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S E L E C T E D W O R K S chronological order

CAREER Albamare Butcher Shop Eataly

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ACADEMIC El bosque de las Musas Autonomous tectonics Mirage Insight

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Location: Alba, IT Status: completed Project Year: 2017

Albamare is the dream of a friend. A place where his love for his adoptive land, Piedmont, meets his Southern roots, Amalfi. This encounter creates a unique cuisine spacing from traditional recipes to contemporary pairing born from the mix of both these cultures. Having this idea in mind, my intention was to create a unique environment, able to recall both his background and his cooking style: a space that speaks about the freshness of the Amalfi Coast while winking at the hilly Langhe Region, designed with a contemporary taste but still nostalgic towards tradition and the Osteria feeling. The superfluous spatial subdivisions derived from the previous activity layout, now demolished, have been highlighted with a different finishing to have the dining hall tell its own past. This choice being in accordance with the original idea of mixing history and contemporary. Spatially, the idea has been easy to render into reality and after few demolitions, the spaces have been defined. A first room with a bar was dedicated to welcoming clients, the two following ones to catering activity, the kitchen took the place of the old pastry lab and all the back office activities structured to answer the restaurant needs and the HACCP rules.

Pictures by Andrea Migliore


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Collaborators: Studio Girolametti (acoustic consultant) Giulia la Delfa (brand identity) AD Group (furniture supplier) Groppo arredamenti (furniture supplier)

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First room overview



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Bar overview

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First room traces of the previous spatial subdivisions


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First room detail of tables and chairs

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Restroom handmade maiolica tiles


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Diagram existing and new conditions

1. EXISTING CONDITIONS The previous activity’s superfetations were demolished to restore the spatial unity.

2. NEW CONDITIONS After the demolitions, a work of past history re-evaluaation was carried on: contrasting finishings in terms of colours, textures and materials were used to highlight the traces of previous lives.

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Location: Principality of Monaco Status: under construction Project Year: 2017

The Martini family has been in the butchery business for three generations and from the very beginning its members have always prioritized quality of products and processes , as well as preservation. Today, the evergrowing and more competitive market, but also the desire to create their own brand, as synonym of excellence, have brought to the need for a renovation of the shop’s concept. No more exposed meat on a cold countertop but every cut of meat in a single dose vacuum package in order to maintain the best freshness and quality from the laboratory to the client’s table. Starting from this assumption a traditional cold countertop was no longer needed, saving space to welcome the client inside the shop and softening the barrier between buyers and sellers. Thus, a wall fridge for vacuum-packed meat and a chest fridge for ready-toeat dishes or meat exposition were installed. Pursuing the idea of no-boundaries inside the shop, the furniture design followed a typical kitchen configuration. Since the meat is now ceiled in its vacuum package, the client’s need was to equip the shop with an area dedicated to food tasting and shipments disposal. This area, provided with the suitable equipment such a sink, an under counter fridge and a portable fry top, faces an openable window that allows to directly serve the food sample to the client that is waiting “outside” the stand, in the market’s seating area.


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Collaborators: Groppo arredamenti (furniture supplier)

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Overview of the shop


Diagram shop design

1. EXISTING CONDITIONS The previous shop’s layout and its equipment belong to a traditional butcher activity started 20 years ago and they were inappropriate to fit the desires of the incoming owner in terms of experience and brand identity.

2. CLIENT’S SPACE CREATION The desire of an immersive experience for the client, able to physically enter the world of Martini Carni, was one of the core concepts of the shop design: a free space, in opposition to a more operative one, has been kept to allow the client to freely enter the shop. The result is a softened distance between the client and the seller.

3. EXHIBITION SPACE The unconventional way to present the products in vacuum-packet monodose portion and the aim of creating a self-service attitude in the client to fasten the shopping experience, led to the choice of a wall fridge and a chest fridge instead of the traditional cold countertop.

4. SPACE OPTIMIZATION Due to the limited dimension of the shop (about 14 sqm) it was fundamental to optimize the usage of the space in order to meet the storage requirements. The furniture has been designed to recall a domestic kitchen contributing in the creation of a familiar environment for the client. 16

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Perspective view equipment description

Wall fridge

Freezer ice packs storage for shipping

Chest fridge

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Cabinet for salesman’s clothes

Dishwasher (optional)

Refrigerated plate for meat processing and display

Decorative chopping block (movable element to grant flexibility during events and tastings)

Openable window display for tasting during crowded events



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Overview of the shop

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Period: September 2015 - April 2017 Status: all shops completed Team: Carlo Piglione, Alberto Paruzzo, Francesca Barberis, Claudia Saglietti, Graziano Rotolo, Serena Casale, Alberto Dutto, Gianluca Marabita, Anna Truglio, Paolo Martini

Founded in 2004 by Oscar Farinetti, Eataly is a company that trades and provides high quality Italian food all over the world. Today it counts more than 20 shops in Italy and more than 15 shops across other nations. Eataly’s key concept is to allow the clients to buy what they can taste and the other way around. This simple idea generates its format where restaurants and market merge in well-defined thematic food areas. Recently, following the company’s growth, the design needed an improvement to convey a stronger touch of Italian character and feeling, in order to fortify the brand identity in the countries abroad. My design team led this process of research of new identity guidelines, following the management directives, to create the new Eataly standard. Italian typical urban spaces such as squares, narrow streets and noisy markets have been translated into indoor Italian spatial experiences. During my experience at Eataly, I have directly been in charge of the design of new shops in the Middle East and Far East areas such: -Eataly Tokyo, Marunouchi (460 sqm) -Eataly Doha, Festival City (580 sqm) -Eataly Riyadh, Tahlia Street (970 sqm) -Eataly Doha, Mall of Qatar (670 sqm) As part of a larger team, I have also contributed to the design of: -Eataly Stockholm (3000 sqm) -Eataly Moscow (7000 sqm) -Eataly Copenaghen (2000 sqm)

Renders by Graziano Rotolo and Anna Truglio


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Collaborators: Costagrup (furniture supplier) Lisart (furniture supplier) Riva 1920 (furniture supplier) Artemide (lighting supplier & consultant) Caesar (tiles supplier)

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Eataly, Doha Festival City view of the take away spot in the shape of a carousel


Eataly, Doha Festival City plan, elevation and section


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Eataly, Doha Mall of Qatar view of the restaurant area inspired by an outdoor market Eataly, Doha Mall of Qatar view of the lounge seating area referring to an italian dehor

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Eataly, Riyadh Tahlia Street view of the sweets and chocolate area looking like an old grocery store Eataly, Riyadh Tahlia Street view of the restaurant area underneath a blue sky of panels.


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Eataly, Moscow, 4.20 Restaurant view of the restaurant entrance inspired by rural brick pattern Eataly, Moscow, 4.20 Restaurant view of the restaurant room furnished with Briccole di Venezia by Riva 1920

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EL BOSQUE DE LAS MUSAS the wood of muses

RCR Summer workshop Tutor: Gilles Trégouët Team: A. Geiko, C. Cadavid, C. Giles, F. Ren, J. P. Rios, M. Lladò, M. Barba, P. Martini, R. Meijas, S. Olabarrieta, Y. Otbi, Z. Rutova Project Year: 2017

El bosque de las Musas is one of five developed projects that aim to valorise a rural tourist area in Olot, Spain. All these projects revolve around a core building: a farm already transformed and operating in the hospitality industry. A group of worn sheds stands near to this building, previously supporting the agricultural activities and now waiting for a second life. Our project involves the biggest and the furthest of them converting it into a creativity hub both used by RCR architects and the local community. Since flexibility has been our key concept in relation with the topic, the original shed structure has been preserved while we focused more on the program the building should meet and the relations between the shed, the surrounding nature and the other buildings. The creativity hub must provide a covered flexible space 365 days a year but, since the adoption of a standard climate-control strategy would be economically challenging, we decided to set up a smaller airconditioned work room for 15 people with all the essential facilities such toilets, common kitchen, and storage space. In section, all these functions have been gathered below ground level, following the natural altimetry profile towards the level of the small river closed by. In this way, it has been possible to create a unitary free platform culminating with a performance space at ground level and a more intimate climatecontrolled workspace with all the facilities at the lower level.


