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Politecnico di Milano Architectural Design







pag 4-5 | Curriculum Vitae Educational Background Architecture Theatre Photography Music

pag 6-7 | EXHIBITION CUBE Design Studio 1

pag 16-17 | PERIPTERO Design Studio 2

pag 8-9 | TANGRAM STUDIO Atmospheres Competition

pag 18-19 | FITH FACADE Design Studio 2

pag 24-25 | SELECTED PRODUCTIONS Hamlet Caligula Children’s workshop-Tutti sul Palco

pag 10-11 | CONSTRUCTIONS Building Design Studio

pag 20-23 | STUDENT ARENA Design Studio 3 Space for Architects competition

pag 12-15 | GREEN VOIDS Interior Design Studio

PHOTOGRAPHY pag 26-27 | STAGE PHOTOGRAPHY Scenic Intimacy - Caligula Rehersal Chechov’s Three Sisters Un uomo qualunque



2014-2017 | Politecnico di Milano Bachelor in Progettazione dell’Architettura ECTS 148/180, average GPA 29.05/30


2009-2014 | Liceo Alessandro Volta Scientific Highschool Milan overall graduation grade 96/100 2000-2009 | Sir James Henderson British School of Milan Currently BSM 20.04.1995 | Cambridge | UK

Piazza Bernini 6, Milano, Italy +393317032463 Programs Autocad Sketch-up Rhino Photoshop Illustrator In Design Languages Italian English French


Mar. 2017 | Spaces for Architects | TU Dresda project: Student Arena Prof. Tomaso Monestiroli ( Jan. 2016 | Atmospheres 2016 | Milan Fuorisalone project: Tangram Studio Prof. Simona Gabrielli ( Nov. 2015 | VII edition Urban Promo Giovani project: Villa Fiorita Prof. Daniela Mello ( Work Experience May. 2017 | Internship at S64 Architects | Milan Ref. Arch. Giuseppe Pastonesi (email: Bachelor Thesis Jul. 2017 | On the Relationship between Space and Performance Work in Progress Ref. Prof. Arnaldo Arnaldi (email: Other Thesis work Feb. 2015 | Philosophical thought behind the architecture of roman-greek theatres History of Architecture exam Jun. 2014 | Apocalypse Now: cinematography narrates a soldier’s alienation Final graduation project




2016-2017 | Assistant photographer Ref: Giuseppe Di Piazza (+39 335 5977000)

2014-2017 | Scuola Teatro Danza Oscar | Milan Acting course Children’s workshops Assistant director 2011-2014 | C.T.A Centro Teatro Attivo | Milan Acting course Stage combat Workshop - Shakespeare and emotions Directing course Jul. 2013 | A.C.T | San Francisco Two week workshop on clowning, speech and dialects and acting Selected Productions Jun. 2017 | Shakespeare, A Mid Summer’s Night Dream | directed by Gianni Coluzzi Role | Puck 2016-2017 | Children’s workshop “Creattori” | Teatro Oscar The workshop consisted in helping the children to realise their own theatrical production in all its aspects. Children had five opportunitieses to experiment in different roles, from playwriting to acting to theatre design to music. Role | Musical director. Dec. 2016 | The Nutcracker | directed by Vera Di Marco Assistant Director 2014-2016 | Children’s workshop “Tutti sul Palco” | Teatro Oscar The workshop consisted in showing children around the different places of a theatre through fictional characters that represented the different workers of a theatre and the story of a magical phantom of the theatre. Role | 2014-2015 Guest appearance as the Costume Designer of the Theatrical company. 2015-2016 Recurring character as the ticket woman of the theatre. Jun. 2016 | Camus’ Caligula | directed by Daniela Monico Role | Caligula in act II Jun. 2014 | Various authors, “Possible Obsessions” Role | Desdemona from Othello Ismene from Antigone, Director in scene from Garcia Lorca’s “Bodas de Sangre” May 2013 | Shakespeare’s Hamlet | directed by Daniela Monico Role | Gertrude in act I-III The third act of the play was presented at the 40th anniversary of the “Franco parenti” theatre of Milan.

Mar.-Jul. 2017 | History and Critique of Italian Architectural Photography Politecnico di Milano Extra elective ECTS Stage Photography Projects MUSIC Jun 2013 | Grade 8 Violin Practice | ABRSM Passed with 118/150 Dec. 2012 | Grade 5 Music Theory | ABRSM Passed with Distinction 95/100


Exhibition Cube Design Studio 1 Oct. 2014-Feb 2015 Semester 1_Year 1 Simona Gabrielli

The objective of the project was to carve a habitative space from a 5mx5mx5m cube following 8 steps, each associate with one fundamental aspect of an architectural project, such as spatial composition, vertical distribution and relationship between interior and exterior. In this project, the cube is a space for exhibitions or performances inspired by the principles of a classical roman or greek theatre: a central stage at the lowest level and increasingly higher steps from which to observe the performance. This concept sparked the idea to deconstruct and explode the initial cube. The project is composed of a central space where the exhibition or performance would take place and four perimetral spaces placed at increasingly higher levels from which to observe what happens in the centre.





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South Facade

Scale model | Exhibition Cube

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Tangram Studio Competition_Atmospheres Jan. 2016 Semester 1_Year 2 Simona Gabrielli

Tangram Studio is conceived as a space where studying can be both an individual activity as well as a group one, whithin the patio space of the Architecture building on the Politecnico Campus. Panels are arranged so that spaces for group discussions and meetings face the patio but at the same time screen the individual spaces from it. This purpose is served by complete with two types of wooden blocks that can serve both as seats and as tables. The elements of Tangram Studio are light and easily moveable. This is so the elements can be rearranged in many


Floor Plan | Elements in the Patio space

versatile space of the patio.

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Scale model | Rearrangement Hypothesis




Working Pages

The studio focused on the different aspects of building constructions from foundation work to roofing. In this particular elaboration the theme was the glass facade. The request was to elaborate working pages on the different typologies of glass facades, research a paractical example and apply it to a given structure. The research was based on the double glass facade of “The Crystal� in Copenhagen, by Hammer Lassen Architechts (Detail n. 1/2 | 2013). This particular facade, made of two different layers of glass mounted in alluminium frames, adapts to the external climatic conditions to guarantee maxiumum internal comfort. In between the two layers of glass, adjustable shades can screen the light. This reasearch was then adapted to a given existing project and elaborated in a hand-drawn vertical and horizontal section as well as an axiometric section. Drawing contruction details by hand was useful to better understand complex building systems in their spatial proportions and functioning.

Vertical Section | Horizontal Section | Axionometry

Building Technology Studio Mar. 2016-Jul. 2016 Semester 2_Year 2 Massimiliano Nastri

Case Study | The Crystal in Copenhagen | Hammer Lassen Architects


Green Voids

The focus of the Studio was the concept of “re-writing”, the idea that architecture can always be re-written, re-used as a palinsest. Therefore we were given the task to “re-write” a completely emptied building whose structure in concrete is the only thing left. The basis of the project, was to re-write the front portion of the building not where the structure still exists, but where, through differences of height, the structure leaves empty spaces. The idea to build on empty spaces, similar to concepts seen in the work of Herzog & De Meuron, sparked the idea to create a vertical park, a new emerging urban theme within the city of Milan. The main element of a park are plants. In this project the plants acquire a symbolic nature, based on the analysis of how they grow through out the year. Only perennial evergreen plants were chosen, so to maintain foliage all year round while blossoming in a particular season and therefore acquiring in that season a specific colour. By this effect the park would change colours throughout the year.


Existing building | Via Boncompagnoni | Milan

Interior Design Studio Oct. 2016-Feb. 2017 Semester 1_Year 3 Arnaldo Arnaldi

Concept | Hand drawn sketches

1 | Existing structure filled where voids are present

2 | Composition of voids extrapolated from existing structure

3 | Two dimensional floors within the three dimentional structure

2A | Vertical blocks that could serve as structural elements and vertical distribution

2B | Main horizontal path

2C | Main central habitable areas

3A | Project for a possibility of vertical distribution

3B | Project for a possibility of floors

3C | Composition of Plants


Green Voids Interior Design Studio Oct. 2016-Feb 2017 Semester 1_Year 3 Arnaldo Arnaldi 1


1- Hammock Forest: hommocks are a typical piece of furniture you would finde in summer. On this floor wooden structures hold hammocks where people can sit in the middle of flowered patches. The shape of their structure metaphorically remind the shape of trees. 2 - Fruit greenhouse: a green house populated with small, tropical fruit trees usually associated with southern italian orchards, where people can enjoy a juice bar. 3 - Central tree terrace: la terrazza si colloca al centro del piano, e’ popolata di sedute dalle quali ci si puo’ affacciare alla chioma del grande albero centrale. 4 - Service Elevator: concrete structural element to transport materials for the maintenance of the plants.

