The Plus Theatre

STONELAND PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION BY PLATFORM

Ever since ancient times, natural stone has always played a fundamental role in a great many contexts, especially architecture. Thanks to numerous testimonies handed down to us across history, it is evident that natural stone is a timeless material of astonishing beauty, a protagonist in ancient and modern times alike

Through a photo gallery dedicated to 15 contemporary projects created by international architectural firms, the Stoneland exhibition – curated by Platform Architecture & Design and staged in The Plus Theatre in Hall 10 – seeks to testify that despite the passing of centuries and the evolution of society, mankind has never forgotten this important material that continues to play a vital role in our lives. The architects engaged for these 15 projects will attend Marmomac on the stage of The Plus Theatre to talk about their approach to natural stone in architecture.

curated by: Platform Architecture & Design

Design firms

WHO THEY ARE

05 AM arquitectura

Spain

05 AM arquitectura have carried out projects both for public administration, public competitions and private commissions, having a vast experience in the last one, either in interior renovations or new constructions. Their work is always a result of a dialogue, trying to understand and to shape the needs and wishes of their clients, to reach coherent results that express clearly the quality of spaces, lights and materials. Their aim is to adapt themselves and overcome any previous constraints to make the most out of each of their project, designing comfortable and quality spaces and go beyond client expectations. Throughout their professional trajectory they have received numerous recognitions. 05 AM arquitectura team is formed by intern collaborators and an extensive network of highly-specialized consultants on different areas.

123DV

Netherlands

123DV is founded by Liong Lie in 1999 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands with the goal to create a sense of home in a modern villa. Its international team of passionate architects, interior designers and engineers has designed and realized more than 60 high end private modern villas in The Netherlands and abroad. 123DV Modern Villas focuses on both architecture and interior. From product design to realization. Their disciplines include architecture and interior design – from kitchens to furniture. A modern villa, in their opinion, does not only consist of the outside. It is precisely the connection between the inner and outer world that is important. Because people’s identity is key for the design, every project is an exciting journey. The designs include a minimalist high end Villa in the Dutch forest, a luxury holiday villa in Marbella, Spain surrounded by water, a modern villa in Tehran, Iran on a mountain slope.

Alexander Owen Architecture + Interiors

UK

Founded by two ambitious old friends Richard (Alexander) Bridges and James (Owen) Webster, Alexander Owen Architecture + Interiors is an award winning design studio and creative agency with a simple passion – to enhance everyday experience by design. A combination of extensive technical knowledge coupled with a thirst for exploring conceptual ideas allows them to deliver beautifully tailored buildings as well as bold, creative and engaging installations. Having first met at school in 1993, Richard and James later crossed paths at art college as well as university. Following their degrees they worked together for renowned architect Lord Norman Foster. Looking to work more closely with clients and end-users led them to seek work with different, smaller design studios across London, gaining them a wide range of experience and differing expertise in the field.

Álvaro H. Félix Studio

Mexico

Álvaro Hernández Félix graduated from the School of Architecture of the Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City in 2004. He is a founding partner of ROW Studio since 2004 to 2020. He has a Master degree in Real Estate Development Projects from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City in 2012. Since 2018 he has managed to lead a team of architects, engineers and other creative professionals, when the Mexico City-based office was founded; with projects realised in México, Spain, France and the USA. He has been a four time recipient of the Merit Award of the Best of Year Awards of Interior Design Magazine in Nueva York city in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and a 2021 Honoree of the same prize. His work has been published by the most important design magazines like Frame, Surface, Designboom, Dezeen and Wallpaper. Álvaro H. Félix Studio is a different kind of architecture, it stands for exploration and emotion, for technical refinement and an informed position. They focus on fundamental aspects of architecture, the relationship between people and space, the experience, the way they live the place where they stand.

Attn Attn Architecture & Design

Usa (NY)

Attn Attn Architecture & Design PLLC is an award-winning, full-service architecture and interior design studio based in New York City with specialties in high-end residential and bespoke commercial design. Studio interests include inventive space-making, refined material applications, and crafted construction detailing. Attn Attn is directed by Egbert Miles Chu, AIA, a Registered Architect in the states of California and New York. Egbert has served on the Design Faculty at Parsons/The New School for Design and at the New York Institute of Technology. He holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University. Egbert is a LEED Accredited Professional.

De Meester Vliegen

Belgio Fiammingo

De Meester Vliegen is an architectural office founded by Tine Vliegen and Tom de Meester, both graduated from the Henry van de velde architectural institute. The office is situated in antwerp, Belgium. They mainly build high end residential houses for which they design the architecture and complete the interior as at total concept. The focus in these projects goes to the high quality spacial design and the pureness of form. They always materialize their buildings and interiors with natural materials and use their texture and colour to create the right atmosphere. They never pretend to invent new architectural forms or concepts, they design what they think is relevant for their clients with their own architectural vision. And so creating their own signature style which tries to be calm, pure and timeless with an high level of detail and finishing. They find their inspiration in “classic” modernist architecture and the “minimal wave” of the nineties.

Fabio Mazzeo Architects

Italia

With twenty years of experience and a significant international presence, Fabio Mazzeo Architects designs and creates extra-ordinary spaces. Villas, mansions, offices, fine hotels, yachts. Leading the team is the charismatic architect Fabio Mazzeo, until 2018 creative director of Exclusiva, and now of the multidisciplinary studio Fabio Mazzeo Architects. Fabio Mazzeo Architects takes care of projects from the macro to the micro level, from the architectural structure to the interior design, to the objects, to the furniture, to the site-specific decoration of the interior surfaces. It is a holistic vision that translates into unique and tailored designs expressing new forms of beauty, all timeless and exciting for those who live and experience them.

