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TURCHI Design Portfolio 2018


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LANGUAGES English Toefl Certificate - C2 Level Liverpool School of English Certificate

Italian Native Speaker




Alijada Central Hub Masterplan, Sharjah, Competition Winner. Chengdu Football Centre, Competition. 2017

XEFIROTARCH Architecture Intern

Los Angeles



International Writing Museum, Songdo, Competition. 2015-2016

Tobacco Factory Renovation, Bari, Competition. Unipol Tower, Milan, under construction. Opificio Golinelli, Bologna, completed. 2015


New York

Progetto Flaminio, Rome, Competition. Yenikapi Project, Istanbul, under construction. 2013-2014

5+1AA ARCHITECTS Junior Architect


BNL Headquarters, Rome, Completed.


Harvard GSD, Teaching Assistant - Patrik Shumacher Option Studio Teaching Assistant - Greg Lynn Option Studio Teaching Assistant - Digital Media Workshops Instructor


Design Morphine. Member

EDUCATION 2016 - 2018



Currently a second year M Arch II student, member of “Code without frontiers”, teaching Digital Media Workshops and Design Facilitator for the “Learning Environments for Tomorrow” course. M Arch II Program Representer. Italian GSD Group President. 2010 - 2016

UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA Bachelor of Architecture


5 yrs Architecture Program. Worked as assistant at Dean’s Office. Merit Scholarship winner for 5 years. Erasmus Scholarship Winner 2012. Thesis Abroad Fellowship winner 2015. Member of the Student Association (SPAZI). Best Thesis Prize Winner 2017. GPA: 3.83 2012 - 2013

UNIVERSITY OF WEST OF ENGLAND Erasmus Scholarship winner Erasmus Program Scholarship Winner Design Studio publication & honor.










Space to Culture


Hidden Forces


Futurism 2.0




Yenikapi Project | Eisenman Architects


BNL Headquarters | 5+1AA


Urban Oasis | Mario Cuccinella Architects

01 Water\Music Harvard Graduate School of Design Tutor: G. La, J. Dallmann Year: 2016 Location: Boston, MA, USA Programme: Philarmonic Hall, Theatres, Cultural, Bath

Using the program of a bicameral Performing Arts Center located on Boston’s waterfront, the studio embraces the site as it transitions from terrain vague, towards a new, terraformed urbanism. Can the architecture and remnant site infrastructure be recast as an integrated experience of land, water, space, and sensuality that regenerates a calcified, and isolated site‌ where an intuitive sculpting and terra-forming go hand-in-hand to unfold and re-stitch the building as a catalytic participant in the remaking of the city? And given the need for innovative types of gathering, how will the consideration of the land form inspire the auditoria themselves, the shape of the seating bowls or the spaces which support them? watch?v=naaqa_BHeuY

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Urban Condition


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A New Water Edge...

Located in a developing area of the Boston waterfront, the project stands between landscape, urbanism and architecture, in an effort to set a new interdisciplinary approach for the renovation of an abandoned industrial area. As host to the new Boston Music Hall and a series of associated facilities like studio theaters and performance spaces, the project aims to merge music and water. As such the water’s edge is not strictly marked by a straight boundary which ignores the bathymetry. Instead the new edge is more fleeting, allowing the water to enter the site and interact playfully with the landform ( in a way suggestive of the “Flyshes� of Zumbaia on the northern coast of Spain) while defining a new civic surface within the artificial landscape.

Meeting people natural flow to the site

Using in-site facilities

Water and Music are gradually mixed

Discover several facilities around the site

Redefining the water boundary

Water is part of the site and leisure areas

Existing warehouse will host back of the house

A mixed experience, enriched by diversity


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The Project...

Wherever the landscape “stripes” opens they become collectors. Collectors of water, so swimming pools; collectors of people, so entrances to the building and main public areas; and finally collectors of music, hosting the auditoriums’ bowls.

As the landscape slowly flattens towards the water, the visitors will experience the outdoor pools and the public spaces that define the new water edge.

The main body of the program is allocated next to the existing building. The existing building hosts the back of the house, staff ambiences, rehersal rooms, administration offices and a parking garage.