Erica Vite Americana Alstroemeria Liriope muscari Canna wyoming Emerocallide Gerbera jamesonii Geranium macrorrhizum Helleborus orientalis Bergenia cordifolia Linthodora diffusa Ajuga reptans Iris germanica

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Floor Plan | Summer Floor


Axionometry | Summer Floor

The main element of a park are plants. In this project the plants acquire a symbolic nature, based on the analysis of how they grow through out the year. Only perennial evergreen plants were chosen, so to maintain foliage all year round while blossoming in a particular season and therefore acquiring in that season a specific colour. By this effect the park would change colours throughout the year. Following the theme of how plants change during the year, the building was divided into four floors each representing a season and each hosting a specific recreational activity associated with the season. Each floor also hosts plants that blossom in the correspondent season, cultivated in patches of earth inserted in the spaces between columns and beams of the existing structure. The element that connects all floors is a ramp that passes through the existing structure varying its distance from the beams, creating a transcendent vertical space. The theme of colour is also highlighted by the choice of materials. The flooring of the entire park is made of “Padouk” wood: an essence that originates from Africa and is highly resistant and suitable for exteriors. The wood is also characterised by its strong red colour. The existing structure in concrete would be varnished in green, thus creating a net juxtaposition between two complementary colours: green as the colour of what was re-written and the colour of nature and red, as the colour of the new intervention and the colour of what is artificial. While the theme of the passing of seasons and the way the plants change during the year is of a symbolic nature within the park, on the facade it acquires a purely descriptive meaning. A composition of flower patches covers the facade of the building facing the street and, as time passes, the changing of the colours announces the season. The structural research of the project focused both on the technologies implemented to sustain the plant patches, inspired by the botanic architect Patrick Blanc, and the stratigraphy of the concrete intervention and the furniture.





Each ring of the diagram represents a species of flower and each sector of the circle represents a month of the year. The diagram shows how the specific plant changes throughout the year.

Each of the four floors represents a season and is characterised by plants that blossom in that particular season. The diagram shows which plants grow on the particular floor, and what colours are predominant on that floor.

As each sector of the circle represents a month of the year, this diagram highlights what colours can be seen in those specific months. This is useful to see how the street facade changes as different flowers blossom.

DETAIL 1 - Floor stratigraphy Covering in Padouk wood (african wood with a bright red colouring) Steel slate, chair structure Glue for wodden floor Concrete screed Waterproof layer Thermo-isolating layer Waterproof layer

Foundation in concrete painted brick red



Chair “MOROSO: Tropicalia Cocoon”





DETAIL 2 - Plant wall, technologies developed by Botanic architect Patrick Blanc.

SEC A-AÕ - Hammock forest and plant wall

Concrete wall Waterproof layer Supporting and ventilating structure of steel

Waterproof layer

The ring represents the year-long life cycle of the Alstroemeria flower.

Consrtruction Details | Summer Floor

Street Facade | Summer Floor

Expanded PVC panel

The ring represents the year-long life cycle of the Canna wyoming flower.

Geo-fabric made of polypropylene Feltro in poliammide rinforzato Watering Tubes propylene Reinforce polyamide felt

Plants Orchard felt pockets


The ring represents the year-long life cycle of the Hemerocallis flower.

The ring represents the year-long life cycle of the Gerbera jamesonii flower.



Periptero Design Studio 2 Oct. 2015-Dec. 2015 Semester 1_Year 2 Nikos Ktenas


The project focused on revisiting in a contemporary key the traditional greek “Peripteros”, small kiosks dispersed around greek cities, a strong element of greek urban tradition. Since the objective was to revisit greek urban tradition, the project was localised in one of the culturally richest square in Athens: Monastiraki square, a combination of cultural substrates dating from ancient greek architecture to thirties’ rationalism,

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the decorated pavement. The intent of the project was to create a relationship with the existing peripteros: by prolonging and intersecting their axes, the diamond


the square and of the object itself to a point where it had to be preserved independently from the function of the periptero. Therefore the structure was divided in two parts: a permanent structure in steel that acts as a cover to the second more temporary part that is the actual periptero.


