asastudio office Berlin

An "armer aber sexy" regeneration

Year
2011/2016

Just like the other asastudio premises, the future Berlin office is the result of rapid regeneration strategies, applied in this case to an old industrial redbrick complex dating back to the early 20th century. The former Max Hasse Machinen-Fabrik buildings are in Wedding, the old working class quarter of West Berlin, and now one of the most important areas on the city's creative scene.

Come le altre sedi di asastudio, anche la futura sede di Berlino è il risultato delle strategie di rigenerazione rapida, applicate stavolta a un vecchio compound industriale in mattoni rossi di inizio ‘900. Gli edifici della ex-Max Hasse Machinen-Fabrik si trovano a Wedding, il vecchio quartiere operaio di Berlino ovest, divenuto oggi uno degli indirizzi più importanti dell’intensa scena creativa berlinese.

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Client
asastudio
Location
Berlin
Status
Completed
Size
700 sqm
Team
director of project Flavio Albanese

Flavio Albanese
founder & partner

Flavio Albanese (1951), is founder and president of Asastudio. A self-taught man whose training did not follow the more usual academic route, he began to show interest in shapes and design as a very young boy, and he gradually added many strings to his bow in all sectors of architecture and design. He has held courses at the École Polytechinique Fédérale in Lausanne and at the Art Institute in Chicago (1980), at Yale University (1983), at the University of Architecture in Delft (2005), at the University of Florida (2006), at the Fundacion Proa de Buenos Aires (2008) and frequently at the most important Italian universities. He has also held two workshops at the international summer school of the Architecture School in Venice in 2009 and 2010. He was a member of the Confindustria Vicenza committee from 1998 to 2001, the Domus Academy Scientific Committee (2004-2005) and the MIart Committee of Honour (2009 and 2010), director of the Officina del Porto di Palermo (2006-2008), vice president of the Andrea Palladio Architecture Firms International Centre (2011-2015) and president of the Fondazione Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza (2010-2016). From 2007 to 2010 he was asked to head Domus, the prestigious international architecture, design and contemporary art magazine. Together with his brother France, he founded Asastudio in Vicenza in 1987, whose projects have appeared in the most important architecture and design magazines. The Neores project was selected for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, and Asastudio took part in Venice's Architecture Biennial in 2004 and 2006. Flavio is an avid reader and bibliophile (his library, which is open to the rest of the firm, contains more than 15,000 volumes) and he is a connoisseur and collector of contemporary art. He is currently a member of the Unicredit Triveneto Advisory Board.

Franco Albanese

Franco Albanese
partner & executive director

Franco Albanese (born in Vicenza in 1958) has worked in the world of architecture and design since 1976. He graduated from the Architecture School in Venice in 1986 and the year after he founded Asastudio in Vicenza with his brother Flavio. Since then he has been the firm's CEO and Technical Manager, and this role has led him to playing his part in the creation, development and execution of the most important projects. As designer and operations manager he oversaw: the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Padua (1997); “Neores”, the production site and headquarters of Sinv Spa in Schio, Vicenza, (selected for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2003); the project for the Town Hall of the Municipality of Grumolo delle Abbadesse, Vicenza (1999); “Morimondo 17”, the industrial reconversion of the Sinv spa premises in Milan (2000); the headquarters of Margraf in Chiampo, in the province of Vicenza (2006); and the redevelopment of the “Cava di Mursia” on Pantelleria (2010). He also supervised the design of the Mestre bypass (2004), the “Rocco Forte Verdura Resort” in Sciacca, in Sicily (2005), the expansion of Pantelleria Airport (2006) and the new Rinascente in Palermo (2007). In recent years, he has increasingly concentrated on reconverting urban industrial areas, which has become a key theme of Asastudio's philosophy.

project administrator Simone Matteazzi

Simone Matteazzi
architect

Since 2008, the year he joined Asastudio, Simone has followed projects throughout their creation, from feasibility studies to the final stage. He specialises in relations with public bodies and local government, particularly as regards urban and regional planning. Since 2011, he has been working on the complex Lindower 22 project in Berlin, for which he has supervised the retrofit phase and the new construction work. Before joining Asastudio, he worked for Archistudio in Vicenza (from 2001 to 2008) and as a member of the National City Planning Institute (2003-2008). He has also taught CAD at the Pier Giacomo Castiglioni Interior Architecture Institute from 2002 to 2012. He is currently Vice President of the Ordine degli Architetti Paesaggisti Pianificatori della Provincia di Vicenza and in this role he has been a member of national architecture tender commissions. Born and raised in Vicenza, Simone lives here with his wife Giulia, an agronomist, and his daughters Maria and Anna. His favourite word is frontier, and he prefers the beach to the mountains.

team Andrea Garzotto

Andrea Garzotto
architect

Andrea is an architect who specialises in image rendering of projects and 3D models and joined Asastudio in 2007. Virtual rendering and 3D models are a key aspect of every level in architectural projects, which is why Andrea is involved in all the firm's most important projects. Besides rendering images, he also works in interior design and architectural design. After spending a year and a half in Porto, where he fell in love with black and white images, he graduated in architecture from the IUAV in Venice in 2006. In December 2012, he opened "Incipit", a collective space and laboratory for the visual arts. Andrea is a freelance photographer, and considers himself to be a precursor to selfies and a wannabee biker. Travelling is an integral part of his life and his photography. He loves the Berghain in Berlin and wines that have bubbles.

