The Collegio Universitario Einaudi was founded in 2014 in the historic centre of Turin. It is located in a building that has undergone several transformations over the years: originally built as a royal grain warehouse, it was turned into a barracks and then into accommodation for university students. Architect Luca Moretto of MAT Moretto Architettura oversaw the renovation project. The original building was completely reconstructed and a series of measures were adopted that led to obtainment of the Gold-level LEED certification: solar panels for producing hot water, photovoltaic panels for producing electricity and a geothermal system for exploiting ground water to heat and cool the building.
Colour and transparency are the project’s main ingredients: the walls feature full-height glass and every room is characterized by a different colour. To create continuity between the various areas, three different Marazzi porcelain stoneware collections were chosen: two stone-effect collections, Stonehenge and Soho, the latter of which won an honourable mention at the Compasso D’Oro organized by the Italian Design Association, and a wood-look collection, Treverk. Selected with the Cappuccino finish and in the 30x120 cm size, Treverk dialogues with the darker shades of 60x120 cm Soho Antracite and 30x60 cm Stonehenge Black and together they perfectly harmonize with all the rooms in the college.
The project won the Best Italian Interior Design award 2018 by Platform and received an honourable mention at the La Ceramica e il Progetto (Ceramic Tiles and Architecture) competition 2018 organized by Confindustria Ceramica.