Carpet design

Lichen Collection carpet planks add to the Auckland School’s biophilic design

GH Commercial’s Lichen collection of carpet planks met the biophilic design goals of the interiors of Saint Kentigern’s School in Auckland.

The design by the talented team at New Zealand commercial interior design firm, Outline, met the specifications to create a beautiful and inspiring learning space, with GH Commercial providing the cladding solution for ideal ground for education.

Offering an educational pathway from ages 3 to 18, Saint Kentigern consists of a preschool, a boys’ school, a girls’ school and a coeducational middle school on three campuses in Auckland. This progressively inclusive Christian school embraces a variety of cultural and family backgrounds, representing diverse faiths and denominations.

After years of planning and two years of construction, the main building for the boys’ school was recently completed. Responding to the specialist nature of teaching and learning in Years 7 and 8, this innovative development includes 12 new classrooms, a number of small group learning spaces and specialist facilities.

The brief

Translating an interior vision based on sustainability and the wellness benefits of biophilic design, Outline has created a series of living, flexible and highly functional multipurpose spaces.

The light-filled central atrium with its “social staircase” connecting two floors of classrooms, collaborative learning areas and a staff room that doubles as a professional development and function space, reflected an aesthetic relaxed defined by organic shapes and natural wood finishes. . Using muted blues and greens to calm and balance, the designers also introduced bursts of zesty citrus accents to enhance students’ alertness and creativity.

The Lichen 1.5 carpet plank collection presented the perfect floor covering to meet the specification, with the Micro and Macro Bloom 1.5 selection in 941 Goldspeck, 956 Iceland Moss, 963 Firedot and 937 Frosted Shield offering a distinctive pattern with complementary touches of green, yellow, red and white. Paired with neutral Groundcover 1.5 in 949 Rock face, the overall effect was cohesive while creating orientation paths and distinguishing separate learning zones.

The Science of Flooring Design

Created by Living Product Challenge founder Jason F. McClennan and his team at McLennan Design, the Lichen collection incorporates the science of biophilia, drawing inspiration from the diversity of texture and color found among lichen clusters, and the regenerative role these play in our ecosystem.

Biophilia, or love of nature, focuses on creating calming spaces with a visual connection to the natural world, a concept proven to reduce stress and enhance creativity. Aware of the school’s leafy surroundings, it was important that the overall design and color palette reflect this aesthetic.

Healthier, locally made flooring

The Lichen 1.5 collection is an updated version of the original Lichen range. Featuring the same beautiful colors, this iteration has been reworked to suit local Australian and New Zealand interiors. The Lichen Series 3-tile system has been developed to accommodate a variety of installation configurations that serve to direct foot traffic or identify specific areas.

Proudly made in Australia and incorporating the latest Pattern Perfect tufting technology, the collection is Declare Red List Free Certified, PVC, BPA and Phthalate free for a safer and healthier school environment.

Education Flooring

One of the largest flooring suppliers and manufacturers in the world, GH Commercial is a full-service provider for commercial and educational interiors. Our wide range of education flooring choices, each offering a high performance base with underfoot comfort, are able to withstand the wear and tear of children from preschool through grade 12, with many options for tertiary level installations as well.

The Lichen 1.5 collection, like all GH Commercial carpet planks, can be produced quickly and is quick and easy to install. Certified Contract Extra Heavy Duty & Stairs, they are incredibly durable, require very little maintenance and can be individually replaced if damaged.

For dynamic collaborative learning spaces or quietly soothing study areas, in colors and patterns designed to inspire, excite or soothe, GH Commercial has you covered. Contact your local consultant to find out more about our educational flooring solutions.

Photography: Mark Scowen Photography