The work of
the office is mainly concerned with the project of contemporary city.
The investigation on the form of the city and an understanding of architecture as a tool to critically address the relations between society and physical space characterize the office design research
The point of view is that architectural practice should turn its attention from the design of autonomous objects to an expanded operating field, working on relations among multiple levels of spatial organization, (architectural definition of collective space, settlement criteria, infrastructure framework, ground morphological structure, open space network) concurrently dealing with diverse dimensional scales, contrasting the traditional scaling down approach (from the general to the particular).
This has been the main interest of a continuous design research, began in the 1994, and particularly tied to the following topics:
1. the design investigation on the spatial structure of contemporary city based on the preponderant role of the open space and its morphological characters. The open space physical structure as a mean to work with difference and to set new relations among the heterogeneous "materials" of the city as well as among its parts (Pianscairolo, Liubijana, Rovereto, Dajeong, Macopenspace)
2. the design of the residential habitat as an opportunity to investigate and express the collective dimension of the city. Degrees of transition between private and public, individual and collective, open to the view and secluded, are the focus of our attention in the housing project. (Rovinij, Grenoble, Izola,)
3. the design of large scale scenarios as a challenge to enunciate a spatial concept that orient the construction process of the city in time, according to a recognisable form that is able of dealing with a multitude of programs. A scenario is the outcome of a grammar based on the articulation of elemental architectural devices and their relations to specific conditions such as infrastructure network, urban density, ground surface, pre-existing imprints (Sejong, Milano, Pian Scairolo, Geneve)