June 2nd, 2014


Place / Milan – Italy
Year / 2014 – 2016
Type / Cultural multifunctional facilities
Status / Under construction

Laboratorio Permanente is working on the renovation of an early XX century Milanese building.
As this structure will accommodate different cultural activities, the aim is to make these spaces as adaptable as possible.
The concept indeed wants to underline and amplify the features and peculiarities of each room. They will be a sequence of locations, different in geometry, natural or artificial light, materials and colours, and will form an architectural promenade along the whole building.

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May 29th, 2014


Place / Reggio Emilia, Italy
Year / 2014
Type / Urban research for Biennale Architettura Venezia 2014
Status / Completed

The landscape has no rear.
The ambiguity of Mediopadana Station and the birth of a potential landscape.
Big infrastructures generate areas of exclusion, backgrounds seen through the windows of the means of transportation that pass through them, bubbles of emptiness between exits, between stops.

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March 25th, 2014


Place / Moscow, Russia
Year / December 2013
Type / Conference set up
Status / Built

Set within Gorky Park’s Shigeru Ban building, winner of the Pritzker Price 2014, the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture commissions Laboratorio Permanente and Ekaterina Golovatyuk the temporary set up of a conference room and bar.

The main concept of the design is to create an artificial landscape that generates two different spaces: the stage in front and the bar in the back.
The upper balcony is the in-betweener that joins the two areas below. The goal is to create a flexible space for performance artists that were the real clients of the space.


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March 12th, 2014


Place / Correggio Emilia, Italy
Year / 2012 – 2013
Type / Education
Status / Built

The Covered Garden is the extension of a private kindergarten, the result of the donation of the Recordati family, in Correggio Emilia in the province of Reggio Emilia, a region that has turned innovation in the relationship between didactics and architecture into a trademark.

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February 27th, 2014


Project / The covered garden
Article title / Living inconvenient places
Author / Chandra Livia Candiani
Year / September October 2013

“This space is much more than a physical extension, and it can contain much more than that marked out by its own boundaries – it is a space of potential and capacity”
These words by Marco Biraghi describe the “unexpected” in architecture and are the prologue to the article about the Covered Garden in Correggio, a project of a kindergarten by Laboratorio Permanente – Abitare Magazine No. 535.

– link to the project


February 20th, 2014


Place / Shanghai, China
Year / 2013 – 2015
Type / Luxury retail
Status / In progress

In the heart of Shanghai French Concession, where embassy buildings and old gardens are located, 49,000 sq.m. of mixed use building have been designed. Four levels of luxury shopping mall are enriched by creative offices, art galleries, hospitality and event and f&b spaces. The project’s aim is to create a city within the city where a complex system of squares, gardens and pedestrian paths are interlaced. Pre-existing old buildings are at the side of contemporary architecture in a surprising sequence of old and modern spaces. The luxury hotel has been set on the top floors facing the garden, in front of the old water tower. Every hotel room is provided by private balconies and terraces, a swimming pool with a transparent floor on the top of the building lights the 15mt high hotel hall transforming the main interior space into an extraordinary experience.

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February 5th, 2014


Place / To be announced
Year / 2014
Type / Commercial
Status / In progress

The project’s aim is to create a modular bakery applicable to any context. By using traditional bakery building materials, such as wood, marble and tile, the project assembles an iconic design that can be set in any space, in any location. This microarchitecture has been designed in four different sizes that have the same design approach. The client is looking for the perfect location in a European city.

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December 29th, 2013


Place / Milan, Italy
Year / 2013
Type / Residential
Status / Built

A new concept window that connects two parts of the house divided by a terrace. The new part of the house has a new extension towards the terrace formed by a bay window, with access to the outdoors, where one can stay and sit in a privileged relation with the outdoors terrace.

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August 25th, 2013


Place / Dublin, Ireland
Year / 2012
Type / Urban research
Status / Completed

The project research “West Side Strategy, a part for the whole” developed for RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland) and EFAP (European Forum for Architectural Policies), deals the actual issues of the city and formulates strategies based on urban renovation promoting city enrichment and densification programs. Read the rest of this entry »


August 25th, 2013


MAXXI – Roma
26 June – 20 October 2013
MoMa PS1 – New York
27 June – 26 August 2013

The Springing Maxxi project by Laboratorio Permanente is exhibited at the MAXXI in Rome.
The exhibition is realized as parte of the YAP architectural program for promoting the young international architects and is shown at the Moma PS1 in New York, Costructo in Santiago de Chile and in the Museum of Modern Art of Istanbul in Turkey.

– link to the project

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