Fiorano Modenese tiles for the new Aero Gravity flight simulator
The Apostoli&Rigamonti firm of architects of Lurate Caccivio (Como) has chosen Ceramiche Piemme tiles for the Aero Gravity project in Milan: the largest free-fall simulator in the world which opened in Pero (MI) in 2017.
“The wood element completes the picture of material products used within the project” explains architect Alessio Rigamonti “we have selected, from among the porcelain stoneware tiles, the Olmo effect of the Cottage collection, because of its warm and natural colour in the slat version. An ideal solution considering the highly-trafficked nature of the simulator and bar area”.
Conceived as a representative element, with its fire-red coverings, the new Aero Gravity stands out on the skyline of the Expo Milan area with its 31-metre height. The interior project hinges on the large transparent cylinder of the simulator (5.20 metres in diameter; 21 metres total height of which 8 made of glass, 455 cubic metres of volume) and is inspired by the colour studies of Joseph Urban, using degrading elements for the ceiling of the flight chamber and meadow-green wall-to-wall carpeting to reduce simulator noise.
The flow of air, produced by 6 large turbines, is conveyed inside the flight chamber and can reach a speed of 370 km/h, cancelling out the force of gravity and thus providing a floating experience.
Project technical sheet
Customer: AERO GRAVITY S.r.l.
Designers/Works Managers: Studio APOSTOLI & RIGAMONTI – Architects Luca Apostoli and Alessio Rigamonti
Building Firm: Petazzi Costruzioni srl
Interior Works Company (plasterboard walls, floor installation, whitewashing): MG Consulenza and Servizi in Edilizia Srl
Floors: Ceramiche Piemme, Cottage Collection – Natural Olmo (90×22.5)