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Hotel Fuencarral

/concept for an hybrid hotel in Madrid

Kivinokka waterfront

/a new proposal between city and nature, Helsinki

Barcelo house + studio

/single house for an artist and his family, Reajo del Roble

Sordio town hall

/a building as an urban link, Sordio

Twisted shelter box /disaster prevention pavillon, Istanbul

Urban Condenser

/a multipurpose event-space in Milan

A twisted tale in 5 acts /public space competition, Helsinki

Other Works /not only architecture


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Hotel Fuencarral

Concept for an hybrid hotel in Madrid

A hotel is a space where all kinds of activities take place such as; leisure, work, rest, commercial, social...but, as a matter of fact, hotel design is still a very conventional and conservative field, bounded by the simple repetition of obsolete models. This proposal tries to go over this typological and conventional issue, by the introduction of a second programatic dimension in terms of uses, according to the opportunities offered by the urban surroundings. Calle Fuencarral is one of the main commercial street of Madrid that runs from the city centre till the fancy area of Chueca. It hosts along its course pedestrian pathways, shops, restaurants and public spaces, and a remarkable flow of people and events. Hotel Fuencarral occupies an empty plot in a relevant intersection, where the corner is the element of connection with the main street. Here the facade breaks to disclose the inner complexity and to bring urban life inside.


Corner building, Madrid

calle Fuencarral

calle Santa Barbara Pedestrians / Commercial

CHUECA

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€ Public space

city centre

Chueca, nightlife

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existing wall Project’s site

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geometric synthesis

interaction


CONCEPT

facade facing Calle Santa Barbara

ROOM ROOM

ROOM ROOM

ARTIFICIAL H Y B R I DAT I O N

ROOM

GARDENS

ROOMS

CAFE

CAFE

C I V I L I Z AT I O N HALL

GARDENS

ROOM

SUITE

EXPO SHOWROOM

N AT U R E

EXPO SHOWROOM

GALLERIES

PA R K I N G

HALL PA R K I N G

functions

NATURAL

CAFE

HALL

GARDENS ROOMS GALLERIES PARKING

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The different floors and spaces flow around some scattered points in the plans.

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columns,

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connections

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vertical galleries. Around them the spaces organize themselves in a flowing movement. The curves enhance this fluid rythm and provide different spatial

motorcycle and bycicle parking -2

solutions. Design is inspired by scenography, program reflects the complexity of an european capital.

Hotel Fuencarral is conceived as the result of a vertical interaction of themes and programs. Natural and Artificial are here represented by functions, elements

coffee shop “wateroom�

basement -1

hall exhibition space relax area

groundfloor

and design solution, and their Hybridation generates interior spaces and places. This undisclosed world is wrapped in a flowing perforated aluminium facade.

mediatheque exhbition area

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floor 1


promenade and suites

floor 2

rooms floors 3-4

staff area loundry floor 5

coffee shop lookout

floor 5

terrace 6

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expo tubes gardens

elevator

media

cafeteria

parking

longitudinal section

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rooms

exhibition

hall reception

water room

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Kivinokka Waterfront

A new proposal between city and nature, Helsinki

discovery

shelter

relation

This is a proposal for a new waterfront for Kivinokka, a protected peninsula not far from Helsinki city center. The project aims to find a new relation between natural and artificial landscape, in a rural oasis occupied by hundreds of tiny summer cottages, where people want to find temporary refreshment from the urban city life. The site can be reached easily by public transportation, bycicle or car from the city center, but despite of its vcinity to the center, it shows a completely different organization. Here there is no sign of urban planning, cottages spread all around the area in a spontaneous aggregations and there is a total absence of facilities. The new system wants to be a key to strenghten the relation with the local environment, in terms of use and participation. Here, the waterfront represents the border line between the forest and the city, in both physical and conceptual sense. The project belongs to the site, is integrated with it, is a tool to read and to archieve a meaning. Its language is space, material, environment, design and construction.


