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Italian ceramic Urban architecture materials

Edited By Redazione The Plan - 1 May 2016

Ceramic tiles offer the type of physical and mechanical performance that make them an ideal urban furnishing option, from flooring and cladding for shopping malls and offices to the creation of external ventilated walls. 

The room for creativity allowed by the array of colors, textures, sizes and laying patterns is combined with technical characteristics that ensure lasting beauty and durable performance as the materials are highly resistant to mechanical, chemical and water wear. 

Astor’s Context is a good option for homes, shops and businesses with its colored-body glazed porcelain tiles that recreate the effects of time and the changes in color caused by oxidization.  It comes in six sizes, in White, Amber, Brown and Shadow.

Memories by Sant’Agostino reinterprets the expressive power of raw concrete using a process known as Digital Technology. In the AS 2.0 version for outdoors, the slabs come in a 60x60 cm format in Cotto, Dark, Ivory, Pearl and Sand. They can be laid raised (dry) or using adhesive on screed, for drives and similar. 

Atlas Concorde’s Brave stone-look porcelain tiles are designed for exterior flooring and cladding to create eye-catching environments, with a strong material feel. The white paste cladding slabs come in three colors (Gypsum, Pearl, Grey), while the floor options come in Gypsum, Pearl, Grey, Earth and Coke.

The Stonewave Collection by Unicom is a full-body porcelain tile in four colors (Pure, Warm, Light, Dark) that look like natural stone. These tiles are ideal for urban settings, indoors or outdoors, on floors or walls.  

In four sizes and five colors (Valcamonica, Piasentina, Porfido, Valdossola and Luserna), Pietre d’Italia 2.0 by ImolaCeramica reproduces natural stone surfaces for public and residential spaces, with color effects and textures that really look like the natural material. 

Casalgrande Padana commissioned The Crown from Daniel Libeskind, a creation made using porcelain tiles from the Fractile series. The metal structure, clad like a ventilated façade, is a spiraling, totemic sculpture. The 3D pattern and metallic surface of the colored tiles create a dynamic visual effect with nuances that shift with the changing light. 

Buxy by Cotto d’Este is an extra-thick stoneware tile created using dry pressing and prolonged baking where temperatures exceed 1,200°C. The dark grey hues of Cendre in the 30x60x1.4 cm format were chosen for the floor of the new Tiburtina high-speed train stain in Rome by ABDR Architetti Associati.

Staying with infrastructure in Italy, Marazzi tiles were used for the subway link between the central station and Bari Palese airport, exalting the play of colors. The flooring and cladding on the ventilated façade were done using Soho Beige and Monolith Black fine porcelain stone tiles (both in 60x60 cm). 

The SmartCity Malta urban project, developed in La Valletta by Paul Camilleri & Associates, used Sunrise porcelain tiles by Ceramiche Keope. The flooring and ventilated façades of the buildings were created with 120x60 cm and 30x60 tiles, in Golden, Quartz and Smoke, natural colors that fit well in a seaside environment.

 

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