Potsdam Station, Germany
Design: KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten GmbH
I Naturali – Pietre, Pietra di Savoia Avorio
Laminam 5.6 mm
Potsdam railway station is a key public transport junction for the city. It is packed out by crowds of visitors every day, in part thanks to its 24-hour opening hours. There can be an average of as many as 70,000. The countless stores in the Shopping Centre attached to the Station, accessible from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., favour use of the internal space and complete the Station’s public service role.
The station was designed in the 1990s and, more than 20 years after it was built, the need emerged to remodernise the shared inside areas, to renovate the flooring in particular, which had become especially worn.
The GMP Architekten Firm of Hamburg oversaw the original project, with their distinctive take on architecture built on the foundational values of solidity, longevity, beauty and sustainability. These four principles were strictly observed also by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten GmbH, who designed the new flooring, in the choice of using Laminam’s large-size, minimum-thickness ceramic slabs for all of the floors, pure porcelain stoneware that brings together aesthetic excellence with great resistance to impact, scratches, stains and chemicals.
Laminam ceramic slabs in 1000×2700 mm size and 5.6 mm thickness from the I Naturali – Pietre, Pietra di Savoia Avorio series were used for the floors, on a total area of 6,500 m2. I Naturali is a unique series that guarantees the same large-size outcome as the most commonly used natural materials, thus offering designers and planners yet unexplored possibilities to accomplish projects of major architectural value. As with natural stones, the coarser surface of the Pietra di Savoia series translates into anti-slip characteristics making it ideal for flooring applications.
Laminam ceramic slab properties:
• Resistant to scratches and deep abrasion
• Resistant to mildew and fungi
• Resistant to stains
• Resistant to chemicals
• Resistant to UV rays
• Intrinsic hygienic quality
• Low maintenance and easy cleaning