The green mission of Fiandre Architectural Surfaces

Milan is increasingly aware of environmental issues, so it has welcomed the project by CMR-Massimo Roj Architects for the new Unipol headquarters. The official name is De Castillia 23, but it is also known as the “smog-eater” due to the strategic use of Fiandre Active structural elements and surfaces that make an active contribution to reduction of local air pollution

De Castillia 23, Milano by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces
De Castillia 23, Milano by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces

A new design that goes together with functional measures to improve environmental and social wellbeing, to redeem the unfinished “razor,” a building that dates back to 2010 in the Isola district of Milan. Now known as De Castillia 23 and acquired by Unipol Group, the complex interacts with the urban context, fitting into the architectural language of the zone as part of the regeneration plan implemented in recent years in the Garibaldi-Repubblica area.

De Castillia 23, Milano by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces  De Castillia 23, Milano by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces

The project developed by CMR-Massimo Roj Architects has conserved certain structural elements of the two buildings, with respective heights of 53 and 15 meters, 11 and 4 stories, while creating a new visual connection between the volumes with rows of trees that convey the sense of freely utilized public space.

The distinctive feature of the building, entirely designed in BIM, is the elegant prismatic glass façade that reflects the light in different ways, in a dynamic movement of transparencies and facets, depending on the weather conditions.

De Castillia 23, Milano by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces
De Castillia 23, Milan by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces

The brand of Iris Ceramica Group, Fiandre, has developed custom solutions for De Castillia 23, including the Granitech® ventilated façade system with visible joints, to which to apply 120×60 cm modules of Active ecological ceramic from the Core Shade collection, in the Cloudy Core Active TM and Sharp Core Active TM textures. In the presence of air, humidity and light – natural or artificial – on the surfaces of these sheets, an oxidizing process is generated to break down harmful pollutants, bringing great benefits to the inhabitants of the building and the neighborhood.

De Castillia 23, Milano by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces
De Castillia 23, Milan by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces

Fiandre porcelain stoneware has also been used in the internal spaces: the Fjord collection, in the Dusty color, clads the bathrooms, selected for its ease of cleaning and prevention of skidding.