Learning from nature to make the best possible floor and wall coverings for the home and the retail and contract industries is one of the key missions of a leading high-tech ceramics manufacturer such as FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti.
Over the decades, FMG has always put respect for the environment at the centre of its production of porcelain tiles with strict verification of its industrial processes, certifications of conformity and parameters in line with the most modern environmental assessment systems.
Starting with careful selection of raw materials such as clays and sands, the working cycle continues by reproducing the phenomena that take place over entire geological eras in the course of nature in only a matter of hours.
The final product is superior quality, inimitable FMG porcelain, made through a perfectly ecological production process. The ideal product for all indoor and outdoor surfaces, horizontal or vertical, from the biggest to the most complex and refined.
FMG Active tiles are produced in one of the most ecological production processes possible.
As the name suggests, porcelain tiles treated with the Active Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic™ system have evolved into an "active" material, in which finishes are treated in innovative ways with titanium dioxide (TiO2) in micrometric form fixed onto porcelain tiles at high temperatures.
In the presence of natural or artificial light, TiO2 activates a natural process of photocatalysis which reduces atmospheric pollution and permits ongoing sanitising and bactericidal action.
Numerous public and private buildings have been built with FMG Active high-tech porcelain over the years.
The architectural projects appearing in the selection in this gallery are of various different types: restaurants and hotels, clinics and hospitals, shopping centres and production plants.
Architect Luca Tausani Ferrini converted the former Grand Hotel laundry, slated for demolition, into Evviva restaurant, reclaiming objects and spaces on the basis of an ecological philosophy of minimising environmental impact. In a project like this, it is only natural that we should find Active tiles on the kitchen counter!
Corten metal-effect photocatalytic tiles not only guarantee constant self-cleaning and everyday hygiene, but attest to the great versatility of Maxfine porcelain, applied here as a work surface.
Architect Francesca Pascuzzo designed this four-star hotel built in 2011, which quickly became a local landmark. An elegant, comfortable hotel offering complete services only a few kilometres outside the historic centre of Lecce, Hotel Leone features FMG high-tech ceramic surfaces in numerous indoor and outdoor spaces.
The bar, hall and restaurant feature Rosso Alicante Shine, while the materials used in the two meeting rooms are Jura Gold, Parana Gold and Pre-polished Giallo Siena. And, making full use of the range of potential applications of FMG slabs, in addition to the traditional wall coverings, the Hotel Leone has a ventilated façade of 120x120 cm Rosa Portogallo slabs.
In addition to hotels, Active is particularly recommended for medical buildings, where hygiene is the top priority. One example is Monza’s San Gerardo Hospital, where the floors are covered with splendid Ocra from the FMG cement-effect collection.
In an open space with lots of light to permit photocatalysis, FMG Active slabs are ideal self-cleaning surfaces, making San Gerardo Hospital a successful example of use of modern surfaces combining extreme practicality, aesthetic quality and environmental sustainability in a single product.