Slimtech Basaltina by LEA Ceramiche is an innovative and eco-friendly product created with cutting-edge technology. Used on the Bosco Verticale project designed by architects Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, and Giovanni La Varra of Stefano Boeri Architetti, the product was a natural choice due to their shared environmentally sustainable vision. The building which is covered in hanging gardens won the International Highrise Award in 2014 and later led to the building being declared the most beautiful and innovative skyscraper in the world.
Compared to traditional porcelain, the technology used entails a major reduction in the consumption of raw materials, water, energy, and in the emission of pollutants and of CO2 during firing.
Single slabs of Slimtech are only 3.5mm, making it flexible, light and extremely easy to handle, whilst still being just as strong and durable as an ordinary tile once laid. The slender slab can simply be placed over the old surface, making it ideal for the renovation of floors. Unlike natural stone, porcelain tiles don’t need sealing and won’t absorb water, they are easy to clean and won't stain or fade under UV. The Basaltina can be used both indoors and outdoors, including external cladding and can be tiled on cupboard doors and used as splashbacks.