Sky One – Toulouse Blagnac Airport – Blagnac 1 Zone

Toulouse, France

program: Construction of offices and activities (R+6) with data center, restaurant, gym, spaces for soft mobility and roof-top on the site of the Toulouse Blagnac airport (Blagnac Area 1)

total area: 11 402 m2
lot 1A: 6 020 m2
lot 1B: 5 382 m2

co-working: 5 000 m2
work café and restaurant: 705 m2
soft mobility spaces: 315 m2
offices: 3 510 m2
gym: 900 m2
data center: 972 m2

client: Toulouse Métropole
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with
landscaper: Woodstock Paysage
energy recovery: Dalkia Smart Building
environmental engineering: Ginger Burgeap – E-Nergy
economy control office: Cyprium
Programming and marketing: CBRE
contractor: EM2C
energy labels and certifications: HQE, E + C- (Positive Energy and Carbon Reduction Building) targeting an E2C1 level

images: ©Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Diorama
Sky One, an iconic, elegant, simple and virtuous building.

To understand the existing dynamics and the potential future of a site is a crucial step in the construction of a transformation project.
Furthermore, we studied the entire area before considering, more precisely, the two parcels 1a and 1b proposed in the “Dessine moi Toulouse” tender, whose main goal was to create urban devices capable of evolving over time and space, driving force of innovation and development for the adjacent context.
The goal of the project is to design two volumes, autonomous in their identity but in constant dialogue between each other. The two volumes on Floor 6 consist of an active base with a height of 4.5 to 5 floors of offices / co-working spaces and a parking level in the basement that reaches the number of parking spaces imposed by the PLUiH. Green and animated terraces on the 1st and top floors complete the composition of the built volumes.

The Corner
Milan, Italy

The Plan Award, 1st prize in the “Renovation-Future” category (2019)

program: Redevelopment of the Generali building positioned between Viale della Liberazione and Viale Melchiorre Gioia in Milan.
area: 17 500 m2
model floor plan: 1 700 m2
parkings: 4 400 m2

client: Generali Real Estate S.p.A. Società di gestione del risparmio, Fondo Mascagni
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with
structural and services engineering: FOR Engineering Architecture
security during design and execution phases: Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia, FOR Engineering Architecture
contractor: CGG – Gilardi Costruzioni
energy levels: Classe A, LEED Gold

photos: ©S.Anzini
“The Corner” project involves the redevelopment of a building of the 1970s, property of the Generali Group, and located on the corner of Viale della Liberazione and Viale Melchiorre Gioia in Milan.
The existing building presents itself as an articulated and complex body to bring back to life through a new identity.

The “actions” of the project can be distinguished in:
1. overlay of two floors of the existing building;
2. reconstruction of the facades of the existing building, including the fronts towards the inner courtyard and those of the lower body;
3. redevelopment of the ground floor, including the porches and the shelter on Melchiorre Gioia;
5. implementation of new terraced areas both on the roof of the building and above the lower body on the inside of the court;
6. redevelopment of the building’s plant system, through the use of renewable sources and high-performance systems with low power consumption.
7. achievement of Class A and LEED Silver certification
8. adaptation of the building to the seismic and fire regulations currently in force.

Brunelleschi project

Novoli, Florence

program: Construction of a directional building for Findomestic in the former FIAT area in Novoli, for a total gross floor area of 18.000 sqm and a capacity of 1400 work stations, which can be extended to 1800
gross floor area: 18 000 m2
net usable area: 7 800 m2

client: Novoli Immobiliare SpA
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with
landscape design: Michelangelo Pugliese
services engineering: FOR Engineering Architecture
lighting design: Alfonso Femia/AF*DESIGN with IN-VISIBLE lab
economy control office: FOR Engineering Architecture
energy levels and certifications: nZEB, LEED Platinum

