Roca London Gallery

Refurbishment and fit-out of the premises in the London district of Chelsea Harbour: implementation of the facade and interior design, as well as the furnishings and lighting.

Zaha Hadid’s project, which is characterised by dynamic organic forms and the prominence of concrete, is based on the idea of flowing water to express Roca’s adaptability to changing needs and demands and its commitment to innovation. The liquid current that inspires the design generates different spaces and atmospheres where the products are displayed.

The precise finish of the various forms designed was achieved by using different materials reinforced with fibres and composites in different applications: GRC (Glass Reinforced Concrete), GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) and GRG (Glass Reinforced Gypsum).

GRC was used on the facade to produce panels with surfaces of up to 9 m2 and a thickness of 6 cm, with a double curvature consisting of 1 cm of concrete on each side and a core made of 4 cm thick honeycomb aluminium panels. The construction of the facade also included the use of special glass: Stadip-type 10+10, air chamber of 16 mm and Stadip 8+8 polyvinyl Butyral interlayers with thermal and acoustic features.

Inside, the flooring is continuous with an epoxy resin and aggregate base, although the most striking features are the suspended curved ceiling and the embedded lighting that creates the impression of tightly stretched fabric.