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#Curriculum Vitae

Giacomo Garziano Date of Birth/ Nationality/ Adress/ Phone/ Mail/ Title/

28/12/1981 Italian Jacob van Lennepstraat 47, 1053 HC, Amsterdam - NL +31 647 88 79 00 Architect

#Education 2007-2008 2006-2007 2000-2006

Facoltà di Architettura dell’Università degli Studi di Firenze - Florence - IT Ecole d’Architecture Paris Malaquais - Ecole des Beaux Arts - Paris - FR Facoltà di Architettura dell’Università degli Studi di Firenze - Florence - IT


Graduation at the “Facoltà di Architettura” with the degree of Architect. Urban Planning and Music Centre - Pistoia - IT Average Grade: 110/110

#Other qualifications 2005 1995

Certification of “Surveyor for Architecture and Environement” at the “Facoltà di Architettura” - Florence - IT 3th Cello’s class at the Conservatory “E.Duni” - Matera - IT

#Selected Professional Experiences 2010-..

Nio Architecten - architect ( Zandloper - Monster (NL) - Artwork The Good and the Bad - Almere (NL) - Retail Park Sensing the Waves - Prato (IT) - Museum of Contemporary Art WWIIormhole - Gdansk (PL) - Competition for Secon World War Museum


Knevel Architecten BV - junior architect ( Urban plan ex-Bruynzeel Factories - Zaandam (NL) - Urban plan Family House - Rieteiland Oost (NL) - Private house Renovation Elsevier - Amsterdam (NL) - Student Housing Urban Plan Zeeburgerpad - Amsterdam (NL) - Housing


Acme - junior designer, graphic developer ( Former Feltrificio Veneto - Venice (IT) - Housing, Retails, Leisure


Giacomo Garziano - Paris (FR) - graphic freelance


LaPlace & Co. - graphic developer ( Summer House - Ibiza (ES) - Family house Can Caurelles House - Mallorca (ES) - Interior


H+LB Architects - junior designer, graphic developer ( Maison Maspero - Paris (FR) - Interiors Maison Dro - Paris (FR) - 1 floor extension, interiors


Roberto Rubini Architetto - junior designer, graphic developer ( Housing development - San Sepolcro (IT) - 24 apartments housing Superjet 100 - Venice (IT) - aircraft interiors Housing development - Monterchi (IT) - 12 apartments housing

#Press 2006

AND - 05: Puerta America AND hotels “muV. museo del viaggio” - E.Pandolfini, C.Pecchioli pages 86-89


La Documentazione dei Beni Architettonici e Ambientali “La Casa Galleria di Giovanni Michelazzi” - N.Santopuoli, F.Maietti pages 81-84

#Skills Languages


Italian - Mothertongue English French

Understanding Speaking C1 C1 C1 C1

Autodesk Autocad Autodesk 3dStudioMax ChaosGroup V-Ray Microsoft Office Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign

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Writing C1 C1


ARTwork in monster

Job/ project architect Program/ Artwork Location/ Monster (NL)

Partnership/ NIO architecten, Tom Claassen Client/ Municipality of Monster Budget/ 1.000.000 â‚Ź

Size/ 800 m2 Phase/ 1st prize awarded competition under construction

#De Zandloper The Hourglass

Artist’s model and 3d model

The municipality of Monter organized a competition for artists for a new landmark on the coast, in order to create a visual connection between the city center and the beach. Zandloper is a new projection on the horizon, different than the exhisting windmill, the cranes or the bell tower, the distinctive gateway from the past to the future. The Hourglass is the epitome of technonature perfection: is it coming from the water, from the sand, from another planet or is a creature of the man? Construction schemes

From the beach

Gateway from the beach and from the city


Bridge in Amersfoort

Job/ project architect Program/ Tunnel and landscape Location/ Amersfoort (NL)

Partnership/ NIO architecten Client/ Municipality of Amsersfoort

Budget/ 2.000.000 â‚Ź Size/ 1 200 m2 Phase/ definitive design

#The Last Seconds of a Princess

On August 31, 1997 at 00:25, on a Mercedes W140, Henri Paul drived at 180 Km/h to death under the Alma tunnel in Paris. The driver died and with him, the english princess and her lover. Ten years later, an image of a hand holding a burning torch was placed on top of the tunnel. The hand of Diana, Diana Lucifera, goddess of the moon and the light. This corrispondence from the top (the memorial) and the underworld (the accident) was gen-

Plans + Sections

erated by the twist between the slow history and the fast destiny. This reflection inspired the project. Can this new tunnel in Amersfoort hide a secret? What if the princess of light is passing on her silver chariot drawn by white stags? The arrows of silver light she just fired from her silver bow, are heading the darkening sky.


Entrance to the tunnel + Bird’s Eye View


Rotterdam world gateway

Job/ project leader

Location/ Rotterdam (NL)

Budget/ ...

Program/ Competition for New Offices - Workshop Facilities Center, Infrastructure for the Harbor’s Extension

Partnership/ NIO architecten

Size/ 20 000 m2

Client/ Harbor of Rotterdam

Phase/ competition entry

#She’s Out of my League Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) is developing the first container terminal on Maasvlakte 2. It will be an innovative terminal, operating and competing on a global scale. But RWG embodies also a strong vertical component, the vertical axis of sustainability. In our proposal for the new building facilities for RWG we want to emphasize the intersection of both axes, the soul of RWG. The workshop building opens towards the sun, almost literally, with the intention to collect sunlight to produce energy and rainwater, and rainwater for the grey-water circuit. On the other side of this axis it collects heat and cold from seawater, energy which can be collected in thermal storages deep under the surface. This is what we mean with: the vertical axis of sustainability.

Bird’s Eye View + Program’s Scheme

Compostition’s Scheme + Plan

Two Pavillons for the Entrances

Sustainbility’s Scheme


Museum of Contemporary art in Prato

Job/ project architect

Location/ Prato (IT)

Budget/ 5.500.000 €

Program/ Extension of the Contemporary Art Museum “Luigi Pecci”

Partnership/ NIO architecten

Size/ 4 200 m2

Client/ Mrs. E. Pecci

Phase/ under construction

#Sensing the Waves

The “Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci” was opened in 1988 and donated to the city of Prato by Enrico Pecci. It is situated on the periphery of Prato, near the exit of the A11 highway, a strategic spot where, from the first floor, you can see the skyline of Florence. As opposed to the rather rigid, mechanical character of the existing museum building, partly inspired on the industrial textile markets in Prato, the new part looks fluid and ecstatic. It embraces the existing building and touches it only there where needed for the circular plan. The tower gauges the cultural mood, in search of new movements.


Plan - ground floor

Elevation - Entrance

Construction Site


HOUSINg in aachen

Job/ project leader

Location/ Aachen (DE)

Budget/ 2.000.000 â‚Ź

Program/ Conception of 11 apartments’ new housing development

Partnership/ pbs architekten

Size/ 1 200 m2

Client/ Private

Phase/ 1st prize awarded competition

#Barrierefreies Wohnen The existing urban design framework is the reference for the new planning. The proposal is a two-story buildings, not to dominate the neighborhood. Two buildings connected by a glass joint, are shifted from each other and thus develop a full scale building volume, integrated into the topography. The internal organization is visible from the outside. The patio is designed as a stimulating space, supported by color variations.


All eleven units are linked directly here. All rooms and balconies of the residential complex are conceived barrier-free. The budget cost of the public housing is limited. Therefore, the volume of the building is extremely simple, structural walls support the building, the spans are reasonable, the supply and disposal paths run through the building. The primary structure consists of a concrete floor slab and reinforced concrete slabs.


