MINIMALIST AND WELCOMING INTERIOR
The inside of the shop is in the typical rigorous, minimalist Apple style with a play on neutral colours. This style is reflected in the materials chosen by the client and the designer, favouring the use of natural oak for the display tables of the computers and phones and a floor covered with light-grey granite. The stone was cut in horizontal sections to cover the floor and some vertical sections of the walls. The display cases for the items on sale are attached to the walls and are made from glass and wood.
The entire store was designed and created with the aim of transmitting an idea of technology which is elegant, easy to use, eco-friendly and welcoming. To underline even further the concept of being a welcoming place there are also real trees planted in large containers dressed with leather surrounded by stools where clients sit and wait their turn.
MAPEI PRODUCTS FOR THE NEW STORE
Mapei Technical Services was involved in the project, providing support for the main contractor to solve any problems encountered on site and recommending the best products to use.
Work below ground level. MAPEPROOF LW bentonite sheets were applied to waterproof the foundation slab, a product used for structures below ground level with a water table less than 5 m. MAPERPOOF LW is available in two different lengths and widths and, in this particular case, the 2.50 x 22.50 m size was used.
Waterproofing of the piazza. The foundation slab of the piazza was waterproofed with a double layer of FLEXO S6 elastomeric bitumen membrane (which remains flexible in cold weather down to -20 °C) supplied by Polyglass S.p.A., a company belonging to the Mapei Group. To make bonding easier, POLYPRIMER adhesion promoter was applied on the upper surface of the foundation slab.
Before placing the cementitious screed, a double separation and slip layer made from virgin polyethylene film was applied over the membrane. The paving specified in the project was then installed. Waterproofing the piazza as described above has made it possible to eliminate any risk of infiltrations or percolating water. And in so doing, not only was the concrete structure protected against deterioration, but it was also possible to guarantee the carpark under the piazza remained fully functional.
Chemical anchors. MAPEFIX EP 385 pure epoxy, resin-based adhesive was used to anchor the vertical bearing structures. During construction works, CALCESTRUZZO Rck 40 by Vaga (Mapei Group) was used to make special pours of concrete which could not be carried out with concrete mixers.
Installation of ceramic tiles and stone. On the external access stairway, the granite slabs were installed with KERAQUICK S1 high performance, fast-setting cementitious adhesive with very low emission of volatile organic compounds.
To install the ceramic tiles inside the store, it was recommended to use KERAFLEX MAXI S1 high-performance, deformable, cementitious adhesive with extended open time and no vertical slip, class C2TE S1 according to EN 12004 standards.
The joints were then sealed with MAPEFLEX PU 45 FT polyurethane sealant and MAPESIL LM neutral, mould-resistant silicone sealant. MAPEFLEX MS CRYSTAL was also used in the store. This is an elastic, hybrid sealant and adhesive with high modulus of elasticity, also suitable for damp substrates.
Cementitious floorings. ULTRATOP LIVING was the system proposed by Mapei Technical Services to cover part of the flooring in the store, a product created especially for civil use inside large showrooms, supermarkets, shopping centres and apartments which is particularly resistant to abrasion and pedestrian use.
Once the screeds were cured and dry, they were treated with PRIMER SN, two-component fillerized epoxy primer, prepared by adding about 20% by weight of Quartz 0.5 quartz sand. While the primer was still wet, it was fully broadcast with QUARTZ 1.2 to create a surface with better grip to enable the ULTRATOP LIVING system to adhere perfectly. This type of cementitious flooring system, which is applied in thicknesses between 5 and 15 mm, gives even large surface areas a natural look, typical of the cement-based materials, and a visual continuity.
The floor was then treated with MAPEFLOOR FINISH 52 W, polyurethane anti-dust and anti-oil protective finish used as a primer, followed by the application of MAPEFLOOR FINISH 58 W, aliphatic polyurethane finish with an aestethic matt effect.
Beside this one in Milan, the floors of over 40 Apple stores all over the world were made by using Mapei solutions such as MAPEFLOOR 35 F, a system used to create polished floors with a finish similar to the “Terrazzo alla veneziana” and high durability.
This project was indeed a reference project for the whole Mapei Group as products from Mapei SpA, Vaga and Polyglass all came into use.
For further information on products see www.polyglass.com and www.vagaedilizia.it