Foodstuffs Distribution Centre
EverTread entry matting by Advance Flooring blends with the colour of the stone paving at Foodstuffs HQ, Auckland Airport.
The new Foodstuffs North Island headquarters, designed by architects Monk Mackenzie, is a sculptural concrete building that emerges from its site to rise to a dramatic 100-metre-long arched roof. Its soaring atrium and organic form bring art to this industrial park.
‘We’ve emphasised the co-operative grocer’s connections with the land and the concept from garden to table,’ says architect Sean Flanagan. In addition, with a site close to Māori archaeological reserves, the earthbound form respects this context, by reflecting both human-made and natural land forms.
Material selection was critical to this storytelling, and so arrival into the building takes visitors across bluestone paving, through a wind lobby, and on to a bluestone atrium floor. Designed as a social space, the atrium features a café, food market and demonstration kitchen.
‘We wanted a continuity of colouration and tone,’ says Flanagan. ‘The matting system can fill any sized space, with tidy joint lines. We chose colours that complement the stone flooring inside – we wanted it to sit in the background and not distract.’
The low-profile EverTread entry matting fills the whole of the three-metre-deep, glass-enclosed wind lobby, ensuring the comfort and safety of staff and visitors. Its polyamide inserts are set within an aluminium frame engineered to roll up for ease of cleaning. Polyamide fibre provides excellent slip resistance whilst absorbing moisture and trapping solid particles. It is stain-resistant and comes in a range of colours to suit different designs.
With more than 40 years’ experience, Advance Flooring are experts in providing entry matting that performs to the highest standards for their application.
Architect: Monk Mackenzie
Product: EverTread Entry Matting
Photographer: Thomas Sear-Budd