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portfolio annalisa pandolfo 2014-2018


Annalisa Pandolfo, Rome, Italy, 10.12.1994 via Lavizzari 4 6850 Mendrisio, Canton Ticino, CH phone: +41 786100148 e-mail:

cv education

Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio - Università della Svizzera Italiana Largo Bernasconi 2, 6850 Mendrisio, CH


BsC 3 - Erasmus at Escuela Tecnica Superiór de Arquitectura de Madrid second semester Atelier UD Maroto gastrobar and student house in Rome, Italy


BsC 3 - Erasmus at Escuela Tecnica Superiór de Arquitectura de Madrid first semester Atelier UD Maroto absence and presence - rehabilitation of a ruin in Granada, Spain


9 month internship at E2A Architekten, Zürich


BsC 2 - second semester Atelier Grafton - Farrell & McNamara temporary communities - housing in Palma de Mallorca, Spain


BsC 2 - first semester Atelier Grafton - Farrell & McNamara summerhouse in Porto Colom, Mallorca, Spain


BsC 1 Atelier Mario Botta/Roberto Briccola two houses in Balerna, Switzerland & others Design studio Riccardo Blumer & Annina Ruf mise en scène n.7,8 & Vitruvio’s theater


Swiss high school Leonhard Gymnasium Kohlenberg 17, 4051 Basel, CH Swiss high school Diploma

cv languages italian english

mothertongue. advanced. In 2013 I undertook an intensive advanced course at the Bell School of Cambridge (UK), and later returned to Cambridge for another study holiday. In 2011 I did a several months study holiday in London, staying with a local family; I spent the summer of 2009 studying in a college in Brodstairs.


advanced. I’ve been studing in Spanish douring the Erasmus at the ETSAM in Madrid


good. I lived from 2011 to 2014 in Basel, in a german-speaking Swiss Canton, there I attended a Gymnasium (high school) in german, where I took the final diploma exam. I attended for 6 months intensive private courses at the Orsini Sprachschule. In 2016-17 I’ve been working at E2A Architekten in Zßrich.


good. I spoke French at home and study it at school since 2006, I completed the european exam DELF B1 in May 2011 at the institute Saint Louis De France. In July 2011 I did a study holiday in France, staying with a local family in Les Mans.

skills computer

Mac OS X, Windows, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign


wood, plywood, polystyrene, forex, cardboard, paper.

personal skills

extroverted, enthusiastic and solar, excellent communication, organizational and socialization skills, high abilities for teamwork.

BsC 3 - Atelier UD Maroto gastrobar and student house in Rome, Italy

The project of the gastrobar is situated by the Accademia di Spagna, on one of Rome’s hill, and it benefits an amazing view on the city. The location is a steep slope, enclosed by the Via Crucis. The main concept is to develop the project as an excavation, and create the different spaces through a substraction of matter, producing voids in the earth. The project developpes with a serie of domed spaces with different heights and dimencions, and platforms on different levels to allow the best views on the city. The room for the scholar chef is connected to the gastrobar to allow interaction between his studies and cook experiments and the clients of the bar.



BsC 3- Atelier UD Maroto absence and presence - rehabilitation of a ruin in Granada, Spain

The theme of the semester is the interaction with the memory of what was built, and that time and disuse have altered. On the hill of the Alhambra in Granada are located the ruins of a museum, and aim of the project is to use the space to create several public spaces and some private houses for artists. The project starts with the idea of reversing the spaces that at first look indentify themself as the garden and the edification. In the garden is placed the program of the houses, that develops partially elevated from the ground and partially underground with a system of patios, leaving free the circulation at the soil level. Inside the ruins is where the garden is found, with a mosty openair program, apart from the library, that is found elevated and has a strong interaction with the high ruin walls. The rest of the program consist in a terrace, an exhibition’s pavillio, a music hall and a greenhouse. All the spaces are connected by ramps and stairs that go up and down the whole site and on the perimeter walls.

vista interior de la biblioteca


ground floor

first floor


first floor

planta +1


ground floor

planta 0

-1 floor

planta -1

BsC 2 - Atelier Grafton - Farrell & McNamara temporary communities - housing in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

