Characterized by an extremely original and contemporary design, The Tour Part-Dieu — fondly named “the pencil” due to its cylindrical shape and pyramid top — stands out majestically above the rooftops of Lyons, France, near the financial district, a stone’s throw away from the historical city center. It houses offices and commercial activities, and the top seven floors are occupied by the Radisson Blu Hotel, a guarantee of excellence and well-being in the hospitality sector. Refurbished in 2016, this is the tallest hotel in Europe. It features 245 deluxe bedrooms and 11 meeting rooms — all showcasing a breathtaking view over the city.
Within the policy of granting innovation and a high standard of quality, Italian tile manufacturer Ceramiche Caesar was chosen as partner for the supply of flooring materials in some areas of the hotel. This was a conscious choice, motivated by great technical and aesthetic value of the “Made in Italy” porcelain products of Caesar.
In particular, elegance and character are realized with Gate, the concrete effect series employed for the hotel’s reception area and bathrooms. In its neutral tone, the collection contributes a unique touch to the hotel atmosphere thanks to its rich texture. By combining an assortment of sizes — from large-format 60 -x 120-cm to smaller 15- x 75-cm pieces, with the addition of 60- x 60-cm square tiles — the reception area becomes dynamic in a totally original manner so that the spaces appear larger and more voluminous.
The designer’s choice to use the Gate collection can be attributed to his intention to keep faith to a modern and forward-looking project. The porcelain tile guarantees safety with its slip-resistant surface, as well as long-lasting quality and durability to continuous strains due to the high percentage of people stepping on the floor.
Installation of the porcelain floor tile throughout the Radisson Blu Hotel was completed in 25 days. The staff was so struck that it is considering specifying Gate as one of its reference products for the Radisson Blu Hotel chain’s image relaunch.