In Time
Italian stories of resilience

Italy being our home country just makes it easier, in our everyday work, to come across these kind of stories: the ones where our rubber floorings have withstood the test of time even longer than we expected. They give us a sense of pride and purpose, but also there is the pleasure to explore these projects, these buildings, to see how they became a part of the city and how they served their inhabitants.

Surely there many more tales like these worldwide, awaiting for us to discover them, but for now let us take you on a small ride through Italy. Rubber floorings may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking about resilience, but this trip may change your mind.


St. Orsola Hospital
Rubber floor installed in 1974
Photographed in 2018
The history of the hospital can be traced back to 1592. In 1869 it became the clinic of the Faculty of Medicine.
In the 1970s it merged with Malpighi Hospital and underwent a massive reformation. Artigo contributed this marbled rubber floor, still in place today in pavilion 21, showing just a hint of a "rugged" look.


City Theatre
Rubber floor installed in 1972
Photographed in 2010
The theatre was re-built in the early 1970s taking the place of the “Virginia Marini” hall, destroyed during WWII.
The theatre went through a long refurbishment work and opened again in 2016, with our original rubber flooring still in place.


San Gerardo Hospital
Rubber floor installed in 1975
Photographed in 2016
San Gerardo is more than a Hospital: it is an institution. Founded in 1174 as a shelter for the poor, it has since represented a beacon of care and excellency for a densely-populated area.
Today it also hosts the faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Milan.
Recently a new architectural body has been added: named the Palazzina Accoglienza (Welcoming Building), is a 4-floors unit housing 83 outpatient clinics.
The floorings for the new Palazzina come from our Grain collection.
The original rubber floorings installed in 1970s in the old buildings are still in very good conditions.


National Library
Rubber floor installed in 1973
Photographed in 2014
Built between 1958 and 1973, the National Library replaced the Regia Biblioteca originally built in 1720.
The pool of architects of the project comprised Massimo Amodei, Pasquale Carbonara, Italo Insolera, Aldo Livadiotti, Antonio Quistelli.
The original flooring installed consisted of 10.000 sqm of rubber, still in place today in several areas.


Palazzina Reale
Santa Maria Novella
Rubber floor installed in 1935
Photographed in 2016
The year is 1935. Architects collective Gruppo Toscano, led by Giovanni Michelucci, are finally seeing the fruition of their one-year commitment to a new project: the Royal Pavillon (Palazzina) of Santa Maria Novella, built to house the Royal Family during their stays in Florence.
In the porch, meant to be crossed by vehicles, a revolutionary material is chosen: rubber. Provided by our alma mater, Pirelli, a black rubber flooring made of rectangular, ridged tiles creates a surprisingly modern, optical texture. That same flooring is still there today.