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A Living, Breathing … Building?

In Santiago, Chile, architect Ricardo Stein designed a hotel that could not only visually reproduce a forest inside a city but could function like a forest by purifying the air—an artificial living organism. This building produces as much oxygen as 1.5 hectares of forest and was the first building to actively combat South America’s pollution in Chile’s capital.

Laminam’s bioactive surfaces were selected by Stein, who specializes in eco-sustainable buildings. He wanted an architectural element that could aesthetically evoke nature in an artificial area while actively fighting pollution. Laminam’s ceramic claddings have a cutting-edge feature that allows them to sanitize the environment and purify the air wherever they are installed. This feature can be added to additional products for antibacterial and self-cleaning properties. Find out more at

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