images: ©Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Diorama

The proposal for the new directional building on Viale della Toscana in Florence summarizes urban planning, architectural and design themes related to the interior fit out which must be able to transform themselves in an opportunity to give shape to a new representative and efficient building.
AF517’s proposal defines a project capable of reading a context in transformation, but already characterized by the strong volume of the “Palazzo della Giustizia” that the new building will have to be able to confront itself with.
The idea is based on a concept that has origin in the definition of a large central green courtyard in continuity with Novoli’s park, which recreates a natural context of strong impact and capable of increasing the quality of the office spaces and to strongly characterize the building.
At the center of the courtyard, on the ground floor, the circular shaped volumes of the common services such as the canteen, the hall and the cafeteria will be arranged; all around the curtain of the 5 floors of offices will face the new gardens.
This system defines the grammar of the facades: the one towards the street, more institutional and rigorous, and the one towards the interior of the courtyard, more transparent and useful for defining a direct contact with the external spaces.
A large, full-height cut characterizes the northwest corner of the courtyard. This “interruption” of the curtain of the building allows to highlight a sort of “remarkable point” which allows, on one side, to perceive the large green space of the courtyard even from the street, and on the other, to highlight the new entrance to the building, directly from Viale Guidoni, which is the point of major visibility of the new building.
Attention towards sustainability issues is expressed through the use of fully recyclable materials and furnishings, through the use of renewable energies and passive strategies for the thermal control.
A contemporary building, with a strong architectural character, capable of making the most out of the peculiarity of the area: an urbanized context, with the presence of important natural elements that can affect the quality and image of the new office spaces.

The Light Gate iGuzzini
Milan, Italy

program: New iGuzzini showroom and offices
area: 1000 m2

client: iGuzzini

photos: ©S. Anzini
The project consists in the realization of the new iGuzzini showroom in Via Brera, 5. The entrance from Via Brera gives access to a large hall, where the furnishing elements have been specifically designed. From the hall you can access the meeting rooms and the office areas. With the new wooden and resin staircase you have access to the floor at an altitude of +1.20 where the operating offices are located. In the basement a large lounge to be equipped for events and conferences for about 90 people, directly connected to the bar. Through the connective element one reaches the Light Experience, where the light experiments are located.
Office building in Rome

Rome, Italy

program: Restoration of the office building on Via Veneto 89 in Rome
total area: 20 776 sqm
floor area: 11 426 sqm
offices: 6 385 sqm

client: Prelios SGR
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with
structural engineering: Milan Ingegneria
services engineering: Openprogetti Ingegneria
Ieed-breeam: Energo Group

images: ©Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia

The project for the redevelopment of the building on Via Veneto in Rome confronts itself with a historical context of great importance and with an iconic building from the early 1900s. The building is characterized by “its exterior architecture which reflects its modern style while harmonizing with the surrounding environment that imposes grandeur and a severity of lines and masses” which the renovation project intends to restore in order to enhance the work of architect Broggi.
Over time, Broggi’s architecture has undergone variations concerning not only its external facades, but also the spaces related to the internal courtyards. From a volumetric point of view, the entire central courtyard has been freed from the volume, present on ground floor, mezzanine and first floors, by making the exedra that had been incorporated within the building’s volume re-emerge.
The courtyard returns to its former glory and becomes a fundamental element for the quality of the internal office spaces. The east courtyard (the small courtyard) is also freed from the presence of two elevators, which are relocated to more functional points, offering the possibility to redefine the original volume of the building and, in this case, to guarantee better quality of the interior spaces of the offices.

J1 L’Odyssée, the Underwater City
Marseilles, France

program: Redevelopment of the J1 building in Marseilles – an underwater city dedicated to Blue Economy with research, training and exhibition spaces; gourmet market, hotel, retail, sport spaces, offices and services
total area: 46 611 m2
gourmet market: 1 840 m2
sports & spa: 1 970 m2
offices: 11 401 m2
training spaces: 3 830 m2
gestione / concierge: 1 040 m2
exhibition spaces: 1 150 m2
hotel: 6 060 m2
retail spaces: 2 050 m2
body of water: 250 m2
underwater city: 10 920 m2
restaurant: 1 100 m2

client: Grand Port Maritime de Marseille
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with Carta Associés, Jacques Rougerie Architectes Associés, Christiane Schmückle-Mollard
design: Ora Ito
lighting design: Alfonso Femia/AF*DESIGN with SNAIK – Yann Kersalé
engineering: BG Ingénieurs conseils – EDF
economy control office: R2M
promotor: DCB International
contractor: FAYAT Bâtiment
energy levels and certifications: label One Planet Living, label BBCA (Bâtiment Bas Carbone) Rénovation 2018

