Laminam covers the external facades of the Village dedicated to athletes from all over the world with 20,000 square metres of its ceramic surfaces, thus bringing the signature of the company’s Made in Italy design.
South of the National Olympic Sports Center, the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Village, which for 53 days will welcome athletes to the Chinese capital to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is the result of the complete renovation of a former steel mill in the heart of Beijing’s industrial district and consists of 50 buildings used for various services. Construction of the complex, which began in September 2018 and will be completed in mid-2021, underpins the ambitious project of Bo Hongtao, Chief Architect of the project who, in renovating the old Shougang factory, intended to explore the solutions of contemporary architecture while capturing the legacy of the existing industrial site. The Olympic Village was thus created by preserving the original steel and cement structure, enriched by evocative landscape corridors created to build a dialogue between the internal and external scenery. In a skilful play of recovery and addition, the Village project gives new lustre to the original structural site, revisiting it in a modern and above all sustainable way, as required by government guidelines aimed at calculating the environmental impact of all building construction.
The new reality remains faithful to the urban context in which it is set, and Laminam’s intervention is part of this perspective of conservation and innovation. If, in fact, from an aesthetic point of view the ceramic coverings chosen for the external facades wink at the mood of the entire district, on the other hand their prestigious intrinsic characteristics represent the calling card of an avant-garde technological frontier. The Laminam slabs, in fact, combine the large 1000×3000 mm size and the reduced thickness of Laminam 3+ with a high resistance to mechanical stress, chemicals, wear, scratches and deep abrasion. Moreover, by their very nature, they are hygienic, resistant to frost, mould and UV radiation.
Laid in the Moro colour of the Oxide series, the surfaces simulate the effects that various atmospheric agents have on iron, creating suggestions of great materiality enhanced by plays of light. This texture is the result of in-depth aesthetic research, combining multiple decorative technologies and enriching them with natural pigments with a metallic look.
“The Beijing Olympic Village project is based on three major pillars: continuity, innovation and sustainability,” said Bo Hongtao “while steel was the most consistent aesthetic solution, I could not rely on its reliability in terms of weather resistance. Excluding glass due to its excessive heaviness, I found in the Laminam slabs all the stylistic and functional characteristics I was looking for, first of all their lightness and materiality. The particular texture of Oxide, then, gives life to extraordinary plays of light that end up giving further prominence to the entire complex“.