This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.

“The real organic beauty of the Centre is to be found inside with the clean and contemporary American black cherry flooring.”

on the market, respecting cost and quality requirements, to find a product that was ‘pseudo- cheap’ but of great visual impact. Through our relationship with Imola Legno, currently Italy’s number one timber distributor, we obtained the ten containers of American black cherry necessary for supplying the 7,500m2


finished flooring. The challenge was to transfer to the finished flooring, both the warm colours of the wood grain and the irregular nuances of American black cherry. We had to transform a ‘simple’ wood floor into a bona fide architectural element, where American black cherry complements and plays counterpoint to the final building.”

Composed of 2x2x30cm slats assembled together into

20x30cm tiles, the flooring was installed by hand throughout over 40 rooms in the Convention Centre.

In the large ‘oyster-shell’ amphitheatre, a more elaborate installation process was used, starting from the basic slats. “We had to resolve big problems of differences in height between the prefabricated structural elements of the shell and the finished floor,” added Bernardi. “The amphitheatre was not designed to suit the moveable partition that divides the hemisphere into two halves. So in addition to the processing necessary to get the perfect curvature of the flooring, we also had to resolve the problem – probably the most complicated of all – of ensuring a tight fit between the partition and the floor.

To do this, we first did a topographical study and then worked out a solution for realigning the levels. The solution was to produce steel frame members that were contoured and welded, using a numerically controlled process, so that the exact heights could be guaranteed for the different tiers. These frame members were then fixed to the load bearing under-structure inside the shell to provide anchors for the installation of the horizontal and vertical elements.”

The steps were another challenge, with over 400 intermediate risers. These had to be perfectly in line with the rest of the interior, and like the rest of the flooring, were perfected using a cutting edge CAD- CAM process. “We essentially created a cabinet with a surface of over 2,000m2

. The

architectural complexity and aesthetic harmony perfectly reflects the desires of the architect and represents a faithful execution of design in the final building. And here the American black


cherry best expresses itself – for me it represents the most significant overall architectural element.” Bernardi concluded.

Alongside the use of sustainable timber, the building includes a raft of other green building measures including a rainwater harvesting system to irrigate the landscape areas, installation of energy efficient condensation boilers and lighting controls and widespread use of eco-building materials. The redevelopment of the area also saw the creation of a ‘green spoke’ pedestrian and bicycle route, from the Convention Centre, to the historical centre of Rimini and the marina.

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66