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Water and Music, the Interiors... In the entrance the atmosphere is always changing. The water reflactions and shadows define an unprecedent experience within the sounds and music coming from nearby performing areas.

Water and Music, the Exteriors... Losing the sense of what is artificial and what is not, the new landscape will partially allow water in, permitting it to gradually change the landscape configuration and helping wildlife to grow both in water and on the ground.


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“Music is like water, it flows, it has no boundaries, no limits...�


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Water and Music: What, How and Why... The program has been expanded to include public baths and indoor/outdoor pools where people can relax while listening to live musical events, and in so doing rediscover the almost lost relationship which the city of Boston once had with the water’s edge. The fragmented and layered nature of the landform enriches biodiversity and encourages nature’s role in the future development of this area, leaving a large

part of it to its citizens in the form of a public park. The conception of architectural objects gets lost as the building’s boundaries are blurred within the landscape. In the same way the new landscape perfectly integrates with the water edge on one side, and within the industrial harbor on the other one. This project aims to exploit the potential of natural formations and thei possible use in a contemporary architecture that aims to attract people to share an experience. Nowadays, everyone can get the best quality sound experience simply staying at home and listening music on his


headphones. However, people still feel the need of living an experience and sharing it, That is where architecture can play a primary role in defining new scenarios for unprecedent experiences.

02 MMT

(Museum of Mobility and Transportation)

University of Bologna Tutor: M. Agnoletto; F. Fallavollita; M. Cuccinella Year: 2016 Location: Bologna, Italy Programme: Museum of Mobility and Transportation

What this project is providing is a look at the discipline not merely as a matter of space and how to occupy it, but as a plurality of dimensions, which can be truly perceived only thanks to a proper design approach. The dimension of time is introduced in this discourse through a speculation on the meaning of infrastructure. Infrastructure seems to be the figure that mostly represents both this hybridization and the concept of time transfigured into architecture. As a matter of fact, the root –infra- means in between and –structura(from Latin) is associated to the old idea of placing and arranging things into space. Yet, the term “infrastructure” escapes both a specific and a tangible definition, it rather refers to an ephemeral condition, linked to the existence of “something else” (infra). watch?v=yygrxQMWBRM watch?v=F7OuNEIy3vA Best Thesis Award: http://video.corrieredibologna. ce-cp

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Urban Flows Analysis


Green Areas




Caffe and Restaurants




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Caffe and Restaurants


Job Opportunities


Green Areas




Caffe and Restaurants


Job Opportunities


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Bologna Railway Area: An alternative point of view... Bologna is a pivotal Italian city which aims to become a central point for the entire country in terms of mobility and transportation. Everyday thousands of people enter the city via the railway station which is located on the margins of the city center. The location of the railway is such that it disrupts the urban texture and pathways of Bologna, defining a crucial split between the Northern area and the

Southern one, where the historical citycenter is located. As a result of its location people, who arrive at the station find it difficult to reach various points in the city. In 2008 the Italian government and various private enterprises held an international competition to come up with a strategy to reorganise the railway to include several tangential zones as well as a new station. Within the competition there were many different proposals, focusing on diverse topics, some of which were harmonious with the existing pattern of the city, others focused on the object of the competition


(the railway station). However, no one took into consideration or gave sufficient weight to the role of mobility and public transportation within the city. That’s why in my analysis of the facitlities and urban condition of Bologna, I have engaged in research into transportation, within the ciy and country, on many levels. Ultimately I ended up with a report on the actual urban fluxes from and towards the railway station and contiguous areas.

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Urban Flows Working on the general masterplan, the main goal was to place urban fluxes at the core of the discussion. Plenty of possible connections and networks have been studied in order to make it possible to draw a new series of links which cross the urban cut produced by the railway. Here software became a tool for mapping the city and then analysing its networks, dividing those networks into categories, working on different scales and seeing how they both affected and were affected by the city’s facilities.This led to the creation of a series of suspended paths that aim to sew up the railway urban cut canalazing fluxes and fostering the need of functional connections among northern and southern facilities within the city.

