The essence of which stone is made is a perfect balance of nature and artifice

Stone is the singular product of the action of those elements such as water, temperature, pressure, whose incessant activity, protracted for millennia, has modelled the original material; at the same time, however, stone is also the result of the work of man who has refined its shape and surface to make it useful for his purposes.
Stone is the substance of Earth that bears the signs of the hand of man; it is a witness of our connection with places and tells about our ways of doing and living.

Designing with stone means confronting ourselves with these meanings, also to give new and current interpretations. Technical, but also historical, knowledge is needed as well as a certain sensitivity in recognizing and enhancing connotative traits and shades, qualities and defects, which nature places in every stone.

In the meantime stone has become increasing less a supporting element and increasingly more a covering element.

From modern times to the present the methods for processing and using stone have changed. Stone has lost its thickness and weight, acquiring new original expressive values able to fully reflect the new ethical and aesthetic standards of a more responsible contemporary architecture.

Split stone coverings that from the outside extend to the inside, stone floors with soft and tactile surfaces, irregularly moved by nature or artificially by three-dimensional textures engraved by numerical control machines. Rough stone having a strong character but also materials of natural origin, vertical gardens and green roofs, often associated with modular wooden structures.

These are some of the distinctive features of a new way of designing and building that aims at the naturalization of the surfaces and of the architectures, thanks to a wide and innovative use of elements from nature that become elements of building.

Today, more than ever, covering with stone is an highly topical theme, capable of contributing to the construction of sustainable architectures in which to live better and of new urban landscapes through which to demonstrate to have finally recognized the beauty, utility and value of living with nature, respecting it.

So let the stone and the elements of nature enter into our homes and our cities, improving the quality of our lives.

AL house – Praia de São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, Brasile (Studio Arthur Casas)

Hemmingford house – Hemmingford, Montreal, Canada (SIMARD Architects)

Vallarta house – Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Messico (Ezequiel Farca - CAANdesign)

La Piscina del Roccolo – Brianza, Milan, Italy (Act Romegialli)

Through stone we give strength to the deep bond that unites us to nature: the world that we feel ours because we know to belong to it.

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