uzbek tiles. It feels like being inside a song by an eccentric singer and instead we are in the place where all the experts and enthusiasts come together to understand the directions of world architecture.

The “Floor Room” was entirely paved with raised covered with anti-static vinyl, one of the most popular materials used for equipment rooms and offices, where the raised floor is normally used.

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Only a small area of ​​the room is rather devoid of panels, allowing the visitor to discover what lies beneath our floor! The perfect design of the system, integrated with the galvanized steel structure complete with stringers, gives stability to the whole, but allows maximum flexibility of the space redesign according to the new requirements.

And who said that a floor have to be an anonymous floor surface and cannot be fun? In this room children, but also (especially?) adults, do not resist the temptation to try Energy Floors, a small dance area capable of generating energy.

But a few inches back from this small play area you can find again Nesite floor, even in its glass version, ideal to show the original floor or to give prestige to any room.

The Biennale is the place where past and present come together to provide ideas and suggestions for the future. Nesite is proud to be present, but, above all, is ready to meet this challenge.

radiant project

Completed the first installation of the radiant system by Nesite

The radiant raised floor Nesite, developed together with Floortech, was installed for the first time in a residential project .

It was done in a detached house in Asti, Piemonte, and looked after by the architect Paolo Ostino. The building is developed on staggered indoor levels, so that the floors can follow the natural slope of the intervention lot.

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We asked the architect to tell us about his project and the reasons for this choice.

  ” During the design phase ,”  says architect Ostino “we wanted to give the utmost importance to the issues related to the spaces’ livability, energy saving and the auditing of maintenance costs generated from the building in its life, studying in detail each constructive aspect.”

” As regards the indoor floor system”, continues arch. Ostino “the choice was oriented to the solution of the radiant raised floor Nesite, the element that has combined at the best the three aspects of design research:

- The spaces’ livability: the color range of Nesite flooring was welcomed by the demands of the construction management and by the taste of the client, thereby allowing the creation of the designed spaces;

- The energy saving: the metal structure supporting the raised floor and radiant panels gave the opportunity to take advantage of the space, traditionally occupied by the cementitious substrate, for the passage of pipe plant, as well as to lay the necessary layer of insulating material, notably reducing the thickness of the elements’ stratigraphy and the schedule for completing the work phase

- Maintenance costs : the system adopted allows the inspection of the pavement at any point and in any stretch of the radiant panel, allowing any future modifications to the plant, thus eliminating the costs for construction intervention.”

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radiant system detail

Nesite installed for this project :

- About 200 sqm of Twin Floor with porcelain stoneware with a variety of finishes;

- Radiant panels embedded in the pavement, while allowing complete accessibility and flexibility;

- Special structure with double head to accommodate the radiant system and MPL stringers;

- Soundproofing acoustic supports, with dynamic stiffness higher than 10MN/m3 according to UNI EN 29052-2 , in eco-friendly rubber, to increase the acoustic comfort.

Look at more pictures of the installation on our Facebook page


Refurbishment, an opportunity to re-launch the construction industry

The activity generated by the breaks relating to refurbishing has created 226.339 direct jobs in 2013. They were just under 156.000 in 2012. In 2013, nearly 2% of GDP came from building renovation and energy saving – The State gained 4,8 billion from VAT.

A new culture to preserve the rich heritage of our cities

Tax breaks are an important driving force and it is hoped that they become a springboard for the spread of a new culture in the building industry that turns to save and preserve the rich heritage of our cities. It is necessary to stop the concreting of the territory by redeveloping the disused buildings, starting from the historical centers . By now, it is difficult counting the uninhabited or in disrepair properties and this situation is unacceptable in a country like Italy, appreciated around the world for the beauty of its urban and architectural heritage .

Refurbishment of a property can be easy and creative. The market offers new minimally invasive and economical building solutions; think, for example, of the possibility of renewing the old floors with the simple application of loose-lay or raised flooring. These products offer a ready use of the spaces and the ability to change look at any time (in addition to the possibility of changing the plant design without masonry work ) . Similarly, walls and ceilings too can be coated and ” updated” with original paintwork and the space can be reorganized by movable walls.

If you lack ideas, copy the one of ​​a pair who have several architects involved in the project of refurbishing their apartment :

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