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UoA, Faculty of Engineering

In the new gateway to the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Engineering, CoralTread aluminium entry matting features at the main entrance, contributing to the building’s modern aesthetic and sustainability drivers.

Bringing five engineering departments together in 32,000 square metres of research and learning space, the B405 building links and invigorates the engineering precinct. Designed by Jasmax, the building maximises student exposure to specialist expertise, technology and world-leading processes to inspire innovation and creativity in the sector.

The faculty ‘welcomes people through an inviting new gateway building, providing a public edge on Grafton Road into the precinct and to reinforce the connection with the Business School opposite’, notes project architect, Kimberly Browne.

From the road, a set of wide landscape stairs takes you past the faculty’s new Pou Whenua by master carver Delani Brown up to the main plaza and wind lobby entry. ‘At the threshold, the ceiling opens up dramatically, drawing you on and upwards via the generous public staircase into the heart of the Engineering School’s social landscape.’

The wind lobby is set back from the façade to form a protected undercroft as people move from the public plaza and into the heart of the building. Frameless glass walls and doors provide maximum openness and permeability to draw people through. Two sets of sliding doors protect the interior and maintain comfort levels inside, while also providing a good transition depth to remove dirt and moisture from the soles of shoes.

Surfaced in Advance’s CoralTread low-profile entry mat with ReTread (a 100 per cent recycled rubber insert), the wind lobby flooring is ultramodern in appearance and has the durability to sustain its looks and performance over time. Rubber inserts provide excellent slip resistance and a subtle industrial aesthetic for a building that celebrates its structural and services engineering. With its recycled rubber and recyclable aluminium, the entrance matting solution contributes to the sustainability goals of the project.

The Global Green Tag Certified CoralTread is a stylish, low-profile architectural entrance matting system designed to remove as much dirt and moisture as possible before people enter a building. Inserts can be polyamide or ReTread, a 100 per cent recycled rubber insert. Read CoralTread specifications.

"...welcomes people through an inviting new gateway building." - Kimberly Browne 

Project: University of Auckland, B405
Architect: Jasmax
Product: CoralTread with ReTread recycled rubber insert
Photographer: Mark Scowen and Dennis Rachmacher, Lightforge
Writer: Folio

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