Inspired by the mountainous views to the west and seaside views to the east, MCOH architects reflected the colours of the natural world that surrounds Temple Carrig School by specifying an array of vibrant shades from Forbo Flooring Systems’ Marmoleum range. Temple Carrig School, a co-educational and voluntary day school in County Wicklow, Ireland, built a new building for its pupils and MCOH was tasked to design the interior. Jackie Carrol, the architect said:
“Where the new school is situated there are great views of the sea and mountains, so we decided to have a nature themed interior design – but with a bright, modern twist. Each level of the school has a different theme and to distinguish each one we chose a variety of feature colours from Forbo’s Marmoleum range.
“The lower ground floor reflects the earth’s crust and has Forbo’s fiery red Fresco shade installed; the upper ground floor has had the oceanic blue Laguna colourway fitted to echo the sea and the top floor replicates the mountains surrounding the school, with a purple Thistle colour to emulate the thick heather on the peaks.”
Made from 97% natural raw materials, Marmoleum has Topshield2, a double layer water-based finish that provides protection against scuffing and dirt, as well as being resistant to stains and chemicals, helping to ensure that the maintenance of the flooring will be minimal, whilst creating a safe and healthy indoor environment for its students and staff.
Jackie continued: “Although we used three distinctive shades to differentiate the levels, we did use one colorway on all three floors to delineate the social areas of the school from the general circulation areas: Marmoleum Striato Colour Stream. We chose the Colour Stream shade as it combines all three of the feature colours together in a contemporary and fun linear design.”
Within the school’s washrooms and WCs where there is a potential for water contamination on the floor surface, Forbo’s Surestep safety flooring was installed to protect the students and staff from unnecessary slips as Forbo’s STEP range guarantees lifetime slip resistance. For the entrance areas of the school, Jackie had Forbo’s Nuway Tuftiguard entrance flooring system installed as it is a proven durable product that will ensure the dirt and moisture brought in from footwear is left at the entrance and not trampled further into the building –helping to reduce cleaning and maintenance costs for the school.
Jackie concluded: “For this project the quality and colour of the floor coverings were the most important to us, as the flooring played a big part in the overall interior design. As such, Forbo is unmatched when it comes to quality, colour and the range of products available, which made the company the perfect choice for this project. What’s more, its representatives are very helpful and proactive