Using INTRAform DM LP, the abstract entrance mat design at Sir Norman Foster’s 100 Wood Street makes a striking first impression. Using 132 separate panels, manufactured to size, and trimmed to fit on site, the new entrance matting design falls into rhythm with the ceramic floor tiles.
The angle of the entrance matting profiles at first seems unusual. However, they in fact align with the façade of the building. This orientation helps create a clever design feature that simultaneously improves the function of the design.
Despite the abstract matwell shape, the scraper bars are still angled in the direction of traffic. The matting density is also highest in areas with the most traffic. This ensures sufficient coverage to the reception desk, waiting area and the main thoroughfare to the lift bank.
Form and function
Unlike standard matting, the slim 11.5mm profile of INTRAform DM LP minimises the works required to accommodate the matwell within the tiling design. This low-profile design is perfect for shallow matwells such as this. It can also be used for surface mounted applications using a ramp-edged trim.
With the reception area subject to lots of natural daylight, the clear anodised finish applied to our aluminium systems as standard helps reduce glare. Along with the extra-wide fibre inserts in INTRAform DM LP, this also helps to reduce the overall LRV (Light Reflective Value).
The angled building canopy provides protection for the entrance. This allows a single fibre insert to be used throughout the matwell and revolving door for visual continuity. The double-width fibre inserts increase foot contact for maximum absorption. For more exposed entrances or for standard width systems it can be advisable to combine rubber scraper inserts to help remove moisture.
How to Specify
To find out how you can specify creative entrance matting whilst meeting the required performance measures for your building, book a CPD session for your practice. Or why not register for our next open-access CPD seminar on 28th January 2021 form 12-1pm: Register Now.