Zaha Hadid Architects designed The CityLife Shopping District, which is the largest shopping centre in Italy. The architects brought an unprecedented dynamic into the shopping mall with smooth forms, distinctive curves and the warmth of bamboo.

The dynamic feeling of the architecture is accentuated with bamboo floors, bamboo ceilings and white, smoothly finished walls. Eye-catching, rounded bamboo pillars create a visual element that helps connect the bamboo flooring to the bamboo ceiling. The pillars also flow into the ceiling beams almost seamlessly thanks to the level of detailing and processing in the pillars. This natural progression from floor to ceiling, combined with the curves of the ceiling, creates the impression of motion.

MOSO High Density in the warm colour Caramel was selected for the project. Over 2500m² of bamboo panels, 70 000 metres of bamboo beams and 1 000m² of bamboo veneer were used in the interior of the shopping district. The material is made from compressed bamboo strips, making it much more dense, hard and durable than other types of wood. The high density and hardness also helped the developers meet strict fire safety requirements and makes the product ideal for all public areas where these fire safety requirements apply.

The flooring panels that were installed are Bamboo Industriale Density Caramel, which is an industrial flooring that is well suited for high traffic areas. The flooring panels are made of compressed bamboo strips and are glued and finished on site. A matt gloss lacquer was applied to the flooring to ensure that it completely matched the pillars and ceilings. The lacquer also helps the flooring preserve its natural appearance and it is fire-resistant.

For more information, contact MOSO Africa on +27 (86) 111 4971 or via www.moso-bamboo.co.za.

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