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URBAN TERRAZZO @ VICIS 2018

The oldest extant remains of terrazzo soils date back to the Neolithic, they are about 9000 years old. In ancient Greece and Rome, the use of this technique was the standard for the production of valuable and durable floor coverings. In Renaissance Italy, the "composto terrazzo marmorino" flourished again, splendidly in the palaces of Venice. And in the first half of the twentieth century, it adorned period villas, as well as many stairways, railway stations, and other public buildings, before being replaced by cheaper ceramic, linoleum, and carpeting.

While the quality of Terrazzo's work reflects contemporary technical possibilities, its design reflects the taste of an era, and regional factors determine color and material. In terrazzo, this information is stored and thus part of the soul of a building.

In their URBAN TERRAZZO the design and architecture collective 'They feed off buildings' adds another element - sustainability through upcycling. Materials are removed from demolished or gutted buildings. They carry the character of old, traditional buildings in themselves. With their color determined by pigments of old bricks they become a high-quality, stable material for floor and wall covering, which contributes significantly to the identity of a new building.

THEY FEED OFF BUILDINGS I URBAN TERAZZO I VOL. 1 from they feed off buildings on Vimeo.


Part of the exhibition VICIS // ALWAYS CHANGE A RUNNING SYSTEM | March 3—11, 2018 | Architekturgalerie München im BUNKER | mcbw.