A Cork Floor for the Sagrada Familia, Visited by Millions Each Year. (Photos)


Photo credit: Wicanders

Finally, the inside of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is done. The church, set out to build 125 years ago and expected to be finished in 2026, attracts millions of visitors every year. This is no surprise due to the breathtaking design by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), and the current designers and architects who work on making his plans reality, using the latest technologies such as LED lighting. Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI. And what did the Pope and everyone else walk on? Cork! The Sagrada Familia has been given a beautiful cork floor.
Photo credit: Wicanders

If you visit the Sagrada Familia's temple's crypt, you will be walking on 2000 m2 of cork floor by Wicanders, made in Portugal. Corkcomfort is a floating floor that comes in different colours and patterns, and has great acoustic absorption properties (quite useful in a crowded church). This particular flooring comes with a high-traffic, non-toxic varnish finish to make sure it lasts long but it is also repairable. All Wicander's floorings are FSC-certified and come with LEED credits. As someone who is a cork fan (I happen to have the same cork floor at my home as the Sagrada Familia) I have to say this works; both from a functional, aesthetics and ecological point of view. I wonder if Gaudí would agree...


Photo credit: Wicanders

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