Threefold Architects deliver new coworking space Paddington Works
Inspired by Brunel’s iconic station, the design uses a limited palette of simple and robust materials that give the the space an industrial and civic quality.
Ana Rita Barreira Martins, Architect / BREEAM Associate at BDG architecture + design, tells us about the materials that matter to her.
EchoPanel acoustic boards are manufactured by Woven Image, an environmentally sensitive brand. The boards are manufactured from 60% post-consumer recycled PET fibre (discarded packages/bottles). They are designed with dematerialisation, upcycling and lifecycle management front of mind. This product is recognised by first-class global environmental certifications and integrates acoustic performance with environmental commitment, along with a range of decorative finishes.
It is a product that we often specify for acoustic control in our workplace spaces due to its sustainable ethos, as well as its outstanding performance and distinctively playful and refined aesthetic.
Heradesign wood wool panels are a natural product made of eco-friendly materials such as wood, magnesite and water. Due to their exceptional acoustic performance, durability and flexibility they can be utilised in various shapes/colours within interior walls and ceilings.
The panels are constructed from sustainably sourced wood, have a naturally woven surface and regulate indoor humidity. I often specify them in open plan workplace spaces, especially in areas with exposed ceilings, to create a unique and beautiful raw texture with a ‘warm’ character.
Clayworks are clay plasters mixed with minerals and pigments that provide a healthy, breathable internal finish for walls and ceilings. Manufactured in the UK from raw materials, they are recyclable, compostable and contain no toxic ingredients or VOCs. I recently specified them after being impressed by the remarkable sustainable qualities of the product. For interiors, you can create a beautifully smooth or rugged surface using a material that also cleans the air and has a complete lifecycle approach.
Piñatex is a textile made from waste pineapple leaf fibre that can be used for wall finishes or upholstery in interior spaces. With a wonderful Cradle to Cradle approach, this chemical-free product is made from natural waste, created with low water use, and has low production waste. It integrates fully the values of a circular economy.
It would be fascinating to explore this innovative material, which not only boasts an elegant, earthy texture, but would also contribute to a healthier and sustainable interior environment.
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