Universität Baltimore / USA
The new John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore is a trailblazer for modern, energy-efficient architecture in the USA. Armstrong’s DLW Linoleum is part of the building’s sustainability concept, which has been awarded LEED Platinum certification.
Housing the School of Law, the building rises imposingly over Baltimore’s university landscape. Behnisch Architekten of Stuttgart, Germany, in collaboration with local architects Ayers Saint Gross, was responsible for designing this 12-storey, nearly 70-metre tower. Three interlocking L-shaped volumes accommodate the library, faculty offices, classrooms and legal clinics. A spatially intricate atrium uses numerous staircases, ramps and bridges to connect the various zones.
In developing the design and colour strategy of the largely minimalist interiors, Behnisch Architekten worked together with Ockert und Partner of Stuttgart: the goal was to somewhat darken the bright areas while also brightening the darker areas. A colour-coding system marks out the different zones of the building, adding a refreshing energy with accents predominantly in green, yellow and orange. There was also a strong emphasis on choosing eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo, FSC-certified wood, and DLW Linoleum from Armstrong.
The architects were very deliberate in choosing this flooring, with its “Made in Germany” excellence. After all, linoleum is a natural product consisting almost entirely of natural raw materials, of which over 80% is even renewable.
A total of 1700 m2 of this environmentally friendly flooring was installed in several lecture halls: here, the choice was a Colorette-range linoleum in vivid green, to harmonize with the overall colour palette. With its subdued texture, Colorette is an excellent alternative to solid-coloured floorings – it appears monochrome while bringing colour to the room. The result is an eye-catching contrast in the otherwise puristically designed classrooms.
DLW Linoleum is also highly cost-effective, due to its low maintenance costs, great durability and long service life. Especially with thousands of students coming and going every day, constantly tracking dirt and straining the facilities, one needs a very robust flooring that still looks great even after many decades. Furthermore, it needs to be quick and economical to clean: thanks to its special surface treatment with LPX Finish, DLW Linoleum is not only extremely durable, but also very easy to clean and maintain.
|Country/City:||USA / Baltimore|
|Client:||University of Baltimore|
|Architect:||Behnisch Architekten (mit Ayers/Saint/Gross)|
|Address:||1401 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA|