THOM BROWNE MILANO

Rational proportions

Year
2017

The first European Thom Browne flagship store opened at number 10 in Via del Gesù in the heart of Milan.

Il primo flagship store europeo di Thom Browne è stato inaugurato a Milano al numero 10 nella centralissima via del Gesù.

In Italiano

Client
Thom Browne New York
Location
Milano
Status
Completed
Size
120 sqm
Team
director of the 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 Anna Tozzi

Anna Tozzi
senior interior designer

Anna joined the firm in 1982 after graduating from art high school. She has made her own contribution to Asastudio's growth and development, helping shape its distinctive style and sensibility. An interior designer with a particular flair for design and colour, Anna has always been interested in interiors, the spatial arrangement of items, and proper and elegant proportion between tones and volumes, working on projects from their concept to their design, coordination with suppliers and relations with clients. Today she is one of the pillars of Asastudio, and the point of reference for the most important interior design choices. Over time her colour palette has concentrated on soft shades, and the colour she undoubtedly uses most is beige, in all its tones. Anna loves nature, animals, baggy, warm cardigans and monographs by Liagre, both for pleasure and necessity,

team Francesco Tosetto

Francesco Tosetto
architect

Francesco was born in Vicenza in 1986 and graduated in Project Cultures from the IUAV University in Venice in 2016. In 2008 he began working on a collaboration that continues to this day with Carlos Campos, a lecturer in Design and Representation at the University of Buenos Aires, helping design the Argentina pavilion at the 11th Biennial of Architecture. In 2009 he helped draft The Madrid Project , an urban analysis plan by the Perez Arroyo architects' firm in Madrid. In 2011 he worked with EMBT on the design of the Italian pavilion at the 52nd Biennial of Art. Today Francesco helps teach the course Architectural and urban composition by Prof.Sara Marini, at the IUAV University in Venice. He joined Asastudio in 2016, and has worked on the Hybrid Tower in Mestre and the Lido Resort in Venice projects. He is interested in contemporary art and philosophy, and is a snowboarder and basketball player. He would like to have lived in Imperial Rome and from the firm's library he'd choose OMA's S, M, L, XL.

Filippo Zampese

Filippo Zampese
architect visualizer

Filippo was born in 1984 and became an architect when he graduated in Construction Architecture from the IUAV in 2010, specialising in Digital Architecture for his master's also in Venice in 2010. He joined asastudio in 2015 and he deals with 3D design and models, prototyping, rendering, and post-production of images and videos. Before arriving in Vicenza, he worked in Maastricht at SatijnPlus Architecten, in Milan for Cino Zucchi Architetti and in Rome for Fuksas Architecture. When he's not designing, Filippo is a musician and composer for the band A New Silent Corporation, with whom he has recorded two albums of post-rock instrumental music (Everything Is Exactly As It Seems, 2009; Odyssea, 2016). He plays electric guitar (for which he has a collection of pedals that he doesn't know how to use) and piano. He loves dogs and hates people who talk on trains, which perhaps explains why he would like to have been an astronaut.

Images credits
Henrik Blomqvist
Website
www.thombrowne.com

The project involved the refitting of an historic single-storey building, laid out across five rooms covering a total of 120 sqm. The mood was inspired by the strict proportions of Italian between-the-wars rationalist architecture, but it also comprises elements of ’50s America office spaces, reinterpreting and combining aesthetic codes of the old and the new continents. The materials and decor are a kind of mini-catalogue of sober elegance, with poured terrazzo flooring, grey Bardiglio marble walls, steel Venetian blinds on the windows, and a selection of continental furniture from the turn of the century.

Si tratta di un intervento di refitting di un edificio storico che riguarda uno spazio su un unico livello, articolato in cinque differenti ambienti, per un totale di 120 metri quadri. Il mood dell’intervento è ispirato alla rigorosa proporzione del razionalismo architettonico italiano tra le due guerre, ma recupera anche elementi degli offices spaces americani degli anni ’50, rivisitando e combinando insieme riferimenti estetici del vecchio e del nuovo continente. I materiali e gli arredi costituiscono un piccolo catalogo di eleganza sobria, con i pavimenti in gettata di Terrazzo, le pareti in marmo Bardiglio grifio, le veneziane su finestre in acciaio e una selezione di arredi continentali di inizio secolo.

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