ApplicationsFlooring in corporate spaces
CharacteristicsIrregular stripes evoking the fossil shells which can be found on the surface of the natural stone
Royal Dutch Gazelle has put its bicycle factory into operation. With the most modern factory in Europe Gazelle aims to become the number one premium brand in electric bicycles in Western Europe. Ceramiche Refin provided the floors for this project.
As Gazelle started making bicycles in 1902 in Dieren, the Netherlands (while there’s even an older wall supposedly from the paintshop which dates back to 1860) there are lots of historical building at the site where the bike maker’s is still based. These are now wonderfully connected to the new assembly hall.
Gazelle’s architect Bronsvoort Blaak Architects has put a lot of effort in this well thought out architectural approach. Thus, the wall of the section from 1902 is, thanks to a roofing structure, entirely conserved. The main building, dating from 1912, has been completely refurbished and is via the company restaurant connected to the new, spacious and bright, newly built assembly hall. The whole operation from old to new has been dominated by ‘lean and clean’. Besides, because of the high quality requested for the flooring, the Pietre di Borgogna Collection by Ceramiche Refin was selected.
Also the Beltman wing from 1950’s has been completely refurbished. The walls now have large windows which connects the assembly hall with the offices. Through a life-size picture on the wall of the restaurant, the image of the 1902 factory is brought to life.
Next to the ‘lean’ principle’ Gazelle also operates according to the 5S system. Through that continuous improvement is realized. The entire production process, from an unfinished frame to a complete new bike is now completed within 48 hours. It stands for a big efficiency improvement. Noteworthy is that the factory remained operational during the two-year overhaul.
Designer: Bronsvoort Blaak Architecten BNA
Photography: Bronsvoort Blaak Architecten BNA
Location: Dieren – NL
Ceramiche Refin Collection: Pietre di Borgogna