Analysis of the local space typologies

H E LS I N K I Interior landscape

KIVINOKKA

External landscape

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I TA H E LS I N K I

Border

CENTER

Intimate dimension B A LT I C S E A

Community dimension

Site_Land features

Gardens Shores Lottizzazione Bosco

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Design Dictionary

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Built landscape

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minicottage

visual connection with the city

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intimate scale

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dwell and contemplate

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the rural path

280 cm layout 15 m2

215 cm

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specifications colour

specifications decoration

specifications Transparencies

specifications Ground attachment

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Landscape and Intentions

Increase the use of the place, enhance the qualities of the landscape, understand the

ACCESS

values of the environment by introducing a new public and local dimension in tuyne

ACCESS

with the pre-existing intimacy. A system of open and closed spaces in physic and

187 m

ACCESS

programatic interaction, towards the city and the forest. The UNIT and the SHELL are the main linguistic elements, according to the small scale of the local cottages. The program follows the spirit of the place, and introduces a new dimension to improve the use and strenghten identity.

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Maijan kahvila, cafĂŠ

public beach

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* platforms structure Spaces are integrated with public space platforms, and become themselves accessible surfaces on different levels, towards the sea and the forest. They follow the same structural principles: wooden beams joined to form a twist of elemets resting on wood columns

scale 1:1000

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Spare time room 62 m2 1 living room 2 kitchen / mess 3 WC 4 storage room

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1000 cm

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3 2300 cm

Nursery 56 m2

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activities space 1 playground 2 420 cm

WC 3 playground 4

2360 cm

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* landscape progressive sections

lookout and quay

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sauna

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* A shell into the landscape

A prototype for a minimum dwelling could be a key to undestand a landscape, a tool to read it and to be involved with it. An interior to comprehend the outside world. A house defines a limit in an otherwise undefined space, is a built space both open and closed, to reflect the landscape’s openness and to fix some certain limits. The proyect focuses on the relation between the concept of inner and outer space, openness and closure, contemplation and inhabit. Is a projection of the local landscape in an intimate and domestic scale.

section BB’

plan and section scale 1_100

section AA’

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* public spaces platforms and facilities 24


* private_intimate space bathroom

* private_intimate space living room and kitchen

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* public space sauna

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* private space home interior_domestic space 28


* private space washroom_intimate space 29


Barcelo House + Studio

Single house for an artist and his family, Reayo del Roble

The Barcelo House is conceived as a synthesis and a paradigm of the surrounding landscape. Its organisation scheme is ispired by the harshness and horizontality of the local environment. The spaces are generated from two long stone-walls planted in the hilly ground. Some small cabins hang on to this walls, as spyglasses towards the wide valley and the lake below. This elements select views and bring the landscape inside, to find an harmonic relationship with site and archive a meaning.

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This is a concept-house and a studio for an artist and his family. The project is located in the Madrid region, deep in the countryside landscape. The long horizontal walls and the boxes are the main organizers elements, connections are enclosed between the walls. On one side the common spaces, on the other side bedrooms and private spaces. The line represents the wide landscape, the box represents the living intimate space.

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Sordio Town Hall

A building as an urban link, Sordio

Sordio is a small town close to the Milan urban area. The request was to design a new town hall. in an empty lot in the main square. The new building should host all the required funcion for the mayor and his/her staff and some public office and facilities for the citizens, such as library service, medical services, a police office, a stamp duty office and sone other municipalities services. The proposal fulfill all the requests, and due to its central role and location, tries to re-connect the surroundings creating a new public space to collect all the local energies and improve social life. The architectural language is inspired to the modern northerrn italian tradition, a longitudinal pure parallelepiped that occupies the long side of the square, with some voids that allow permeability and circulation. The cladding is made out of local stone panels that give massive appearence to the building.


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The building occupies longitudinally the lot, and divides the square in two stripes. It is disposed as a new central focus to attract fluxes and forces from the surrounding environment and to start a requalification of the public spaces, currently used mainly as parking lots. The new town hall is a symbol of the community and a new urban link to improve public life. Project has been developed from the concept untill the structural detail. Two concrete cores around the staircases bear a steel structure. A cantilever part faces the main street and permits the building to enhance its massivity.

