Over 75,000m² of DESSO carpet tiles have been specified for new Administrative Centre, overseen by world-renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, for the State Government of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The installation also features DESSO’s new acoustic backing SoundMaster® for optimum performance ability.
DESSO’s Stratos carpet tiles have been chosen to feature in a number of areas within the new Centre. The Administrative Centre of the State of Minas Gerais consists of a complex of buildings which cover more than 270,000 sqm. It houses the headquarters of the Government of Minas Gerais and Secretaries of State, offices and agencies for the direct administration of the State, support functions as well as an auditorium, food courts and restaurants. The idea of gathering all the Government facilities and functions into one space was to streamline and modernise the process of management and administration.
It is also a daring architectural statement. The involvement of Oscar Niemeyer references his work on the “Pampulha complex” completed in 1943 in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, which after initial controversy received international acclaim. Brazil’s first listed modern monument was Niemeyer’s Pampulha Church of São Francisco de Assis.
The Brazilian architect, known for the languid, sensuous curves of the buildings he designs, has become an iconic figure both in the modern architecture of South America, and internationally. Among his numerous famous works are the many public buildings he designed for the City of Brasília.
Brasília was planned and developed in 1956 with Lúcio Costa as the principal urban planner and Oscar Niemeyer as the principal architect. They intended that every element – from the layout of the residential and administrative districts (often compared to the shape of a bird in flight) to the symmetry of the buildings themselves – should be in harmony with the city’s overall design. The official buildings, in particular, are innovative and imaginative. In 1960, it formally became Brazil's national capital, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is seen as a landmark in the whole history of urban planning.
DESSO’s Stratos carpet tile was chosen for the Administrative Centre project because of its attractive appearance and durable quality. This popular loop pile carpet tile with its dense pile structure offers excellent performance at a competitive price.
With installations in offices, corridors and hallways DESSO’s carpet tiles also feature DESSO’s new acoustic backing product, SoundMaster® specified for its outstanding acoustic ability. The installation of DESSO SoundMaster® can offer a significant acoustic improvement in offices especially compared with other flooring options. Carpet can absorb light, reduce glare and soak up noise – making it an increasingly popular specification choice for occupant comfort.
SoundMaster® has a special layer construction and is uniquely designed to offer optimal sound absorption and insulation. Carpet in general gives an impact sound reduction between 20 and 30 dB. With SoundMaster®, an extra 10 dB plus, in addition to the standard sound impact value, is achieved. This performance led carpet backing offers a significant 60 per cent improvement in acoustic performance*. This is of paramount importance especially for an environment where a steady flow of people will pass through the space on a regular basis.
In addition, SoundMaster® is made from 100 per cent polyester (40 per cent recycled) which was specifically chosen for its advanced sound insulation and absorption properties, as well as offering eco-efficient benefits.
With the choice of colour that DESSO’s Stratos carpet tile offers, a wide range of options are available to perfectly suit a corporate and modern office environment. The colours can also be easily combined and can be used together with other materials, such as wood, stone or metal.
Such synergy with the architectural fabric of this exciting new building reflects the core ethos of DESSO’s vision for design and innovation - for its extensive range of products to work in harmony with interior environments.
*Testing carried out according to ISO standard 354, in co-operation with accredited