The catalogue of the leading sintered stone company, an ally of architects in sustainable design that brings nature into the home

How can we heal the wound between man and the environment that architecture has often helped to widen, removing from home and work spaces anything that might serve to experience interiors as an extension of outdoor space, to bring in the breath of nature outside? A repertoire of intriguing design solutions comes from the recent trend book Inspiring Living For Tomorrow. Lifestyle Trends 2024, published by Neolith. We speak of a company of excellence in the world of materials and surfaces, which with this publication explores a new abacus capable of combining sustainability and contemporary aesthetics. Biophilia and greentecture stand out in the text as keywords: they are concepts and solutions that aim to create more respectful buildings and more habitable cities, involving urban planners and architects in the fight to curb climate change, creating more green areas and constructing energy-efficient bioclimatic buildings.

The biophilic approach

For some time now, as the book reveals, design has been working to build a new relationship between man and nature, so much so that biophilia and green architecture have become strategic expressions and design levers at all scales, from product to interior design via surfaces and materials. The biophilic approach is among the most recurrent in avant-garde proposals devoted to authentic sustainability. It is the application of biophilia in the design world, which in turn translates into an urbanism more inclined to an ecological dimension, with the aim of reducing urban temperature, mitigating pollution, and promoting natural environmental resilience. And, last but not least, to recreate in places inhabited by man a consonance with nature to be rediscovered.

An abacus of solutions

This is the direction in which the materials of Neolith, a leading company in the market of sintered stone surfaces, are heading. Neolith has increasingly become a strategic ally in resolving the traditional opposition between indoors and outdoors, creating an environment inspired by nature and seamless between building façades and home interiors. Neolith works to offer designers an abacus of solutions that integrate the environment into the architecture and resolve the traditional dichotomy of nature and artifice, of indoor and outdoor, and do so through a repertoire of contemporary proposals in line with sophisticated aesthetic research. From the open-air kitchen to the façade of a house or building, with Neolith it is possible to give life to environments that extend fluidly from the outside to the inside and vice versa, bringing the living room into the garden and the garden into the living room. Hybrid spaces that invite enjoyment according to the highest levels of design and comfort throughout the year, starting with the colours and moving on to the textures and finishes, without neglecting the tactile rendering and sensorial experience that a design material must be able to give back.

Versatility and resistance

"Penthouses, terraces, porches, swimming pools, gardens, or outdoor furniture and kitchens: architecture," explain the Spanish-based company with an absolutely international outlook, "is undergoing a profound transformation, reinventing itself according to one overriding premise: to become spaces that are fundamental to the daily life of the home, regardless of the season of the year. This new trend brings spaces into the home that until now were exclusive to high-end hotels and resorts. Today, with our surfaces it becomes a reality for all situations, thanks to the technical prerogatives of versatility and resistance".

Facade resource

The Neolith catalogue is a perfect resource for the façades of buildings of all kinds, from residential to hospitality and workspace architecture. Manufactured from natural, mostly recycled products, the surfaces facilitate air circulation by allowing water vapour to diffuse from the inside to the outside. This encourages the façade to breathe and prevents the formation of condensation behind the panels. These surfaces are characterised by their thermal insulation capacity, which eliminates thermal bridges and, therefore, temperature fluctuations within the building, resulting in energy savings of up to 40 per cent. "Neolith offers solar protection, making the interior of the building thermally comfortable as excessive heating in summer is prevented, and improves acoustic insulation as the ventilated façade system consists of several layers that increase the level of sound absorption. Waterproofing is another prerogative: the chimney effect produced by the air chamber prevents water seepage and protects the building structure. Neolith relies on a sustainability plan that places the company at the forefront of environmental protection. Proof of this are the Zero Waste and EcoVadis Gold certifications, which confirm the brand's green vocation for sustainability and make its sustainable DNA clear.