images: ©Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Diorama

Marseilles is connected to its sea, the Mediterranean, through an axis that connects north to south there where its harbour turns towards east and looks west.
To the west, the horizon and many other that are created during the day according to the parabolic trajectory of the sun that accompanies us until sunset. The harbour, with the characteristic profiles of its port infrastructures, concentrates to the west its most emblematic structures, of which J1 is one of the last extraordinary examples.
The project is a continuous research for dialogue with the light that turns towards the horizon, penetrating between J1’s structure and the suspended volume of the underwater space. J1’s horizon is that of the sea merging with the sky and of the sky merging with the sea. Feel it, discover it, experience it at different levels, through different worlds, from the city to the harbour and from the harbour to the sea; these are the feelings that guide all the phases of our project, always looking for this suspension between water and air or between sea and sky, in an always clear relationship between the value of heritage, of the « existing », of J1, the public space, the harbour, the exploration space and the underwater one.
Finally, this project minimizes the amount of ground occupied by the building. The new project is partly conceived as a “underwater” volume, with more intimate spaces destined to discovery and contemplation. And then, a suspended space destined to a more collective dimension, always exploring the horizon and the city. In the middle, the empty, transparent and permeable space brings continuity with the public space of the city.
Fendi: New Center of Excellence

Capannuccia, Bagno a Ripoli (FI), Italy

total area: 37 000 sqm
floor area: 26 707 sqm
industrial area: 11 300 sqm
directional area: 2 100 sqm

client: Fendi
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with Metrogramma s.r.l.
landscape designer: Michelangelo Pugliese
structural engineering: BMS Progetti s.r.l.
services engineering: BMS Progetti s.r.l.
environmental engineering: Franck Bouttè consultants
synthesis of the technological aspects: FOR

images: ©Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Diorama
The project aims to stage movements, always sending them back to the heart of the project, the Fendi square.

The area must be consolidated from a landscape point of view, given the nature of the land around the current production site. Consolidating, conveying and managing the waters, redefining a landscape structure that can restore continuity and identity with the surrounding landscape, these are the founding actions of the project which are divided into three acts:

– the excavation / nature that shapes itself and “flows” from bottom to top, drawing open spaces, areas, gardens and clearings;
– the horizontal line that establishes a unique relationship with nature like a horizon line that appears and disappears according to the topography of the land. A single-storey layer with a constant height that adapts to the section lines and houses the functional program;
– the “points d’appel” / vertices that dot the sky and landscape.
Terminals of objects that – with their industrial dimension and light nature – capture light, and reflect it like lanterns in the landscape, unique elements that will be perceived in different ways according to the position in the surrounding lands.

The project is made of visual sequences, paths, and spaces. Each area, from the parking lot to the multipurpose space, has its very own relationship with nature, with the landscape.
The imprint highlights the current state of the area, its characteristics and the need to secure it within the landscape. In this way, the ground plane is created where the parking lot and road system can “disappear”, creating a world suspended between the sections of the land and the volumes that emerge from it.

The loading and unloading area is bounded by the new natural section of the ground that bears a direct relationship with the section of the hill. A full-height arcade becomes a filter, a support, a space between inside and outside.
The variable-geometry perforated aluminum sails are modeled on wing-shaped profiles that lean on the beams, creating a distended space but always in scale with its function.

A semi-open space, near the inventory loading and unloading volume, in continuity with the production warehouse and the sample collection warehouse, close to the Vault, to the quality control, … is all contained within the parking lot and the truck access area, in order to reduce horizontal and vertical paths.

CPF videos
Capannuccia, Bagno a Ripoli (FI)
©Inside The Whale AF517

Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia presents the project – developed for the competition organized by Fendi – for the new center of excellence in Florence and image of the Atelier(s)’ founding principles: responsibility in the relationship between territory, environment, work and production spaces. Light, matter, and human dimension.

The project is built through visual sequences, paths, and spaces. Each area, from the parking lot to the multifunctional space, has its very own relationship with the surrounding nature, creating a world suspended between the different land sections and the volumes that emerge from it.