Gancikov Architecture & Design (GA&D)

UK

Gancikov Architecture & Design (GA&D) is a boutique architecture practice based in London specialising in residential and commercial architecture since 2012. As well as providing a complete design and construction management service, the practice provides a personalised service and methodological delivery throughout the design and construction process and has also acted as local architect for other designers and architects operating from abroad.

Gustavo Guimarães Architecture & Urbanism

Portugal

Gustavo Guimarães (Porto, Portugal, 1977) graduated from Faculty of Architecture of Lusiada University of Porto (FAULP) in 2001. He worked at Oma-Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam, developing several large-scale projects including the New Jeddah International Airport in Saudi Arabia, Hermitage Museum Expansion in Saint Petersburg, Russia and New Court Rothschild Bank in United Kingdom among many others. In 2010 established Gustavo Guimarães Architecture & Urbanism, an international studio focused on developing simple, enduring and thoughtful designs. The studio is situated in the center of Porto. Currently developing several projects in the city, they respect their context and heritage and build on the traditions of Portuguese architecture.

KAAN Architecten

Netherlands

KAAN Architecten is a Dutch architectural firm with over 30 years of experience in context-specific, timeless designs spanning a broad range of scales and typologies. Their body of work consists of civic, renovation, and infrastructure projects as well as cultural, educational, and urban developments for private or public clients. Widely acclaimed, the firm has been honoured with numerous international awards for architectural excellence. Vincent Panhuysen is one of the founding partners of KAAN Architecten, who spearheaded their major works including the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, Amsterdam Courthouse and the Crematorium Siesegem. He is a frequent international lecturer, with a focus on themes of contextuality and dialogue with the surroundings.

Kupershtock Architects

Israel

Kupershtock Architects is an Israeli based architectural practice based in Jerusalem. The firm is led by Architect Yaron Kupershtock and currently employs 5 full time architects from all around the world, each selected for their experience, design aesthetic and drive. The practice provides full architectural design services, from concept design stage to construction supervision, from interior to urban design and environmental installations. Since its formation in 1996, Kupershtock Architects has successfully undertaken and completed dozens of projects in Israel, noticeably, 2 hotels in Jerusalem city center, a culture center and the ‘or-Sameach’ Yeshiva Academy. Among their projects are numerous examples of buildings executed within and above existing historic buildings, as well as in sensitive archeological sites. Yaron Kuperstock is also dedicated to exploring the correlation between Israeli environmental art and the Jewish cultural heritage.

Mousavi Architects (MA)

Iran

Seyed Jalil Mousavi, born in 1973, an architect since 2001, founded Mousavi Architects (MA) in 2011. He has a doctorate in architecture in the field of phenomenology and has been a member of the academic faculty of the university since 2002. MA is a research-oriented design studio committed to social, economic and environmental sustainability and aims to consider architecture in a two-way relationship with the city and as a human and place-oriented environment. One of the other goals of this studio is trying to co-exist the bio/spatial model to respond to the contemporary features of society. So far, MA has won many awards, such as the architect award in 2013 and 2017, the first biennial of Iranian architecture and interior design in 2014, and the Mirmiran award, and also participated in the 2015 Venice Biennale in the Iran Pavilion and the exhibition of contemporary Iranian architectural works in Tokyo 2018.

NONAME 29

Spain

Architect Alfredo Payá Benedito, born in Alicante, Spain, in 1961, is a winner of different national and international competitions, his built work has received awards in many occasions, pointing up the award prize coacv in the years 1996 and 2001, Camuñas prize for younger architects in 1996, Architetti prize in 1998, selected in the V, VI, XII, Biennal of Spanish Architectture in the years 1999, 2001 and 2013, has been finalist of the VI edition of the Mies Van der Rohe, European prize of Architecture, and FAD prize 2019. He has organized seminars and workshops in diverses architectural meetings in Spain and others foreing Countries. His complete work has been reviewed in different publications and national and international exhibitions. He Has been chosen for the Biennal of Venezia, in 2000 and 2002 representing the Spanish Pavillion. At the beginning of 2006 founded the noname 29/strong> office, where he develops his work at present.

Patricia Bustos Studio

Spain

Patricia Bustos Studio was born with a very clear vocation to do new and different things, always looking to add value and with creativity and beauty as maxims when designing. According to patricia, it is through the search for that beauty that we shape our homes, it also improves the human experience and puts us in a good mood. From the studio they carry out interior design projects for private homes, hotels, restaurants, offices or stores. They publish their projects in the most prestigious interior magazines and have been 1st Prize CasaDecor2018 for “Best Space” and “Most Photographed Space”. The studio’s aesthetic proposal are always exciting, bright and avant-garde interiors inspired by past eras but with an eye on the future.

Studio Anne Holtrop

NL/Bahrain

Anne Holtrop (1977/Netherlands) started his own practice in 2009. Currently the offices are based in Amsterdam (NL) and Muharraq (BH). In 2015 the first two major buildings, Museum Fort Vechten and the National Pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain, were completed. Recently realized is the Customs House in Manama, the Qaysariya Suq and Green Corner Building in Muharraq. The studio has completed new stores worldwide for Maison Margiela with flagship stores in London, Paris, Osaka and Shanghai, and is currently working on several Unesco listed heritage buildings in Muharraq: Murad Boutique Hotel and Siyadi Pearl Museum and in Riyadh the MiSK Art Institute. Anne Holtrop is an associate professor at the ETH in Zurich. For his practice he received in 2007 the Charlotte Köhler Prize for Architecture by the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation, in 2016 the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize and in 2019 the Aga Khan Award.

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