“Where Architects Live”

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“Where Architects Live” is an original installation, inspired by leading contemporary architects’ own concepts of the domestic space, conceived as a cultural accompaniment to the Salone del Mobile. The exhibition has been specially devised for the Salone, providing an exclusive glimpse into “rooms” designed by eight of the world’s most respected architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain/Studio Mumbai.

We use to see only the work architects do for other people and for other people’s lives. But where do architects live, or rather, what are their homes like and in what way? Exact reflections of their distinctive design styles or complete one-offs? Or something else entirely? “Where Architects Live” is a response to these questions and to natural curiosity, but it also aims to broaden the vision of domestic architecture itself.

Shigeru Ban
Shigeru Ban, who was born in Tokyo in 1957, attended at Southern California Institute of Architecture and graduated from Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1984. In 1985, he established Shigeru Ban Architects, a private practice in Tokyo. In 1995, He started working as a consultant of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and at the same time established an NGO, Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) in 1995. Renowned for his works with innovative ideas such as “Curtain Wall House”, “Japan Pavilion Hannover EXPO 2000”, “Nicolas G. Hayek Center”, “Centre Pompidou-Metz”, he is today based in his three offices at Tokyo, New York and Paris.

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Shigeru Ban's portrait

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Curved openings puncture the volume of the Tokyo home of this year’s Pritzker Prize laureate, Shigeru Ban. Located in the Hangei Forest district, the house was designed to avoid uprooting any trees and features walls made up of translucent glass blocks.

Mario Bellini
Mario Bellini is internationally renowned as an architect and designer. He has received the Golden Compass Award eight times, and other prestigious architecture awards including the Medaglia d’oro awarded by the President of the Italian Republic for his contribution to furthering design and architecture in the world (2004) and the Ambrogino d’Oro for civic merit awarded by the City of Milan (2011). He has given talks in many of the world’s great cultural centres and was the editor of the magazine Domus from 1985 to 1991. He has 25 of his works in the permanent design collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art, which dedicated a personal retrospective to him in 1987. He has held countless art, design and architecture exhibitions over the years, both in Italy and abroad. Since the 1980’s, dedicating himself almost entirely to architecture, the manifold projects he has designed include the Portello Trade Fair district in Milan, the Villa Erba Exhibition Centre in Cernobbio (Como), the Tokyo Design Centre in Japan and the Natuzzi America Headquarters in the United States.

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A triple-height library is a highlight in the home of Milan architect Mario Bellini, a self-proclaimed book lover. A scaffolding system helps him to reach the highest shelves, while a grand piano sits in front.

Sir David Chipperfield

Sir David Chipperfield CBE, RA, RDI, RIBA, BDA. British, born 1953, London.David Chipperfield studied at Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association in London and established David Chipperfield Architects in 1985. He was Professor of Architecture at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, Stuttgart from 1995 to 2001 and Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University in 2011, and he has taught and lectured worldwide at schools of architecture in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2012 David Chipperfield curated the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. He is an honorary fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Bund Deutscher Architekten, and a past winner of the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal. In 2010, David Chipperfield was awarded both the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts and the Grand DAI Award (Verband Deutscher Architekten-und Ingenieurvereine) for Building Culture. In 2004 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to architecture. He was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in 2006, and elected to the Royal Academy in 2008. In 2009 David Chipperfield was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany – the highest tribute that can be paid to individuals for service to the nation – and in 2010 he was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany.

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Sir David Chipperfield’s three-storey Berlin base has a raw concrete interior typical of the British architect’s restrained architectural approach. This is offset by bold splashes of colour introduced by a green velvet sofa and a vibrant orange bookcase.

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Studio Fuksas, led by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, is an international architectural practice with offices in Rome, Paris, Shenzhen. Of Lithuanian descent, Massimiliano Fuksas was born in Rome in 1944. He graduated in Architecture from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1969. Since the Eighties he has been one of the main protagonists of the contemporary architectural scene. He has been Visiting Professor at a number of universities such as: Columbia University in New York, the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Wien, the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. Since 2000 he has been the author of the architecture column – founded by Bruno Zevi – in the Italian news magazine L’Espresso.

Doriana Fuksas was born in Rome where she graduated in History of Modern and Contemporary Architecture at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1979. She has also earned a degree in Architecture from ESA, École Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris. She has worked with Massimiliano Fuksas since 1985 and has been director in charge of “Fuksas Design” since 1997. She has received a number of prizes and international awards. In 2013 she has been appointed “Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française” and in 2002 “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française”. Their main projects include: Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Terminal 3, Shenzhen, China, 2013; National Archives of France, Pierrefitte sur Seine-Saint Denis, Paris, France, 2013; Rhike Park, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2010.