Scale model | Floor Plan | Monastiraki Square

The diamond shape was analysed and broken down to create the actual periptero object with a place to interface with the merchant inside, and a place to exhibit the merchandise. The strong directionality of the diamond

1 | Bizanthinian church of the Pantanassa 2 | Tsisdarakis Mosque 3 | 1930ies Undergroung station 4 | Hadrian’s library 5 | Observatory for underground ruins 6 | Existing peripteros

Floor Plan | h=0.90m

Floor Plan | h= 1.50m Floor Plan | h= 3.00m B’





Facade A Facade B

Scale model | Periptero

Sec. A-A’ Sec. B-B’


Fith Facade

The project was part of the initiative “Riformare Milano” an opportunity for students to requalify abandoned, empty areas of Milan. We chose to work on Via Rovello as it is an area of interesting size, that offers a lot of opportunity, in the centre of Milan and must confront itself with the pre-existing Figini and Pollini “Broletto” tower. The project sought to reprise the milanese “corte” (courtyard), a strong urban theme in the historic centre of Milan with a building for housing and a building for offices. The project revolved around three fundamental points. 1_The entrance to the court, how to connect the city to the inside of the “corte”. 2_The relationship with the Figini and Pollini tower. 3_The nature of the “corte”. The project adopted an introvert attitude towards the city, therefore the street facade was reconstructed, leaving a simple opening in the centre that connects the streets to the Figini and Pollini tower, which is conceded from the outside and must be discovered by entering the courtyard. The courtyard was designed by opposing Figini and Pollini’s intent to build vertically and laying down the tower facade, creating a fith facade for an underground exhibition space. The Design studio required to develop one technical aspect of the project. It was decided to develop the skylights in the courtyard, needed to bring light to the hypogeal space.


Master Plan | Via Rovello | Piazza Cairoli | Milano

Design Studio 2 Dec. 2015-Jul. 2016 Semester 2_Year 2 Nikos Ktenas







Scale model | Fith Facade Project | Part of Milan


Student Arena Design Studio 3_Space for Architects_Competition Oct. 2016-Feb 2017 Semester 1_Year 3 Tomaso Monestiroli

The focus of the Studio was to design a scholastic building. One of the possibilities was to design the new architecture faculty building for TU Dresda as part of an international competition “Space for Architects�. The project The Student Arena strives to create large collective spaces where students of architecture can interact through the exchange of ideas, a fundamental part of our work. The project is composed as a block that was carved to interact with its surroundings and what we thought an architecture school needed.


Ground Floor Working Spaces


Student Arena Design Studio 3 Oct. 2016-Feb 2017 Semester 1_Year 3 Tomaso Monestiroli

Sec. A-A’ A’ First Floor Working Spaces

On the basis of an urban analysis of the surrounding campus and city, two axes were form of the courtyard, that connects the city to the campus, and a second one that connects the historical engineering building to the open space in front of the auditorium. This second axes was highlighted through a cut in the block that opens the courtyard to the context, and its symmetrical main block that serves as an entrance hall in front of the engineering building. The particularity of this project is the way the collective spaces were designed through the moulding of the courtyard. The block is composed

the courtyard expands, creating external collective spaces. Moreover the distribution of the rooms in the building runs along the perimeter of the courtyard unifying with the external corridors, creating large collective spaces for students to share together. The facade towards the courtyard is a glass facade partitioned by structural elements at regular intervals, whereas the facade towards the context presents regular windows sized proportionately to



A Second Floor Working Spaces

Third Floor Offices

of facade served as reinforcement of the concept of carved block and to confer importance to the courtyard.

Fourth Floor Offices


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Floor Plan in context | Areal View

East Facade






Production presented for the 40th anniversary of the Franco Parenti Theatre of Milan May. 2013 1 | Act III. Gertrude talks to Polonius behind the tapestry

Caligula Jun. 2016

1 | Act. II Sc. I 2 | Act III Sc. V

Tutti sul Palco Children’s workshop 2015-2016

1| Preparing the ingredients to make a show


PHOTOGRAPHY | STAGE Scenic Intimacy | Caligula Rehersal May 2016 Black and white photograhy brings out the expressivness and the physicality of the actors, who are not on stage but rehearsing in the intimacy of their own minds or of the group. 1| Monologue

A. Chechov | Three Sisters Mar. 2016

Colour photography is most suited to highlight the lights and scenography of a play on stage and the way the actors move in the space. 2| Soldiers 3| Andrej meets Veršinin

“Un uomo qualunque” Jan. 2016

The production was about Eichmann’s Trial. 1| Untitled 2| Untitled


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