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BLF Headquarters

Beirut, Lebanon

2016

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The new headquarters for BLF Bank is a project that integrates the spatial organisation of a complex and specific plan for its function as a bank into its design, but which can be opened to the public and lets the new headquarters be integrated within the social and cultural life of the Mar Mikhael district. The purpose of combining both public and private allocations to its operations let us fundamentally organise the project through two clearly differentiated volumes, the tower and the plinth. Two features that create optimal balance between the different uses and its spatial requirements, synthesising two essential objectives into the project, the bank’s significance and representativeness in the tower, and the building’s urban continuity and integration due to the plinth.


International competition. Finalist

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A Sentimental Monumentality

15th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

2016

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The installation is conceived as a project-manifesto, a way of expressing an architecture in a state of equilibrium between the specificity of a place and the autonomy of the form. This dichotomy has guided our work in recent years. The installation establishes a sentimental connection with the reality of a place through a specific and perceptive relationship with the surroundings, in this instance with the Corderie building. At the same time, by way of a primitive, povera approach it seeks to transcend the time and the physical place in which it has come into being and achieve autonomy and independence in its own right. It is in the opposition between monument and sentiment that our work and the meaning of the installation lie, in the pursuit of an architecture that is specific and autonomous, intimate and monumental, which aspires to belong to a place and at the same time to belong to all places.  An architecture capable of preserving the richness and uniqueness of each place while revealing the unexpected landscapes that each hides.

 

Barozzi / Veiga invited to Biennale Architettura 2016 curated by Alejandro Aravena

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Library of Contemporary International Documentation

Nanterre, France

2016

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The new BDIC building is located in a border area between the university campus and the residential zone. It seeks to revitalize the importance of its location and its public character as meeting place. The building takes on the site corner position and, thanks to its geometry, emphasizes its perception from the adjacent train station. The public spaces and green areas, generally located inside the building, are in its outer perimeter. This strategy permits either the maximum occupation of the block and the maximum compaction of the building. Behind this decision there is the will to generate an exchange between users, between the building and the street and therefore between the building and the city.


International competition. Second Prize

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Montelungo and Colleoni Barracks Renewal

Bergamo, Italy

2015 - 2020

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The ring structure of the Montelungo and Colleoni barracks, which is composed of subsequent additions at different stages of construction, is the main element in the identity of the urban form within this area. It is also the element that creates a sense of unique specificity within the city: the singularity of a large enclosed urban space. The project aims to preserve the peculiarities of this urban condition and seeks to create a new public space through the accentuation of its enclosured character, whilst simultaneously transforming the built boundary with the aim of making it permeable and responsive to the new public and private functions that it will accommodate. The clear planimetric disposition, with three new buildings on the border and another central one partially buried, generates direct connections with the Suardi and Marenzi parks, respectively north and south of the project area, and creates a new internal public park.


International competition. First Prize. Ongoing

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H. C. Andersen Museum

Odense, Denmark

2015

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Surrounded by a garden, the four proposed volumes sensibly arrange to form a microcosm: a place where architecture and landscape merge as one. The scale, proportion and views between the different elements allow for a changing perception, helping to reduce the sense of the city. The composition invites the visitor to guess the importance and differences between each of the elements. Each of the four forms have their own identity and a different function; yet not one of them can be understood without the other three, or without the garden. The four pure forms, simple and abstract, are surrounded by a garden that symbolizes the strength and complexity of the world of Andersen. The elements intend to awake the imagination of the visitor, inviting a discovery of the unexpected.


International competition. Finalist

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Crematorium

Thun, Switzerland

2015

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Two simple square plan volumes are inserted in the expansion of the cemetery looking for a balance with the existing by its position and size. So the new crematorium, larger, approaches the Strättlingendtrasse to define a new public access to the cemetery, while the service building, smaller, takes a secondary position to set back and approach the southern boundary of the plot. The extension of the existing frame and the incorporation of these new buildings and insists on the landscape features of the cemetery. The clear and concise implementation of the crematorium incorporates in its formalization the nuances of solemnity and kindness that the program and the character of this architecture requires.


International competition. Third Prize

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L’Artesà Theater

El Prat de Llobregat, Spain

2015

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The proposal isolates the building and allows to have gardens on both sides of the theater, enriching the relationship between the theater public spaces and its closer environment. The reduced volume permits to have a better relation with the context, to minimize the underground construction and to reduce the costs. The side access through the existing facade and the axiality of the plan are faithful to the original project of the theater. However, the new proposal foyer is open to the gardens. The horseshoe-shaped hall preserves intimacy and shortens the distance between the audience and the stage allowing a more functional space. A series of arches enriches the addition of abstract volumes. The arches pierce the volume both to relate interior and exterior spaces and to integrate the scale of the elements.


