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Ariostea’s high-tech porcelain tiles cover the prestigious Kingston Riverside housing complex in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in London. The project, by studio Sprunt with main contractor Midgard Ltd, consists of 2 blocks 11 and 15 floors high, connected by a 6-floor volume.
With panoramic views over the Thames, a big green area in front of it and a series of important services nearby such as a railway station, parking lots, cinemas, restaurants, the Bentall shopping centre and the ferry terminal, the Kingston Riverside complex stands out for its innovative architectural design, recognisable at first sight for the complexity and originality of its façades.
In aesthetic terms, the Kingston Riverside complex consists of a main grid of aluminium painted with oyster white polyester powder (PPC), visually forming a regular pattern. The building features large semi-circular terraces on the slopes of the terminal blocks, clear and frosted glass panels, stainless steel patio and balcony railings, and Ariostea’s Rovere Biondo porcelain tiles, from the Legni High-Tech collection.
What appears to be a random arrangement of glass and porcelain tiles is in actual fact closely linked with the indoor spaces and the function of the room in which they are installed; hence the Ariostea Rovere Biondo wood-effect porcelain tiles on the façade, which create a characteristic overall appearance, elegantly combining the lighter colours of the other elements in the building and making a decisive contribution to its architectural identity, fitting perfectly into the landscape and the skyline of the London district in which it stands.
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