And for Mapei, too, which has such a strong bond with Milan, the city where the mother company was founded and grew, this is an important example of participating and sharing: “We are really proud to have carried out this regeneration project and we wish to dedicate it to our dear Giorgio and Adriana Squinzi, who desired it so much”, commented Veronica Squinzi, Mapei’s CEO. “We learned from them that business must play an active role in the life of the community”.
DECORATIVE CONCRETE PLATFORMS
To make the triangular platforms decorating the area, products from the Mapei Color Paving® system were chosen: the concrete was made from a special mix of natural coloured (white, yellow, green) aggregates blended with COLOR PAVING ADMIX ready-mixed multi-purpose powdered admixture in the Natural and Yellow shades, along with MAPECOLOR PIGMENT, powdered colorants made from synthetic metal oxides that give the cementitious matrix a more homogeneous and stable colour (the Green shade in this case). The surface was treated with the surface-set retardant MAPEWASH PO2 Blue, which provides good protection from atmospheric agents. A coat of water and oil-repellent MAPECRETE FAST PROTECTION was then applied to ensure good protection with a consolidating effect, while the hydrophobising protection of the fountain was ensured with the application of PLANISEAL WR 100.
Products from the Mapei Color Paving® system were used to create the decorative concrete platforms. PLANISEAL WR 100 ensured hydrophobising protection for the fountain.
THE DESIGN BY FRANCO GIORGETTA: GARDENS GET THEIR OWN BACK
Replacing roads and cars with trees and flowers is a wonderful idea which, launched by the Milan City Council for the central traffic island in Viale Jenner, we – or rather Mapei – immediately wanted to take part in. Well, Deputy Mayor, you have been pushing a lot in this direction, and there have been other occasions to join you and try out this type of conversion, to have gardens instead of cars. In this case, with financial backing and technical support from Mapei, gardens have managed to get their own back. Not that it was without problems. We found all kinds of things in the ground, but with our support, and the high quality work by the landscaping company Peverelli, we managed to make the carpark blossom. For now the magnolias have gone through their period of full bloom, but the flowering grasses are starting to bring their tones to the island’s patchwork of colour, with the long blades of the grass plants around the borders that sway in the wind, or with every passing car or bus.
We also included a fountain in the project, that presence of water that once characterised Milan, whereas today fountains, a glory of every hamlet or city, are all too scarce. We hope that these jets of water, forever in motion, the colours of the flowers and the gentle swaying of the long blades of grass, can draw people’s attention and put a smile on the faces of passers-by.