Adaptive reuse: defining new purpose for existing buildings
Ever since buildings have been built, they have been repurposed. How can existing building assets remain relevant in a changing world?
Combining beauty and flexibility, Karndean flooring presents the opportunity to design one of a kind bespoke floors, offering a wide range of designs inspired by the natural world.
Interesting and emotionally engaging designs connect us to our environment – so it is clear that interior spaces that offer nature inspired design and enhance healthy living will be the key to a secure future. By incorporating high quality materials that stand the test of time, designers can tap into this natural support network and collectively move forward with confidence.
Designers can recreate a period style (that could be mistaken for the real thing) or reinvent a popular look with a twist to give any space a unique personality. For the ultimate in bespoke design, hand cut tiles enable the creation of one-off geometric or abstract designs.
Ideal for period properties or projects with variable subfloor conditions, Karndean’s Van Gogh multi-format range introduces the option to specify the same wood design in both gluedown and rigid core formats to suit different environments.
As humans, we are rooted in our locality and community, and the best interior designs recognise this – incorporating materials inspired by the local environment and connecting indoor spaces with the outside world, to preserve our sense of belonging and wellbeing. For example, an oak design floor can transport us to the relaxing green of a deciduous woodland, or limestone tiles that give the impression of walking a mountain trail. This connection feeds our fundamental need to reconnect to nature, lowering stress levels and improving our physical health.
Karndean’s people centric approach to sustainable design understands this human need for nature, presenting an integrated solution that balances resource consumption and environmental preservation. With an authentic look and feel of wood or stone, Karndean flooring combines the aesthetics of the natural material with cutting edge technology for a product that also meets technical requirements for precision, durability, safety and maintenance.
The choice of materials is key to managing indoor environmental quality and so the health of the building and its occupants. Designed to be very low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to meet the strictest standards for air quality, specifying Karndean is guaranteed to protect indoor air quality.
Second only to poor air quality in terms of risk to health and wellbeing, managing noise pollution is key to ensuring a healthy outlook. Simple design interventions such as curved surfaces, soft furnishings and flooring with resilient acoustic underlays can reduce noise levels without impacting on aesthetics. Accredited by Quiet Mark as one of the best products on the market in terms of noise reduction, Karndean flooring is able to offer more than beautiful designs.
In light of the recent refocussing on the intricate connectivity between humans and our natural environment, the design process will remain an integral part of this journey and Karndean Designflooring is taking a holistic approach to searching out the most appropriate solutions.
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