I
nternational competition. Finalist

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Natural History Museum and State Archives

Basel, Switzerland

2015

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Located within the Volta district, the new building for the Natural History Museum of Basel and the State Archives of Basel-Stadt is a new urban landmark and represents the opportunity to convert a cultural building into a meeting place.
Three clear geometric structures identify the new building in the neighborhood and allow it to naturally integrate into its immediate urban environment: a longitudinal element exploits the maximum permitted height of 18m, redefi ning the limits of the path, creating a small public space in front of the museum; a vertical structure, with a total height of 40m, is perceived as a new monument within the city; and a wide entrance hall renews Vogesenplatz, the existing square in front of the building. 


International competition. Fifth Prize

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House in Cretas

Cretas, Spain

2014 -

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Down from the main road, a path leads through the woods to an entrance pavilion. Once inside, a little Acropolis appears upon the top of a mountain ridge. A tender breeze blows, there is a feeling of intimacy and protection. Just a few simple volumes. In between, visible but distant, the rough landscape. A continuous plinth, elevated, is extending horizontally in between the trees on the sloping ground. Inside the pavilions, with reflections of water, of fire, the brightness of the sky, the hidden shadows. The light of the evening penetrates inside the high spaces, creating shelter. One can feel the fresh breeze passing through the patio. When night falls, downstairs and well-protected, we enter in the private spaces of the rooms. 


Private commission

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Tanzhaus

Zürich, Switzerland

2014 - 2017

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 The project’s aspiration is to reequip the urban area of the promenade along the Limmat river, maintaining and intensifying the setting’s industrial atmosphere. A simple and compact volume, tiered towards the river, turns the proposal into a topographical element, publicly accessible at all of its levels. Its shape enables the proposal to provide activity to the walk and to define a new urban front facing the river. Through these simple mechanisms the project transforms a currently underused site into a central public space along the course of the river. 


International competition. First Prize. Ongoing

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Office Building for the Deutsche Bundestag

Berlin, Germany

2013

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The proposal aims to complete the existing building, both its interior and its exterior, while also maintaining its character and identity. The design not only refurbishes, restores and adds new elements, it also finishes off the building, enabling its completion. The floor plans speak of the search for clarity throughout the scheme; the original internal logic of the building is recovered, organized around the two central patios. This is why the plan is completed with a new volume that manifests itself through the new façades towards Mittelstraße and Dorotheentrasse. These elevations express their belonging to the historic building’s extensions while they also acquire their own formal identity. 


International competition. Shortlisted

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Cultural Center

Stockholm, Sweden

2013

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The project arises from its setting and from the need to define a new public space. The new building is placed to the West of the site in order to liberate the most public surface area possible, as well as for it to be seen and recognizable from a distance. The building’s polyedric and faceted volume is delineated by the boundaries of the plot, by the scale of the surrounding buildings and by the preservation of the area’s main axial views. Its setting also enables the conservation of both the area’s main features and the existing infrastructures. Along with the building itself, the other element that characterizes the square, to the East, is the existing stone. 


International competition. Shortlisted

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Student Center

London, United Kingdom

2012

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The main goal of the proposal is to define, architecturally, the identity of the campus and fill it with meaning through a centre of gravity that allows the connection of all of its buildings. A central element placed within the square that the campus defines and shapes the new entrance, helps understand King’s College as a whole, bestowing the institution with the representative presence it needs. 


International competition. Finalist

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Music School

Brunico, Italy

2012 - 2017

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The project proposes an alternative way of inserting the new building in order to preserve the unique urban specificity of Brunico’s historic quarter and the importance of the historic Casa Ragen. As a result of these considerations, the proposal consists simply in creating a new constructed perimeter surrounding a garden. By doing this, the design allows us to carry out two essential tasks. The first, to create continuity with the existing urban tissue by completing its layout, analogously following the uninterrupted sequence of noble villas and their adjacent open spaces that makes up such a distinctive townscape —which, on the other hand, should be preserved. The second, to keep and enhance the urban presence of the Casa Ragen in its surroundings by understanding the extension as an element that compliments the pre-existing building. 


