Exciting, fluid, functional.This is the language that distinguishes Marco Piva’s architectural creations, product design and interior design. The effort in material research and technology, the value of differentiation,the design innovation, lead the establishment of Studiodada Associates, whose production becomes one of the most representative of the period of Radical Design. In the ’80s opens Studio Marco Piva, whose work ranges from large projects to architectural interior design, to industrial design. A traveler and a designer, an innovator who is educated in rational approaches, Marco Piva studies and creates design solutions which are pervaded by stylistic freedom and compositional sobriety. If you’re a Best Interior Designers reader, you might notice a regular theme that we have been writing so far, regarding to “Top Interior Designers” or “best interior designers of the world” if you wish!
BIOGRAPHY: THE MEN BEHIND THE MYTH
Marco Piva graduated in architecture at Politecnico di Milano and founded STUDIODADA in 1977, that was one of the main design offices of the radical period. In 1990 he opens his own brand, Studio Marco Piva, with activities ranging from large architectural projects for tourist facilities, to interior design, masterplan and finally industrial design.
From 1987 to 1990 was member of the Presidential Board of Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI), the Industrial Design Association. In 1987, Marco Piva also founded IDA, International Design Agency,an Italian interface for a World Design Network system. In 2001, a variety of experiences in strategic consulting in the field of design and hotel hospitality culminated in consulting with the hospitality division of * (Italian) Federlegno – Arredo. In 2002, “Atelier Design” was established, the Studio’s atelier which was created as a centre for industrial design research and development.
Meantime, this remarkable activity has been combined with teaching positions at universities and design institutes both in Italy and abroad, and the organisation of the post-graduate Master’s degree program at the Politecnico di Milano, the Polytechnic School of Design and the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan.
BACKGROUND & REALIZATIONS: BEST PROJECTS
Porto Dubai, Dubai
Porto Dubai is a well studied and designed project where Marco Piva has invested his creativity and flair, with medium to low density edifices carefully distributed over the territory. An in depth study into the architecture, both its aesthetics as well as its function must be rigorous and exhaustive, ensuring that the architectural solutions are perfectly adaptable and coherent to the site and its environment. The inspiration is the Mediterranean, however expressed in a contemporary and modern language, where the latest technology and the most recent construction techniques are applied.
Hotel Excelsior Gallia Milan, Italy
The renovation and expansion of the historic Excelsior Hotel Gallia, in the heart of Milan, is part of the broader process of urban redevelopment of Duca D’Aosta Square.
The plot design is inserted in the process aiming the refurbishment of the overall area surrounding the Central station. An international investment fund of Qatar have bought the hotel, with the intention to upgrade it into a five star luxury hotel. After an international selection, Studio Marco Piva has been appointed to develop the architectural project. Later, it has been required to design also the interiors.
The new architectural design developed by Marco Piva configures a complex where the historical building, fully restored, is joined to a new contemporary designed building. The main aim of Studio Marco Piva is to combine hotels’ requirements, internationally oriented, keeping the key brand elements of a city like Milan: style, fashion and design.
Mirage Hotel, a luxury 5-star hotel with a business orientation. Its original schematic architecture – developed by a Yugoslavian engineering company – has been revised and expanded by Studio Marco Piva, which is also responsible for all the hotel’s interiors. The hotel, featuring 109 rooms, basically consists of two blocks linked by a plinth, developed on two floors, containing public areas. In this project the fundamental concept is the offspring of the idea of “mirage” and “illusion”. Each area then features a key theme, a specific concept, on which the design idea is based.
BEST ARCHITECTS OF THE WORLD
Without doubt, Piva is one of his greatest architecture works, which gave him the label of “best architects of the world”, the collaboration with Studio Marco Piva (one of the best Milan architects), Yuhang Cultural and Art Center.Based on the client’s brief, 5+1AA, Studio Marco Piva and Arup developed a design concept based on the idea of dynamical forms, able to define functional interlaced spaces but also modulated, to strongly interact with the environment reacting to natural or artificial lights, generating visual surprises and reflection effects.
The inspirations came from History, Local culture, Art and Nature. The client requirement were for a forward-looking project, that at the same time consider the public and commercial needs. The project had to be a landmark of Linping new town, and one of the most influential public areas of Hangzhou: an artistic cultural center that integrate architecture, water system, plaza, green space with an advanced managing experience, making sure about the sustainability of the overall project.
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