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Exterior view

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Existing and project condition plan view and the idea. The new access path section

Since flexibility does not mean emptiness, we interpreted the idea of flexible space as an abstract landscape where the functional elements blend with sculptural volumes. Astonished by the surrounding volcanic landscape of the Garrotxa area, the relation with nature has been enhanced through the new envelope: a polycarbonate roof, metal fabrics as walls and a metal rebar structure enclosing the building as a support for vegetation. All these elements allowed us to reinforce the connection with the exteriors. At the bottom of the building an openable glass faรงade has been conceived to frame the view on the waterscape, as a spyglass. The freedom of the program and the desire to preserve the quietness of the surroundings led us to differentiate the access to the building for the workers of the creative hub and the visitors enjoying their stay in the touristic compound. A secondary access leads to the shed, lower in level than the tourist one, while an enriched vegetation obstructs the visual relation between the farm and the shed.




as tourist access new access to the creative hub




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Moving roof and sliding walls axonometry


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Flexible furniture axonometry

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The Creativity Hub - free space interior view

The Creativity Hub - work space interior view


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Rensselear Polytechnic Institute Teacher: Fleet Hower Team: Tom Roland, Paolo Martini Project Year: 2014

tailored destruction Autonomous tectonics is an attempt to digitally and physically reproduce a natural process of erosion in an architectural framework by means of a controlled material subtraction process. Initial research on the logic of carpenter ants formations led to a basic interpretation of two interconnected systems: the insects and the wooden substrate. The carpenter ant nests in the wooden substrate, creating an intricate network of interior voids that are completely self-supported. Because two intricate systems that work in collaboration have an impact one on the other, the design of analogous conditions to reproduce the phenomenon was a challenge.


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Aerial view

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Carpenter ants on wood

Melted wax on ice PHYSICAL MODEL Mold + ice cubes + melted wax A simple study of ice and melted wax resulted in an extremely provocative form and their constantly changing of status had a similar visual result to that of the natural phenomenon: the ability of the wax to flow freely over the ice until a temperature limit is reached allows for the creation of structure as well as interior partitions. The random division and accumulation of ice within the mold also allows also the formation of a solid to void gradient embedded within the structure. After the understanding of how to reproduce this phenomenon with a real model, the goal was to reproduce the mechanics in a digital one.


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Digital simulation was an attempt to move the modeling process into the realm of complete control.

DIGITAL MODEL function cohere

DIGITAL MODEL function to shrink

Initially the behaviors were coded as similarly to the material exploration as possible: a first substrate that contains a basic embedded logic and that is the form work condition for the second substrate. The initial substrate shrinks as the simulation runs, while the secondary substrate navigates its way through the environment. Moving forward in the simulation process, functions were introduced to both cohere the shrinking ice particles together in hopes of making larger voids within the trails, as well as a series of generations with a common starting point. Each successive generation is initialized once the previous one has reached the bottom of the modeling field. This variation allows for greater diversity in the agent trails that generate much larger voids and more cohesive geometries throughout.

DIGITAL MODEL Environmental constrain + “ice cubes” substrate + “melted wax” substrate x N generations

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Orthogonal projection elevation, vertical and sections






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Aerial view

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Workshop Buildsmart RPI - Polito Teacher: Lonn Combs, Marco Visconti Team: Helen Ko, Schuyler Pratt, Michele Longo, Paolo Martini Project Year: 2012

Palazzo del Lavoro is one of the masterpieces of Pier Luigi Nervi. It was realized for the international Expo that took place in Turin in 1961. Since many years, the city of Turin has been wondering how to give a second life to this precious heritage: the aim of the workshop was to think about a new function with innovative features and provocative solutions. To reinvent the Palazzo del Lavoro, our team proposal consisted in the removal of the four inner columns to free the space to build a new inner pavillon able to integrate the original covered space surroundings with the new central patio. The new building contains space for educational purposes, as well as an exhibition space all around the building and on its top. Even if our project consisted in a strong substantial intervention, we wanted to preserve the overall image of the building: the original facade resulted untouched and we decided to focus on the materiality of the inner pavilion making it look like a fragmented mirror, so the mirage-building will reproduce the missing columns through the reflection of the existing ones. In this way, Nervi’s “forest of columns” still exists even if in the form of an illusion, while the space can be better exploited.


