Preliminary samples were produced from the chosen pink tone to decide what colour marble to add into the terrazzo mix. This specific type of terrazzo is called Palladiana. It utilizes large broken pieces of marble rather than crushed aggregates.
A mosaic pattern was created with the broken marble pieces. The marble needed to be milled on a CNC machine to ensure that they were the close to the same thickness as the finished floor.
Pouring Pink Concrete
Once the desired “mosaic” pattern was decided, it was time to pour the pink concrete.
Matching Reception Desk
Back in the shop, a matching pink terrazzo reception desk was created. As it was too big for the elevator, it was oversized in the mold, and butterflied like a slab of wood is ripped down the middle. This gave the appearance that the slab came from a quarry. We like to think a quarry somewhere in “Barbieland”.
Grind and Polish
Once the pink terrazzo was cured overnight the grinding and polishing started. A small Rhino 350 by Newgrind was the perfect machine for this small project.
Pouring pink terrazzo
Once again the pink concrete base colour was poured over the white marble. This time it was the reverse methodology, precast. Once the concrete was cured, the piece was flipped over and polished.
The slabs were installed in the cabinets, and holes were drilled for cables and power. The results speak for themselves. The original inspiration came from a picture the client saw on instagram. Turning a loose concept into both a floor and a matching precast reception desk proved a challenge our team was up to.