Born in Rome in 1977, he obtained his degree in Architecture at the University of Rome (“La Sapienza”) in 2005. Focusing on planning and advanced 3d modelling, he works in the Italian world of design and architecture and continuously developes formal and conceptual research, inspired by sustainability and supported by the most advanced digital technologies. He has participated in a number of national and international competitions that have garnered him much international acclaim.
Having worked in numerous architectural offices, he currently works for Zaha-Hadid in Rome and since 2003 has worked with architect Vittorio Minervini, with whom he founded studio ARXX in 2009.
Q. You won the the 1st prize of Mini Design Award (www.minidesignaward.it) in 2008. What gave you the the idea for the creation of the Water Front project?
A. The theme of the Mini Design Award 2008 was the water, enhancing water in urban settings. The project stems from the idea of creating a sustainable system, floating on river in an urban environment that, through the exploitation of water, produces self-powered energy to the multiple functions it can accommodate. The water is valued as a natural resource to interact with recovering the direct relationship between city and water and between man and water. Waterwheelgate represents the iconic access to the platform through a large mill set in motion by the same river currents. This is redrawn as a water wheel, minimal, inspired by the suggestions of the automotive technologies of the concept car that uses water as an aesthetic experience and to promote clean energy whilst being fun and educational for the public by stimulating the involvement of ‘water and sustainability’.
Q. What are your particular aims or objectives when building new models for design? Do you have any particular expectations?
A. The architect and the designer should somehow help to improve the world we live in, hence the concepts that we try to explore make our objects share a commitment to the environment, in which even if not solving problems, still stimulates debate or at least thinking. What we include in our projects are recreational components, which we always keep fresh and current.
Q. How would you define your work?
A. It ‘s a balance between work and artistic component technology, component and functional aesthetics. It’s an incredibly exciting field, ever evolving and necessariy at the forefront of technology. We might define creative … was invented and have seen everything, but taking a cue from what has been done something you can create new, innovative or great features:”The egg is a perfect shape even if done with your ass!” (B. Munari)
Q. You have competed in a number or environmentally-conscious competitions, in what way has your art had a positive impact on the environment?
A. The consumerist society requires oil as a model. We have to offer further new models as we try to propose a first “dream” of sustainability as simple visions, but to encourage that dream and a future, we need to think greener.In this direction often our concepts use a dynamo in every way and every scale, from small object design of the tower of 100 floors. We live in a world in constant motion … why not take advantage of this kinetic energy?!
Q. Who are the main influencers of your work? Do you have role models?
A. In 1913 Le Corbusier proposed in his book (“to a architecture”) a comparison that has always fascinated me: the Parthenon and a car Voisin. Arguing that these images have much in common: they represent the evolution of a form that became standard ….If this argument was valid when the car was just 20 years old, now that over 120 years have passed, and still valid, I think this is the area where we take the cue and ideas for architecture and design inspiration, because it represents the state of the art.
Q. You founded, along with Vittorio Minervini, the studio ARXX a couple months ago. How did you come up with it?
A. Studio ARXX was born in Rome in 2009, after years of play and competitions with great national studies and interanzionali we decided to try to put on our space where we can finally develop our own concepts without restictions and in total freedom.We follow projects through from concept to construction and our experience allows people to monitor all stages of design through to execution and completion. We have a great expertise in temporary exhibit design and architecture, but also interior and product design, but without neglecting broader interventions such as more character as urban planning, while using space to keep us updated and stimulating people to engage. Fortunately, our work has attracted some interest and we are in contact with several companies to develop a number of our concepts further.
Q. How did get into a design architecture?
A. The idea is not to put barriers between design and architecture, basically talking about the same thing, with only scale differentiating them, both must meet functional needs and both have to have aesthetics, as an actress might… I think just continuing to take inspiration from automotive design means that our architecture is often closer to design elements and sometimes the border between the two becomes very thin indeed the intention is precisely to break this boundary and have total union between design and architecture.
Q. Would you say that your visions and models have evolved over the years? Rhino or AutoCAD? Where do you see the evolution of modeling software going these days?
A. I think it has evolved with the context… Surely there was a double evolution over time, the theoretical techniques, the conviction and general trends moving towards sustainable architecture always more than the development and evolution of drawing tools have helped me to develop my vision. I am fortunate to have worked for Zaha Hadid, a study leader in the use of new technologies and formal research.Rhino is an excellent tool, CAD is a very technical support, 3D Studio Max is an incredible tool for rapid representation of the concept, but the real future lies in parametric modeling copntrollata – instruments such as the family of applications derived from CATIA, grasshopper will improve the quality of the finished product incredibly, and simplify the construction process.
Q. Do you have a dream project that you would like to realise?
A. I wish it were possible to implement the plans of the Mini Design Award, as it would be a shame for such a project to remain only on paper. Also, with my passion is cars, I hope one day to realize the car of my dreams, sports, strictly rear-wheel drive, electric, that enhances driving pleasure, lightness ….. and asthtecially is very very cool!
Q. What do you hope to achieve in 2010 and do you think Pelime might help facilitate this?
A. 2008 and 2009 were great years for us, we won competitions, made contacts with many companies, national and international… hopefully this is the height of the previous 2010, to culminate in some concept and why not find new partners and sponsors through to Pelime!