These paths address to a slow-mobility, being both cycling and pedestrian, and they connect to the rest of the existing urban routes, extending them across the railway. The curvature of these pathways not only invokes the organic dynamism of urban flows, but also encourages the creation of new suspended urban neuralgic areas, as well as, in a more practical way, it allows to reach a proper height within observing biking and accessibility slope standards. The urban fluxes analysis provides a new way of thematizing these suspended paths that will link urban centers according to their typology. For instance, the best sport network outcome that connects many entertainment areas will be linked through a path that will offer a variety of sport facilities such as mountain bike routes and athletics tracks. Or, where a park has been cut down by the railay (like in the specific case of park Angeletti) the idea is to bridge this gap having a sort of suspended green way re-interpreting the idea of continuity. So this new infrastructure takes into account the limits of its own predecessors (the railway), trying to absolve its urban damages, reconnecting the city but starting from who uses it, the people. They aim is to slightly change their habits (in an healtier way) starting from the idea to facilitate them in their moving across and around the city.


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General Masterplan and MMT


Site Identification



Permeability|Paths Connections

Forces|Public Spaces




Students Accommodations



Railway Maintenance

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Since the site is mostly occupied by disused buildings owned by the State RailwayCompany, I decided to completely rethink the landscape and the amount of permeable surface area (increasing it) while at the same time leaving upon the possibility of future investments on the site.

The course of the paths gradually connects with the zero level of the wide avenues. I opted for a large embankment which completely redefine the landscape’s connotations, often unexpressed, of this area, in order to avoid the “viaduct� situation and suggest new areas of green spaces.

The building area is defined by the outline of the course of the raised paths. The slope was adjusted in order to create an embankment which will act as a sound barrier for both the new and historical buildings. The paths ensure a constant flow of people, through the intelligent connection of areas with similar characteristics. All of these conditions give birth to the MMT Museum.




In its growth, the structure of the museum mimics that of a climbing plant that finds its support in the new paths for the slow mobility. The museum wraps itself around one of the path, then regets it, then embraces it again,making the path a part of itself, like a vine on a branch. The museum projects its existence on the path it encircles, and in so doing makes a very important message: we strongly believe in the soundness of this new type of mobility, so as to assign ita starring role in the museum of mobility and transportation..

Starting from these two simple elements, the embankment and the paths, the project synthesis process provides an object that comes from the soil, grows and launches toward the railway line. Since this is a museum of mobility and transportation, the museum terraces are situated in such a way so that they face the railway tracks of the train station of Bologna.

The museum as a whole follows the characters of the course of the new slow mobility paths transferring their ambitions to the architectural scale. The common sense definition of what is architecture, what is location and what is landscape, disappears in a unique example that escapes classifications and definitions.


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“View from the cycle/pedestrian bridge”


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360’ Experience


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Mobility: Space and Time...

and industry excellences and speculating on the signification of this term. On the theoretical side, the concept is to deconstruct the idea of Mobility into its The project focuses on a part of the two major components: Space and Time. entire masterplan, starting from the idea Echoing one of the first authors that of interpreting the meaning of mobility introduced a complete vision of these addressing to a cultural device. This two components, the project recall Henri is how the Museum of Mobility and Bergson’s theory of space and time. Transportation was born, meeting the According to it, humans record this necessity of a building which can act as an relationship by following two different exhibitor of Italian transportation history categories. First: the space/time of science,


which is the standardized mathematic scan of time. Second: the space/time of consciousness, a subjective dimension that includes qualities like emotions,colors and impressions. Apparently in contrast between each other, the first does not exist without the second and vice-versa. This contradictory dualism drives our lives without that we can distinguish the two single components but just recognize some diversities.

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Primary Internal Distribution

Secondary Internal Distribution

Relationship with the Masterplan


Accesses and Sights

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Space/Time of Science The museum is an occasion to discern this dualism and spatialize thoughts into a total experience that enriches visitors’ journey. While they walk around the exhibition spaces. The scientific space/time is represented by the glass envelope, which is punctuated by portals in a repetitive pattern that make customers recall the sequentiality of the beat and the interval (relationship between full and vacuum).


