If you’ve been looking into materials to use for your rooftop deck, patio, walkway, or other exterior living space, you might have come across the various benefits of porcelain paver tiles. If you’ve been researching this material, you might also be familiar now with Archatrak, one of the industry-leading purveyors of these Italian-imported porcelain pavers.
In addition to the more practical benefits of porcelain—minimal weight; durability; impermeability; ease of maintenance; frost, scratch, slip, and fade resistance; and more—the sheer beauty and craftsmanship of these tiles are undeniable, and it’s that aesthetic factor that’s on full display in these stunning Archatrak installs across the United States.
With its sweeping views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, as well as its impressive size, Offshore is a must-see at the Navy Pier in Chicago. This 36,000-square-foot rooftop deck is the nation’s largest of its kind, and it boasts an array of amenities: indoor and outdoor space, a kitchen, seven fire pits, and a gaming area. Located at the end of the pier, Offshore sits above Festival Hall. Throughout the project, 24”x24” porcelain pavers were used. In order to coordinate with the cement paving prevalent throughout the rest of the pier, the Cemento color was selected.
Google is practically synonymous with impressive, sweeping office spaces, and the expansion of their Kirkland, Washington, campus is no exception. The updated layout includes a 20,000-square-foot rooftop terrace that provides unmatched views of the surrounding landscape and water. Google opted to use Alta color porcelain pavers. The light weight of the porcelain aided in a quick installation, and the porcelain properties, including the impermeability of the material and the fade and scratch resistance, ensure it’s easy to maintain.
Located just south of historic Times Square in New York City, the Moxy Hotel is known for its orientation toward design. It’s little surprise, then, that the budget-friendly hotel (by New York standards!) gravitated toward Archatrak. The 612-room hotel is the largest of fifteen Moxy establishments, and its most notable amenity is the indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge known as the Magic Hour. The lounge provides amazing views of the iconic New York City skyline, including the Empire State Building. The Magic Hour was done in the Archatrak “stone” series of porcelain pavers using a combination of gray tones, specifically Neram, Basalto, and Donker.
Located in West Hollywood, Catch LA is the west coast counterpart to the well-known New York restaurant Catch. Like the original, Catch LA offers dining, events, and nightlife, meaning the aesthetics of Archatrak are certainly appealing, but the scratch, slip, and stain resistance are essential. This restaurant is the perfect example of interior and exterior interplay. Inside, the restaurant boasts wood-look porcelain pavers in Moro and Maple, and outside features porcelain pavers in Donker and Greige.
If you find yourself in Nashville, do yourself a favor and hit up the famed Broadway Street’s number one rated rooftop bar, Ole Red. A hit with the locals and tourists alike, the bar is the third Ole Red location from noted country singer Blake Shelton. The location offers drinks, food service, a dancing area, and a music stage. The 3,600-square-foot rooftop was done in Sandalo porcelain pavers, and they prove great in this commercial setting due to their resistance to staining, scratching, or slipping.
International Spy Museum
Right in the heart of Washington, DC, is the new L’Enfant Plaza, which houses the International Spy Museum. Dedicated to all things espionage, past and present, the museum contains a 4,600-square-foot rooftop terrace on the eighth floor. From there, visitors are treated to views of the Washington Monument and the Potomac River. The terrace used porcelain planks in Oak, and they span from the interior atrium to the exterior rooftop, creating a seamless aesthetic continuity from inside out.
James Robertson Hotel
Another Nashville establishment, the James Robertson Hotel is a multiuse space from Earl Swensson Associates Inc. The exterior area, which includes a pool, was designed to facilitate unimpeded sun basking and open views of the stunning Nashville skyline. This installation included Archatrak fixed-height pad pedestals, as well as the adjustable pedestals (up to twelve inches). Drainage was imperative on this project in order to accommodate the rain and any water splashed from the pool, making porcelain the ideal choice for this project. Baker Roofing and Bell and Associates worked to cut the paver tiles around anchored support beams, which Eterno pedestals also support.
The POV Rooftop at the W Hotel has definitely earned its moniker as the “best rooftop in Washington, DC.” The 2,550-square-foot restaurant and bar provides unmatched views of some of DC’s most iconic landmarks, and these views perfectly complement the impeccable architectural design choices throughout the W. The Archatrak tile used in the project was the 48”x16” porcelain plank in the Kauri color, which is a slightly weathered wood look with undertones of brown and gray.
If you like what you see and you’re interested in installing Archatrak in your home project or you simply want to learn more about this innovative product, don’t hesitate to reach out today!