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Second World War Museum in Gdansk

Job/ project leader

Location/ Gdansk (PL)

Budget/ 230.000.000 â‚Ź

Program/ Conception of the new WWII Museum

Partnership/ Nio architecten

Size/ 30 190 m2

Client/ City of Gdansk

Phase/ competition

#WWIIormhole Crossing Time and Space Our aim was to create a time machine that leads visitors to the experience of the Second World War. The heart of the Museum building is a dramatic space, which seems to suck up the visitors from the entry, moving them toward the sky. This space is the embodiment of the turning point, and makes it tangible and experimental. Public exhibition on the first and second floor together with the other functions are organized around this central space and enclosed in a square building 70 by 70 meters big. This box is placed on

a pedestrian designed landscape, which contains the more public functions and parking. In contrast to the monumental space ‘wormhole’ in the interior, the facades appear fragile. The stone facade surfaces seem to crack under the pressure of hostile fire. The “Wormhole” hosts another fragile element, a cloud of mirrors which is the link between the Museum and the city. It allows the visitors to experience the view of the city from the core of the building and viceversa.

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Composition Scheme

Zbrodniczy charakter okupacji


Podjazd dla autokarów

Wjazd/wyjazd parking 280 mp. Podjazd reprezentacyjny 66


Dostawy Wojna jako konsekwencja ideologii i polityki państw totalitarnych

Okupacja jako kontynuacja wojny

Gdańsk i Pomorze jako pretekst wojny

Dostawy 64 Kampania polska 1939 roku

Wojna o nowym charakterze Regularne działania zbrojne

Restauracja i kawiarnia od strony ciągu pieszego przy kanale Raduni

Parking dla autokarów

Wystawy plenerowe

Site plan + Plans + Section

Pomost z możliwością cumowania kajaków

From the Raduna canal + Entrance from the outdoor Exhibition

Represenative Staircase + Entrance to the Permanent Exibhition



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Plans + Section + Detail of the Facade



Job/ Project leader

Location/ Torino - IT

Budget/ 1 500 000 €

Program/ Proposal for reception annex of the museum: cafeteria, bookshop, multimedia, tickets, offices

Partnership/ Nio Architecten

Size/ 700 m2

Client/ Ministero dei Beni Culturali - UNESCO

Phase/ Competition

#Il Giardino di Limoni Connecting Continuously The extension of the Villa della Regina was designed with the intent of becoming the center the entire complex. Welcoming visitors and generating a system of fluxes transmitted through the villa throughout the area. The sequence of experiences begins in the inner space that is divided into two distinct areas: a private part that



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Plan - Ground Floor + Scheme

contains the pre-existing technical spaces and services for the villa, and a public part, receptive, preparatory to the visit. One public function follows one other without any filter, the space is continuous and flexible, wrapped in a Moebius Strip.

Balaustra in vetro 8 mm Rivestimento in poliuretano 5 mm

Cemento 420 mm

Led 100 mm

Isolante 80 mm Intonaco 5 mm

Griglia di ventilazione

Vetro termico triplo spessore 40 mm





Pilastro cavo in acciaio 280 mm

Rampa in cemento 200 mm

Bancone: rivestimento pannelli legno compresso18 mm

Supporto metallico 6 mm Rivestimento in poliuretano 5 mm Massetto in Cemento 75 mm

Isolante 80 mm

Cemento alveolare 24 mm

Detail - Cafeteria

From the Entrance to the Villa

Access from the top

From the Belvedere



Job/ Concept design, graphic development Program/ Conception of mixed used renovated area

Location/ Zandaam(Amsterdam)-NL

Budget/ ...

Office/ Knevel Architecten

Size/ 25 000 m2

Client/ Private

Phase/ completing design

#PLANNING Heterogeneous systems The abandoned industrial area of famous Bruynzeel factory in outskirts of Zaandam is undergoing transformation and becoming new retail center in vicinity of Amsterdam. New urban and renovation plan for existing factory halls has to be made. Office buildings and construction off halls witch cover 25.000m2 have to be preserved as a heritage. Trough meticulous analyses of the site, its historical image and program we designed a

Concept Scheme + Circulation Scheme

urban plan wich uses the quality of the existing buildings and on the same time houses proposed retail-orientated program. Huge parking area is organized under mix of leisure and retail program in a big volume of existing factory halls, offices are positioned in previous office building, nautical program in connection with newly developed waterfront and housing units stacked in a tower to create a vertical orientation point.

Inside the former Factory

Water System


North Side, the small harbour





Project assistant: Concept design, graphic development Program/ Design and construction of a four storeys family house

Location/ Rieteiland Oost (Amsterdam) - NL

Budget/ 500 000 â‚Ź

Office/ Knevel Architecten

Size/ 257 m2

Client/ Private

Phase/ Under construction

#KEEPING Privacy The project site is situated on the water at the south west of the island with view over the water to Diemerpark. The building is a monolith, leaning on a light basement, carved to fully exploit the environmental conditions of the site. On the north side the house has large glass surfaces and out-

Study Models

Plans - 0, 1st, 2nd

door spaces in the form of loggias, roof terraces at different floors, looking to south over the water to Diemerpark. The volume is more massive to the north side to preserve the privacy and to allow proper ventilation.

Details + South view

Pictures of the House



Job/ Feasibility study, concept design, design development, graphic development, presentation Program/ Masterplan of a music park and conception of a 1800 places auditorium and a school of music

Location/ Pistoia - IT

Budget/ 300 000 000 â‚Ź

Class/ Project Design - Degree

Size/ 70 hectares

Teacher/ prof. arch. Antonio D’Auria

Grade/ 110/110 + honorable mention

#FARE Musica a Pistoia The project focused on creating a new space near the city of Pistoia for developing, teaching and discovering new musical approaches. The project was composed by a big Concert hall for 1800 people, a Modern music school and a building for musical therapy and health activities

related to the next hospital. These three buildings forming a public square were located into an open system of great green spaces. The main thought was to stimulate a reflection about the relationship between Architecture and Music.

Park composition

Program-Music center

Music Park - Section

Volumetric composition for the Concert Hall


Music Centre Site Plan

The music center from the canal

The geometry of the concert hall was inspired by a Platonic solid, that in the past has always been associated to musical and mathematical perfection. The volume was gained by the intersection of three heptahedrons (the number 7 always appears in music) in line with three points of view located in three important urban places: the bell tower in town and two peaks of the facing mountains. Therefore this irregular volume revealed his nature only in these three directions. Holographic Glass Detail

Between the main container and the hall itself, shops, bars, cafĂŠs, expos, administration offices, exhibitions and technical rooms were located following the spiral movements.

Main section

Model Vieaw

The hall was conceived as a spiral around the stage, improving the sensation of being surrounded by the music. On this spiral the seats for the public were posed, equally distanced from the musicians: the differences between the audience was almost nullified.

Section of the Model

the Concert Hall

VIP Room

Foyer - 2nd floor

Foyer - 1st floor

Main Section

The school design was based on the quality of the typical Italian public spaces with its two internal public courts: the anechoic chamber’s court and

The Courts - Organs Court + Anechoic room’s Court

the organs court. Every space was built for enhancing the experience of music: listening, learning and playing.

etched glass graphics - percussion department

It was divided in three levels, classic, rock and jazz, with different decorations on each level, focused on the images of important musicians of each kind. The skins of the three buildings were differently elaborated:


Jam Space

façades graphics - corten steel panels©

The structure pointing out the edges of the concert hall; a metal skin which covers all the different levels of the school unifying it and protecting it from heating; the translucent box which contains the “Health Building”.



Job/ Concept design, design development, graphic development Program/ Concept design for the new “Superjet 100” aircraft interiors

Location/ Venice - IT

Budget/ ...

Partnership/ Roberto Rubini Architetto

Size/ 50 m2

Client/ Superjet International

Phase/ under construction

#the FLYING house

This assignment came from the Research Laboratory of the Superjet International速. It consists in the development design for the new Superjet 100 interiors.The task was to divide in different spaces, conceived for 8 VIP plus additional passengers seats : -the working area -the VIP accommodation area -the Meeting Area -the VIP Rest Area

Study Models

Flowing design, based on ergonomic comfort, and strictly reduced colour range help to relax. The aim was to create technologically advanced domestic spaces.

