A composition of modular elements that gives marble and quartz a second life

COURTYARD OF HONOUR, UNIVERSITY OF MILAN - A work that enhances the value of what is normally discarded. A composition of modular elements in natural stone agglomerate that gives a second life to marble and quartz.

“Formally natural and spatially wild.” This is how Kengo Kuma, the internationally renowned Japanese architect, describes the Stone Grove project located in the Courtyard of Honor.

Made from modular elements in marble and quartz agglomerates, it reinterprets the principles of Ikebana (the art of arranging flowers and plant elements in keeping with specific aesthetic and symbolic criteria) in a contemporary key – and with alternative materials.

The work is laid on a floor made from marble fragments and quartz agglomerate, which then merges with the composition of the vertical modules, enhancing its processing and material characteristics. Consisting largely of natural stone of various grain sizes mixed with natural pigments and resins to create a tough and durable material, marble and quartz agglomerates are used here to create an installation with a strong architectural value.

The project is based on the assemblage of self-supporting modules, each of which is made of three or four stone strips with an overall length of 3 m, 15 cm wide and 2 cm thick.

This composition creates a sort of stone garden representative of the different textures and finishes of the stone products made by Quarella from marble and quartz waste.

The use of the resulting material from quarrying, which would otherwise be left unused by the marble industry, involves its transformation into granules of different sizes and shapes, collected and bound together by a tiny amount of resin. This particular process makes it possible to obtain a tough material, even better performing than classic stone, capable of reducing waste. A beneficial process that promotes sustainable behaviors.