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Exhibition Halls

Secondary Spaces

Research Areas


Vertical Connections

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Space/Time of Consciousness

the heterogeneity of our feelings, which evolves in time. Hence, the visitor enters in a large atrium characterized by the repetition of portals that follow The space/time of consciousness is the mathematical time concept, then he featured by an organic form that grows embarks an upward path through the from the ground, than is dismembered in exhibition halls which are dominated by secondary elements that envelop around the subjective component of time. Finally one of the most important masterplan he discovers the terraces that provide an paths toward the railway tracks. This unprecedented view on the railway tracks structure always changes and simulates and the paths of the new cyclists and the interpenetration of the events and pedestrians’ mobility. There it happens a


communion between the two components when the arrival of a train in a platform defines a spatial idea of time which takes into account the scientific element (Trains strict schedule) and the subjective one (we recall from our experience and past events that “this one should be the 6.30 pm train I used to take over the last two years�).

03 Dystopia Harvard Graduate School of Design Tutor: D. Mah Year: 2016 Location: Nowhere Programme: Parametric and Urban implication of the application of literature concept of Dystopia

The word utopia comes from the Greek words ou, meaning “no” or “not,” and topos, meaning “place.” Since its original conception, utopia has come to mean a place that we can only dream about, a true paradise. Dystopia, which is the direct opposite of utopia, is a term used to describe a utopian society in which things have gone wrong. Both utopias and dystopias share characteristics of science fiction and fantasy, and both are usually set in a future in which technology has been used to create perfect living conditions. However, once the setting of a utopian or dystopian novel has been established, the focus of the novel is usually not on the technology itself but rather on the psychology and emotions of the characters who live under such conditions.

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Utopia vs Dystopia... Although the word utopia was coined in 1516 by Sir Thomas More when he wrote Utopia, writers have written about utopias for centuries, including the biblical Garden of Eden in Genesis and Plato’s Republic, about a perfect state ruled by philosopher-kings. More’s Utopia protested contemporary English life by describing an ideal political state in a land called Utopia, or Nowhere Land. Other early fictional utopias include various exotic communities in Jonathan Swift’s famous Gulliver’s Travels (1726).


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Everything is Fading... The idea behind this speculative project is a “showing off� of all the canonical city failures. Nowadays, we think about the urban environment as a perfect artificial veil filtering our life experience within the natural environment. However , the urban environment is a way far from being just a superficial clean skin. Cities have


developed over time through a layering of failed attempts to hide their own ephemeral nature. In this projects, these layers are enlightened in different ways. From the disgregation of the urban system and grids to the decay of its main elements.

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“New hopes built upon expected failures”


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Looking at how the idea of catastrophe is usually portrayed in several movies and in the literature, it is not surprising that authors appeal to the metropolis or big cities that are devastated by natural cataclysms such as earthquakes and tornados. Urban environment is the symbol of anthropocentrism and progress in the way it recalls human physical structure and growth. That is why we are incredibly destabilized in watching certain images

we immediate associate to the idea of apocalypse (the death of everything, no matter if it’s happening only in New York or Paris, if it happens in such a big city it means it is everywhere; while it would not be the same if a small village gets destroyed by a natural phenomenon). In literature, the “Dolly City� has been shown how a totally ruined city, where the values have been lost, can negatively affect its citizens. Demonstrating how this ethical crisis


would bring to a status of anarchy (the absence of a government and the loss of legitimacy by any form of institution ) which is at the opposite side of politic (the art of government and then the POLIS, the first idea of the city).

04 Space to Culture YAC Young Architects Competitions Year: 2014 Location: Granarolo, Italy Programme: Art Spaces, Artists Labs, Multimedia Labs, Galleries, Conference Hall, Offices

The progressive digitalization of social and economical relationships is transforming lots of huge factories into useless empty boxes waiting for re-functionalization and new purpose. Nute Partecipazioni ltd deals with revamping and enhancing valuable but disused industrial buildings. Such firm owns a disused factory in Quarto Inferiore (Granarolo, Bologna). Nute’s CEO is currently aiming to transform the disused 15.000 m2 industrial park into a space for leisure time, culture and arts. What kind of architecture could be proposed to host cultural and entertainment activities in this space? This is a chance to rethink the purpose of a disused industrial location and transform it into a lively space for culture, art, and public relations. Broad and versatile open spaces are perfect to provide local citizens and tourists a modern culture and leisure centre This call focuses on temporality and spatial custom-tailoring. Nowadays modern technology is capable of boosting communication and information: this led us to propose a flexible system consisting of dynamic / modular / equipped spaces.

