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Crafting Curves: Union Tiles' collaboration with award-winning architects

Union Tiles is proud to be associated with the exterior designer tiles, manufactured and engineered in various shapes, for the award-winning architect’s unique ellipse design used externally at the Ellipse Waterfall residential buildings in the Waterfall precinct in Johannesburg.

Ellipse Waterfall building paving artwork.

Parties involved in the construction of the Ellipse Waterfall project include the likes of the main contractor Barrow Construction, Tricolt (Developers), Jean Paul Van Huffel (Project Manager), Dkh Architects, Lorenzo Nassimbeni, Green in, the Landscape Architects and Bernd Ehlers Tiling and Union Tiles as the manufacturer and supplier of the Terrazzo tiles.

The Union Tiles manufacturing team were in consultation for several months with the award-winning architect, Lorenzo Nassimbeni for the design of the external feature tiled area. Lorenzo requested us to make certain unique leaf shaped tiles, circles and semi circles to complement the theme and design of the Ellipse Building, with a product that was durable and would have a complementing aesthetic appeal, to match the curved and modern design of the Ellipse Buildings.

Ellipse artwork at the Waterfall building.

A selected red Terrazzo tile with added non-slip features was custom made by Union Tiles to match the architect, Mr Lorenzo Nassimbeni’s specifications, in combination with a textured grey Terrazzo tile, which was also produced in ellipse shapes, with computer automated CNC water jet cutting, to achieve the unique design and floor layout depicted in the images accompanying this article. (credit to Paris Brummer the photographer).

On the staircase, reeded and arrised grey and red Terrazzo steps were specified and on certain steps the same ellipse logo was water jet cut on both the steps and riser tiles to suit the designer details.

The Union Tiles Terrazzo tile division has a proud 102 years of experience in the manufacture of Terrazzo tiles and related Terrazzo flooring finishes. Union Tiles also prides itself with a wide range of ceramic, porcelain, natural stone tiles & slabs to offer, as well as a unique range of sanitaryware.

We welcome architects and designers to reach out to us, that we may assist in providing them with unique wall floor and wall cladding finishes to bring their designs to life and provide products that are fit for purpose.

Union Tiles has branches in most major cities around South Africa and Namibia.

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