This is probably one of the nicest hotel complexes on the coast to have been built in the last two years: the Radisson Blu on the Swinoujscie promenade.

A pedestrian promenade leads from the promenade along the hotel buildings towards the beach. It is paved with concrete and conglomerate tiles. In its central point, a circle with a diameter of about 10 metres is designed from Strzegom granite with a flamed surface. The circle is divided into several circles.

The very juxtaposition of concrete and conglomerate tiles with the stone raises doubts, not to say rebukes. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg.

When designing such a circle, an important element is to maintain equal joints on the circles and radii. It can be assumed that the joints were not taken into account at the design stage and that the problem arose during assembly. Attempts were made to “stretch” the individual circles to create a joint. The result is that the geometry of the rays is disturbed – in one place the arches are ‘butt jointed’, and in another the grout is spread out into a dovetail.

The tiles not only lie unevenly, but also click together. In addition, the poor finish of the drainage grates is noticeable. The stonework looks terrible.

The relatively solid laying of a part of the promenade made of conglomerate slabs with cross jointing contrasts with the poor stonework made of natural stone. Again, we are doing ourselves a disservice by strengthening the position of competitive solutions: who, seeing such an aesthetic clash of concrete and stone, will want to risk ordering stone?

Exactly… And one may ask: Is there a better way?

Source: Kurier kamieniarski

Author: Bogdan Pieprzyk | Published: 11 September 2017