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HEB 400 column

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20 mm THICK steel plate

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screed

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vapor control layer

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mineral wool insulation

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concrete slab

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welded mesh

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perforated metal liner sheet

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BOLTSM16 bolt WELDING

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pavement material

426,0 m²

vertical connections toilet facilities offices for the municipality library service medical service

A1 reception A2 ambulatory A3 storage room

reception front office stamp duty office registry office

B1 B2 B3 B4

storage room multipurpose office local police office council room C hall + rest stop area B5 B6 B7 B8

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vertical connections toilet facilities offices for the municipality library service terrace

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pavement material

569,0 m² A1 A2 A3 A4 A5

mayor office rest area photocopy room secretariat office tax office

A6 A7 A8 A9 A10

accounts office city secretary office stamp duty office registry office municipality room

B1 B2 B3 B4

reception archive area internet point reading area

parquet ceppo di gré

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sections

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cladding detail scale 1:10

verge flashing support angle riveted to wall sheets steel box 10 cm x 5 cm armaseam halter

Knauf insulation

wd blocking ceppo di grè panel main steel structure

projection

scale 1_200

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i dream of a new modern italian-style town all for my people and confortable offices for me and my staff

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The courtyard of the building at the ground floor is an open-air hall. During the warm season people could enjoy the breeze and chill out on the boxes while waiting for their turn. Boxes are elements on a grid. By moving them is possible to compose different seatings or aggregations. At night time interior lights provide suggestive illumination and create a cozy public spot.

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Twisted shelter box

Disaster prevention pavillon, Istanbul

This is a proposal for an Info Point out of a 40’ container. It is part of the Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Centre’s program. It is open to the public and its purpose is to inform people about natural disasters topics, in an heartquakes risk area like Turkey. The shape, material, use of illumination aim to instill a sense of uncertainty to the visitors, in an emphatic way. Thanks to some screens people can interact with the exhibition and feel all the unpleasant sensation of instability due to a natural disaster and become aware of the risks. The pavillion can be placed in any suitable public space.

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* 40’

container

* after-accident

twisted shape

*

fill the gaps with glass panels

* folded

floor means instability

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the twisted shape and the folded floor create a sense of constant instability and change

is equipped ractive tools nd screens the visitors

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Urban Condenser

A new public space in Milano

This project has born as a result of a detailed study on the urban context. It is located on an empty plot in the heart of Milano, between the Central Railway Station and an important commercial street (corso Buenos Aires). This area is a longitudinal stripe (600mx60m), which is divided in tree main blocks: parking lot, public garden and an empty concrete slab. Every section is strictly characterized by funcion, form and spatial features. The new Urban Condenser wants to break this rigidity throught the insertion of three programatic and architectural stripes, aximilate the fluxes of the urban context and generate a new kind of multipurpose space. Here, the concept becomes architecture: the fluxes generate spaces, plans, section, and programs. The building can host a wide range of events, from dance performances to fashion show. It is a new urban core in Milan, an event-space, an intersection of energies, a condenser of activities, a renewal of a waste-space.


The Condenser wants to be a collector of urban forces, an infrastructure for events and a catalyst of fluxes.

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exterior fluxes from square to square * inner permeability between the squares

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Two corridors are generated by fluxes in the groundfloor, where also the floors textures and the nervous wall lines give a strong perception of the treble space and dynamism. Two squares at both endings create a void that reveals the bulding from the main streets crossing the lot. Due to the variation of his facades, the Urban Condenser is everchanging to the eye of the visitors, and reveals gradually its complexity through the broken lines of his exterior shell. In the basement the division in three stripes is even more enhanced. A central space runs all along the building, it constricts and enlarges the side galleries. Here, light, materials and walls create different situations, for various programs. The central stripe is a unique space that could host several activities, from fashion shows to exhibitions and concerts. The event-space is like an underground bridge connecting two squares to provide maximum permeability.

