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ARCHISPEAK – Architect George Nicu, HTO ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="9852" img_size="474x474"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][heading size="1" heading_class="heading"]ARCHISPEAK - Architect George Nicu, HTO ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING [/heading][heading size="2" heading_class="heading"]#ARCHISPEAK interview series is welcoming George Nicu, a very talented architect from HTO ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING to discuss his recent work for DELOITTE HQ and to find out the secrets behind the scenes of this unique project.[/heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What kind of projects were you doing when you first started as an architect?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]I had my first job at a pretty early age (21) while I was a student in my 2nd year out of the minimum 6 which the Architecture Faculty spreads on. So, I could say that my first job consisted in everything that might cross your mind related to architecture. My first important job I had 1 year later, when I started to work for a German architecture studio based in Bucharest. That was the first time when I started to realize what being an architect really required. The projects were diverse, from small family houses to hospitals, for both Romania and Germany. I eagerly intended to be part in all of the projects that were at that time in the office.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]If someone were to write a book about your architecture career, what would be its title?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]If the book is to be published nowadays, I would say: “A lot more to come…Stay Tuned! 😊”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]Do you have a signature style?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]I could say that all of our projects, not necessarily only the office ones, have a distinctive design that we intend to implement in order to create an individual personality of the space or building that we imagine. If I would highlight the first 3 criteria that merge in HTO’s project I would say:
  • Functionality – Form follows function
  • Quality – we always push the client to implement as much as the budget allows quality rated materials and systems
  • Timeless design – we try not to always “to be in trend” …. contemporary design rules and highlights, especially in the office projects, have the particularise that could result in not such a particular project.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What was the design philosophy for Deloitte HQ?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Deloitte HQ Project could easily be characterized by all of the above 3.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What was the most challenging part in developing this project? How did you handle it?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]The time frame of the project was the most difficult part of the project. If we put aside all of the client’s requirements in terms of functionality and design (which I might point out that we successfully achieved 😊) the fact that the Architectural Project was appointed in late August 2018 and Concept approved in late September 2018 and the fact the entire 8.000 sqm had to be implemented by the 1st of May was pretty challenging. We were aware  from the begging of the project of the tight schedule, and the solution that we presented to the client, solution that we believe was the only possible way to deliver, consisted in developing the project only using systems (partitions, furniture, flooring, etc.) that came from worldwide renowned brands and, beside the quality and design specification had the advantage of a very short required implementation time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What are your thoughts on the importance of floor coverings in interior design today?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Floor coverings are very big part of the project…any project. It’s a large surface that you interact with on day to day basics. In terms of design, the proper use of it should complement your ideas and add value to the entire project. Otherwise, you could simply ruin it. In terms of functionality, the importance of floor coverings has a huge impact in comfort and maintenance. No matter how good a carpet or parquet might look at first, it is highly regarded of how these materials maintain over time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]How do you feel when you see the final result of months of work materialized in a building or space?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Exhausted 😊 – that’s our first feeling. The biggest satisfaction that we always have is the client’s appreciation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]JTNDc3R5bGUlM0UlMEEucG9zdC5zdHlsZS0yJTIwaGVhZGVyJTJDJTIwYm9keSUyMCUzRSUyMGRpdi5zaXRlLXdyYXBwZXIlMjAlM0UlMjBzZWN0aW9uJTIwJTNFJTIwZGl2JTIwJTNFJTIwZGl2JTIwJTNFJTIwZGl2JTIwJTNFJTIwcCUyMCU3QmRpc3BsYXklM0ElMjBub25lJTNCJTIwdmlzaWJpbGl0eSUzQSUyMGhpZGRlbiUzQiU3RCUwQSUzQyUyRnN0eWxlJTNFJTBB[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Gerflor Services – MyFloor

