I HATE the Edges “ergo” TADELAKT

Perhaps too many edges hit me when i was a child and left a mark in my unconscious.
Or maybe it’s just a purely aesthetic matter, or a geometry one, but it’s actually that I adore the curved lines and hate the edges.

In Sempreverde project I wanted to dodge any form of corner in favor of any example of soft and smooth lines.

In the old House this effect was rather complicated to obtain, but with the choice of the right material was likely to succeed.

Now, one thing to solve for sure was the realization of the bathrooms: which solution to adopt? For the principle that I hate the edges, I certainly did not want to end up using tiles, such a cold and industrial material.
Its production requires very tiles temperatures so  this material is on top of the list of “polluting materials on Earth”. Tiles excluded, I was sifting through the various possibilities.

One of the plausible solutions was the TADELAKT.
Orioginally from Morocco, this material is a ready-made mixture obtained from the drainage of an ocean thousands of years ago. Morocco is the only place in the world where this material exists in nature.
If any of you have already seen it you should have in mind the spectacularity of the result. It is a 3d finishing from the infinite colors because microcontaminated by endless tiny materials of very different origins: corals, fish skeletons, shells etc…

I had
decided, I would have use this material for the bathrooms.

But how the hell will I do? Where can I get it?

Sant Google gave me the answers: the course of Tadelakt in Turin at the Atelier Athena.
The course lasted for three days during which we would have made a sink, a table and a wall. These works remained to the students who realized them, (except the wall evidently) I had found my deal!
COB is very friendly to be manipulated because the material is not dangerous but indeed it is good for the skin, does not risk anything if it comes into contact with the eyes or mouth and is a game work because it is always reversible (the raw earth melts with the water infinite times so you can fix any mistakes).
This new plaster instead, based on lime, was a bit ‘ less ‘ sympathetic ‘ and a little ‘ more pretentious. First of all you should not miss the proportions between water, pigments, if you want to give a tint to the mixture that is a basic contaminated white, and the timing considered the support and the atmosphere.

are aspects that you should always consider when applying any material to something.

As in photography light is a determining factor, so is the temperature and humidity rate for the plasters. Some people even consult the moon before applying a plaster but again, Sempreverde had no moons to wait for.

support was a brick named Gasbeton.
Composed to 70% of air, is obtained by washing cement in autoclave, so it’s light; “soft”, that can be easly sculpted; hygroscopic that absorbs or releases excess moisture belonging to comfort in the room. In fact every material that contains air is able to accommodate a percentage of moisture, such as straw or cob.
Yes, I know you‘re thinking it‘s not really ecological the Gasbeton and you‘re also right. But in the hybrid house (the one in concrete and cork) it was good, it was the best solution for what I wanted to get I (we go back to the curved lines and the beveled corners).

 The procedure for TADELAKT application is long and articulated, consisting of 8 hands, 8 passages.

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