International competition. First Prize. Ongoing

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Graubünden Museum of Fine Arts

Chur, Switzerland

2012 - 2016

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The project absorbs and transforms the Palladian order and the Orientalist style, the main compositional features of the Villa Planta, through a central and symmetric composition scheme which gives the extension a clear formal autonomy as well as allowing the proposal to preserve the identity of the villa itself. The new addition to the  Bündner Kunstmuseum is conceived as a simple and compact volume that becomes perfectly integrated into its immediate surroundings. The clarity with which it states its independence with respect to the adjacent buildings also reinforces the importance given to the garden that appears in the newly extended area and confers a sober presence to the building. 


International competition. First Prize. Built

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Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts

Lausanne, Switzerland

2011 - 2018

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The project is based on two main ideas. The first is the definition of a new urban public space for the city. We believe that in contemporary cities the relationship between its buildings and its public space is of more importance than the buildings themselves. The second idea is to preserve an emotional and symbolic relationship with the history of the site. To do so we underline its main features and treat them as found objects. The Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts defines a boundary line, which we conceive as an inhabited wall that protects the longitudinal space of the public square from the universe of trains. Hence, MCBA becomes a monolithic building that serves as a neutral backdrop to urban life. 


International competition. First Prize. Ongoing

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Neanderthal Museum

Piloña, Spain

2010

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Like a fossil embedded in the valley, this seemingly primitive edifice, made up of a simple, compelling volume that emerges from its setting’s geometries, strives to establish, through its sculpted surfaces, a unique and a sensitive relationship with its surrounding environment. The reduced and minimalist nature of the building’s architecture is a direct response to the site; its simplicity and size highlight the beauty of the landscape. On the outside, the formal purity of the volume is altered by the texture of its sole material, turning an otherwise simple element into an object of great expressivity. On the inside, the building  reflects the symbolic and material character of its exterior. It is organized on a single floor level in which a void carved by light and by water in search of the hidden geometry of nature arranges the entire layout. 


International competition. Third Prize

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Bank’s Heaquarters

Rovereto, Italy

2010

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The project aims to combine the symbolism that the new seat of the Cassa Rurale needs to embody with its insertion in the urban space following an attentive and respectful approach towards the Palazzo Balista. The proposal is to transform what is currently the back side of the building into the new main façade in order to reorganize the existing urban space. The design is based on an interpretation of the existing Palazzo, so it arises from the original building. Three new architectural features define it: a new contemporary gateway, which is inserted between the existing columns and points the way to a new entry space; a new green roof, as a recollection of the former courtyard’s identity, and a new urban garden, which is understood as an extension of the Palazzo Balista and will become a new central space for the city. 


International competition

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Art Center

Gijón, Spain

2010

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The new Museum of Gijón presents itself as an opportunity not only to renew and enhance part of the urban, social and cultural history of the city, but also as a catalyst capable of articulating its citizenry’s interests. Hence it is conceived as a living museum, deeply rooted in the conviction that public space should be its main component. The building underlines the city’s specific features by reflecting its essences. The way it is clearly placed on the site, the gravity of its presence, the density of its materialization and the expressiveness with which it is shaped, all reflect the attributes of the site and of its setting. This not only establishes its clear presence as the container of the city’s artistic past, but also as the starting point for its future. In order to brand the cityscape through the presence of the museum and the new access, a new gateway establishes a novel façade towards the church. This gate, which is understood as an extension of the church into the public space, materializes like a kind of apse, a simple and expressive sculpture-like element capable of channeling the access into the museum as well as becoming a focal point that adds character to the square. 


International competition

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Library and Student Center

Brescia. Italy

2009

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The new Students Center, located facing the “Palazzo della Loggia” —a Renaissance building, is defined by a simple volume that completes the block it becomes part of. By finishing off this block and by mimicking its alter ego —the palace— the building strives to create a timeless bond with it. The project springs from the memory of the Capitol’s former rooms, of the old market’s vaulted spaces and of the ever-present Italian villas, attempting to influence the adjacent urban context through its spaces by defining a new area capable of hosting social activities. 


International competition

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Private Residence

Ordos, China

2008

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The project attempts to translate the notion of essentiality and purity that the site offers. In sharp contrast with the rugged open landscape, both abstract and infinite, the house’s floor plan adheres to a pure form, a monolithic cube, which stands upon the land as if it were an archaic stone shaped by the forces of the wind. This clearly defined volume sensibly adapts to its surroundings through two features: a patio and a roof line. Put together, the entire architectural layout is extremely clear: a clean-cut exterior reveals the complexity of the visual and spatial relationships that take place inside of the house. 