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The Art Space... The open space is dynamic and flexible: it is organized in a sequence of elements and terraces where everyone can participate in different laboratories and workshops that take place simultaneously in the exhibition hall. Artist, Art and Design are the heart of this project. The entire design can be seen as an adventure based on a full immersion in a mix of arts. The open space acts as an art container, a 3D canvas inside which plenty of dispositions can be composed.The new suspended terraces and walkways dialogue with the existing concrete structure. The grid is a spatial web that frames different areas without marking a clear boundary. This all helps to enhance the spatial and visual fusion of arts in this space.


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“It is a space without borders, where people and artist can share their opinions and ideas. Hence, architecturally and socially, a space of sharing.�


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Artists Flats


Restaurant and Bookshop


Management Offices



Main Hall and Artists Labs



Multimedia Labs

Conference Hall


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Working within the existing... The complex is an important post-industrial building by the Italian architect Cervellati. We decided to approach it maintaining the old structure and its surrounding. The operation aims at complementing the old building, marking it with the addition of a new part. The result is a reinterpretation of the existing structure of the building that

breaks through the walls and becomes a new iconic part of the exterior. The galleries are one of the key points of the project. These longitudinal structures act as suspended art containers. Their look is dynamic and variable, thanks to the movable panels that can host photography and art exhibitions. The reinforced concrete structure does not denature the existing one. The “z axis� connections are designed to be accessible to everybody, thanks to a system of stairs and elevators. Metal squared-section white tubes


surround the building. Thanks to a series of steel plates, they are interlaced in a way that recalls the 3D pattern of the first canvases.

05 Hidden Forces Dynamic Mutations V3_Design Morphine Tutor: M. Pryor, P. Vardoulaki Year: 2016 Location: Sofia, Bulgary Programme: Museum/Library_ Speculation on the concept of “Glitch

“Hidden Forces”, the title of the project introduces the concept of glitch seen under a new point of view. We are used to consider the glitch an error, an anomaly that coincide within the aberration that it induces. Instead, in this project the glitch is investigated in its inner part, the one which is usually unseen, the hidden and unpredictable force that is concealed in the mistification of the reality. Furthermore, acting as creative energy which lives in a sub-reality dimension. The building is a continuous mutation that is feeded by everything it touches in the sourronding. It combines a series of heterogeneus elements into one dynamic shape, demonstrating that even a glitch pursues qualities.

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Site Toolkit

Iteration 1.

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Site Sections


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06 Futurism 2.0 Harvard Graduate School of Design Tutor: G. Lynn Year: 2017 Location: Programme: Office Building, AV integrated

Autonomous vehicles, Robots, Drones and, finally, humans: looking at the last progress in the technology field it is not difficult to imagine a near future where artificial intelligence plays a more and more crucial role in human’s life. In such a scenario, for instance, Robots are part of human every day’s life, both at work and during recreational activities; Buildings are “smarter”, they adapt faster to our needs; Autonomous Vehicles took over common cars, becoming part of the architectural experience of a building and saving space for parking. The project particularly aims to address the question of why and how AV should integrate with the architecture (specifically in an office building). watch?v=JIqFbLQAwbI watch?v=q4kKT98UK4c&t=4s

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Why AV... Given the possibility provided by car sharing services, an increasing number of people do not own a car and find it useless. Everyone can just use an app on your smartphone and the destination is literally at the fingertip. AV will save much time if considered that on average a commuter spends 20 minutes a day looking for parking (which is 106 days in a lifetime!) AV will save money and space by moving parking lots in inaccessible areas like underground: a typical large city may have hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate value tied to parking, that space can be reused for better purposes like public spaces. Furthermore, owning a parking garage where electric AV are charging can open to a new kind of business. It will provide a service to the city and might result in incentives in constructions percentages or concessions to the owner of the building.