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* facade

design

* preexisting

* trees like filters between spaces * transversal

section scale 1:500 * extrapolation of elements

* re-composition of elements

* multiplication

* transversal

section scale 1:500 * simplification

facades scheme

* facade detail_concrete wall

concrete wall

polycarbonate

paint on concrete

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maquette

side_gallery

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maquette

cladding detail

maquette

side_gallery

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maquette

interior view

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maquette

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side_gallery

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maquettes_basement & detail


cladding perforated wall

cladding exerior skin

cladding interior skin

Urban Condenser hosts a wide range of spatial typologies, different for sizes, proportions and light qualities. According to this variety, several programs can take part in the same area in different time lapses. This not-programmed space allows maximum flexibility and multipurpose uses.

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A twisted tale in 5 acts

Public space competition, Helsinki

PLAY WORK

RELAX

hang OUT

Project site is Hernesaari, located in the south coastline of Helsinki city centre. Nowadays the area is used by different business, harbour facilities, industries, boating enterprenours, and a cruise ship port. Is a gate to the city center for who arrives from the baltic sea. There are already plans for a future developement of the area, including residential buildings, job and business facilities, and recreational services. The task of the project is to create five spots of urban space for temporary use, suitable to the local environment. The proposal is developed as a path throught five public points that are links between the city and the terminal, to improve life experience in Hernesaari and to introduce the city to the newcomers. Every spot along the path focuses on one main funcion, but each one can host spontaneous activities. The result is a whole public system, susteinable, cheap, easy to dismantle but, at the same time, built to last and to be experienced.


artwall

An info point welcomens the visitors. A surface turns itself in a tower, to highlight its presence. The exterior surface is covered with a reflective film to homage the “art-wall” behind. the inner surface is like a whiteboard post-wall on which everyone who feels can write ideas and thoughts. waterproof markers are hung on the boards.

* info

point * read

* relax

* kid’s

corner

* post

uses and program

structure

INFO POINT

food

Municipality opinions

to visit

Municipality opinions

to visit

turists opinions

to visit

kids opinions

food

kids opinions

food

kids opinions

elevation scale 1:100

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* ACT I Meeting the city


plan scale 1:100

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* ACT II On to the fold Here is a square as a folded wood surface that allows different uses and ways to experience it. It is a point to rest, to have a break, to relax, to sunbath and even to work. It is equipped with sockets and a waste collector and a tree to cast a pleasant shadow in hot days.

PLAY * steel

WORK

uses and program

structure hang OUT

* kebony

elevations scale 1:100

column structure

* wood

RELAX

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beam

* steel

wood laths


plan scale 1:100

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* ACT IV A breathtaking view A continuos path runs across three gates, from the ground to the lookout toward the open sea. The gates bear the pathway and offer a support for information panels

* info

gates

* infographic

* seasight

* promenade * infogate

* bench

uses and program

* wood

frame structure wood laths cladding * chipboard for infographic and exhibition * metal plate boardwalk * kebony

elevation towards the sea scale 1:200

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plan scale 1:200

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Other Works

Not only architecture

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During the last years I’ve fostered a personal interest in other fields such as graphics and furniture design. I’ve also taken part in several workshops and extra-academic activities related to the design world. All these different experiences have left a mark in my own formation, and they are still affecting my work and my attitude.

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house at Sagapognac.

space in between.

sequences.

spatial distribution.


UTOPIA

DELLA GRANDE

DIMENSIONE

BA thesis cover page illustration, “the bigness utopia”

Wine bottle labels for Grupo di Ovalle, Perú.

* left

page House at Sagapognac by Shigeru Ban, spatial sequences, sketches

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house at Sagapognac.

Catalogue for Fasem International.

Lazzaro, birch wood stool, 2011, (see next page)

sequences.

Graphics for Driade s.p.a. pavillon, Milano Design Week 2009.

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finger joint

420 mm 30 mm

30 mm

30 mm

420 mm

380 mm

15 mm

15 mm

440 mm

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30 mm

30 mm

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120 mm

460 mm

380 mm

birch plywood unfinished

birch plywood painted white glossy

drawings scale 1:10 Lazzaro Lazzaro is a birch wood stool inspired by the neo-Plasticism movement. Vertical anfĂŹd Horizontal plans and lines cross each other and compose a figure that tends to the abstraction.

