Milan's Palazzo Italia Will Be Sheathed in a Special Smog-Purifying Facade

 - May 23, 2014
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Italian architectural practice Nemesi & Partners will be covering the Palazzo Italia building in Milan with a smog-purifying facade. The facade will be crafted out of 2,204 tons of special air-purifying cement, and will stretch over 9,000 square meters.

The outdoor surface and some parts of the interior will be made out of ' Biodynamic' cement panels. When in contact with direct sunlight, this material captures pollutants and converts them into inert salts, thereby helping to reduce smog. The smog-purifying cement itself is highly sustainable, being made from recycled materials such as marble scraps.

The Palazzo Italia will also be equipped with a photovoltaic glass rooftop to generate solar energy during the day. The building will be a central feature of the Milan Expo 2015, but the smog-purifying facade will remain long after the Expo is over.