[vc_row][vc_column][heading size="1" heading_class="heading"]Gerflor Services – MyFloor[/heading][heading size="4" heading_class="heading"]Customize your floor and get a unique rendering[/heading][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="9446" img_size="768x551" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="9447" img_size="770x553" onclick="link_image"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/5"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-right" color="black" background_style="rounded-less" background_color="orange" size="xs"][vc_column_text]MyPremium[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="4/5"][vc_column_text]The performance of the Premium range in the colors of your choice. Gerflor offers you 5 designs and one palette of more than 150 colors to give you the possibility to choose your granules and to create your own harmony. Created for projects over 2000 sqm, this application enables you to visualize on your computer and to order online a color proof before validation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/5"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-right" color="black" background_style="rounded-less" background_color="orange" size="xs"][vc_column_text]MyTaraflex[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="4/5"][vc_column_text]Be the own designer of your room by choosing the color of your Taraflex floor covering among a pallet of more than 150 colors. Planned for the projects of a surface superior to 1000 sqm, this application offers you the possibility of displaying on the screen then ordering online your sample of material.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/5"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-right" color="black" background_style="rounded-less" background_color="orange" size="xs"][vc_column_text]My Logo Taraflex[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="4/5"][vc_column_text]Give an identity to your sport hall - logos of your club, drawing, blazon or name of your city. Thanks to the waterjet cutting technology, everything is possible with a striking precision and detail. From the file you will send to Gerflor, a designer can reproduce your drawing or illustration in CAP. You will also specify us the product and colors chosen in the Taraflex Range as well as the size of the logo.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/5"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-right" color="black" background_style="rounded-less" background_color="orange" size="xs"][vc_column_text]Logos[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="4/5"][vc_column_text]Customize your floor! Logos, signs on the floor, laying pattern, everything is possible thanks to our water cutting technology. All shapes are possible with a detailed precision. Our technical teams can reproduce a design or an illustration. You choose the colors and the cutting can start! A unique service to customize your floors! Be inspired![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_btn title="TRY IT ON" color="warning" align="center" i_type="linecons" i_icon_linecons="vc_li vc_li-params" add_icon="true" link="url:http%3A%2F%2Fmytaralay.esignserver2.com%2Fgallery.do||target:%20_blank|"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Milliken FLOOR COVERING VISUALIZER

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When it comes to designing interior settings marked by innovative vision, “seeing is, in fact, believing.” Which is why we are pleased to announce the launch of Milliken’s new Flooring Visualizer—an online tool that empowers customers, partners, and designers to make wise purchasing decisions by taking the guesswork out of flooring installations. Milliken’s easy-to-use visualizer technology enables you to be actively engaged in the flooring selection and design. Through a high-quality virtual experience, you can preview Milliken flooring solutions, intuitively customize the space to fit your unique needs, and visualize the transforming power of flooring in a variety of interior settings. Allow us give you some hints:
  • check the options in the bottom right hand corner of the screen
  • be sure that the layouts have been carefully designed to ensure that they repeat out when used within a larger space
  • these layouts are perfect for use within applications such as Revit, Sketch Up and photoshop
  • the saved file mirrors the room installation
  • all carpet installation methods supported
  • best distribution of accents in rooms and saved file
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BT Learning Centre Project

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/6"][vc_single_image image="9152" img_size="100X70"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="5/6"][vc_single_image image="9153" img_size="800x450"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][heading size="1" heading_class="heading"]BT Learning Centre Project - BL Associates Team[/heading][heading size="2" heading_class="heading"]Without any doubt, one of our favourite projects from 2018 is BT Learning Centre! Here are the insights of the BL Associates Team.[/heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What do you consider the key characteristic of this educational project?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]The key of The Learning Center of Banca Transilvania (BT) Headquarters is related to our main objective to create a modern interior space that will give those who will use the impulse to be creative, learn and take advantage of it for other activities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]How is the company’s brand reflected in the space? [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]As with each of BL Associates projects, for this space, also, we applied creative and innovative solutions and the right balance between creativity and technical expertise, to integrate the elements of their brand identity in the design. We started from the concept used for the bank and combining with the necessities of this space.   The key elements and the colors of the brand are integrated and transposed in interior design of BT Learning Center, making it a vibrant and energetic space starting from the characteristics of the finishes and reaching the lines and geometric shapes that can be found in decorations, furniture and accessories.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]How does brand identity and office design relate to one another?