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L&T Sport, Osnabrück: Where shopping becomes an experience

At Sporthaus L&T, noraplan® unita nTx provides a modern industrial look

Varied, innovative, and visually attractive: These are all deciding factors for traditional retail outlets when it comes to appealing to a wide range of buyers in the face of online competition. Making shopping an experience is where the future lies. Sporthaus L&T, which opened in Osnabrück at the beginning of March 2018, is running with this concept in every respect: Look no further than its modern, architectural shop design and the numerous attractions and events that it offers. The highlight is the wave pool in the basement. With activities such as surf courses, a football cage, a climbing wall, and a fitness studio, L&T Sport aims to become a meeting point for sports enthusiasts of all ages. Suitable construction material was also selected to match this exceptional concept. When it came to the flooring, the architects and builder decided to go with noraplan® unita nTx from nora systems. The unicolored rubber flooring with real granite chips was laid on all five floors – a total of around 6,000 square meters. With its subtle, purist appearance, it underlines the contemporary ambience and supports the design concept.

Uniform design for a modern and dynamic shopping concept

The new building was planned by the Hamburg-based Prof. Moths Architekten. The building has a shiny silver façade that reflects its sporty nature. The diversity of sports is represented inside thanks to various themed settings. “The concept is a departure from the usual shop-in-shop design in which separate brands create individual visual accents,” explains interior designer Andrea Taubken, one of the project managers from Prof. Moths Architekten. At L&T Sport, the focus is on creating a design that is tailored to the respective sport – the ambience is purist and modern. “With its monolithic, restrained appearance, noraplan® unita fits perfectly into the overall concept.” The flooring’s colors are special designs that were specially developed for L&T at nora systems in Weinheim. The fact that nora® flooring is entirely made of rubber and can therefore be installed seamlessly is seen as a great advantage by the interior designer: “This creates a uniform appearance and a calm surface effect.” In order to allow customers to experience a smooth transition to all departments without any optical barriers, a change of material was deliberately avoided in the walkways.
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Diverse and relaxing shopping

Another plus: Thanks to the rubber’s material properties, nora® coverings are permanently resilient. They provide relief for one’s back and joints and make it easier to walk and stand still – a factor that contributes to a healthy work environment for the sales staff. “Our employees often walk between five and seven kilometers during their working hours,” explains Lutz Brinkmann, Technical Manager at L&T. “This is much more comfortable on the resilient rubber floor than on a hard supporting base.” Due to its permanent elasticity, the rubber flooring also reduces noise and thus ensures good room acoustics and a low soundscape – even with plenty of people around.

Quick installation technology makes for a fast move-in date

Due to the tight schedule, noraplan® was installed using the quick installation technology of nora® nTx. With this system, the adhesive is already applied to the back of the rubber flooring at the factory. This can reduce the installation time by up to 50 percent. What’s more is that installation problems – such as bubbles, residual indentations, or seams – are a thing of the past. Even with higher levels of residual moisture, the self-adhesive flooring is laid securely and cleanly in just a few steps. “The flooring was laid directly on the 40-centimeter-thick reinforced concrete; we could not have afforded to wait through long setting times,” says Daniel Erfeld, an employee at Prof. Moths Architekten. With nora® nTx, the floor can be used immediately after installation. “Immediately after installation, the shopfitter came and put the furniture in,” says Erfeld.

Endurance test for the flooring

“Before deciding on a floor covering, we laid out sample surfaces with different products and then subjected them to various stress tests,” says Brinkmann. Thanks to its extremely dense, non-porous surface, the tests showed that nora® flooring was the most resistant of them all. Standing out with a special concept: With its unusual fusion of rubber and granite, noraplan® unita nTx is the most suitable flooring option for a sports store that’s breaking new ground in every respect.

Data and facts

Building L&T Sport, Osnabrück
Company L& T Lengermann & Trieschmann GmbH & Co. KG
Architect Prof. Moths Architects, Hamburg
Installation Year 2018
Photographer Dirk Wilhelmy (top image and slider 1-11, 17) / Joachim Grothus (slider 12-16)
Indoor Surfen ist eines der Highlights im neu eröffneten L+T Sporthaus in Osnabrück, das beim Fußboden auf noraplan unita setzt

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nora® nTx

nora® nTx is a new and unique technology for professional installers to lay nora® rubber flooring systems.

noraplan® unita

Rubber flooring with a varied combination of materials, comprising permanently resilient rubber and randomly dispersed granite chips, in two timeless design variations.