“The founders of Studio 5+1AA confront the contemporary in the way they address the relationship between territory, city and architecture, constructing this relationship as a representation of reality. The perception and the transformation of reality are, therefore, the keys to a conception of architecture as both body and idea, at once real and emotional, pragmatic and sensual, acceptable and yet also capable of engendering wonder as a catalyst of new understanding.”
They first designed the University Campus of Savona, the headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior in Rome, the Palazzo del Ghiaccio e dei Frigoriferi Milanesi in Milan and the Fiera Milano business headquarters. In recognition of their research activities, in 2003 the Ministry of Culture awarded them the title of ‘Benemerito’ of the Scuola della Cultura e dell’Arte. In 2005 they created 5+1AA. In the same year they won the competition for the new Palazzo del Cinema in Venice. In 2006 they opened a studio in Milan, dedicated to the study of and experimentation on the contemporary city. Simonetta Cenci became a partner of 5+1AA. In 2007, they developed the Master Plan for the Expo in Milan of 2015. They opened the Agence in Paris together with Nicola Spinetto, who in 2009 became an associate. In 2008 they won the competition for the new Fiera Milano business headquarters, built in 2010. In 2009 they won the competitions for the redevelopment of the docks of Marseille and for the Officine Grandi Riparazioni Ferroviarie in Turin. In 2010 they won the competition to design the Generali SGR residential complex in Milan, and they also built the Museo del Giocattolo e del Bambino in Cormano, the ‘Torre Orizzontale’ in Milan, and residences in San Giuliano di Puglia. In 2011 they won the Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture for the best combination of urban activity and local integration with the project Frigoriferi Milanesi project. In the same year they won the International Chicago Athenaeum Prize for the best global project of 2011 with the project ‘Torre Orizzontale’: the Fiera Milano business headquarters.
In 2012 they completed the New Italian Space Agency building in Rome, the requalification of the former Metalmetron industrial site “Ex Officine” in Savona and the new integrated project of social housing for Aler, S. Polo Torre “Tintoretto” in Brescia. They develop in conjunction with Jean-baptiste Pietri and Christian Biechier a residential project for the city of Evry, in France. In the same year, they won the Award “Architetture Rivelate” with the Officine Grandi Riparazioni Ferroviarie in Turin and the “Trimo Architectural Award” with the project of Ex Metalmetron Area in Savona. In 2013 they completed the School complex of Zugliano in Vicenza and the IV parcel of the Headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior in Rome. They won the competitions for the rehabilitation of Ex-Fitram area in La Spezia and for the requalification of RGG Michelet complex in Marseille. In the same year, they are charged by the Societé d’Amenagement du Port de Tanger-ville for the reconversion of the Lots 4 and 9 of the Tanger Harbour.
Their project currently under construction are the IULM – Knowledge Transfer Centre in Milan, the new Port Authority Headquarter in Savona, a Residential complex in Brescia, the IV parcel of the Headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior in Rome, the New BNL-Paribas Headquarters in Rome and the requalification of the Marseille Docks. They have recently received invitations to take part in International limited competitions in Algeria, Germany and China and in both public and private projects in France, Italy, Switzerland, Morocco and Turkey.
- 2001 – International Borromini Prize – young architects section: mention – 2002 – Hoesch Design Award – special mention, Best Design Prize Cuneo Savona, 2013 – Title of “Benemeriti for Services to Education, Culture and the Arts" from the Italian Ministry for Culture – honour conferred, Oderzo's Architectural Prize, Gold Medal for Italian Architecture – 2004 – Best Design Prize Cuneo Savona – 2005 – Ligurian Regional Prize for Creativity, Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale – 2006 – Archés Prize, Gold Medal for Italian Architecture – 2007 – International Prize : « Colour : Architectural Material » – 2009 – Gold Medal for Italian Architecture, RE awards (best directional project) – 2010 – Honorable Mention in the International Urban Competition for the design of the New Miami Civic Center – 2011 – International Architecture Awards « The Chicago Athenaeum », European Prize for Architecture Philippe Rotthier – 2012 – « Trimo Architectural Award » Prize, « Architetture Rilevate » 2012 Prize – 2013 – International Award « Grand Prix » Casalgrande Padana.
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