“There are places that direct your gaze, guiding you in search of lines, and traces, that are hidden or partially visible.” AF

A project by Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with Metrogramma, Michelangelo Pugliese, FOR Engineering Architecture, BMS Progetti srl, Franck Bouttè consultants.
Gioia 20
Milano, Italy
total area: 32 000 m2
client: Coima SGR spa
images: ©Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia
Gioia 20 is located in a new area of Milan where a project must simultaneously respond to different themes, while interacting with the city and bringing new value to it.

We have chosen to fullfill each of the fundamental themes of a project: program, functionality, sustainability, urban relationships and their rules, and, of course, architecture. each of the fundamental themes of a project: program, functionality, sustainability, urban relationships and their rules, and of course architecture.
The building conquers its highest vertical dimension, distinguishing itself in different ways according to its various facades and, consequently, to its relationship with the context. Extremely vertical towards west, volumetrically enclosed between a vertical line and a diagonal line towards south, stratified to the east.
A surface that gradually becomes a line and ends in a point, rarefying towards the sky, becoming one with it.
The sequence of floors alternates along the vertical and the diagonal, in a series of double or triple height collective spaces (meeting rooms, break areas, etc), like glass boxes placed on the gradient line where the surface is treated with ceramics, in continuity with Gio Ponti’s tradition and heritage.
A will to set the perception of the tower on a line between interior and exterior, in a unique condition of visual relationships with the city and the landscape.
New BNL-BNP Paribas headquarters
Rome, Italy

Smart Building Prize in the “Tertiary-Offices” category (2017)
Iconic Awards, winner of the “Best of Best” (2017)
Archmarathon Awards, 1st prize in the “Workspace” category (2017)
The Plan International Awards, 1st prize winner in the “Office/Business” category (2016)

program: Construction of the new BNL – BNP Paribas headquarters in Rome including offices, restaurants, a kindergarten and an auditorium with 300 seats
Total area: 85 000 sqm
Built area: 75 000 sqm
Parking area: 16.000 sqm
auditorium: 400 sqm
number of seats in auditorium: 300
company canteen/restaurant: 1 825 sqm + 365 sqm (kitchen)
number of seats in canteen/restaurant: 430
kindergarten: 980 sqm

client: BNP Paribas Real Estate Development spa
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with
structural engineering: Redesco srl
services and environmental engineering: Ariatta Ingegneria dei sistemi srl
coordination and executive design: Starching – Studio Architettura e Ingegneria
urban planning consultant: Arch. Annalaura Spalla
general contractor: PGC Parsitalia
energy levels and certifications: Classe A

photos: ©L.Boegly, ©S.Anzini
ceramic model photographs: ©Ernesta Caviola
ceramic model: Danilo Trogu
book: “The Sky of Rome”
The building comes formally to take on a symbolic value that is found in the following characteristics that define its “body”: the floor plan, linear and gently warped to the west through the writing of a variable sequence of broken lines; the choice of not wanting to create a “front and back” but a compositional score capable of creating amazement and wonder at the “metamorphosis” of the building, which will always be perceived in a different way thanks to its ability to react to the light at different times of day on different days of the year; the articulation of its functions, composed according to a principle of horizontal stratification, in a classic sequence of base; (“collective” functions or, better, that interface with the public), elevation (the predominant functions/ offices), the crown (the unexpected and unique space and its relationship with the sky); the entrance hall, highlighted according to a horizontal and vertical relationship thanks to the identification of a “union-separation” that becomes a “transparency-terrace” for four levels and reveals the Mazzoni water tank, an original and still intact element.
M. Beghi Civic Library
La Spezia, Italy

Archdaily Awards / Building of the Year ’19, shortlisted in the “Cultural Buildings” category (2018)

program: Recovery of the former Fitram area, 1st lot on the south side to use as a library
total area: 4500 sqm
floor area: 1746 sqm

client: Comune di La Spezia
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with
structural engineering: FOR Engineering Architecture
services and environmental engineering: ProgeTec
security consultant during design phase: Studio Russo

