ExtraTread entrance matting from Advance Flooring adds safety, style, and inside–outside flow to Metlifecare retirement village in Pakuranga.
Located right beside the Pakuranga Golf Course, the new Metlifecare retirement village, Fairways Gardens, is a place for active retirees who enjoy golfing and the outdoors. For entranceways throughout the complex, designers Ignite Architecture selected ExtraTread entrance matting from Advance Flooring.
Eight residential blocks are nestled within park-like grounds, with two more under construction for 2024. As well as access to the next-door golf course, the new three-storey amenities building offers a restaurant and café for residents and golfers, as well a pool, gym and hobbies room for residents. All the main building entries are fitted with ExtraTread.
Providing a safe entrance for residents
ExtraTread is a stylish, low-profile entrance mat designed with extra-wide polyamide infills that provide 37 per cent more water absorption than comparable systems. For the active residents of Fairways Gardens, this recessed flush entry mat provides a safe transition onto the tiled interior flooring.
‘With a tiled entrance, it is essential that it be non-slip,’ says Friedrich Strey, Associate Director at Ignite Architects, ‘particularly for people with imbalance, those who use walkers, and for the wet or dirty shoes coming off the street or golf course.’
Style to match the surroundings
In the amenities building, which forms the hub of the community, the entrance spaces are open both sides, creating flow through the grounds to the golf course. ‘You can see the green through this space,’ says Friedrich, ‘so we chose entry matting colours to match that view, and to blend in with the tiling and the colour schemes of the interior.’
ExtraTread also matches the materiality of the exteriors, which are clad in Manorstone block and Nu-Wall aluminium, creating an elegant transition that is stylish, safe and protective. ‘We have nice carpeting off the tiled areas,’ says Friedrich, ‘and ExtraTread is great for keeping those areas clean and looking good for the residents.’
Architect: Ignite Architects
Builder: NZ Strong Construction
Photographer: Jono Parker