Report #02
Lipica. Sežana, Slovenia

We visited the Marmor Sežana company, the owner of the Lipica quarry, to select the material for the Centre Point project in London.

In large outdoor areas, small-sized blocks are arranged for the production of small-format tiles.
An aerial view of the main quarry, from which two variants of this material are extracted: Lipica Unito, known for its uniform and smooth surface, and Lipica Fiorito, characterized by veins and intricate patterns that create a marbled or flowery effect on its surface.
Aboard an off-road vehicle, we ventured into the interior of the quarry.

Excavation is carried out with care to preserve the stability of the extraction area, giving rise to impressive galleries and columns for this purpose.

Natural stone blocks are wetted because, in their raw form, it is not possible to discern the color they will take on once processed; however, when wet, you can clearly appreciate the hue the material will acquire.

Lipica is known for its unique geological composition, which includes fossilized remains of marine organisms. These fossils date back to the geological period called the Eocene, which occurred approximately between 56 and 34 million years ago. These fossils often include shells, fragments of marine organisms, and other remains that were trapped and fossilized in the rocks during the formation process of Lipica. The presence of these fossils gives Lipica a unique appearance and makes it a material of great geological and aesthetic interest.