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View Nervi’s columns and the new building

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1. REMOVAL OF THE INNER COLUMNS Since Nervi’s building is made of 16 indipendent structural elements, it is possible to remove the inner colums to free the space for the new building while preserving its external appearence.

2. THE NEW BUILDING To allow a more rational use of the space, a new building with an inner patio is inserted into the existing belt of Nervi’s columns.

1. ROOF SCULPTING To enhence the building perfomance related to natural lighting exploitation, the roof is sculpted to grant a better penetration of light inside the patio and the Nervi’s columned buffer space.



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4. LOWERED PUBLIC SQUARE To maximize the available volume and to create a stronger relationship between the pavilion and its surroundings, a lowered public square has been created giving birth to an inner gathering space and a floating pavillion on top of it.

5. THE GREEN BELT Exploiting the buffered space that surrounds the new building, a green belt on more levels has been created reinforcing the idea of a mirage in the middle of a concrete sea.

6. MIRROR FACADE To enhence the mirage effect, the facade has been divided in a moltitude of triangular mirror elements increasing their tilting angles as their level rises from the ground, in order to create a scattered reflection of the surrounding construction.

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INSIGHT a c o r n e r i d e a

Politecnico di Torino Teacher: Gustavo Ambrosini, Guido Callegari Team: Clarissa Rodriguez Barbosa, Giuseppe Groppo, Paolo Martini Project Year: 2012

Insight is an attempt to investigate the development of housing projects in the dense urban fabric of contemporary cities. The main issue of the project is to solve an urban void located at the corner of a block. The concept consists in an ensemble of modular and repeatable plans hidden behind a single envelope. The main quest of the intervention was the research of lightness and it found its answer in a BBS panels structure. If structurally, lightness is generally considered as a quality, in terms of thermal comfort it is exactly the opposite; thus it was necessary to find the right balance between the two matters. For this reason, both the South and the West facades were designed to provide the best passive energetic performance: on the South, the slabs of the balcony allow to the solar light to penetrate the building during the winter season, when the solar incidence angle is lower, while screening the light during the summer time, when the solar incidence angle is higher. On the West side, micro-perforated metal shutters intercept the solar radiation. To responds both to the functional design and to the will of emphasize the corner position by creating a 3D geometry, the building looks as if the ideal substrate of the slab, at the corner, has been curved until overlapping itself on the roof level.


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View from the street

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Concept diagram

1. EXISTING CONDITION The urban void created by the clear level difference between the buildings that form the corner of this city block, consist in an occasion to improve the urban density.

2. FILLING THE VOID The urban void is filled to re-establish the built urban front as a uniform curtain.

3. SCULPTING THE VOLUME The new volume is sculpted to better fit into the built surroundings respecting the perceived maximum level and overhang of the adjacent buildings.

4. FACADE DESIGN The facade is designed to maximise the solar gain: on the South side, the overhanging slabs grant the needed shade during the summer period while allowing the solar radiation to come in during the winter season. A shutter-like shading system on the West side shields the solar radiation whenever it is needed..


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Aerial view

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3D detail of the western facade


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Detail stratigraphy

GREEN ROOF (from top to bottom) Soil - 8 cm Non-woven fabric - 0,5 cm Drainage system - 8 cm anti-roots barrier - 0,8 cm Waterproofing membrane - 1 cm XPS insulation - 4 cm 1% inclined screed - 4-10 cm BBS wooden panel - 17,9 cm false ceiling - 14 cm


FACADE METAL CLADDING mounted on alluminium structure

METAL SHUTTER Perfored metal sheet on a frame


INNER SLAB (from top to bottom) Glued wooden floor - 1 cm Radiant heating bed - 5 cm Waterproofing membrane - 1 cm Wooden fiber insulation - 1 cm Thermal mineral granulate screed - 10 cm BBS wooden panel - 20,3 cm False ceiling - 11, 7 cm

BALCONY SLAB (from top to bottom) Wooden floor - 1 cm Wooden floor support - 8 cm Waterproofing membrane - 1 cm 2% inclined screed - 7-4 cm BBS wooden panel - 17,9 cm False ceiling - 14 cm

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