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By Michele Perlini and Dario Biello

Lapitec at Fuorisalone with the Neutro Urban Project

The installation, located in Piazza Cordusio, is an urban initiative by architects Michele Perlini and Dario Biello. It serves as a fusion of a relaxation zone and a tribute to greenery, crafted for the well-being of the community.

Lapitec, a 100% natural surface, makes a comeback at Fuorisalone through a venture by architects Michele Perlini and Dario Biello, offering a commendable narrative aimed at harnessing design for the benefit of people and the planet.

The Neutro manifesto emerges from this aspiration for reconnection and advocates for the synergy between humanity and nature by promoting biophilic architecture in both the public and private realms. This ethos is materialised in a pavilion, crafted to be an open urban element accessible to the entire community, which will be showcased and open for visitation in Piazza Cordusio from April 16 to 21 during the design week. Constructed with support from Lapitec for one of its walls, in the shade Bianco Assoluto with a Vesuvio finish, Neutro is a 9-square-meter structure outfitted with bicycle parking, a bench for relaxation, and a cosy outdoor armchair. A canopy equipped with sunshade systems, adorned with hanging plants, and walls that allow for airflow, transforms it into a shaded haven suitable for relaxation or work-related activities: the initiative is envisioned as an oasis of high aesthetic and functional value, intended to be dispersed across cities to enhance their livability. It's further complemented by the installation of a modular micro-greenhouse, My Garden, filled with medicinal herbs and sprouts, representing a novel concept of a widespread urban garden.

'Discussing nature and architecture, our involvement is a natural progression,' states Marcello Tonelli, the third generation at the helm of Lapitec. 'Our material is durable – hence ideal for urban applications – yet also 100% natural, eco-friendly, and health-conscious. We endorse the manifesto as it reflects values we deeply resonate with.'

Following Milan Design Week, Neutro will proceed to Verona, marking its debut in an Italian city part of the Biophilic Cities Network, an international coalition aimed at bolstering the bond between humans and nature in urban settings.

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