MoederscheimMoonen Architects designs residential building with spectacular balconies in Rotterdam residential and living area. Rotterdam, The Netherlands – MoederscheimMoonen Architects will The design by MoederscheimMoonen design a new residential building in the takes maximum conservation of the centre of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. existing buildings as a starting point Local developer and builder Stebru for further expansion. has chosen the competition entry by Architect Erik Moederscheim said: the Rotterdam architectural firm as the “Our design is not as much about being the highest tower of the area, as about winning design. elegance and class which, together with The starting point for the design was to maximum transparency and fluently preserve the iconic existing architecture designed balconies, will make it a very of the current office buildings as much as special place to live. Between the existing possible. This turned out to be challenging buildings and the new building is also a but also guided the design towards the special floor where we have designed a end result of a wonderfully dynamic communal space in the form of a living winning design. The building will have room and a roof garden. This will be a mix of different apartment types and the meeting point of the building.” The commercial functions, with the outdoor scheme is designed within an efficient space in the form of generous balconies volume with a maximum footprint that giving the residents a spectacular conforms as much as possible to the experience of the city centre. facade at the old harbour. The location of the new building is T h e a i m i s to b e a b l e to b e g i n part of the Maritime District and was originally a port area, which is now construction on the residential building being transformed into a high-quality by mid-2020.
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Cevisama 2019 boosts international character with foreign visitors numbering over 20,000 for first time Feria Valencia, Italy – More than 20,000 foreign professionals visited the 37th edition of Cevisama, the international fair for ceramic tiles, bathroom furnishings and natural stone, which took place at Feria Valencia from 28th January to 1st February 2019. As well as the quality of the products on show, the amazing staging created by the exhibitors and a higher volume of business having been done, figures have now been released that confirm that this year’s fair was the best ever, particularly taking into account that machinery was not part of the event this year (it joins the showcase in even-numbered years only). Specifically, 91,179 professionals visited the fair from 155 countries (compared with 90,572 from 154 countries in 2018). Of these, 20,181 were foreign visitors (as against 17,651 last year), a figure that had never been reached before and that confirms the positioning of an event that is increasingly international every year. The figures have led Cevisama to claim that foreign professionals accounted for 22 percent of the total number of visitors and that the fair attracted visitors from the industry’s
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key markets, given that 55 percent of foreign buyers came from the traditional European markets: Italy, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Germany (which accounted for 36.84 percent of all foreign visitors), plus Russia, Algeria, Morocco, the United States, Belgium and Poland. The profile of the visitors to Cevisama was primarily retailers, distributors, manufacturers, sales agents, buying groups and specifiers, especially architects and decorators. The latter group are becoming increasingly interested in Spanish manufacturers and Cevisama’s organisers are therefore focusing on growing attendance by these professionals even more. It should be remembered that several new initiatives were launched this year with precisely that aim in mind, including a hall dedicated exclusively to the Contract sector. The investment is beginning to pay off and, in fact, the organisers’ have calculated that architects and interior designers as a percentage of all visitors increased from 10.25 percent in 2018 to 13.67 percent in 2019. According to the final report on the fair, 73.6 percent of visitors were interested in ceramic tiles, 51.7 percent in bathroom
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