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Every project needs to be tailored to the elements of the brand for which we create. Branding a space must be done carefully, because the elements of the company's culture, including the employees' profile, must be considered. We, architects and designers, have a key role in expressing the values ​​of a brand. The first meetings between every client and BL Associates team are also focused on our understanding of the values ​​and principles that guide and activates that client. All these values ​​will be used to create all aspects of design, to determine what experience have in that space the team members, the customers or the visitors.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]Tell us more about the functionality of the space.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Regarding the Learning Center of Banca Transilvania, BL Associates developed a complex project, which had to incorporate, in a welcoming and functional framework, both office and learning features, but also with functionalities for relaxing, socializing and knowledge.   Situated in the North of Bucharest and designed for conferences, seminars and workshops, it has 828 sqm and is made up of auditorium, 6 training rooms, a networking and a relaxing space.   The auditorium has the largest area (160 Sqm) and was designed for a capacity of 120 people. This space is equipped with modern and functional furniture (chairs and desks) made through innovative techniques as practical, foldable and easy to store pieces.   The training rooms, each with a capacity of 16 people, designed for different events (conferences, workshops, courses) benefit from the functionality including also wardrobes for clothes, which give a comforting feeling of familiarity and coziness.   An eye-catching visual point is the art sculpture, colorful wallpaper full of motivational messages and graphics that urge you to a “keep going no matter what”. This is the message BL Associates wants to convey through this project, an indulgence in competitiveness and education. The whole design and furniture have been adapted to this effect. Office furniture has been used simple but effective, easy-to-operate pieces, so that these spaces can be configurable, modular.   After intense work, the reward also follows, that's why BLA project for Banca Transilvania integrates a "coffee & snack area". A cafeteria and a lounge area welcome you in color tones, warm lighting and social-friendly furniture.  Modern coffee tables, red comfortable sofas and the audio system for ambiently music give the feeling of relaxation and “privacy”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What are your thoughts on the importance of floor coverings in interior design today? [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]When designing a space, we think it’s important to include the flooring in the initial process right from inception of concept drawings and sketches instead of letting it till last. Flooring is one of the most defining elements in any interior design and influences so many factors. The interior design must follow the features of the floor and would integrate that one which could be in harmony with the design style by choosing carefully can greatly influence an interior and make it look either more spacious, either more elegant or with a good vibe.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What made this product (Desso and Gerfloor) to stand out from the crowd?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Both the brands meet the needs of the architects and interior designers. Desso is a hard wearing and functional carpets brand, in vibrant colours, including various collections from which architects and designers can make smart selections to add value to every project, according to the chosen design style. The commercial flooring powered by Gerfloor comes with an ultra-realistic design, a high traffic resistance and a long-lasting appearance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]Which project has given you the most satisfaction thus far?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Every BL Associates project is important and successful from our point of view, because it includes the values of our firm regarding the balance between creativity and functionality. Every space designed by BL team, even it’s an office, bank, retail, residential, hospitality or food & beverage project, includes clear and refined-styles line, with a vibrant, elegant or a simple design, even we talk about the contemporary, modern, eclectic or minimalistic style.   BL Associates embraces the diversity and the free exchange of ideas. The innovative elements of our projects bring to the foreground the key of our mission which is to offer to our clients the best design and service quality as well as solutions to more effectively support their business and operational needs. We are not only creative, but also communicative, taking pleasure in collaborating with both new and existing clients, while meeting challenges and expectations.   BL Associates Team [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]JTNDc3R5bGUlM0UlMEEucG9zdC5zdHlsZS0yJTIwaGVhZGVyJTJDJTIwYm9keSUyMCUzRSUyMGRpdi5zaXRlLXdyYXBwZXIlMjAlM0UlMjBzZWN0aW9uJTIwJTNFJTIwZGl2JTIwJTNFJTIwZGl2JTIwJTNFJTIwZGl2JTIwJTNFJTIwcCUyMCU3QmRpc3BsYXklM0ElMjBub25lJTNCJTIwdmlzaWJpbGl0eSUzQSUyMGhpZGRlbiUzQiU3RCUwQSUzQyUyRnN0eWxlJTNFJTBB[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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ArchiSpeak – MIHAI RADU, LAUSTER&RADU ARHITECTI

