Here's to the future

The new Population Health Complex brings together academic staff, students and public clinics all in one energy efficient structure
Tilework in main atrium of this building, with architecture, floor, flooring, roof, tile, gray
Tilework in main atrium of this building, with triangular pattern, red sofas, and wall panels and louvres at windows on floors above.

First impressions count in a public building, as the dramatic central atrium in the Population Health Complex illustrates. The detailed tilework found both in the atrium and throughout the complex was supplied and installed by The Tile People

Project manager Glenn Obery liaised closely with the architects to achieve the desired result.

"The requirement was to find a tile that was as close to a natural bluestone as possible," says Obery. "All the tiles were specified by the architect with input from a cultural consultant and our staff."


Tilework in main atrium of this building, with architecture, floor, flooring, roof, tile, gray
Tilework in main atrium of this building, with triangular pattern, red sofas, and wall panels and louvres at windows on floors above.

A forward-thinking design often requires professional creative solutions and The Tile People had to overcome some minor design and layout challenges along the way.

"One area of the atrium is situated over the library so an acoustic solution was required here," says Obery. "The Mapei mapefonic system was used to isolate impact noise."

Rondine Trentina Antracite tiles were chosen for the central atrium and lower entry level and stairs with a Rondine Trentina Perla inlay. Non-slip Rondine Cosmos tiles highlight the exterior stairs.

Tilework in main atrium of this building, with architecture, floor, flooring, roof, tile, gray
Tilework in main atrium of this building, with triangular pattern, red sofas, and wall panels and louvres at windows on floors above.

For more information contact The Tile People, PO Box 151045, New Lynn, phone (09) 813 6082, fax (09) 813 6087. Email: glenn@tilepeople.co.nz.

Dec 10, 2004
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