Francesco Marangoni

Francesco Marangoni
3d models & digital printer supervisor

Francesco Marangoni (born in 1982) graduated in Political Economics from the University of Verona in 2007. After working as a projectionist and usher in the historic Odeon cinema in Vicenza, he happened upon Asastudio in 2006. Here he has helped arrange and catalogue the more than 15,000 volumes contained in the firm's library. He then devoted himself to creating architectural models with a CAD/CAM pantograph and a 3D Zcorp 650 printer. Although he has founded and is involved in the production side of a small web radio station, he insists on listening to Radio3 in the models room on an analogue radio. In his free time, with variable results, he tries to indulge in his passion for reading, music and travel. From the studio library he'd borrow Codex Seraphinianus, while his favourite media is beer.

Sonia Menin

Sonia Menin
administrative manager

Sonia joined Asastudio in 2008, and her role is Administrative Manager. She received her high school diploma in accounting, specialising in foreign sales, and worked for the Vicenza branch of KWC ITALIA, dealing with administrative management and resources. Since joining Asa she has improved her skills in the field of finance and management control by taking several specialist courses, as well as by always keeping her self-taught skills up to date. She plays an active role in the firm's managerial and decision-making processes. She lives in Vicenza and spends her free time helping the family company with her husband, taking care of their two children, and practising ballroom dancing. Her role and her life experiences have made her strong, uncompromising, optimistic and stubborn.

Diana Ledo —

Diana Ledo

Giuseppe Santonocito

Giuseppe Santonocito
content researcher

Giuseppe studied philosophy in Venice and Paris, completing his research doctorate in 2006. Since 2007 has managed Asastudio's communications, dealing with new acquisitions for the Library and taking part in key concept and project philosophy planning. From 2007 to 2010 he was a regular contributor to Domus magazine, providing articles, research and reviews, as well as working as editor on the books section for several editions. Before joining ASA, he was assistant librarian at the Museum of Modern Art in Ca' Pesaro in Venice (from 2001 to 2005). As a freelance copywriter he has produced concepts and text for various projects, working with the digital storyteller Felice Limosani on “Il sole sui tetti” 2011 and 2012, with the Fondazione Gaetano Marzotto for the Progetto Marzotto 2013, and with Intertrade Group and Agenzia del Contemporaneo for Pitti Fragranze 2014. He was a tutor at the summer workshop of the Architecture School in Venice in 2009 and 2010. The often exceedingly loud music blaring through his AKG headphones includes Radiohead (and never Coldplay), he loves wide open spaces that aren't very city-like, such as Berlin, and he prefers red wine to white.

Partners
Heim Balp Architekten
Images credits
Andrea Garzotto

The western district of Wedding is considered to be an area of contemporary Berlin with great prospects, a place where many public and private organisations, both cultural or otherwise, are deciding to invest and set up their headquarters.  This buzzing atmosphere has been aided by the existence of large reclaimed areas of industrial archaeology and by its focal position with excellent public transport connections to the city centre.  All this has led the City of Berlin to pick Wedding as one of the best places for testing an ambitious programme of redevelopment through culture.
The future asastudio office will be at 22, LindowerStrasse on the second floor of a very interesting building known as “the cathedral” and is just a small part of a diverse project that has involved retrofitting the imposing and intriguing redbrick industrial complex.  
The redevelopment work in this case too adhered to the philosophy of rapid regeneration, through low-definition operations that have kept interference and reconstruction work to a minimum, leaving traces of the past and the renovation work as visible as possible.The Berlin office will be one of the main spillovers from the Lindower 22 cultural project, aimed at turning it into a research, experimentation and production district for contemporary culture.

Il quartiere occidentale di Wedding è considerato un distretto di grande prospettiva della Berlino contemporanea, il luogo in cui molte istituzioni pubbliche e private, culturali e non, stanno decidendo di investire e di installare le proprie sedi. Questa fervida atmosfera è stata favorita dalla presenza di grandi spazi di archeologia industriale recuperati, e da una posizione baricentrica e ben collegata al centro città attraverso i mezzi pubblici. Tutto ciò ha indotto la Municipalità di Berlino a individuare in Wedding uno dei luoghi più favorevoli per sperimentare un ambizioso programma di riqualificazione attraverso la cultura.
La futura sede di asastudio si trova in LindowerStrasse 22, occupa il secondo piano di un edificio molto particolare, denominato “la cattedrale”, e rappresenta soltanto una piccola porzione del multiforme progetto che ha portato al retrofitting del solenne e affascinante complesso industriale in mattoni rossi.
Le operazioni di recupero degli spazi hanno seguito anche in questo caso la filosofia delle strategie di rigenerazione rapida, attraverso interventi a bassa definizione che hanno limitano al minimo le azioni di manomissione e di ricostruzione, lasciando il più possibile visibili le tracce del passato e gli interventi di ripristino.
La sede di Berlino sarà uno dei principali spillover del progetto culturale Lindower 22, destinato a diventare un distretto di ricerca, sperimentazione e produzione per la cultura contemporanea.

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