Kensington, London

Victoria & Albert Museum, Balvatnik Hall

Materials used

Material type Bespoke terrazzo, marble
Areas used West Wing floors, bathroom floors, Balvatnik Hall floors
Project completion date 2017
Client  Victoria & Albert Museum
Architect Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A)

About

These parts of the building are subjected to the heaviest of footfalls, therefore a material was needed that was not only complementary to the original building, but also durable enough to withstand the test of time and heavy usage.

The original flooring of the West Wing is laid out with marble tiles, so the material used for the newest part had to blend with the general colour scheme of the main building. For this reason, cement-based terrazzo MSCA04 with a light-beige base colour was used, as it has a natural and classical look.

The Balvatnik Hall is adjacent to the isle, the floors of which are covered with black and white mosaic installed on sight. To create a seamless transition from the original flooring to the new, bespoke palladiana terrazzo tiles were created by one of our factories in Italy. The challenge was to carefully match the shades of marble pieces and sizes, and we applied Nero Ebano and Bianco Carrara marble slab chips, that create this paver-effect decorative flooring.

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