a modern tradition.
Current technologies enable bluestone to undergo various types of treatment, resulting in a wide range of shades for numerous applications. While grinding the surface emphasises the original colour, polishing accentuates and darkens the black background, highlighting the fossil pattern of the white features. Even bush hammering – be it fine or coarse grain – creates a uniform effect in shades of grey, combining the density of the raised, light-coloured features with the darker base. A fired finish obtained with high-temperature jets makes the surface slightly rough, and enhances the homogeneous colouring. Other mechanical procedures involve etching the surface with lines of various size, shape and depth.
The excellent characteristics of bluestone enable its use in all weather conditions, either in or outside. It is easy to work with manually or with equipment, making it possible to try out new construction and interior design solutions. Indeed the compact structure of the material, along with its resistance to atmospheric agents, impermeability and convenience for cleaning, mean it is recommended for flooring, wall coverings, anti-slip surfaces in swimming pools, toilet facilities and kitchen worktops.
European Medicines Agency
Following the Brexit vote, the headquarters of EMA, the European Medicines Agency, were moved from London to the Amsterdam’s sourthern Zuidas financial district.
After a controversial dispute over the assignment of the new host country (Milan for Italy had proposed itself as an alternative to Amsterdam), the building was completed in record time: 18 months from the contract signed in March 2018.
Marmi Ghirardi contributed in the the supply of stone elements, for which the choice fell on the Belgian Blue stone.
Enhanced by the honing, the stone offers an almost satin-like hue that adds value to the compact, even structure. But it is in the entrance hall that the flamed Belgian Blue Stone becomes the true protagonist of a scenic effect, since it literally “climbs” into the vertical garden designed by OKRA.
Fokke van Dijk (RVB),
OKRA Landscape Architects,
Fokkema & Partners Architects
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