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_single_image image="8839" img_size="1024x240" alignment="center"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][heading size="1" heading_class="heading"]ARCHISPEAK[/heading][heading size="4" heading_class="heading"]CONTINUING OUR SERIES OF INTERVIEWS, #ARCHISPEAK, WE ARE DELIGHTED TO SHARE OUR ARTICLE WITH ARCH. MIHAI RADU about stefan cel mare building![/heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]After being awarded BEST SMALL OFFICE DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR in Romania in 2016, Stefan cel Mare Building won the American Architecture Prize for Commercial Architecture! What was the reaction to the award from colleagues and clients?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]We were thrilled to receive these awards and we were congratulated by our colleagues and clients. The recognition that we received, gave clients more confidence in choosing us for the next projects, knowing that we can add a plus to their development through our name.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What do these type of awards represent for a business like yours?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Every prize is important for us. It validates the quality of design and sets us on an international scale. Also it gives a boost in promoting our company through marketing strategies. Our clients are pleased to collaborate with us, given the recognition of good quality design and in return we help promoting their business and building ventures.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What is the most unique feature about Stefan cel Mare Building, from your point of view?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]I believe that the most important feature is its quiet elegance. It's outside simplicity in contrast to its complex interior and advanced equipments which have contributed to a BREEAM certified building.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]Please talk about any other notable aspects of the building that makes it unique.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]The facade concept is a reinterpretation of the industrial buildings which were landmarks in the XX century (e.g. Assan Mill). The vertical brick stripes alternates with horizontal steel beams, creating a harmonized facade that acts as a landmark for the Stefan cel Mare intersection.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]Which raised access floor system was used? Please touch upon any notable products, how they were used and if they solved a specific problem?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]According to fire security norm the building was classified as a tall building, and therefore we had to choose CBI Europe raised access floor, CBM/S panel, fully encapsulated with galvanized steel, with fire reaction class A1fl and fire resistance REI30r.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What are your thoughts on the importance of raised access floor as part of the new building?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]It was important to use a raised floor system in designing the building, because the client rented it as an open space, giving the tenant the possibility to adapt the space to its own needs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]New buildings are designed with a strong focus on both user experience and environmental health, is this correct? Can you tell us more about this?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]The user experience is a set of activating senses and perceptions regarding the environment. Now we are at a turning point, given the requests for more eco-friendly buildings that integrate technology and life cycle assessment schemes. Also the organisation in office buildings is changing, we are evolving from hierarchical schemes to more flexible ones, given the job changes and the shift to working remote.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]Are you concerned about environmental and social sustainability in your buildings? If so, what role does green building play into your work?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]We are very much concerned regarding environmental and social sustainability. We apply this schemes in designing the concept of the building. Good sustainable design also encourages others to build the same way, it becomes a trend in nowadays society. People are more aware of their impact to the environment. The building service equipments have to be of high equality in order to reduce costs of living and working, the position of the building and its relationship with the sun can reduce also utility costs. You have to understand the site and what advantages it brings into your design for a good planning.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What do you feel is the greatest challenge when it comes to designing for environmental sustainability?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]The biggest challenge is the cost for implementing high quality equipments or architectural systems like sunshades, that reduce this costs. We started a lot of projects aiming for BREEAM or LEED certificates and when the client discovered the costs, they prefer to go with a more conservative building. 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Designing with Laminam in a click!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][heading size="1" heading_class="heading"]Designing with Laminam in a click: BIM revolution, revolutionary ceramic slab[/heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The large Laminam surfaces have joined the gallery of products available for BIM software the world over. Building Information Modelling, or BIM, is an integrated approach to construction design which allows architects and industry specialists to design and erect a building with greater speed, efficiency and control. BIM software contains all the information required for every step of the job: architectural, structural, plant engineering and managerial. Designing makes use of models of real objects provided directly by the manufacturer, who supplies the physical, thermal and styling characteristics.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="8756" img_size="1200x450"][vc_btn title="Access Laminam on BIM!" color="warning" i_icon_fontawesome="fa fa-external-link" add_icon="true" link="url:http%3A%2F%2Fbimobject.com%2Fen-us%2Flaminam|title:Access%20Laminam%20on%20BIM!|target:%20_blank|"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]JTNDc3R5bGUlM0UlMEEucG9zdC5zdHlsZS0yJTIwaGVhZGVyJTJDJTIwYm9keSUyMCUzRSUyMGRpdi5zaXRlLXdyYXBwZXIlMjAlM0UlMjBzZWN0aW9uJTIwJTNFJTIwZGl2JTIwJTNFJTIwZGl2JTIwJTNFJTIwZGl2JTIwJTNFJTIwcCUyMCU3QmRpc3BsYXklM0ElMjBub25lJTNCJTIwdmlzaWJpbGl0eSUzQSUyMGhpZGRlbiUzQiU3RCUwQSUzQyUyRnN0eWxlJTNFJTBB[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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ArchiSpeak – PickTwo Studio

