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Top Architects | Cino Zucchi

Cino Zucchi is one of best architects in Italy! How about this to start a full report of Zucchi’s Architecture studio? Cino Zucchi Architecture studio is constantly searching new spatial solutions for contemporary life in the delicate and rapidly changing context of the European landscape. Attached to him it is the label of “Best Architect in Milan“, which he considered it as an honor, and have a goal which is to combine innovation and research with professional completeness capable of responding to complex programs on any scale and employing, when needed, a well-established net of specialized consultants. Cino Zucchi architecture studio has designed and realized many commercial, public, industrial and residential buildings, public spaces, renewal plans and master plans for agricultural, industrial and historical areas. It has participated in many national and international competitions and is active in the field of interior and exhibition design. After this article you’ll have in mind Cino Zucchi as one of the best architects in the world!

Top Architects  Cino Zucchi


Born in Milano in 1955, Cino Zucchi earned a B.S.A.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.) in 1978 and a Laurea in Architettura at the Politecnico di Milano in 1979, where he is Chair Professor of Architectural and Urban Design and member of the PhD program. He served as John T. Dunlop Visiting Professor in Housing and Urbanization at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for the spring 2013 and has been visiting professor for various universities in the past including Syracuse University in Florence, the ETH in Zürich and the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid. He is regularly invited to give lectures and sit on architectural and design juries both in Italy and internationally.

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Top Architects  Cino Zucchi (11)


Residential projects

Residential building “Ecole Hachette”, Perpignan, France (2014)

La Corte Verde di Corso Como Residential Building, Milan, Italy (2013)

Social Housing building Lot T7B1, Paris Rive Gauche, Paris, France (2012)

Cascina Merlata social housing buildings 3-4, Milan, Italy (2011)

Isola 8 Residential building, Milan, Italy (2011)

Yuntolovo Masterplan, Quarter nr.9, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2008)


Industrial and retail projects

New ENI exploration & production headquarters, S.Donato Milanese, Italy (2011)

New Lavazza headquarters with Ai Engineering, Turin, Italy (2010)

Lavazza Headquarters - Cino Zucchi, Top architect in Italy

New ATM headquarters, Milan , Italy (2010)

Renewal of the office building in via Don Luigi Sturzo, Milan, Italy (2010)

New Sedus Italia headquarters, Turate, Italy (2010)

Swiss Re Next with Buro Happold London, Zurich, Switzerland (2008)

Renovation of the Benetton shop façade, Kaliningrad, Russia (2008)

Renovation of the Benetton shop façade, Bruxelles, Russia (2008)


Urban design

Residential buildings and school group Concorde – Sector L Competition , Géneve, Switzerland (2014)

International competition “Tirana Northern Boulvard and River Project” with Buro Happold London, Tirana, Albania (2012)
Vismara area renewal plan, Casatenovo, Italy (2010)

Central Pasila Tower Area with One Works, Buro Happold London, Helsinki, Finland (2009)


Public spaces projects

Works of environmental mitigation at the entrance of the gallery Vedeggio-Cassarate, Lugano, Switzerland (2012)

Neighborhood park with Gueltrini Stignani Associati, Como, Italy (2010)

Refurbishing of public spaces in the Gratosoglio quarter, Milan, Italy (2000)

New bridge over the Adda river, Milan, Italy (1981)



*Pasila Central Tower area, Helsinki, Finland (2009)

Pasila station, a few kilometers from Helsinki center, is located in a privileged high accessibility by rail traffic and rubber, in a few years built a new subway line. Following a principle of great environmental sustainability and reduction of traffic generated by urban sprawl, Helsinki has decided to create a core area of ​​high urban density and highly functional mix (services, trade, offices and housing) close the public transport hub. In 2004, Cino Zucchi Architecture had already drawn up on behalf of the city an overall master plan for the area of ​​the railway station of Pasila given back to the city, based on which in 2006 signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Helsinki and the State Finland (Railway) for the development thereof.

Top Architects  Cino Zucchi-Central Pasila Tower Area, Helsinki- Central Pasila tower Helsinki

The work presented today corresponds to the further development of a “Detailed Plan” and two “Sample towers” for the area south of the existing bridge. The “fabric of towers” created by the Detailed Plan around an open space of high quality has the distinction of joining in each tower to the function for the lower floors and offices and residential on the upper floors. Both in terms of urban design is that of the buildings, the project addresses the full issue of energy saving and environmental sustainability of the new city, with the contribution of Buro Happold on the latest technical and material on the subject.

Top Architects  Cino Zucchi-Central Pasila Tower Area, Helsinki- Central Pasila tower Helsinki

Top Architects  Cino Zucchi-Central Pasila Tower Area, Helsinki- Central Pasila tower Helsinki

The office building U15, located in the northwest quadrant of the new settlement at Assago Milanofiori 2000, is located between the north-south road that separates the linear buildings along the highway from those that surround the new park and the largest block Residential east.The architectural effect generated by this “skin” marked by subtle changes in color from bronze to gold gives the building a strong character “vegetable” trunk or hedge with a strong chiaroscuro in large consistent with the guidelines of the plan. At the attack on the second floor of the building “skin” coating it stops according to a slightly undulating profile, revealing a continuous window below that maximizes the views of the green.

