handmade italian cotto > slow flooring

For those of you traditionally considering natural stone outdoors, here’s a little something to wrap your peepers around. Handmade Italian Cotto is one of our more specialty products. We source it from an old school Italian cotto factory where each piece is carefully crafted by hand and left to dry out naturally in the sun. In contrast to mass produced flooring alternatives, Eco Outdoor’s Antico Luce [ and Notte]  Italian handmade cotto tiles are truly special something. The cotto tiles are hand crafted by a small Italian family owned manufacturer who produces them seasonally not unlike the traditional artisan production of wine or olive oil. Each season the kiln is blessed by a priest before work begins; then each tile is handcrafted, kiln fired and left to bake in the sun. At the end of the season the priest returns to bless the kiln as it is closed for the remainder of the year. This cotto range offers a real sense of history and artisan craftsmanship that is truly unique. It’s earthen tones and hand worked edges (sometimes showing a finger print) offer a stunning aged “lived in” appearance that is incredibly soft underfoot.

These stunning cotto tiles represent a fresh change from natural stone outdoors.

Check out some images of our stunning Antico handmade cotto here

Landscape design here by E-GA

a data centre never looked so good

This project is one we worked on a little while ago but it’s an interesting one to share because it’s a little different.

Polaris is Australia’s largest purpose built Tier 3+ data storage facility, located south of Brisbane in one of Australia’s fastest growing master planned cities.  Given the vast expanse of windowless tilt slab concrete, the 2500m2 fascade needed a little pick me up – our cotto wall cladding system provided a unique curtain-walling alternative to soften the exterior and provide some design impact.

The product used was a piastra 500×250 extruded terracotta tile fixed to a stainless steel frame used to form a unique external walling façade. This custom designed terracotta wall cladding system holds a 4-tile profile to wrap the building in layers.

Given the customized nature of the project install and the fact that this was a new walling alternative in the Australian market, we worked closely with the architect and installer to provide detailed engineering drawings and installation guidelines during the construction process. Cotto walling is a fantastic architectural product but due to its highly customised nature, is really more of a commercial product suited to larger custom jobs. Below I’ve also posted some images of other custom cotto projects for you to have a peak at.

Cotto doga cladding used here on an external commercial building wall.

Another custom cotto tile with a special glaze used for external feature wall of building.

Cotto 'Piastra' cladding on external commercial building wall.

Cotto cladding on commercial building.