A collection of projects, the voices of dozens of architectural firms: from Interni, a dossier on materials for architecture and their use in a sustainable key

In the latest issue of Interni, Antonella Boisi and Patrizia Catalano have collected the testimonies of numerous architects who tell, through a choice of projects, the different ways in which they have solved challenges related to the theme of materials and sustainability.

The dossier, which we will publish in installments on internimagazine.it, offers a broader view, albeit necessarily fragmented, on a constantly evolving landscape. A world, that of architecture, in which innovation often does not necessarily mean novelty in an absolute sense, but the ability to make the most of traditional solutions or solutions from other worlds in alternative ways. On internimagazine.it we have already published a taste of this enormous research work, dedicated to concrete.

Read here: experimental concrete in architecture.

The other chapters (there will be six in all) will alternate in the coming weeks on our site. But here's a preview of what we will talk about.


Metals and marbles

Aluminum, a usable material already recycled and in turn recyclable, is increasingly appreciated by architects. Marco Casamonti of Archea Associati talked about its use explaining his project for the Tirana stadium, Nicola De Pellegrini and Giovanni Bez of Anidride Design Architettura, taking as an example the headquarters of Blackfin Taibon Agordino in the province of Belluno, and Massimo Alvisi / Alvisi Kirimoto for the new Academy of Music in Camerino (MC). The recyclable and durable zinc-titanium alloy is instead the protagonist of the project for the Davines headquarters in Parma, told through the words of Matteo Thun & Partners. Paolo Asti / Asti Architetti will speak about an innovative use of marble, with a very thin thickness, in reference to his intervention on the historic building which, in Milan, houses the first Starbucks coffee shop.

Ceramics and glass

To give voice to the qualities of ceramics for ventilated facades, we interviewed the Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel studio who illustrated them through their project for building G, in the former Martinelli area in Morbegno (SO) made with Marazzi materials. While Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas explored a new material, Scratch, an advanced ceramic material that was born from their collaboration with a company of the Italcer group. In short, ceramic continues its path of innovation: from porcelain stoneware Florim (with the Toddlers Bilingual Primary School project in Casinalbo by Michele Zini / ZPZ Partners), to the latest generation anti-smog ceramic blade system produced by Laminam (used by Mario Cucinella for the cladding of the San Raffaele in Milan) up to the photocatalytic, self-cleaning, antibacterial, anti-polluting and anti-odor surfaces (used by Massimo Roj / Progetto CMR in the De Castillia 23 project in Milan, created with Fiandre Architectural Surfaces).

Wood and terracotta

We will talk about natural materials, such as wood and terracotta. Through the words of masters such as Massimo Iosa Ghini, who designed the F-L system for Sistem Costruizioni, which can be used to cover the facades. And the projects of other architects that explain why parquet, obviously certified, is a practical, sustainable and versatile choice (for example, Enrica Mosciaro talks about that of Listone Giordano about his Fusina 6 project). Choosing the right wood, so that it marries with the surrounding nature, will be the lesson that will come to us from the story that Peter Pichler makes of his project for the Oberholz refuge in Obereggen (BZ). While Alessandra Dalloli addresses the issue of how to ensure comfort in the interior space through the choice of a range of natural materials. Like terracotta, chosen by Massimo Pierattelli / Pierattelli Architetture to cover the exteriors of the Suvereto (LI) power station, a material that takes on the nuances of the surrounding landscape, reflecting its tones, beauty and warmth.


In the special, ample space is also left to the agglomerations of inert elements that present countless possibilities for indoors and outdoors. Like Lapitec, a full-body sintered stone, compact, waterproof and therefore surface resistant, used by 3ndy Studio in a residential project created in collaboration with the artist Giorgio Milani. Or the digital mosaics, with which Luciana Di Virgilio and Gianni Veneziano / Veneziano + Team worked for the indoor and outdoor spaces of a home where ancient and contemporary inspirations mix. In this roundup there is also the i-Mesh, a technical fabric made of fiber and resin, separable and recyclable, which is an effective device for developing a new language in site-specific constructions, used by Migliore+Servetto in various projects. . And while Marco Piva tells the characteristics of Sicis Vitrite (glass plates combined with polymeric materials that allow covering large surfaces), Filippo Taidelli illustrates the qualities of some antibacterial flooring made with a wood-effect vinyl sheet (Graboplast and GraboSafe Silver Knight) .


On the other hand, the contributions of Alessandro Melis, Tiziana Monterisi and Luca Compri / studio LCA architetti - all already guests of Interni Design Journal - are dedicated to organic materials. Alessandro Melis will talk about the Borboletta project, on the integration of architecture, microbiology and biodiversity, aimed at building a new urban paradigm understood as an ecosystem rather than an artifice. RiceHouse's Tiziana Monterisi will present two new biocompostable and biodegradable bioplasters. Luca Compri, finally, his project for a house in Magnano in the province of Milan in which he used rice straw and cork for thermal insulation (which we have already mentioned in his Opinion in the Journal).