Case Study

aVOID by Leonardo Di Chiara

ICA involved in the project of the first Italian tiny house.


aVOID is the first all-Italian mobile home. It was conceived by Leonardo Di Chiara, a 27-year-old architect and engineer from Pesaro, in the Marche region.

ICA Group was also involved in this project with its BIO coatings for wood.

aVOID tiny house is four meters high, five meters long and two meters wide.  With the aim of promoting the debate on sustainable living in relation to the needs of modern society, aVOID was on tour across Europe throughout 2018. Its first stop was in Berlin, where it was exhibited in the Museum of Design until March, then it moved to Milan for the Fuorisalone and after that it headed Rome.

"I am interested in how we can optimize small spaces, plus there is the choice of not settling down in one place. This home allows you to travel, move around and always make new experiences. aVOID has become my personal space". Leonardo Di Chiara, aVOID creator

In addition to take the concept of "living" in 9 sqm to a whole new level, the project is based on environmental sustainability. And it is here that green-oriented companies like ICA Group come into play.

The Paniccia family business supplied its eco-friendly BIO coatings derived from waste vegetable matter, which allow a very strong reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. The chemical industry is becoming greener thanks to this revolutionary product.

"We were proud to give our small contribution to the creation of the first Italian portable house, an idea of a talented and creative young architect and engineer from the Marche region. Besides, this project fits perfectly with the innovative and eco-friendly content of our new BIO coatings, that were used to decorate and protect all the wooden parts of the tiny house". Sandro Paniccia, President of ICA Group

Besides wood, used both inside and outside, Di Chiara chose other materials such as glass, a rain-resistant fabric and a stainless steel sheet covering. Heating is obtained from solar energy.

"Now we are working on the industrialization of its construction process  and finalizing the electrical and water systems of the house. This is an example of how architecture can be used in the service of our society and this house can be built on your own". Leonardo Di Chiara

Di Chiara obtained all the materials through a crowdfunding campaign that involved about fifteen entrepreneurs from the Marche region, including the Paniccia family.

"I chose to enhance the outstanding quality of our regional products and asked for some materials to local companies with an international market orientation - stated the architect from Pesaro - because we are specialized in design and furniture sectors. Just like ICA coatings were awarded in Cologne for their degree of innovation, aVOID also had the honor to be exhibited at the Museum of Design in Berlin - it means we are closely bound together and with Germany!".

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