photos: ©S.Anzini, L.Boegly
The proposed intervention is the creation of a new urban “center”, propulsive and functional according to the will of the Administration to re-create a place that provides meeting spaces, reading and entertainment. The program includes the creation of a living space in which to host a small auditorium, a reading area for children, the administrative center, and the offices for the library in addition to the archives and the rooms dedicated to the book reading and consultation.
The idea of ​​this challenging but fascinating project comes from the belief that reading and culture, if identified with a dedicated place, can become an opportunity for growth, training, socialization. The project was immediately thought as a device of connection and sharing, of perception and rediscovery.
Our intention was not the one of an overlapping abuse, to go alongside by denying, but to report the pre-existence, by inserting the interior with the exterior, of the urban landscape with the territory.
Everything is developed according to a grammar of design that emphasizes the identity of the individual parts and the relationship between them with radical honesty: the relationship with matter, the enhancement of the main characters in her, from the independence of interventions designed as “actions” in space and for the space, the “architectural promenade” that will accompany the use of this space as a discovery of existing buildings and their context.
Business Park
Bab Ezzouar, Algérie

program: realization of residences, hotel, offices, entertainment center, stores
total area: 10 170 m2
floor area: 32 000 m2 SDP

Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with SEETA Smail Belgacem

images: ©AF517 & ParisRenderstudio
The project is located in the new development area of Bab Ezzouar neighbourhood – a zone in extension, in the south-east of Algiers and next to the international airport. The site – in length – is developed towards the south and faces the main street of the neighbourhood and, beyond, the railway. The Bab Ezzouar station is closed to the project. On the oppposite, in the north, the site faces another plot that can be built; the latter is, in the east, in contact with the main street of the neighbourhood and the highway going from the airport to the center.
The longitudinal configuration of the site determines the long shape of the built volume. The program structures the volumetric composition. The double height of the commercial space on the ground-floor creates a base on which the five volumes will be placed. The facade on the west, visible from the highway, is caracterised by the high volume of the hotel. In the center, the two volumes ot the leisure center and the offices are embed themselves. Towards the east, the system ends with the two volumes of the extended-stay hotels.
The possibility of the 48-meter-height maximum lets the creation of a volumetric profile that is really various and rich of visual openings; it creates a relationship between the facades.
The dialog between light and shadows, main element of the Algerian architecture, is told through the re-elaboration of the Mashrabiya: solar protections with ornements in an Eastern style. The project reinterpretes them and stylizes them in a contemporary way. Each part of the program will have a homogeneous texture – different in terms of geometry but coherent in terms of matter: a light bio-dynamic concrete that can be realised in panels with the desired geometries, with the insertion of local stones. This is the way – in terms of technical and building characteristics – to bring innovation in the project of Bab Ezzouar neighbourhood.

Redevelopment of the Colbert building

Marseilles, France

program: Redevelopment of the Hotel de Poste Colbert building with offices and company restaurant

floor area: 14 500m2 SDP

represented by: La Direction des Achats siège de Poste Immo
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with
structural engineering: Langlois Etudes Ingenierie
services engineering: Garcia Ingenierie
acoustic engineering: Peutz & Associés
engineering and consultancy in collective restaurants: Alma Consulting
economy control office, CIU and asbestos removal: R2M Economiste
fire safety – accessibility: Casso et Associés

images: ©Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & CC79
wooden model: ©Stefano Rossi Modelli

The Hôtel des Postes is a particular place in the historical urban context of the 19th century-Marseilles, connecting Avenue de la République (north-south axis) to the radial system of the east-west districts. The most visible facades of the building are the monumental one, located on the Place de l’Hôtel des Postes side, and the narrow one, situated on the Place Sadi-Carnot side. The urban fronts, associated with the building’s main entrances, create the unitary dimension and the identity of the building, and also redefine the roles and the influence of each of its parts.
Although its nature is homogeneous and compact, the building presents a complex composition, made up of several architectural entities. The presence of three building bodies is underlined by the classic relationship between full and empty; the built volumes are organized around three courtyards that punctuate the routes in the building. Although living in a single body, these spaces react differently to the new program and the relationships between inside and outside.
The actions of the project arise from reading and analyzing the potential of the existing building, from the desire to respect its intrinsic structure and to enhance its balance and rhythms, both spatially and formally. The new architectural language and the proposed spatial organization combine strength and awareness and come from the very nature of the building. The fabric of the existing is respected, both in the organization and the rationalization of interior spaces. The axes, the symmetries, the existing architectural language become the basis of the new interventions. The visual relationships between interior and exterior are declined in different and specific ways for each of the three parts of the building.
The spaces facing the courtyard of the former Post Office are mainly meeting rooms or social spaces.
Those overlooking the large central courtyard have a transverse character, they open perspectives towards the city, the public space.
The system set up around the small courtyard is more introverted and more intimate, comparable to an interior perimetric movement.
Respect for the existing heritage and the need to develop a specific program leads us to develop an effective, radical, harmonious, and integrated response. The outer envelope is kept and valued. The demolitions, punctual and targeted, concern only additions and volumes without historical interest inside the courtyards.
The unchanged perception of the exterior of the volume in its symbolic monumentality, the rediscovery of the spatial sequence of the three courtyards, and the renovated spaces of the building allow us to understand and experience new relationships between the existing and the new construction.

