ApplicationsWalls and floors
CharacteristicsProject in charge of Agence Nuel architects in Trouville sur Mer (France), completed in 2015, Terra Maestricht floor tiles used in interior floors, walls and all water features, chosen for their subtle tones that match the colours of the environment
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Interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel has breathed new life into the Cures Marines in Trouville sur Mer by redeveloping a five-star hotel that also houses conference facilities and a thalassotherapy institute and spa. So that the hotel is at one with its environment, the pre-works design also came up with a colour chart, the dominant shades being the blue grey of the Norman sky, the blue expanse of the English Channel on which Trouville stands, the lightly coloured wooden planking to walk on alongside the sea, and its golden sands. He opted then for Mosa's Terra Maestricht tiles for the flooring and all the water features in the new establishment, the subtle tones of which harmonize well with the colours of this seaside resort on the Normandy coast.
Envisaged by the architect more as a space exuding well-being and peace rather than purely therapeutic, the thalassotherapy institute and spa are built on two floors below ground level. To underline the seamless continuity of the outside with the inside, boards reproduced in wood-effect tiling welcome us into the institute and extend along the central part into the changing rooms while from one side to the other the floor tiles are in eggshell Terra Maestricht. The tiles then follow the access steps to the various treatment booths on the floor below and continue as far as the two balneotherapy pools. Here, Terra Maestricht tiling in agate grey adorns the two shower jet rooms and other facilities from floor to wall and clads the lower part of the walls of all the individual treatment booths. The edges of the two pools are embellished by bands in the same tiling, alternating agate grey and eggshell white, echoing the striped pattern.
Jean-Philippe Nuel has been familiar with Mosa tiles for quite some time; he believes the sandstone ceramic offers 'an excellent solution in terms of texture and matter, with the added value of the tiling'. The added value of the tiling is reflected in the various areas where Mosa tiles have been installed. Examples are the bathrooms and lavatories, which are tiled with Terra Maestricht in agate grey. The floors and walls in the conference area are fully clad in large 24 x 24 inch tiles, for a luxurious look and feel. On the five floors of the hotel, all 103 rooms reflect the seaside environment and make one feel as if time has stood still, reconnecting with the pomp of nineteenth-century luxury hotels.