PHILOSOPHY

At a time in history when the tendency is to innovate without a precise rule and while often confusing what’s new with what has ‘no style’. My ideas go in the opposite direction, both in my Studies and in my Projects.

Loving new technologies, making state-of-the-art materials yours while maintaining eco-sustainability doesn’t mean distorting the essence of the ‘old’ or the pre-existing. Creating harmony without alteration is an idea that has always been part of my working philosophy.

“Organicity in architecture is being able to include a new construction in the surrounding site of intervention without altering it. It is essential to find the right way, the “organic way” when including what is new in the bends of the ground in order not to break with what is there and complete it, modifying it in the least painful way possible”.

These words are mine, extracted from an interview granted some time ago; in my opinion they are still relevant and faithful more than ever to my idea of design and therefore of creation.

Those principles conform with Frank Lloyd Wright’s revolutionary genius and the so-called organic architecture, where nature is in perfect accord with humanity and the harmony between built and natural environments is a ‘continuum’ that never separates natural lines from designed lines but merges them together.

The overall view, whether new constructions or refurbishments must fulfil many important functions. The customer’s satisfaction, who wants his dreams to come true must perfectly conform to the architecture in which we intervene.

It’s a vision that involves a constant confrontation with history and the design to realise.

In a refurbishment plan, being able to leave something witnessing the life in an apartment is part of my professionality, my personal way to conceive architecture, my starting point.

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This is one of the reasons why I love teaching and illustrating our cultural heritage, describing it not only from a technical-historical point of view but an emotional view.

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The Capital, Rome, assists me in this but at the same time complicates it. This is because it’s a city made of buildings raised on pre-existing and very complicated urban planning.
Rome (above all, but also other cities in Italy and abroad) has unique and peculiar traits that must influence the designing of the newly built and the refurbishing of the existing.

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Materials, planning of internal/external frames and planning different types of apartments are all elements that must contribute to the realisation of the design as a whole, relating to the reality of the site.

Re-evaluating a floor of ancient grit (e.g in a house in the Prati area in Rome) by combining it with natural materials such as wood could be such a harmonious and exciting solution as to become a “marble carpet”.