VIP Rest Area


Working areaa



Job/ Design development, graphic development Program/ Internal refurbishment

Location/ Palma de Mallorca - ES

Budget/ ...

Partnership/ La Place & Co.

Size/ 600 m2

Client/ Private

Phase/ Completed

#MODERNIZINING a palacio Can Caurelles is a 600 m2 apartment located in the medieval center of Palma de Mallorca. It is on the “planta noble� of a 16th century palacio. The full renovation intended to keep the spirit of the magnificent building and to provide all the amenities for a luxury home. The use of the light and the addition of new materials were

Plan + Detail

essential to bring a refreshing look at the interiors. The corner of the apartment privileges the view of graceful gothic cathedral of Palma, only two blocks away. The work included heavy structural work as the layout has to be transformed and adapted to modern living.

Living Room + Open kitchen

Open kitchen



Job/ Design development, graphic development Program/ Conception and construction of a summer house

Location/ Ibiza - ES

Budget/ ...

Office/ La Place & Co.

Size/ 400 m2

Client/ Private

Phase/ Under construction

#DWELLING on the coast This art collector’s three-bolcks house was built on the coast of the Ibiza’s Island, in a great private park. The building was designed to allow a view to the sea, while retaining a sense of intimacy because protected by vegetation. A sequence of open spaces provided all the basic functions on the ground floor in which works of art were

Plan - 0 floor

arranged. Private areas was located on the upper level. Simple shape of the house together with selected materials helped to magnify nature through the glass curtains, thereby creating layers of transparency between life on the inside and outside.

Main front

Living room

From the garden



Job/ Graphic development

Location/ Marghera (Venice) - IT

Budget/ ...

Program/ Conception of housing developing, commercials and leisures

Office/ Studio eu + Acme

Size/ 28 000 m2

Client/ Comune di Venezia

Phase/ Competition by invitation

#REVIVING an industrial area This project was the result of a competition for the redevelopment of an industrial area currently degraded in the periphery of Venice. The area was that of Feltrificio Veneto in Marghera. The intention of this contest was to equip the area of services currently missing, bringing a greater flow of people and interests: residences, commercial spaces and leisure. The concept was to create a set of buildings equipped with these

Green evolution

Elevation - South_Block A

functions, decreasing towards the road to limit the visual impact, pivoting on a flow generated from the distribution mesh, designed with special attention to the environmental aspect. It was planned for eco-sustainability: the buildings are immersed in a green park. At the heart of the project was the idea to extend nearby the vegetation, making the area a green lung.

Green scheme

Elevation - South _Block B - Autumn

Site Plan

la Passeggiata



Job/ Concept design, design development, graphic development, client presentations

Location/ Paris XIV - FR

Budget/ 150 000 â‚Ź

Partnership/ H+LB

Size/ 80 m2

Program/ Internal refurbishment, 1 floor extension

Client/ Private

Phase/ Proposal

#LANDING the Box This added storey came from the clients’ need to enlarge their home. The reduced dimension of the domestic office and the “expanding” family made them requesting a new, independent bedroom. Their attitudes and their jobs revealed interest in art so they asked for a contemporary architectonic creation.The building is untypical for the XIV district. It’s a modest two-floor house, limited between two buildings of the same tall and it has a sunny inside court. The concept for the new extension was to give the impression that it was a hold box, therefore

Plan - added storey

not lined up to the edge of the building itself and made by different materials. The distance from the street created an opened space, a terrace, and consequently helped to preserve intimacy. The zinc used for the roof improved this variance. The box is divided in different areas by a central block containing the stairs and the shower. This block could be closed by a 4 meters sliding glass door, isolating the bedroom from the rest of the box.



Main section



Job/ Design consulting, graphic development Program/ External and internal refurbishment

Location/ Paris - XVI - FR

Budget/ ...