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*Lavazza headquarters, Turin, Italy

The project proposal for the new headquarters of CZA Lavazza and for the reform of the former Enel near Largo Brescia shows great attention to the history of the city and the neighborhood, as well as to the history and culture of the company. The large block between via Bologna, Largo Brescia, Palermo and course via Ancona has reformed and opened to the city, keeping the industrial architecture of documentary value. The heart of the project is a new large leafy square in the middle of the block on the axis of via Parma that will link the large building of the former ENEL with the new Lavazza headquarters.

Lavazza Headquarters - Cino Zucchi, Top architect in Italy

The office building, which communicates with the city through a large glass atrium open on via Bologna and the new square, it takes the form of a great “cloud” linking the various fronts and industrial buildings preserved and converted for new features. The ground floor contains functions in strong relationship with the public, overlooking some “theme gardens” which create a new filter between green building and city. The star schema of the horizontal makes the building a place permeable, with flexible workspaces facing towards the city and the long views of the Mole and the hills. The building is “grafted” on the existing city with great attention. The heights of the buildings and the quality of the facades – characterized by the thick texture of the brise-soleil in stone and metal accents and volume of the “greenhouse” – are carefully studied in relationship with the sun, the quality of open spaces and buildings context.



Lavazza Headquarters - Cino Zucchi, Top architect in Italy

The project communicates in multiple ways with the Turin tradition without recourse to any copy of the historical forms; references to Turin’s historic and one of its modern masters are interpreted in a contemporary sensibility, attentive to current technologies and the values ​​of life and respect for the environment. The theme of environmental sustainability, on which the Lavazza arises from time great attention throughout the production process and business, becomes one of the strengths of the project.


His essays and writings on architecture, urban design and theory have been published in “Domus”, “Lotus international”, “Casabella”, “Design Book Review”, “Arch+”, “Intersezioni”, “Bau” and in “Qa” (of which he was editor from 1989 to 1995) and “San Rocco”. He has been on the Forum of the architectural magazine “Lotus international” since 1996 and is author of the books L’architettura dei cortili milanesi 1535-1706 published by Electa in 1989, Asnago e Vender, L’astrazione quotidiana-architetture e progetti 1925-1970 (with F. Cadeo e M. Lattuada), published by Skira in 1999, and editor of the book Bau-Kunst-Bau published by Clean in 1994. He participated in the organization and exhibition design of the XV, XVI, XVIII and XIX Triennale in Milan. His work has been shown at the 6th, 8th, 12th and 13th Biennale in Venice where the installation Copycat. Empathy and Envy as Form-makers was awarded a special mention by the Jury (2012).
Together with his studio CZA he has designed and realized many industrial, commercial, residential and public buildings, public spaces, master plans and renewals of industrial, agricultural and historical areas and has participated in numerous architectural and urban design competitions nationally and internationally.

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The new headquarters of Salewa, one of the most important manufacturing firms in Bolzano, is integrated into the landscape at the point where the city of Bolzano meets the uncontaminated nature of the mountains. As well as housing new work spaces, the building aims to provide a space of interaction and communication between the company and its network of suppliers, partners and clients. The new headquarters represents a point of convergence between different elements of everyday life: from physical, social and communicative dimensions to work styles and leisure.

Salewa headquarters, Cino Zucchi and Park Associati Architecture Studio

The Salewa headquarters is formed by a series of multifaceted slabs and towers, including a 50 metre-high structure which when built will be the tallest building in the city. The project combines an electro-coloured micro-perforated aluminium skin which protects the most exposed parts of the building with a large vertical glass covering. The resulting visual effect is that of a rock crystal. The interplay between the thin sheet metal-like pillars and the delicate protective layers frame the façades and underline the contrast between the invisible and visible areas. Situated in a particular geographic location, this complex represents a place of information exchange between the dense web of material and immaterial relations that constitute the life of a modern company. Cino Zucchi collaborated with Park Associati to achieve this architecture project! Two of the biggest Italian architecture, working together for this office/commercial project! How great is this?

Salewa headquarters, Cino Zucchi and Park Associati Architecture Studio


“Architecture is a desirable void”


Top Architects  Cino Zucchi (1)


From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to the Politecnico in Milan, Cino Zucchi’s view on architecture is a global one. Professor Cino Zucchi is well known internationally for his seminars on urban architecture and his many writings on the subject. He participated in the organization and installation of Milan’s Triennial XV, XVI, XVIII and XIX, his work was also present at Venice’s Biennial  6°, 8° and 12°.  One thing is certain for a neophyte:  Cino Zucchi loves the city and Milan. The most prominent example of this is the new Milan Fair at Abbiategrasso (where the Salone del Mobile will be taking place). Although he has participated and won many international projects, Cino Zucchi’s impact in shaping the Milanese suburban landscape is crucial.



Top Architects  Cino Zucchi-Residential Tower, Park Zandweerd (3)