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PERSONAL INFORMATIONS Andrea Benincasa Italian 29 | 04 | 1992 +39 331 8462576 skype: andreabenincasa92 linkedin

PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATIONS 01.2016 | now 2014 | 2015

Junior Architect at SQUAR-e Architettura (assocites architects: G. Di Prima, F. Briguglia). Palermo. Architectural and interior design of commercial and residencial projects. Design Assistant at Arch. Mario Martelli, Iternational Coperation Projects. Palermo. Works Supervision of 3 large multi-stories buildings for the D.R. Congo Ministry of Justice Evaluation of Post-Conflict Housing Reconstruction Programme in Stri Lanka

EDUCATION 2010 | 2016 6.2016 | 10.2016

Master’s degree, Building Engineering - Architecture. 110/110 cum laude. University of Palermo Master’s of Science Thesis research: Unfinished architecture - the unfinished purifier by the Cusa Querries Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Malaquais.

2014 | 2015

ERASMUS Exchange Program Faculty of Architecture of the Univeristy of Porto (FAUP)

2005 | 2010

Humanistic diploma with scientific skills specialization. Final grade: 100/100 High School “G. Garibaldi”. Palermo


strong ethic, positive attitude, effective time management, adaptable, detail oriented, analytical thinker, fast learner, effective written communication.


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Matterbetter, Concordia Lighthouse Giglio island, Italy.

UN_FINISHED Category: Master’s of Science Thesis School: Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais Year: 2016 Oriented By: Prof. Luca Merlini (ENSAPM) , Prof. Antonino Margagliotta (UNIPA)

The architectural project, now more than ever, is called upon to face issues concerning the existing, often to put back into play (vorrei dire: per rimettere in gioco… ma si usa questa forma?) and solve spatial situations left unsolved. In the seventies, in the middle of the olive groves of eastern Sicily, a few hundred meters from the archaeological park of the Cusa Quarries used for the construction of Selinunte Temples , a purification plant was built that has never been completed. The issue of Unfinished Architecture, which in Italy includes more than 800 cases, becomes a design exercise aimed, in this case, at bringing the area of the old purification plant into the overall redevelopment and enhancement of the site. This is done through the creation of an hotel with tourist facilities, relax and entertainment areas. Stereotomy and tectonics, modularity and labyrinth, compactness and fragility, are -among the others- the themes faced by the project.

CENTER OF URBAN ART Category: University Project (4th year) School: Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto Year: 2014-2015 Oriented by: Prof. Adalberto Dias, Prof. JosĂŠ Gigante

The Center of Urban Art in Porto is a building with a complex program that provides social, exhibition, educational, performance spaces as well as service and technical areas. The project program describes in detail the characteristics and the size of each of these spaces. The project area, in the heart of the historic center of Porto, spreads over a massive granitic rock and it therefore shows significant differences in heights as well as an irregular geometry. The project comes from the idea of showing on the street front a clear and linear action, able to balance and respect the richness of the volumes of the facing buildings (designed by A. Siza) and the historical buildings surrounding the area. So, as x and y, the two axes come together at right angles and are developed along the two street fronts. At the same time, however, the project requires a connection to the different orientations and heights of the surrounding buildings. An investigation into these issues leads to the design of three volumes that intersect the two axes and generate new spaces and paths and solve the relationship with the surrounding buildings. The entire building is thought in white plaster to give legibility and clarity to forms and volumes of which it is composed .





HOUSING PUZZLE Category: University Project (3th year) School: University of Palermo Year: 2013-2014 Oriented by: Prof. Sebastiano Provenzano

The social housing project focuses on the compositional choices regarding the quality of living. The building is developed along a curve, following the movement of the sun, to offer all the apartments an optimum solar exposure. The access system with staggered balconies guarantees the privacy of all the flats. There are nine different types of apartments that maintain the same qualitative features (distribution of services to the north and of the living areas to the south, atriums and shields providing a functional division of space). Like a puzzle, the nine types of flats assembled together generate the volumes of the building, which shows a pure volume outside contrasting with the a variety of interior spaces.



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LIBRARY ON THE COAST Category: Univerity Project (2th year) School: University of Palermo Year: 2012-2013 Oriented by: Prof. Antonino Margagliotta

The idea behind the project is thinking a building that is able to live on the coast without denying it. For this reason, the library volume takes advantage of the gap existing between the street level and the little beach facing the harbor. The roof of the building becomes a square overlooking the sea, offering anoverall view of the gulf of Palermo. The low volume of the building creates a concave shape that recalls the curve the sea water describes along the small marina. This curve is generated by a progressive flexion of the straight line describing the marginal road Via Messina Marine. The repeated sequence of lines generates the ascending and descending stairways and the long skylights illuminating the spaces below the library.

LINES OF LIGHT Category: Competition Year: 2015 Held by: Matterbetter In collaboration with: Cristiana Belloni, Sara Urriza Nolan

On the eastern side of the Giglio Island a lighthouse stands like a blade in memory of the Costa Concordia’s sinking. The blade reinterprets the architectural typology of the lighthouse that, as well as a place of lookout and control, becomes a space of reflection and memory. The habitational unit, the stairs and the zenithal light are identified as core elements of the lighthouse typology and from there are taken to be reinterpreted in a new formal appearence. Two flat surfaces folowing the Golden Ratio rise parallel to reach and sustain a luminous sphere, the lighthouse’s lamp . The two surfaces generate an interstitial space wich opens dramatically to three directions framing in subtle glimpses the sea , the earth and the sky . In this space is developed the strairs of the lighthouse that guide the eye of those who ascends it a continual succession of visuals of land and sea that alternate as thesis and antithesis to each round of the ramp. At the top of the lighthouse a walkway leading to the luminous sphere, the vanishing point of the strong perspective generated by the two walls . One last step finally takes the visitor on a viewing platform located under the sphere and confined to his projection . From this height the human eye covers a 360-degree view of the surroundings. Here are reunited here the sea with the coast , the sky with the earth .

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arrival floor

cave floor

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7,90 east elevation

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Spaces, faces captured along the way