From Realtà Mapei International n° 87 - 8/30/2021
PANORAMIC TERRACE AT EMPIRE STATE BUILDING - NEW YORK - USA
The Empire State Building, the fourth-tallest building in the city, is one of the most iconic on the New York skyline and attracts 4 million visitors every year. At its summit, the panoramic terrace on the 102nd floor provides a breath-taking view of the metropolis. And it was precisely this area that recently underwent renovation work, which included installation of new stone floorings using a system distributed on the US market by Mapei Corp. MODIFIED MORTAR BED was chosen for the preparation of the substrates, ULTRAFLEX LFT adhesive was used to bond the large-size stone slabs, ULTRACOLOR PLUS FA was used to grout the joints, making the floor’s intricate compass design especially pronounced, and, finally, the expansion joints were sealed with MAPESIL T.
AGORA HUB - BUDAPEST - HUNGARY
Situated in one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in Budapest, AGORA is a complex that provides office space for various companies in two distinct buildings. The aim behind its design is to guarantee healthy, safe and pleasant surroundings for those who use and work in them. In the areas that have already been completed (work on the complex is scheduled to be end in 2023), refined finishes include large-size, thin ceramic tiles that required an installation system that would guarantee mechanical strength, resistance and durability. The substrates in various areas (kitchens, corridors and bathrooms) were treated with PRIMER G, levelled off with NOVOPLAN MAXI and waterproofed with MAPELASTIC, MONOLASTIC and MAPEBAND, before installing large-size ceramic tiles with ULTRALITE S2 and smaller tiles with KERAFLEX S1. The joints were then grouted with KERACOLOR FF FLEX and the expansion joints were sealed with MAPESIL AC.
DREAM ISLAND - MOSCOW - RUSSIA
Dream Island, the largest theme park in the whole of Europe located just south of Moscow, opened its doors to the public in February, 2020 in the presence of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. The park extends over an area of 100 hectares and includes 35 attractions for children and adults, a large shopping centre, 18 restaurants, an enormous park, a multiplex cinema and a concert hall.
To install porcelain tiles in areas subjected to high volumes of pedestrian traffic, highly resistant installation materials were used such as KERABOND T-R cementitious adhesive, which is distributed on the local market by AO Mapei, and ULTRACOLOR PLUS grout for joints.
In the areas in constant contact with water, such as the fountains and bathrooms, the substrates were waterproofed with MAPELASTIC and MAPEBAND.
The façades of some of the buildings, including those at the park entrance, were insulated with MAPETHERM AR2 and MAPENET 150. For some of the park’s attractions, structural anchors were formed using MAPEFILL and MAPEFILL 10 grouts to ensure the complete safety and stability of the installations.