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RECYCLE / REPLACE / REBUILD

why is better? TEMPORARY DWELLINGS 2

HERE LOW-INCOME PEOPLE CAN

it’s not a top-down charity

WITH THEIR NEEDS AND BUDGET

how?

stimulate people independence in tune with the squatter beliefs,

materials in the recycling center for a 1

bonus rate spendable to purchase

broken roof tiles... you can replace them with brand new ones!

legal squatting If you don’t have a home, you can get your squatter house, a basic-minimum wood-structure unit that could be upgraded and expanded through time, according with your needs!

adaptation

2.WC

starting from the self-counter

...what about the newcomers?

attitude of people 1

If the rents are too high and the only possible

2

way seems to be to squat...

to strenghten community network, 3

3.STEP

you can go to the design point and ask for the

1.ROOM 2.WC 3.KITCHEN

neighborhood relationships

prefab. 24house , a wooden quick-assemblage temporary house for

and improve dwellings quality

SEMI-PERMANENT DWELLINGS

emergencies! 3

2

why not social housing apartments?

2

without feeding the informal market

4 1 1.LIVING ROOM 3.WC

1.STEP

Newcomers are usually people from the countryside that want to find their way in the values and social networks...migration process also means a process from rural to urban life,

with dwelling system evolution

squatter settlements are an extension of rural

from low-tech house to the

life styles which develop in urban areas and

We can also have a progressive replacement of the slums

city, they have always lived with their habits,

should proceed hand by hand

of rents and title deeds.

2.BED ROOM 4.KITCHEN

From rural life to hurban life

hurban multi-storey block!

1.ROOM

2.STEP

street

or an old glass window, or your

behaviours and needs

street

2

new customized materials at the design

3

2

street

If you bring an old steel frame,

but a strategy that

They can exchange their waste or unused

point, to upgrade their house

BRICK by BRICK

1.ROOM 2.WC

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street

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everlasting but temporary

4.KITCHEN 5.HALL

change through time.

2.STEP

ADAPTATION

Adaptation from rural life to hurban life should proceed hand by hand with dwelling system evolution from low-tech house to the hurban multi-storey block

* Presentation in Istambul, Turkey, june 2011 A new strategy for the requalification of Armutlu, an informal settlement in Istanbul. The strategy aims to redevelop the area starting from the involvement of the local forces, both human and material, to pull the district out of illegality and uncontrolled sprawl.

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* Milano International Architecture Workshop sept 2010 Design and construction of the RE-BOX pavillon, workshop led by Sami Rintala. A wood pavillion becomes a flea market for students to exchange clothes and books, but also a public place to relax and meet new people.

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My workshop team, “illusion”.

Shadowplay, playing with scale, Suvilahti lanscape.

Bricks, playing with perspective and scale, Kalasatama.

/european assembly of students of architecture

easa

street-art, unitè d’habitation on an electricity box. by Lydia Hoyem Anker and Michele Sordi

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* Participation in Wastelands, EASA assembly, Helsinki, June 2012 About 400 young designers and architects representing every european country gathered in Helsinki for a two weeks event on summer 2012. EASA (European Architecture Students Assembly) takes part every year in a different host country, and its aim is to create a think-tank on contemporary architectural and urban issues. In the last edition the reflection has been about leftover spaces, Wastelands, and their meaning in our societies. Several workshops have been run, with different perspectives and methods.

* more at www.wastelands.fi and cargocollective.com/easa_illusion


Analogue Adventures, CREATIVE FILM PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, final exhibition.

My team and myself in the dark room.

Some of my exposures.

* Participation in Reaction, EASA assembly 2013, Žužemberk, Slovenia, July 2013 One year later, the assembly took part in an old castle in Slovenia. Here, several workshops have been run, to reflect on the concept of “REACTION”. How to properly react to the current situation with the world crisis and consumer society? What is actually the architect’s primary job and the job of architecture? How can we help the community when designing public space, even when the architect’s direct influence is not present? How to preserve the knowledge, skills and qualities of construction and design from the past? * more at www.easa013.si and www.facebook.com/analogueadventures

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* Vector Landscape I : Lappi - inspired to Lapland, Finland


The Dump serie _photomerges/collages

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thank you !

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Michele Sordi Graduate Architect Portfolio 2013