The Studio

Founded in 1996 by Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini and Monica Tricario, Piuarch works in the field of architecture, ranging from the design of office and retail buildings to the development of residential complexes and cultural recovery and urban renewal works, with attention constantly given to the values of environmental quality and the relationship with the context. Piuarch is internationally known for its collaboration with some of the major international fashion brands, including Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Fendi and Givenchy, alongside of which it has always experimented with social projects. The winner of the “2013 Italian Architect of the Year” prize and of two Gold Medals for Honorable Mention at the Milan Triennale, the studio has been exhibited several times at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and has obtained numerous publications and dedicated monographs.





Competitions First Prize


2017 / New Fendi Factory, invited competition for the construction of a multifunctional complex in Bagno a Ripoli, Italy 2017 / Expansion of Brioni Headquarters, invited competition for the new mail hall and façade of the headquarters in Penne, Italy 2017 / Redevelopment of Hotel Ambasciatori, invited competition for the design of the new façade of the building in Florence, Italy 2016 / Palazzo Broggi, invited competition by Fosun International for the redevelopment of the former Unicredit complex in Milan, Italy 2016 / Latteria Sociale Valtellina, invited competition for the redevelopment of the diary store in Postalesio, Italy 2014 / Enel Pavilion, invited competition for the design of the pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy 2013 / IDF Habitat Headquarters, competition for the design of the new head office in Champigny-sur-Marne, France 2007 / Collegio di Milano, design competition by Fondazione Collegio delle Università Milanesi for the expansion of the existing student housing 2007 / Riva del Garda Congress Centre, design competition by Patrimonio del Trentino Spa for the redevelopment and expansion of the Congress Centre in Riva del Garda, Italy 2006 / Quattro Corti, invited competition for the redevelopment of an historical site in St Petersburg, Russia 1999 / Social spaces in Rione Cavalleggeri, design competition by Municipality of Naples for new public spaces in Naples, Italy 1999 / Ansaldo City of Cultures, design competition by Municipality of Milan for the new museum of cultures in Milan, Italy (with David Chipperfield)



2017 / CNCC Deep Renovation & Design Award, prize for the redevelopment project of CENTRO*Arezzo awarded by the Italian National Council of Shopping Malls 2013 / 2013 Italian Architect of the Year, awarded by the Italian National Chamber of Architects in collaboration with MAXXI Museum, Rome 2012 / Gold Medal for Italian Architecture – Honorable Mention, prize for Bentini Headquarters awarded by Milan Triennale 2009 / Gold Medal for Italian Architecture – Honorable Mention, prize for D&G Headquarters awarded by the Milan Triennale 2006 / Emerging Architecture Awards – Honorable Mention, prize for D&G Headquarters awarded by The Architectural Review 2003 / Young Award – Selected, prize by the National Academy of San Luca 2003 / The Prince and the Architect Award – Selected, prize by Municipality of Milan 2003 / Twenty project for a school in Bagno a Ripoli – Selected, prize by Ecoscuola 2002 / European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza – Selected 2001 / Bauwelt Preis – Selected 2000 / European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza – Selected

Other Competitions


2016 / Banque Libano-Française (BLF) new headquarters, Beirut, Lebanon (invited competition) 2015 / Telecom Headquarters, EUR area, Rome (invited competition) / Multifunctional complex with Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Moscow, Russia (invited competition) / Unipolsai Headquarters, Milan (invited competition) 2014 / Civic centre in Isola-Garibaldi district, Milan / Residential Building in via Pichi, Brioschi Sviluppo Immobiliare Spa, Milan (invited competition) 2013 / New school complex in the Integrated Intervention Program in Cascina Merlata, Milan / Olympic Campus / a new headquarters for IOC - International Olympic Committee (shortlisted project) / EXPO 2015 Milano, Info Point competition (invited competition) / Competition for E3-West / E3-East Buildings in Porta Nuova, Milan (invited competition) 2012 / Refurbishment of Velodromo Maspes-Vigorelli, Milan / Building for the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Berlin / Hotel in Piazza Duca D'Aosta, Milan (invited competition) 2011 / Center for Biotechnology and Biomedical Research for Ri.MED Foundation, Palermo 2009 / Sonatrach Buildings in Algiers, Algeria (invited competition) 2008 / Cascina Merlata Masterplan, Milan (invited competition)

Common Areas

The discussion and examination of the project always continue in the common areas, with new opportunities for comparison. The spacious kitchen was conceived to promote the exchanging of ideas during breaks, to share ongoing projects among the different work groups, so that the entire Piuarch team is always informed about schedules, deadlines and results. Big work tables are spread in the studio, while the rooftop garden is an exceptional place for meetings and co-working during the warmest months.

The Workspace

The studio is located in an open space in a former industrial building that once hosted a typography business in Brera , in the centre of Milan. Here, Piuarch designs public buildings, office and residential complexes, commer - cial spaces, boutiques, shopping malls and even urban plans, with the contribution of consultants from various disciplines.Piuarch is located in the Brera district of Milan, in an old warehouse inside a courtyard that was once occupied by a typography. Occupying two levels, the office is an open space without partitions: a large open space, with big tables around which the partners work together, without a hierarchal organization of the positions within it. Fluid and continuous, the area of each floor has been designed to encourage co-working and full participation of the team members in the designing and collective discussion stages.


A large wooden table for cutting cardboard and sheets of wood or transparent plastic: in the office, architecture still maintains a strong impression of craftsmanship. The space where the study and design models are made has shelvings for holding 3-dimensional models, monographs and architectural magazines. Lastly, a materials library with samples of surfaces, coverings, fabrics, portions of façades and technical solutions covers the walls of the upper floor, creating the effect of a place where details are concretely analyzed in depth.

The Rooftop Garden

Above the Piuarch offices there is a rooftop vegetable garden, created using a modular pallet system that makes it possible to create easily assembled structures: paths wander through planted areas where vegetables, fruit and aromatic herbs are mixed with flowers to enhance its aesthetic beauty. The garden is many things in one: a project to enhance the building’s energy efficiency; a decorative landscape tool producing its own food and a new reception, socializing and co-working space for everybody working in the building.

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