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Frigerio Design Group A Journey in Slow Architecture

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SESV Spazio Espositivo di Santa Verdiana
Florence, 5-27 October 2006

publication year: 2006
paperback
150x150 mm; 48 pp.
45 colour illustrations

88-7461-089-0 Italian/English

“Enrico Frigerio’s research does not involve any muscular posturing, and is not driven by the need to stand out by resorting to minimalist or virtuoso solutions. The buildings draw attention and are appreciated for their sense of reasonableness and balance, which envelops them with discreet elegance, making them impalpable protagonists of the space in which they are sited. The architectural works of the Frigerio Design Group are part of the environment, into which they dissolve to create a very personal and extremely precise poetics of disappearance” (Marco Brizzi).

This book is the catalogue of a touring exhibition which opens at Florence’s SESV Spazio Espositivo di Santa Verdiana. It includes a short piece by Frigerio and an essay by Marco Brizzi, and illustrates eight projects developed by the studio: the ‘ecological’ stands of the Imola motor racing track, the RAS office building in Milan, the multi-functional gymnasium in Giussano, the project for the new Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne, the office building and factory of the Sambonet company in Orfengo, the project for the new OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference) headquarters in Jeddah, the electric power station in Sparanise and the ‘photosynthetic’ neighbourhood in Vercelli.

Enrico Frigerio was born in Turin in 1956. He studied architecture at Genoa, where his degree thesis supervisor was Enrico Bona. In 1982 he started work at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, where he assisted on various projects, including those for the underground stations in Genoa (1983) and the redevelopment of the Lingotto industrial complex in Turin (1983-89). In the course of this experience he met the humanist engineers Peter Rice and Tom Barker. In 1986 he decided to strike out on his own, founding the Frigerio Associati architecture and design studio, a practice organized on a teamwork basis. Five years later, in 1991, he set up the Frigerio Design Group, whose primary goal is quality and an environmentally friendly approach. He first participated in international events in 1981, at the Sofia Biennial and the Milan Triennial. His Slow architecture for living, a manifesto of the studio’s work, was published by Skira in 2005.