New Port authority HQ
Savona, Italy

program: preliminary, definitive and executive design for the new seat of the Port Authority of Savona
gross floor area: 4.412 m2
floor area: 3.262 m2
exterior area: 1.826 m2

client: Autorità portuale di Savona
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with
structural engineering: Autorità Portuale di Savona
services engineering: Studio Ingegneria Gaminara

photos: ©L.Boegly, ©E.Caviola
ceramic model: Danilo Trogu
The building has a straightforward composition articulated through two fi gures of simple geometry: “the rectangle-bridge”, a horizontal element, with an internal courtyard on to which the most public places face (the doubleheight foyer, the cafécanteen, the public space and meeting place), and the “square”, a vertical element, housing the workspaces and the most representative areas (meeting rooms,
management and general office). The connecting elements, ramps, stairs and corridors that link the various functional areas of the building have been designed to have an expressive and representative appearance.
The building has two entrances, the fi rst opening on to the marina, made of glass and sinuous shapes that communicate with the rest of the building which is characterised by a linear appearance, by very sharp corners; the second entrance (on the opposite side of the railway), seemingly more austere and for service purposes, hides inside a stairway in an articulated triple-height form that opens on to the courtyard and terrace. From the fi rst entrance, via a ramp, are reached the public space, the meeting space, the café-canteen and the open space of the outdoor courtyard and terrace. It is possible with the use of the walls and mobile elements to transform this sequence of environments (double height, internal and external) into an exhibition or event venue. Through two corridors, which look out on to the open courtyard on one side, on the other on to the service areas (at a depth of 5.20m), the port railway line is crossed by bridge to get to the tower, the pulsing heart of the architectonic intervention, exceeding the limit of the railway below. The tower, at every level (seven in total) develops with great distributive simplicity, with a central core structure (which houses distributive and service areas) and a corridor ring which is looked on to by the offi ces 5.20m deep. This very simple volume of the tower (23m x 23m) ends on the top three floors with variations on three sides, marked with protruding elements, created to host the meeting rooms and the most representative environments.
BCD14 directional
Building 14
Brescia, Italy

program: Requalification of the former “ex comparto Draco” industrial area in Brescia

client: Regolo srl, Draco srl
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with
structural, services and environmental engineering: Ai Engineering srl
contractor: Costruzioni Sandrini srl

photos: ©L.Boegly

The building 14 was designed to be used as a directional building. It has been thought as a building on the scale of the project. Its dialectis is directly connected to the housing buildings and turns its gaze towards the horizon of the former industrial area of Brescia. Yet, the building 14 keep its own identity, in the relation with the city and the park, and dialogs with the matter.
The temptation – too easy – leading to the regular “failure” of the contemporary is to proceed by episodes, fragments, objects – sometimes new – in a kind of “mother liberating everything” who failed her mission and made us slaves. Slaves of a desire to tell always more – even if we have nothing to say, out of the roles of responsability, generosity, sincerity. This process created the archisurfer… legitimate son of the pseudostar or the desire to become a star. Which link can be existing between our architects work and the stage dimension and the star!
The architect, architecture must become responsibility, imagination, reality, dream; be able to create a dialog with places and people. The little building 14 – apparently isolated – looks for, thanks to its vertical superposition made of empty and full spaces, the revelation of insights, looks, relation systems (cantilever volumes, transparent double height, continuous terraces…). Each of its “movements” wants to be the beginning of a dialog with the place, the inside and the outside: its perception and its staging.
Matter now becomes light, colour, transparency, reflexion; it makes the volume to change in its urban relation so that it can become a “hopperian” back of the park, where the stratification of the recent “landscapes” built speaks of a reality between the end of a century and a new millenium. Always without any consciousness of the sins and the culpability.
Nice Ecocité
Nice, France

