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Tourist information centre: Digital experience on an individual, unique floor

Rubber inlays in the “Schaufenster Karlsruhe” enhance the city design

From the “Interactive Table”, “Digital MarketPlace” and the “Sound Shower” to the “Social Wall” – the “Schaufenster Karlsruhe” is one of the most modern tourist information centres in Europe. During the virtual experience, based on a joint collaboration between public utility companies and Tourismus-GmbH, visitors can compile the information they require at the various stations according to their personal interests. With the aid of stored content, an individual web page is then created allowing visitors to think about what they would like to discover next in the Baden “fan city” from the comfort of their homes. The showroom floor is just as tailormade as the digital offering: A room inlay made of noraplan® uni rubber flooring with fan-shaped stripes in blue, yellow and green visualises the city motif in colour and also enhances the avant-garde atmosphere.  

Karlsruhe is nicknamed the “fan city” due to how the almost 30 streets radiate like creases of a fan towards the city centre from the castle. The unique architecture of the city also inspired the architectural concept of the touristinformation centre. “The floor covering played a central role in the interior design,” says project manager Timo Eberspächer from Stuttgart-based design and architecture firm DITTEL ARCHITEKTEN. The possibility of integrating the fan design into the rubber floor using inlays really appealed to the architects and offered them a tremendous amount of creative freedom. The interior inlay, which covers the entire surface of the showroom, was cut to millimetre accuracy in Weinheim on a state-of-theart ultrasonic cutting machine.

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Wear-resistant and ergonomic

The architects also see the wear resistance and durability of the floor coverings as a great advantage: “In buildings with a high volume of foot traffic, robust floors are a must,” Eberspächer emphasises. “When these also give us the opportunity to integrate the flooring into the overall design as a strong design element through individualisation and creative options in laying technology, this is an absolute advantage.” In addition, the rubber floor coverings offer a high level of standing comfort due to their permanent elasticity – staff at the tourist information centre particularly appreciate this ergonomic advantage.

Attractive eye-catcher and expression of the urban corporate design: nora® rubber floors in the “Schaufenster Karlsruhe” stage the ideal flooring for virtual adventure tours.

Data and facts

Building Tourist information centre showroom "Schaufenster Karlsruhe"
Architect DIA – Dittel Architekten | Innenarchitektur, Architektur, Kommunikationsdesign (di-a.de)
Installation Year 2019
Photographer DIA – Dittel Architekten | Innenarchitektur, Architektur, Kommunikationsdesign (di-a.de)
Installer
Keil Fuß- & Sportbodenbeläge GmbH, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Products

Inlays using noraplan® uni, approx. 180 m²

Products

noraplan® uni

Rubber flooring one-coloured

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