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The Architects’ Darling was held for the first time in 2011 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the company Heinze (Celle), the leading German provider of information services in the building sector. This Award has straightaway established itself as the biggest annual opinion poll among architects throughout Germany. This time as well, approximately 1,800 architects and planners participated in order to vote for the brands favoured by them in 24 product categories. In addition, the best in seven marketing categories were awarded prizes by a jury of experts.
Approximately 30 km to the southwest of Montpellier in the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon, the spa Balaruc-les-Bains is located, which is rich in tradition and has been well-known for the high quality of its thermal water already since the 16th century. There, directly on the shore of the Mediterranean lagoon Étang de Thau, a new thermal bath was realized, which started its normal operation in spring of 2015 for up to 4,200 spa guests every day - a number which is just as impressive as the architectural level of this project. Ceramic tiles of Agrob Buchtal decisively contribute to its aesthetic overall picture.
The times at which youth hostels stood for spartan furnishings and facilities definitely seem to have gone. A typical example has been realized recently in the Swiss Saas-Fee: the currently first youth hostel with an own wellness area is making international headlines. Carefully selected ceramic tiles are architecturally convincing, which, on the one hand, take into account the alpine character of the environment, and, on the other hand, ensure impressive aesthetics thanks to project-specific special solutions.
Cotto is a traditional ceramic floor covering which, depending on the origin and composition of the raw material (primarily marl or limestone clay), is available with various characteristics. The colour nuances generally represent an earthy-reddish or yellowish range. One essential common feature is the delightfully natural appearance thanks to some charming irregularities and a patina which is hard to put into words. Urban Cotto by Agrob Buchtal translates these fascinating features in a contemporary manner, expressed by an urban composite.
Ceramic tiles with a natural look still are in great demand. The novelty Quarzit of Agrob Buchtal, which will be available as of the beginning of 2016, is a contemporary interpretation of this genre. Discreet shiny and shimmering spots underline the stone character and convey a striking and at the same time charming naturalness together with vividly nuanced surfaces in appropriate colours. In this way and thanks to the wide range of slip resistances, colours and formats, Quarzit is extremely versatile and can be used both in public and in private areas.