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Anti-microbial ceramic surfaces by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces used across Tokyo office interior

Dezeen promotion: Matteo Belfiore Architecture and Shukoh have used anti-microbial ceramic surfaces by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces across the interior of a new headquarters for a cyber company in Tokyo, Japan.

Fiandre Architectural Surfaces is an Italian surface manufacturer that specialises in creating ceramic surfaces for use in architecture projects.

Matteo Belfiore Architecture and Shukoh used products from Fiandre's Urban Active Surfaces collection to create the headquarters for computer engineering company Cybernet, which has been designed to prioritise the wellbeing of its employees.

Fiandre's Active Surfaces products react with light via a process called photocatalysis, which creates an oxidation reaction that destroys bacteria and viruses.

Cybernet headquarters lobby
Fiandre's Urban Active Surfaces feature throughout Cybernet's new headquarters

The headquarters is made up of two main areas, a "garden" lobby, which takes cues from Japanese rock gardens, and an office area that is divided into three zones between glass partition walls.

The lobby was designed to welcome visitors and employees to the office and features rock and pebble-shaped seating placed throughout the space.

Cybernet headquarters lobby
The grey ceramic tiles are used throughout the lobby and surrounding workspaces

Both the office and shared spaces are linked through their use of Fiandre Architectural Surfaces' Urban Active Surfaces photocatalytic ceramic flooring.

The grey ceramic surfaces, which provide ease of upkeep, provide a neutral backdrop for the workspace and are suited for a variety of functions and changes of use.

Cybernet headquarters meeting room
Fiandre's Active Surfaces are also used on the meeting room tabletops

Office areas are divided by transparent partitions that can adapt to a range of furnishings and changes in the function of the spaces.

Tables in the meeting rooms and working areas are also topped with surfaces by Fiandre. Naòs system tables by office design brand Unifor are placed in the partitioned spaces and customised with Uni.Ice Active Surface tops by Fiandre.

Cybernet headquarters lobby break-out space
The ceramic surfaces also feature in the office's break-out spaces

As well as destroying bacteria, the photocatalytic reaction of Fiandre's Active Surface can also reduce pollution and odours.

Fiandre Architectural Surfaces uses materials that are durable and recyclable and are made from natural raw materials, something which was important when creating the space.

To learn more about Fiandre Architectural Surfaces, visit the brand's website.

All photographs by Lamberto Rubino.

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