program: Construction of an office building with a private 80 spaces parking lot and a public bicycle parking with 380 spaces
total area: 12 000 sqm

client : Constructa Promotion
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with Pietri Architectes
structural and services engineering : Sudequip
environmental engineering : Green Affair

images: ©Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Scriptogram
Our project develops through the research for balance with the context. By improving the quality of life in this new urban space – for example through the creation of shared architectural spaces, a technical ground floor, the articulation of an empty space as a moment of breath and visual connection between different floors – we wanted to propose a design solution that was based on the magical realism of this area, so well described by Cézanne, Matisse and Monet. A responsible response to the place.
The project plan envisages the construction of a 12,000 sqm office building which will be directly connected to the future multimodal airport hub.
Reference point within the landscape, it participates in the creation of the identity of the place. True interface between the tramway and the SNCF network, its structuring into program levels will provide a logical and coherent response to needs.

In order to do this, the project is based on several basic concepts:
– the building as a body – which lives, breathes, vibrates, weighs, desires;
– the dialogue of materials, uses, eras – the polyphony;
– wonder for the unusual, natural elements are staged – air, earth, light;
– the phenomenology of space – a work on feelings, sensations, the warmth of feelings favored over the coldness of intellectuality.
These principles that have accompanied us throughout our reflection have brought to light the project developed for the construction of a tertiary complex in Lot 3.3 of the Eco-City in Nice.
Italian space agency
Rome, Italy

Honorable Mention at “The Plan International Awards”, “Directional Buildings” category (2015)

program: Construction of the new A.S.I. (Italian Space Agency) building in Tor Vergata, Rome
area: 28.600 m2

client: Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation, SIIT Lazio
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with Annalaura Spalla
structural engineering: Camillo Nuti
geology and geotechnics: Donatella Pingitore
contractor: SAC – Società Appalti e Costruzioni spa

photos: ©E.Caviola
architectural model photos: ©S.Anzini
ceramic model: Danilo Trogu
The theme of the project is the search for equilibrium.
A formal equilibrium based on dissociation.
A building formed by different functions, a series of different bodies, needs to be built through a composing process involving the bodies themselves and the interstitial spaces, shaping the circulation system and the connections.
The search for Synthesis, proper to the creative-projecting process, has to face this dilemma and solve it.
Maybe thanks to a metaphor.
The absence of gravity is the metaphor of this project: a joyful floating which suddenly founds a momentary balance.
It is a dissociated balance, not based on symmetry, nor on weight balancing. It is based on masses suspension, representing a perceiving system of movement and connection.
The black of the buildings, of different materials, but uniform, increases the feeling of not-belonging and the perception of a mysterious balance.
A few unexpected, almost magic elements – such as a series of conic skylights, a path ending in the water, a forest of coloured pillars, inspired by Daniel Buren, the reflecting effect of geometrically perfect but interrupted bodies… – generate a sense of disorientation, increasing the effect of surprise of this complex and paradoxical balance. A building that catalyzes the centripetal power of self-revelation of the landscape through its fragments blacks, existing
Horizontal tower
Milan, Italy

International Award “The Chicago Athenaeum” for “Best global project” (2011)
RE Awards for “Best directional project” (2009)

program: New Sviluppo Sistema Fiera spa directional buildings in Rho, Milan gross floor area: 21 000 sqm
built area: 4 800 sqm

client: Sviluppo Sistema Fiera spa
Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia with Pietri architectes
roads and infrastructures, structural engineering: IQuadro Ingegneria
services engineering: AI Engineering, AI Studio
contractor: Italiana Costruzioni spa

photos: ©E.Caviola

The new building is characterised by the colour gold, whose preciousness refers to the theme of sunlight and its reflections, the capacity to create an atmosphere of transparency, opacity, reflections and semi-transparencies with its surroundings, within the territorial perspectives crossing the area at different speeds and at all times of day.