The project is located in the center of Palma de Mallorca, and the program is to create housing for permanent and temporary communities, the second one consisting of students. The site is a lot that faces two squares: the main concept is to connect these two public spaces through a passage: two separate volumes are defined, separated by a central pedestrian path. The circulation is what shapes the project: given the limitate dimencion of the site, only two vertical connections are found, one on each building, and they distribute the adjacent apartments and those in front, on the other side of the passage. The apartments develop on both sides of the passage, connected by bridges/terraces. Two typologies are found, large family house and studio apartments. The two volumes adapt to to adjacent buildings, one is one story higher than the other: here are found a restaurant and a public rooftop, while on the ground floor are found atelier spaces.




typologies: yellow: small 35 sqm others: large 105 smq communities: small studio apartments: temporary (25%) large family house: permanent (75%) total amount of apartments: 12 total square meters: 2’105





BsC 2 - Atelier Grafton - Farrell & McNamara house on an island - Mallorca

The theme of the semester is the design of a summerhouse in Mallorca. The program started with a trip to the island where we had the possibility to visit and analyze the site: Porto Colom, a fishermen village. The location of the project is a piazza in front of the sea: in order to maintain the public character of the site the project takes place inside the abandoned docks underneath. The house is accessible both by boat and descending from the piazza. The docks are connected with an enfilade and there is an alternation of inside and outside spaces. The use of double heights gives advantages both to the house and the piazza, creating an airy environment inside the house and providing shady places to rest from the hot spanish sun in the piazza.




BsC 2 - Atelier Grafton - Farrell & McNamara Can Lis - workshop in Mallorca

Study, relief and representation through watercolur painting, models at different scales and reproduction in 1:1 scale of a detail of Can Lis house by Jorn Utzon, which I visited douring the stay in Mallorca.

BsC 1 - Roberto Briccola first house in Balerna

The two represented projects are placed in the suburb area of Balerna (Switzerland) and follow an urban densification program: in the first project the decision is to create a single volume that guarantees the presence of the public space, which serves the whole neighborhood. Once defined the overall volume of the building, the next step is the design of a single house unit developing the themes of functions, dimensions and relationship between domestic spaces, reinterpreting important connotation elements of the family house: individuality and private outdoor space. Outdoor spaces, often residual spaces, will become the generating element of the project. The two floors of the house contrastate each other: the lower one, with the access and the night area is a full volume, meanwhile the upper floor is light and composed by a single space completely glazed and an external covered space.

BsC 1 - Roberto Briccola second house in Balerna

In the area of Balerna that fronts the previous project takes place another one: here the densification occurs through the insertion of single family houses, which must interact with the pre-existing buildings. The goal of the project is to work with the residual spaces that are found in this suburb area and transform them, through the incorporation of these buildings, into quality public spaces. Once defined the common masterplan the design of the single house units begins.

BsC 1 - Roberto Briccola excavation

The project begins from a given (full) volume, the spaces (voids) are defined subtracting matter and connecting different accesses and levels. The key aspect of the project are the stairs, a fundamental element of the architectural composition. One central block of matter is left full in order to solve with only one element the spatial partition and all the connections at the different levels: this happens in the buried level through excavated passages lit by zenith light, and in elevation through two long stairs which connect the spaces to the ground surface.

Digital representation climate change

Study and representations of a watertower photographed by Bernhard and Hilla Becher .


Digital representation skyspace

Image inspired by Skyspace by James Turrell .

Franz Graf constructive detail

Constructive detail analysis through the study of a section of the Palazzo Amministrativo OFIMA ( Locarno, Switzerland ), a 1965’s building by the architect Paolo Mariotta.

Annina Ruf Vitruvio’s theater

The study of the differnt architectural orders of Vitruvio and its representation finds place in the external facade of this wooden theater. The representation shows the front view of a Tuscan’s order temple.

Riccardo Blumer almost falling - mise en scène nr.8

The theme of the semester is the study of physics and structural equilibrium: every student has to construct a tower 3m high in cellular carton, fixed to a round self stabilizing wooden base. The purpose is to create an object able to be compact and inhabitable regardless its instability. 70 archetypical solutions of instable constructions have been created, these are animated by the students during the 8th mise en scène. Through the spectacle the students move inside the towers giving life to a moving town, orientated with the four cardinal points, followed by the live music of Zeno Gabaglio.

Riccardo Blumer sounds of silence - mise en scène n.7

The project involves the building of a wooden “armolabio”, a kind of semi-automatic clock, which works with a weight and needs to be activated by a person. The exercise ends with a group performance based on synchronies and absolut silence, only interrupted by the ticking clocks.

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