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="8715" img_size="474x474"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_single_image image="8708" img_size="800x450"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][heading size="1" heading_class="heading"]ARCHISPEAK[/heading][heading size="2" heading_class="heading"]Decor Floor invited for a coffee Romania’s finest architects at the moment and here’s what we learned.[/heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]How do you think great food and interior design are linked?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]We believe these are important factors for having a successful restaurant concept: the design can bring people inside and make them feel good, but the food is the real treat and that is what will make people come back.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What has been your most challenging project to date and why?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]One of the most interesting and stimulating projects we made was NOR – Sky Casual Restaurant, a 250 seats restaurant at the last floor of Bucharest’s tallest building. The restaurant is located at 130 meters above the ground and we faced several challenges in finishing the design work. As we were dealing with an extremely tall and a one-of-a-kind building in Bucharest, safety and construction regulations were strict. But we managed to create one of our best projects, so it was worth the effort![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What was the first food and beverage space you designed?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]We started our restaurant interior design journey 5 years ago with Stadio, a restaurant in downtown Bucharest, which quickly became a landmark for smart-casual diners and cool places in town. In the past 5 years we completed over 80 interior design projects, ranging from take-aways to restaurants, offices and shops.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What design challenges are unique to hospitality, food and beverage space design?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]We like to create the functional spaces first, kitchen areas are very important and so is the bar area. We believe that in order for a restaurant to work, its infrastructure must be top notch. Also, this is a fast-evolving market and coming up with new concepts is not an easy job.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]Which flooring brands were used? What made this products to stand out from the crowd?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Two by Trickshot is the second project of an entertainment concept which gathers under the same brand a restaurant with an open kitchen, a coffee place, bowling alley, pool and darts games. We created the first Trickshot concept in 2014 and now we got to do a spinoff for a new place. The main idea of the brand is to have all these diverse functions blended together. We didn’t want to have functions separated, because this was neither a classic restaurant, nor a classic bowling alley. We “tricked” the consumer into having dinner next to the bowling lanes. Two by Trickshot builds on this idea and adds a more industrial touch, suited to the area of the city.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]Tell us more about the architectural concept of Two by Trickshot.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]For Two by Trickshot we used LVT tiles from Gerflor for the restaurant area and Milliken carpet for the bowling and pool area. We wanted a stone-like finishing for the restaurant area, a neutral aspect, but also a functional product. Restaurants are very busy and natural stone ore raising tend to wear off. Another advantage was installation times, which were much faster than anything else. We wanted to use a Watercolour collection from Milliken to have a floor that is comfortable, non-linear and sound absorbent, for the bowling and pool areas.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What are some current trends you’re seeing when it comes to hospitality?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Hospitality is for us a fast-pace industry. The restaurants that were cool last year may easily be forgotten and new concepts seem to emerge every week. We see the industrial interior design at a peak, but new trends like 40s and 60s influences are starting to emerge.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_icon type="openiconic" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-help" color="orange" background_style="rounded" align="right"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][vc_column_text]What are your thoughts on the importance of floor coverings in interior design today?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]We used flooring in two ways: either to reinforce an idea or to highlight an area of the space, or as a blending surface that satisfies technical usage. We look at the acoustics of the material, resistance in time and overall costs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]JTNDc3R5bGUlM0UlMEEucG9zdC5zdHlsZS0yJTIwaGVhZGVyJTJDJTIwYm9keSUyMCUzRSUyMGRpdi5zaXRlLXdyYXBwZXIlMjAlM0UlMjBzZWN0aW9uJTIwJTNFJTIwZGl2JTIwJTNFJTIwZGl2JTIwJTNFJTIwZGl2JTIwJTNFJTIwcCUyMCU3QmRpc3BsYXklM0ElMjBub25lJTNCJTIwdmlzaWJpbGl0eSUzQSUyMGhpZGRlbiUzQiU3RCUwQSUzQyUyRnN0eWxlJTNFJTBB[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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