The design of the residential complex seeks a symbiosis between architecture and landscape, where the synthesis of artificial and natural elements is allowed to define the quality of life and the sense of belonging of the inhabitants.
The interface between building and garden becomes the field where interaction between people and environment takes place.
In line with ever changing developments in contemporary living, this porosity makes the 107-unit residential complex an evolving organism in perpetual change, stimulating the dynamic exchange between architecture and nature.
The architecture of the museum aims to create a new landscape morphologically rooted to the ground, through a partially
hypo-epigean space that integrates the museum into the hill through continuous coverage with the existing topography.
The relationship between architecture and landscape is emphasized in the interior spaces of the foyer and the cafeteria framing the view outside, as if seen through a telescope. An inner spiral as a promenade architecturale accompanies visitors fluidly to the roof top, which is conceived as a belvedere overlooking the park and the city. Throughout the museum, the boundaries delimiting exhibition-plaza-garden will be defined by their final users.
The project foresees the regeneration of an historical residential building situated alongside Clapham Common Park in London. The approach has required a critical revision of the historical building that was originally created for a very different way of life, with sensitivity to and respect for Victorian features and methods of construction, enhancing the relation between the internal space and the existing gardens.
The design approach for the Nuovo Ospedale dei Bambini di Parma synthesizes health and functional needs with perceptual and psychological issues. The strategic choice was to recognize some spaces of the internal distribution as "Space Joints" between the inside and the outside. These Space Joints offer the opportunity for visual exchange with the outside through the perception of change of natural phenomena.
The renovation of the former Cinema Roma was designed by re-setting the existing building in the context, searching continuity with the adjacent trees that characterize the urban axis of Via Tanara and Viale Barilla and the nearby Falcone and Borsellino Park.
This approach has defined a type of organic façade where the plant material becomes a “natural sunscreen” that consists of a system of steel ribs that overlaps the building.
Milan. OBR is to reveal its new concept Cellulae at Euroluce 2013, the international lighting sector exhibition held during the International Furniture Fair in Milan, 9-14 April 2013. Cellulae is a living structure able to produce, exchange and transform energy and has been created for leading Italian manufacturer Danese. An open system, built on a series of modules, Cellulae creates energy and captures it locally, absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Euroluce 2013, Fiera Internazionale del Mobile di Milano Artemide, Nord Light, Danese Pad. 11 Stand C19/C29 – D16/D28.
Rome. ENERGY exhibition at MAXXI in Rome, OBR presents the project “Right to Energy”. The exhibition will be open to the public from the 22nd of March 2013 until the 29th of September 2013. The project investigates the space where energy exchanges take place, from extra urban to urban, from collective to individual, with the objective of enhancing the landscape. The purpose is to reveal the landscape and promote a renewed sense of community. We imagine a new form of democratization of energy. Everybody can transform and exchange energy, which will be finally accessible to all.
Accra. Launch of HOPE city project designed by OBR and promoted by Roland Agambire, chairman of RLG Communications. HOPE city is focused on Information Communication Technology as part of the national development policy framework turning Ghana into an active player in the international scenario. HOPE city is a vertical city, with Offices, Housing, Public Facilities and Sport Amenities, which will create jobs for 50,000 people and host 25,000 inhabitants. The project aims to promote the sense of community, sharing common values in common space, connecting social and environmental sustainability.
OBR, Paolo Brescia, Tommaso Principi with Güldeniz Dagdelen and Güzin Konuk, Seher Demet Yücel, Sezer İnan win the design competition for Cesme Waterfront, Turkey. The project aims to revitalize the city of Cesme,
re-naturalising the coast and enhancing or the benefits of the natural phenomena: wind, sea and sun.
The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design has announced OBR as 2012 Green Good Design Award winner for the Milanofiori Housing Complex. Green Good Design - founded in Chicago in 1950 - identifies the world's most important examples of sustainable design developing a public awareness program.
OBR, Margherita Del Grosso, Openfabric, Marco Manzitti, Buro Happold, D'Appolonia and Doro Dietz win the international design competition for Via XX Settembre in Genoa. The project is the occasion for Genoa to create new spaces to live "the city within the city",generating urban gravitational attractors for the inhabitants.
Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi of OBR are the Overall Winners of the 2011 LEAF Award (Leading European Architects' Forum). In its ninth year, the LEAF Awards honour architects designing innovative solutions that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural community. Previous winners include Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, SOM and Steven Holl. OBR has been recognised by LEAF for their project: the Milanofiori North Residential Complex, which also won in the category of The Residential Building of the Year.
OBR has been awarded the IN/ARCH prize for for the project of the Pythagoras Museum as the best realized project designed by an architect under 40. The project is the result of the international design competition won by OBR in 2003 with investment by the European Community.
The central theme of the project is the creation of a science park dedicated to Pythagoras who founded the Pythagorean school in the Kroton region in the VI century B.C. The project has a dual goal acting at global and local level: the promotion of the city in the international circuit of cultural tourism, and the urban renewal of the outskirts. The award ceremony was held in Rome on 24th May 2011 at the ANCE headquarters.