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Site: 4 roads w different speed qualities and # of lanes

Site Dimensions: 195 m x 88 m, 18.580 sq m

Shared AV service stations dynamic locations

Shared AV service stations dynamic locations

2 Public Transports Line. North: Fast Route; South: Slow Service

2x2x2x2 Private Uber SUV stations

Sidewalks / Pedestrian friendly spaces: South, East, West

Slow mobility sides provided with bike sharing + electric stations

Shared AV service Parking and charging stations

Drones free fly Area / Drones are part of the delivery system

Private AV Parking-charging stations at specific locations

AV Taxi service with priority drop -offs privileging North side

Double Dock System for heavy deliveries on West side

60 AGV x hr Delivery station on the West dead end road

Underground Parking Platforms are chargin Pads for Electric AV

Futurism 2.0 The project is also informed by the feeling of fascination for technology and advancement that has always intrigued humans, within all the utopian and dystopian literature that goes with it. In both this conditions, there is a series of analogies with the futuristic Avant-garde

movement, a little more than a century later: “Impermanence and transiencestructures must have shorter lives than humans to avoid the growth of linear or formal habits. Every generation building its own city ensures constant renewal that facilitates the success of futurism in


fighting traditional cowardice.� Considering AV, robots, drones, and humans living together. What if the line between those entities becomes thinner and thinner until they start to share the same spaces, they emulate each other, they learn from each other?

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The north elevation opens its interiors up to the view for passengers in the highspeed lane through a series of glass facades and semi-open spaces that enhances the dynamic and fragmented nature of the building. This elevation conveys a sense of incompleteness

(Boccioni’s city that rises, the big machine that is constantly growing). The South elevation instead recalls Sant’Elia’s more elegant and sinuous “linee di forza”, those invisible lines that used to guide his sketches into dynamic representations of stationariness.


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“Impermanence and transience- structures must have shorter lives than humans to avoid the growth of linear or formal habits. Every generation building its own city ensures constant renewal that facilitates the success of futurism in fighting traditional cowardice.�


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A mutual advancement... In this Office Building Cars are safer, they neither produce pollution nor acoustic issues, they can literally start to interact within the architecture, both around and inside it. A smart gate system sets the access to the mixed open groundspace where cars slow down and start to become like a pedestrian, learning from their movement and behavior to better camouflage in this environment. The AV permits immediate drop off all around the building; they can stop in dedicated areas where they become an actual part

of the interiors and the work activity. The project’s take on futurism and AI is the following: the spectacle of technology is not an end in itself; I am exposing humans to technology and vice versa in a working environment in order to stimulate a reciprocal learning process. This a more specific idea of progress developed through a close reading of the movement’s scopes and vigor together with a conscious and realistic projection of the previously listed possibilities the technology we are approaching might bring to us in a few


decades. Exposure becomes a possibility (thanks to AI) for technology to give something back to its creator, making him learning from its efficiency and functions. All the environments in the office are somehow affected by moving objects, screens, cars that drive by themselves and surely park better than humans. The architecture is a wise actor for all of this interchange, it suggests, it adapts, it shows the contradictions of having all of those entities sharing the same spaces.

07 Corporal/ Cerebral University of West of England_ Erasmus Scholarship Tutor: J. Comparelli Year: 2013 Location: Salisbury, UK Programme: Philosopy Department and Baths The aim of the project is to renovate an old industrial area and linking it to the rest of Salisbury. It will be a new total senses experience in Churchfields that involves a corporal and a cerebral dimension. The aim is to bring a city as Salisbury to a new dimension by a total experience intervention that includes important urban analysis and proposes different environmental solutions in armony with the site. The visitors, approacching the main entrance, will choose: going up via an ascensional path to the philosophy department, or going down and discover a corporal experience in the spa, where, with an accurate use of materials, you can reach the most primitive senses and then come up again in the glass buildings that offer relaxing areas and saunas within a great view to the watermeadows and the cathedral. {special mention} php?ID=8 watch?v=A_Sa5De6Hpo bristoluwe/8747272900

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Urban Analysis The city’s organization in axes and grids plays a primary role in the design and urban strategy. The abstractedness turns traces that determine both the organization of the masterplan and the orientation of some buildings, which


are ideally connected to the rest of the city or completely refuse to integrate in their neighborhood, depending on their semantic connotation.






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Cerebral: Philosophy Department

Reorganization of the industrial site of Churchfields, in Salisbury. New facilities for citizens and tourists, perfectly fitting in the organization of the city will bring the area back to life, giving it a new meaning in the urban organization.


