UoA - Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
In Park West, the University of Auckland’s new Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences building, CoralTread aluminium entry matting features in two main entrances, contributing to the building’s modern aesthetic and sustainability drivers.
‘The idea of “formal simplicity” enabled us to meet this project’s compressed programme with an elegant response,’ says Jasmax project architect Rebecca Irwin. ‘Conceptualised as two connected blocks, design character came from two main themes: exploring the role data plays in population health, and patterns generated from the surrounding urban fabric.’
Accordingly, spaces are animated by linear patterns on floors, walls and ceilings – in both 2D and 3D – creating a crisp yet textured interior of soft greys, greens and yellows, natural timber and black accents. Advance’s CoralTread entrance flooring, in black anodised aluminium and recycled rubber tread, contributes to this elegant architectural language with its precise lines, low profile and matt finish.
The two main entries into the Park West building capitalise on the site as a link between the university’s city and Grafton campuses. Park Avenue becomes the main student entry, while the Park Road entry creates a welcoming, visible presence for members of the public visiting the faculty’s clinics.
Both wind lobbies are glazed on all sides to provide maximum openness and permeability, helping to draw people through to the interior. Surfaced in Advance’s CoralTread entry mat with ReTread (a 100 per cent recycled rubber insert), each wind lobby has a quality, modern appearance, with a highly durable matting system that will sustain its looks and performance over time.
Rubber inserts provide excellent slip resistance in a subtle matt grey. With its recycled rubber and recyclable aluminium, the entrance matting solution also contributes to the sustainability drivers of the project.
The Global Green Tag Certified CoralTread is a stylish, low-profile architectural entrance matting system designed to remove as much dirt and moisture as possible before people enter a building. Inserts can be polyamide or ReTread, a 100 per cent recycled rubber insert. Read CoralTread specifications.
Project: University of Auckland, B507
Product: CoralTread with ReTread recycled rubber insert
Photographer: Mark Scowen