City Passage di Bielefeld. Geometries games for high-quality coatings

As part of a major renovation project, the City Passage in Bielefeld, which opened in 1977, was converted into a modern and attractive shopping centre. Modern and attractive also for the high-quality coatings used and for the choice of textures that characterize them.

The showpiece of the project is an elliptical plaza spanned by an imposing glass dome. A 26 metre long escalator makes a comfortable connection from the groundfloor to the food court and the parking levels. A view from the skyward escalator gives visitors an extraordinary impression of the spacious interior design.

The exporting architecture office ECE Hamburg decided on an area of 5,500 square metres for the "Urban" porcelain stoneware series from the German tile manufacturer Porcelaingres, which has its roots in Italy. The collection was used in Bielefeld in the 60 × 60 cm format and in the colours Urban Dove, Urban Grey, Urban Ivory.

The Urban and Urban Great porcelain stoneware series are characterised by an extensive range of colours in which warm and cold colours alternate to give shape to creative ideas and to enrich the architectural projects with new stimulating colour combinations.

The numerous formats and strengths promote versatility and allow the implementation of architectural projects which maintain a harmonious stilisti continuità between indoors and outdoors. With its six colours, six sizes and three strengths, Urban is one of the most complete and versatile collections in the Porcelaingresrange.