The new Franco Noero Gallery in Via Mottalciata in Turin is the result of reconverting an old body shop into a contemporary gallery with a delicate touch, adopting rapid regeneration strategies.
- Galleria Franco Noero
- 860 sqm
director of the project 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.
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 Giacomo Tomasini
Giacomo is an architect and joined Asastudio in 2006. As a designer, he has tackled a wide range of architectural themes, which is no small achievement with Italian firms today. The long list of projects he has taken on includes the new exhibition centre in Vicenza, the Hybrid Tower in Mestre, the tender for the A31 North motorway, and the Noero Gallery in Turin. Before joining Asastudio, Giacomo worked at other architecture firms, while also teaching at the IUAV in Venice from (2004 to 2012) and at the MIUR (2014) as a lecturer in geometric and architectural design. He is a fan of typography and his favourite book in the Asa Library is "The Loser" by Thomas Bernhard. At the moment, he's probably listening to The Acid Kings on his headphones.
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- Galleria Franco Noero
The project involved reconverting the areas of a former body shop from the ’50s by precise retrofitting, in an attempt to remain as close as possible to the original atmosphere of the building. The architectural work was restricted to recreating the minimalist mood of a contemporary exhibition space, where the white walls typical of a white box sit side by side with the traditional structure of the building, in its original function as a workplace. Rapid regeneration strategies were adopted for this project too.