Office/ H+LB

Size/ 400 m2

Client/ Private

Phase/ Completed

#EXPOSING intimacy This classic 3-ground luxury building dating from the 19th century, is located in the XVI district of Paris. The clients aim was to preserve its external look and to convert the two independents floor in a comfortable and modernized duplex – home. Therefore the principal stairs became part of the apartment and the back one was used for reaching the 3th floor apartment. By this reason this

Perspective view - Bathroom

stairs-block became the heart of the project. Idea was that to create around this box a continuous but flexible space for each floor: two great sliding doors preserved when required the intimacy of the rooms otherwise they are hidden in line with the wall. The staircases is emphasized: the uniform floor changed in near the block and the wall treatment is accentuated by floral motif.

Plan - 1 floor, 2 floor- 1 floor, 2 floor


Details - 1 floor, section



Job/ Feasibility study, concept design, design development, graphic development, presentation Program/ Conception of new housing development for 10000 incoming inhabitants

Location/ Villepinte (Paris)- FR

Budget/ ...

Class/ P9 - Projet Territorial

Size/ 1000 hectares

Teacher/ Arch. Patrice Noviant

Grade/ 15/20

#PROTOTYPING democraphic changes The urban planning is based on a hypothetical population growthof 10.000 people. The district of Villepinte is located 20 kilometres away from Paris, in the well-know suburbs. Villepinte is one of the major pole around the airport of Roissy / Charles de Gaulle and the economic platform Paris Nord II / Exhibition centre. It benefits by exceptional transport facilities: 3 RER stations, 2 highway A1 and A3. Its surface is 1037 hectares and its population counts 36742 inhabitants. The demographic explosion is the cause and the consequence of the massive urbanization.

Territorial framework + Project intent

The city seems to be divided into heterogeneous zones, which often correspond to different districts developed in different periods. This distinction is stressed by the division of the territory caused by important infrastructures, by the impartial distribution of facilities and by the presence of parks: every zone differs for typologies, functions, identity. The solution was to unify the district improving the quality of two perpendicular urban axes, amplifying existing poles and creating new ones across them.

The forecast leads to look for a replicable architectural prototype, already existing in town. The most interesting is the “Pyramids” one, a 70’s housing model by Arnauld and Barat architects.

Pyramids’ Schema + Urban Models

The Pyramids’ model evolution provides to improve the housing density, respecting the composing design scheme.

Tetris Model + Masterplan + Section

The apartments’ assemblage moves horizontally and vertically improving the space compacting: the module “ L “ (12mx12mx3m) develops in height creating open gaps intended for terraces for each apartment. 4 houses’ Unit, with external and internal connections, can be assembled in 2 units for 8 houses (24mx12m), 4 units for 16 houses (24mx24m) and more. New development composing was based on overlapping two kind of wefts: 1 – the regular one, obtained by the model developed by Arnauld’s Pyramids and Barat. 2 – the “Strengths” one, extended from the Cardo and Decumano axes, generated by fluxes of the existing emergences, enlarging the dense housing development. Composition Scheme

“Architecture and music have always been my main interests. During my personal research about design approaches I realized that these two forms of expression are closer than I could imagine. The same terms used in a field take stimulant meanings in the other one: form, structure, rythm, tone and so on. The music, as sequence of sounds and silences, notes and pauses approaches to how I conceive Architecture: harmonic sequence of full and empty, closed volumes and empty spaces, light and color. Both could stimulate all five senses, in a Copernican way with the man at the centre of them.�

Giacomo Garziano was born in 1981 in Altamura, a small town in the south of Italy. He moved to Florence for studying architecture, discipline wich includes his principal interests : music, art, cinema and literature. During this period he took active part in the architectural outline of this city, collaborating with school teachers and with several local offices. He has always been interested in international architecture so he decided to gain experience abroad: in London designing an office building at the A.A. and in Paris studying at the ‘Beaux-Arts’ School of Art. He graduated in July 2008 with honorable mention with the project of a Music Center in Pistoia (IT). Currently he’s working at Nio architecten, in the Netherlands, elaborating his personal way of designing the space around man.

Giacomo Garziano - Portfolio 2011  

Giacomo Garziano - Portfolio 2011