The new slabs incorporate technological advances such as additives that capture airborne particles thus reducing contamination. They are also non-slip and easier to clean.
In the midst of the remodelling work being carried out on the sidewalks of Diagonal, the area will now have Platanus tree leaves on the ground throughout the year and not only in the autumn. The City Council has begun laying the new tile slabs which feature a special design reproducing the shape of the Platanus tree leaf, one of the avenue’s most emblematic trees. Designed by Terradas Architects and manufactured by Escofet, the new tile slabs are currently grey in colour, but will eventually take on a greenish tint.
The design, which is best appreciated when four tiles are placed together, incorporates technological advances such as additives designed to capture airborne particles and thus reduce contamination.
According to Director of Urban Habitat Projects for the City Council, Maria Sisternas, in addition to this environmental aspect, the new tiles are designed with a slight roughness to prevent slipping and make them easier to clean.
The new feature is being installed in the area between Casanova and Calvet streets on the mountain side. The Council plans to finish remodelling work on the Diagonal by March.