The project also includes a Philosophy department in cooperation with the closest Universities and a health spa. The key is the coexistence of apparently opposite poles, all surrounded by an industrial environment.

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Hybrid: Main Entrance and Glass Buildings The entrance acts as a choice maker between the ascentional path towards the Philosophy Department and the one directed deep underground to the main SPA areas. You can choose for an ascensional path to the clearness of the thought, or decide upon sloping down to the core of our most visceral emotions, the SPA.


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The glass crystal shaped buildings above the ground will be influenced both by the ephemeral appearance of the Philosophy Department (glass panelling) and by the rigid composition of the underground health spa (the austere concrete walls coming up from underground), thus resulting in a hybrid that reconciles two apparently incompatible elements. The result is deliberately ambiguous, echoing the human being’s existential condition.


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Conference Halls Glass Panels

Cerebral: Philosophy Department

Semi-Covered Public Square

Conference Halls Steel Frame


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Light Traces The glass cuts on the ground level will give the spa natural light during the day, while letting out its artificial lights at night. Light beams will pierce through the ground following the glass path defined by the underground composition, suggesting the concepts of trace and memory.

Glass buildings: Yoga and Relaxing areas

Public Square and Aromatic Gardens Corporal: Spa and pools

Spa Exit and Bookshop

Hybrid: Main Entrance

Staff and Massage rooms


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In the interior swimming pools, the use of rough materials such as raw concrete and stones encourages visitors to reconnect with their primitive feelings... the corridors purposely present a different finish. Wood panels cover the majoriy of the walls, differently reacting

to the light producing a warmer feeling... light, water, heat, colours, sounds and fragrances: everything contributes to the creation of a total body and mind experience that involves all the senses.


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Corporal: Spa, Interiors and Organization...

Dry areas include corridors, changing rooms, emotional and massage rooms, staff areas, washrooms, and the main hall. Wood panels accompany the visitors through a more welcoming atmosphere towards a different space where they discover rough concrete walls that respond in many different ways to the


light, which seeps in through the openings of the roof. The underground plan follows a strict orthogonal grid, based on the historical plan found in the Churchfields site.

08 Yenikapi Project Eisenman Architects Internship Status: Under construction Client: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Year: 2015 Location: Istanbul, Turkey Programme: Archeological Park and Museum

During my experience at Eisenman Architects Office, based in New York, I had the opportunity to work on some important projects such as the Yenikapi Project. This project concerned an outdoor/indoor archaeological park and museum in Istanbul that will host the majority of the artefacts discovered in the old harbour during the excavations for a new metro station. These few pages show some physical models and graphic representation I made.

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Architecture Study Models


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Ceiling Studies

Form and Light... One of my tasks for this project was working on the composition and design develpment of the ceiling. The goal was to structurally and aesthetically link it to the facade without compromizing its own character. I used several mediums to investigate this part of the project: from physical interior modelling to digital advanced modelling, so as to obtain a realistic study of the light and determine how these tectonic shapes could react to it in reality.


09 BNL Headquarters 5+1 AA Architects Status: Built Client: BNL-BNP Paribas Year: 2016 Location: Rome, Italy Programme: Directional Offices The building comes formally to take on a symbolic value that is found in the following characteristics that define its “body”: the floor plan, linear and gently warped to the west through the writing of a variable sequence of broken lines; the choice of not wanting to create a “front and back” but a compositional score capable of creating amazement and wonder at the “metamorphosis” of the building, which will always be perceived in a different way thanks its ability to react to the light at different times of day on differentdays of the year; the articulation of its functions, composed according to a principle of horizontal stratification, in a classic sequence of base; (“collective” functions or, better, that interface with the public), elevation (the predominant functions/ offices), the crown (the unexpected and unique space and its relationship with the sky); the entrance hall, highlighted according to a horizontal and vertical relationship thanks to the identification of a “unionseparation” that becomes a “transparency-terrace” for four levels and reveals the Mazzoni water tank, an original and still intact element. (From 5+1 AA website).