Private commission

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Agrarian Studies Institute

Siena, Italy

2008

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In this privileged geographical context, the project aims to sensibly relate to its surroundings by inserting itself into the site in a simple but nevertheless forceful manner, in order to accommodate a complex program without seeming invasive. The result is a pure-shaped element, a horizontal contour that completes the valley and becomes the counterpart to its alter ego, the  Basílica dell’Observanza. 


International competition. Second Prize

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Philharmonic Hall

Szczecin, Poland

2007 - 2014

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The Philharmonic Hall emerges from its urban context, influenced by the steeply pitched roofs and the verticality of the city’s residential buildings, by the monumentality of the upright ornaments of its neo-Gothic churches and the heavy volumes of its Classicist buildings, by the towers that dot its entire skyline and the cranes of its port. With an expressionist mindset, we have aimed to use geometry to give shape to a new rhythmic composition that conveys feelings by balancing massiveness and verticality. The use of glass as the exterior cladding material highlights how the building contrasts with the conditions of its surrounding environment. It creates a bright, transparent and upstanding object. The building’s interiors are simple, large skylights being their utmost defining trait. The great symphonic hall differs from these in that it is a sculpted object, embedded into a barely outlined mineral-like space. 


International competition. First Prize. Built

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Music School

Karlsruhe, Germany

2007

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The perimeter of the project runs along two large green areas that are interlinked by the castle.  The design strategy of choice is to maintain the castle’s character without competing with its presence. In return, the notion of a garden is underlined and architecture is used as a tool to define a boundary, a perimeter, that constructs a void, turning the building into part of the sensory landscape. Hence, the building harmoniously becomes part of its setting. The surroundings are reflected on the building’s façade, in part because the building itself emerges from it. The visible result is an architecture of simplicity, of pure forms, that seeks to dissolve the limits between its interior and the exterior. 


International competition. Third Prize

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Regulatory Council for the D.O. Ribera del Duero

Roa, Spain

2006 - 2011

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The site, on the edge of the town, has been sculpted by both the city and the landscape. The project interprets this situation, revealing the essential traces of the place in order to bring us to a closer understanding of its features. Thereupon the building becomes a transitional element, with an awareness towards the re-composition of the small scales of the context, while at the same time, dialoguing with the horizon and the monumentality of the landscape through a towering element, a timeless monolith suspended over the plateau. Through its materialization, with the use of local blocks of stone and the dissonant design of the openings, the project aims both to evoke the landscape through our senses and to open the area to a different spatial experience, placing the proposal in a radically contemporary realm. 


International competition. First Prize. Built

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Puez-Odle Visitor Center

Funes, Italy

2005

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The identity of a place is expressed by images, atmospheres and shapes that, once processed by memory, become its essential elements. The search for these features enables architecture to find its anchoring point and to blur the boundaries between building and place. This is how architecture can communicate the simplicity of just being. This quest for the relationship between the building and its context, between artifice and nature is essential for this project to successfully confront its setting and dialogue with it. The building advances towards its landscape, establishing an interrelation in which an abstract geometry of a higher order helps to modulate the three emerging elements ,that in the shape of iconic and monolithic stones, comprise the project. These elements face the mountain, conversing with nature’s monumentality. As compact and dense elements, they also strive to fit in naturally with their surroundings, in a somewhat vague but nevertheless organized manner. 


International competition. Shortlisted

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Auditorium and Congress Center

Águilas, Spain

2004 - 2011

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The project responds to the features that its location provides. On the one hand, it reacts to the need to create ties with the urban tissue and its inward development, while on the other hand, there is the desire to maintain the expressiveness of its natural setting. This produces a dialectic relationship, both temperate and powerful, between the artifice of the urban realm and the naturalness of what is organic. Consequently, the building’s mass takes shape depending on the tensions produced by its surrounding spaces. Towards the city and looking onto block’s side streets, crisp elevations are composed in an orderly and calm manner. Towards the sea, the landscape’s spatial traits and the geography’s configurations lead to the generation of sweeping concave surfaces in order to create a forceful link between the Concert Hall’s building and its surrounding natural environment. 


International competition. First Prize. Built

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Santa Clara Social Housing

Úbeda, Spain

2004

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The project is inserted into its context as a structure that complements the town’s own urban typologies. It strives to adopt the main features of both the Islamic and the Renaissance urban tissues which make up the city’s layout. It takes shape by articulating three different voids which originate as an extension of the patio-based urban structure that defines most historic Spanish cities. This generates a public square that is both permeable and introverted, in which rhythm is provided by the alternation of luminous central spaces and shaded lateral areas. 


International competition. First Prize