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Singapore is a densely populated city-state, in which land is scarce. This makes space-saving, high-rise buildings a bare necessity. New standards in the sea of buildings in Singapore’s central business district are set by the Oasia Hotel, hailing from the hotel group of the same name and which was completed in 2016. In contrast to conventional high-rise towers, which are hermetically sealed and air-conditioned, this building, designed by the local WOHA office, impressively combines nature and architecture, both inside and out. The various pools adorning the building also reflect these high standards. As a part of the whole design concept they have been fashioned by the Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, who lives in Milan and operates her internationally renowned studio there.
Time is a very valuable resource - also and especially in the building industry. That is why one has been thinking about the possibility of combining the excellent properties of ceramic tiles with other advantages such as time saving or simple removal again and again. An innovation of this type is DryTile of AGROB BUCHTAL: as the name already implies, the laying is carried out “dry“ without tile adhesive. The system permits an up to 8 times faster laying (basic information: see box on the last page). DryTile is not intended to replace the conventional laying, but to complement it and to open up new areas of application in which ceramic tiles not necessarily have been an option for the decision-makers until now. This offers new potentials for open-minded specialized craftsmen and dealers.
The TILE AWARD is aimed at young (interior) architects and is a creativity competition organised by the architectural ceramics specialist AGROB BUCHTAL. The main focus of this competition is to make the most of the possible designs of ceramic tiles through experimentation. The feedback from the première in 2010 was so tremendous that the competition was continued in 2012 and 2014 and was held for the fourth time in 2017. The winners were crowned during the first half of 2018 and their designs built and photographed in their original size.
The Eden Spiez, a hotel rich in tradition which had been established already in 1903, was re-opened in 2006 after complete reconstruction. In 2010, a conference centre with parking garage was added, and by the end of 2017, it was transformed into a “Wellness and Enjoyment Hotel”. The basis for this was a comprehensive interior design concept developed by Jaeggi Architekten for a combination of the existing wellness area (inclusive of the panorama indoor swimming pool) with the new facilities. For this, the plans of the office J. Höhn + Partner from Thun provided a two-storey extension adjoining the existing indoor swimming pool.
Time is a very valuable resource – in life in general but also in construction. Which is why there are regular considerations as to how the outstanding characteristics displayed by ceramic tiles can be combined with additional advantages such as savings in time or easy reversibility. The latest such innovation is DryTile by AGROB BUCHTAL. As the name implies, it entails “dry” installation without tile adhesive. The system permits installation which is up to 8 times faster than traditional methods and opens up numerous technical advantages, whereby the final result is just as aesthetically pleasing as a “normal” ceramic floor covering.