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A first class design

January 2020

The Niccolò Cusano University, one of Italy’s most prestigious learning institutions, occupies an historic site in the north of Rome, and features materials and design often seen in classical architecture.  When the decision was made to build a new complex, the owners sought to create a stylish a link between the site’s history and the university’s ongoing work to modernise learning.

The initial brief sought to achieve an aesthetic both majestic and formidable, yet still modern and contemporary. Giuseppe Zaccariello, design engineer on the project, knew the final concept would need to respect the original building, while establishing its own distinct style.  Following lengthy research into different surfaces, Zaccariello specified Neolith’s Iron collection for the project.  Patinated and stained metals stood out from more classical, marmoreal materials. He felt using a variety of raw iron effects would retain uniformity throughout the design, while still distinguishing individual detailing.

Iron Corten was chosen for its distinctive, rusty hues, the weathered metal pattern perfectly capturing the juxtaposition between the university’s future-facing vision and the heritage of the site it sits on.  Lighter Iron Frost framed the new complex, while Iron Ash emphasised the other two patterns against the backdrop of the whole build.

Iron Corten and Iron Frost were used to clad the reception hall.  Iron Corten was specified for all worktops, planters and other elements creating a uniform vision for the building, outside and in.  The result is rich and complex, elegant yet modern, with a strong, visually appealing contrast between the industrial motifs of Neolith Iron and fresh green foliage.

More at: https://www.neolith.com/

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