Lea Ceramica recently took part in Interni Mutant Architecture & Design with an installation designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The event exhibition commemorated Milano Capitale del Design® 2011 (Milan Design Week, April 11-17).

The installation features Lea Slimtech, the ultraslim slab (3mm) in an 18th century courtyard at Milan University. The slabs were used to bring a three dimensional structure to life. “It will be a sort of vortex made entirely in porcelain stoneware; a dynamic space demonstrating a flexible and unconventional use of this innovative material,” the company noted.

The project started out as a contemporary take on courtyard architecture. It is a dynamic composition that starts out at the perimeter of the space and then follows the orthogonal shape of the columns and lines, meeting at the center, creating complex and sinuous geometrical patterns: The 900 m2 area is covered with seven different colors of Slimtech slabs (from milk white to black coffee) that are 1 meter wide and in various heights ranging to a maximum of 2 meters. Fluorescent light tubes by Artemide run along the structure, lighting up the building and creating a link between the formal layout of the setting and the flowing lines of the project.

Lea adds, “Twirl by Zaha Hadid Architects allows the ceramic product and the innovative Slimtech in particular (the latest-generation laminated porcelain tiles) to take on a new guise: moving away from its traditional use as a surface coating, on this occasion the tiles are seen as a true architectural element.”