The Materials Book

Air-Freshening Tiles: A facade that can improve air quality and brighten the backyard In a process similar to photosynthesis, the titanium dioxide coating on these tiles produces oxygen when exposed to sunlight and humidity. At the same time, the antifungal surface is hydrophilic and self-washing, which helps cut maintenance costs. And the tiles’ glossy finish and angled surface can reflect light into darker spaces such as rear courtyards, as in this residential and studio building by ifau and Heide & von Beckerath. Example: Hytect tile from Deutsche Steinzeug, seen in the residential and studio building at the former Berlin flower market (IBeB), Berlin Contributed by: Heide & von Beckerath, Germany 304

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