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Milan Libeskind Residences use Geoplast’s Defender for ventilation and better protection of the waterproofing of the basement walls

The Libeskind Residences are part of the new urban building complex in the area of “Milan-Portello” Fairgrounds, in Milan, Italy. They are buildings all different from each other in size, with heights from 6 to 13 floors, designed by the renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to create an open framework surrounding environment. The total occupied surface is 51.000 m².

The apartments have been conceived according to energy efficiency and sustainability criteria, placing the buildings in the A energy certification class, with the use of advanced heating and cooling systems, as well as the use of photovoltaic panels.

Libeskind Residences worksite

Geoplast’s Defender was used to create a protection barrier for basements and underground walls. Defender is a modular panel in regenerated polypropylene (PP) which has a double protective function:

  • Protection of the waterproofing during backfill;
  • Creation of an air gap that reduces moisture problems and decreases the so-called cold-wall effect.

Compared to traditional systems, Defender allows costs reduction, elimination of soil moisture and excellent resistance to compression of the soil.

Geoplast’s Defender installation

Defender guarantees 5 advantages:

  1. Resistance, with excellent mechanical performance on the horizontal thrust of the soil;
  2. Speed, thanks to the reduced weight of panels, which facilitates handling, even for a single worker;
  3. Easier installation, thanks to the modularity of the elements and the overlapping locking system;
  4. Excellent draining capacity;
  5. Easy storage.