Ministry of Education - Gerflor Vinyl
- 2016 Wellington Architecture Awards Winner, Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA)
From carpet tiles in the offices to Gerflor vinyl flooring in the staff café, Catalyst has created an ocean-inspired interior.
The design brief for the new Ministry of Education offices in Whangārei specified beach and sea colours. Carpet and furniture in office and meeting areas feature blues and golds, and to complement these tones, Catalyst designer Stefanie Roodt selected Gerflor Creation timber plank flooring for the staff café. ‘We chose a timber-look vinyl that was reminiscent of wooden boats and jetties,’ says Stefanie.
With the office serving 110 employees, common spaces would need to cope with medium traffic, and as a public project, all products had to conform to high quality standards for longevity, while meeting the budget.
The Creation flooring vinyl range features authentic wood designs with enhanced grain effects to complement a wide variety of design schemes. The planks have a PUR+ matt varnish coating for resilience and easy cleaning, while the exclusive Duo Core construction is reinforced with fibreglass for comfort and stability. Made from 55 per cent recycled content, it is 100 per cent recyclable and REACH compliant.
Gerflor Creation also offers an innovative, built-in vertical interlocking system that clicks together for quick and straightforward installation – it requires specialist tools.
For Catalyst, Gerflor Creation offered design flexibility and exceptional performance within budget constraints. Says Stephanie Roodt, ‘Advance worked really nicely with us to tick all those boxes.’
Project: Ministry of Education offices, Whangārei
Product: Gerflor vinyl
Photographer: Aerial Vision
Installer: MeasureUp Flooring