asastudio office Milano

A regeneration story


Asastudio has always demonstrated a special vocation for retrofitting and converting abandoned industrial spaces. The offices in Milano too are located in a former factory where rapid regeneration strategies were adopted.
The Milan premises are one of the first and most frequently quoted cases of large-scale industrial retrofitting in Italy: the conversion of the former Faema factory in Via Ventura in the Lambrate area.

Asastudio ha sempre mostrato una particolare vocazione per il retrofitting e la riconversione di spazi industriali in disuso. Anche la sede di Milano si trova in un ex edificio produttivo sottoposto a strategie di rigenerazione rapida.
Lo studio di Milano fa parte di uno dei primi e più citati casi di retrofitting industriale su larga scala realizzati in Italia: la riconversione della ex-Faema in via Ventura, a Lambrate.

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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 Nicola De Ponti

Nicola De Ponti

team Simone Cordara —

Simone Cordara

Andrea Marlia —

Andrea Marlia

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.

Giulio Pugno Vanoni

Giulio Pugno Vanoni

Giulio was born in Milan in 1968 and went to the Parini high school, graduating from the Faculty of Architecture in Milan in 1997. During his time at university he travelled to Seville to study at the Escuela Tècnica Superior de Arquitectura. He also founded the Associazione Ventisette during that period. After graduating, he moved to Barcelona, working first for the Manuel de Sola Morales firm and then the Carlos Ferrater firm. From 1998 onwards, he began working with various architecture firms both in Italy and abroad, bidding in national and international tenders, including: the new stadium in Algiers, 1st place for Studio Beretta in Milan; Zaragoza railway station, 1st place for the Carlos Ferrater firm (built in 2005); the new Pantelleria airport, 1st place for ASA Studio Albanese 2005 (built in 2011); the new Officine Panerai headquarters in Neuchatel, in Switzerland, 1st place HPV design (founded with Simone Hybsch in 2008).In 2000 he opened a branch of Asastudio in Milan, where he works to this day. In 2006 he founded the firm S27 with Caterina Battistini, which works on architecture projects both in Italy and abroad. Thanks to his wide-ranging training, Giulio is skilled at managing projects in their entirety, from feasibility checks to design, implementation and on-site management. One of his favourite places in Milan is the cloister of Santa Maria delle Grazie at the end of winter, and if he hadn't become an architect he would like to have been an explorer.

The asastudio site in Milano is located in one of the pavilions of the lively industrial complex of the former Faema factory in Via Ventura in the Lambrate area. Via Ventura was the first example of large-scale post-industrial retrofitting, a frequently quoted and much discussed case history in specialist magazines and in debates about architecture that shows how work of this type can have a positive effect on cities.The three levels that the offices cover are noteworthy for evidence of the raw, primary materials, such as the black wood flooring, open brickwork and steel frames. The only major alterations were the straight arcade that runs between the building and the garden, with a spectacular aerial walkway, and the cool glass structure that runs all around the building, with a total floor area of around 300 m2.  Besides the asastudio offices, the Via Ventura premises also houses a two-floor residential unit, a guest area, and an art gallery.

Il sito milanese di asastudio occupa uno dei padiglioni del vivace complesso industriale dell’ex-Faema, in via Ventura a Lambrate. Via Ventura è stato il primo esempio di retrofitting postindustriale su larga scala, una case history molto citata e discussa sulle riviste specializzate e nei dibattiti sull’architettura, che dimostra come operazioni di questo tipo generino effetti positivi sulla città.I tre livelli su cui si estende lo studio si distinguono perciò per l’evidenza dei materiali crudi e primari, come il legno nero al pavimento, la struttura a vista del fabbricato in mattoni e gli infissi  in acciaio. Uniche manipolazioni significative sono lo spazio interstiziale della galleria  lineare, ricavata tra la struttura dell’edificio e il giardino, e attraversata da una scenografica passerella aerea, e la serra fredda che corre tutto intorno all’edificio, per una superficie complessiva di circa 300 mq. Oltre agli uffici di asastudio, la sede di via Ventura ospita anche un’unità abitativa dislocata su due piani, una foresteria e una galleria d’arte.

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