09. BNL Headquarters


09. BNL Headquarters

“ A constant play between transparence and reflection during different hours of the day�


09. BNL Headquarters


09. BNL Headquarters





TOT PDL 362 tipologia C, 4PDL _ tot 60 PDL

Working at 5+1 AA tipologia C, 6PDL _ tot 150 PDL



tipologia C _ tot 210 PDL _ 58%

The project for the new BNL Headquarters was opened in 2016. It stands in front of the new Tiburtina station, in Rome. I joined the project team very close to the constraction phase. My contribution to the project included 2D detailed drawings and graphic diagrams and presentations. I was also the office representative and coordinator for setting up the promotional installation in the Tiburtina Station building.

layout tipologia C open space_scala 1:750

tipologia B, 1PDL _ tot 2 PDL


tipologia B, 2PDL _ tot 140 PDL


tipologia B _ tot 142 PDL _ 39%

layout tipologia B da 6 moduli_scala 1:750

tipologia A, 1PDL _ tot 6 PDL



tipologia A, 1PDL _ tot 6 PDL

tipologia A _ tot 12 PDL _ 3%

layout tipologia A da 9 moduli_scala 1:750

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10 Urban Oasis MCA, Mario Cucinella Architects Status: Competition, Special Mention Client: INVIMIT Investments Year: 2016 Location: Bari, Italy Programme: Polyfunctional cultural centers / Restoration of Historical Buildings

This project combines both the urban renovation of a problematic area in the historical district of Bari, and the reuse of a historical building. The building for the project is an old Tobacco factory that became inactive and eventually turned into an abandoned construction giving the opportunity for a strategic step for the future of the city of Bari. The competition involves two parties: on the one hand “Invimit Investments” and on the other one the City Council. The metaphor of the “Oasis” indicates the will of taking this renovation as an opportunity to give more public areas to the city, within “green connections” as a theme to link nevralgic poles of the heart of the city of Bari.

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10. Urban Oasis


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The site occupies a four blocks area. It stops a natural path connecting different areas of the University Campus. Moreover, the relationship of the site within the ultimate renovation of the railway (a recent international competition) was an important aspect to take into account. In

fact, the new railway organization placed the green and public space at the center of the discussion on how to renovate Italian historical cities areas. Being an artificial barrier to the natural flow of people in the city centre, as well as a private area, the site will see its main

renewal in being opened up to the rest of the city and becoming a permeable oasis. One of the main goals of the project was to give priority to green areas. The old factory become a boundary to the scene where all the events happen and the public space is again the protagonist.





10. Urban Oasis

“ A public Urban Oasis to rediscover a lost connection with the city�


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10. Urban Oasis


CNR fuori terra UFFICI E LABORATORI 19.100 mq



Working at MCA Architects

PORTA FUTURO 2 2.200 mq CAFFETTERIA/BOOKSHOP 535 mq SPAZI INNOVATIVI FOOD 535 mq MERCATO fuori terra 3.770 mq MERCATO interrato 850 mq MERCATO

FOOD INNOVATION banchi vendita diretta alimenti

degustazione e consumo locale impianti e deposito CNR uffici/ambienti comuni/ servizi direzionali laboratori di ricerca


fast food prodotti locali

Porta Futuro 2

scuola di cucina

Porta Futuro

spazi per cene collettive

Job centre lavoro femminile

caffè bookshop birrificio CNR OPEN sala polivalente per eventi culturali mensa/ristorante auditorium

locali impianti

punto ristoro

deposito materiali e archivi

museo memoria Ex-Manifattura Tabacchi

asilo ingresso alle corti ingresso alle funzioni ingresso multiplo alle funzioni

FORESTERIA palestra arrampicata hall e spazi comuni


spazi privati riposo

collegamenti verticali (blocco scale) piazzacinema all’aperto


Among the several projects I worked on while at MCA Architects some were international competitions where time management and graphic representations were the most important aspects. As well as three of them developed further (S.Raffaele Hospital, Milan ; Military Clinic, Algeri; Golinelli Pavillion, Bologna) for which I worked on more detailed drawings and physical models for official presentations.

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Nicolas Turchi _ Design Portfolio 2018 _ Harvard Graduate School of Design  

A selection of Academic and Professional work. Nicolas Turchi M Arch II '18 Harvard Graduate School of Design

Nicolas Turchi _ Design Portfolio 2018 _ Harvard Graduate School of Design  

A selection of Academic and Professional work. Nicolas Turchi M Arch II '18 Harvard Graduate School of Design


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