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A glimpse inside the Paris home of Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas shows a stark interior with exposed ceiling beams and a grand fireplace. To this, the architects have added pastel colours and original Jean Prouvé furniture.

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Photo: Maurizio Marcato

Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004 and is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and pioneering projects builds on over thirty years of exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950, Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to London in 1972 to attend the Architectural Association (AA) School where she was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. She founded Zaha Hadid Architects in 1979 and completed her first building, the Vitra Fire Station, Germany in 1993. 

Hadid taught at the AA School until 1987 and has since held numerous chairs and guest professorships at universities around the world. She is currently a professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and visiting professor of Architectural Design at Yale University. Working with senior office partner, Patrik Schumacher, Hadid’s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape, and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to innovation with new technologies. The MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, and Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku are built manifestos of Hadid’s quest for complex, fluid space.

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The interior of Zaha Hadid‘s London studio is filled with original artworks by the architect, as well as models documenting projects from across her career, which are displayed on organically curved surfaces. Zaha Hadid's portrait _Davide Pizzigoni

Photos: Davide Pizzigoni

StudioMK27 was founded at the beginning of the 80’s by Marcio Kogan and today is joined by 20 architects, besides collaborators in numerous countries around the world. The architects of the Studio develop the projects from start to finish, and sign as the projects co-authors. The Office has won numerous international awards such as: Wallpaper Design Awards, Record House, Interior Record, D&AD, LEAF Awards, Dedalo Minosse, Barbara Cappochin of the International Biennial of Padova, Spark Awards and World Architecture Festival. In 2011, Wallpaper and Época considered Marcio Kogan as one of the 100 most influential people and received the title of honorary member of the AIA, American Institute of Architects and in 2012 represented Brazil in the Venice Biennial of Architecture.

In Brazil he has received 13 awards of the Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil, IAB (Brazilian Institute of Architects). The projects of studioMK27 are valued for their formal simplicity, always working with special attention to the details and finishings. Marcio Kogan and the architects of the team, great admirers of the Brazilianmodernist generation, seek to fulfill the difficult task of giving continuity to this line of production.


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A piano is also one of the main focuses in the apartment belonging to Brazilian architect and Studio MK27 principal Marcio Kogan. Positioned within an apartment block of his own design, the space is filled with artworks, sculptures and other curiosities.


Daniel Libeskind
Born in Postwar Poland, Libeskind immigrated to America with his family becoming an American citizen in 1964. He studied music in Israel (on the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship) and in New York, and became a virtuoso performer. He left music to study architecture, receiving his professional architectural degree in 1970 from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Scienceand Art in New York City. He received a postgraduate degree in History and Theory of Architecture at the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University (England) in 1971. Daniel Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

In February 2003, Studio Daniel Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Last year Studio Daniel Libeskind celebrated the completion of the City Life residences, part of the redevelopment of the historic Fiera Milano Fairgrounds in Milan, and Kö-Bogen, an office and retail complex in Düsseldorf. In 2012, SDL completed Haeundae Udong Hyundai l’Park, a mixed-use development in Busan, South Korea which includes the tallest residential building in Asia, and the Academy of the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In October of 2011, SDL completed the redesign of what is now Germany’s largest museum, the Military History Museum in Dresden.

The Studio has several projects under construction including three high-rise residential developments: The L Tower in Toronto, Zlota in Warsaw, and Vitra in Sao Paulo; two projects in Asia, the Zhang ZhiDong and Modern Industrial Museum in Wuhan and Corals at Keppel Bay in Singapore; as well as the Centre des Congrès in Mons, Belgium. Projects in development include the Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Archipelago 21, the master site plan for the Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, The Harmony Tower and the Dancing Towers which are part of this new district, The Central Deck and Arena in Tampere, a mixed-used development that contains an ice hockey arena large enough to seat 11,000 visitors, Century Spire, a mixed-use tower in Manila, Philippines, the Ogden Centre at Durham University in the United Kingdom, and Chausseestrasse 43, a residential project in Berlin, which will be breaking  ground shortly.


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Photo: Nicola Tranquiollino

New York architect Daniel Libeskind resides in a brightly lit apartment that centres around a drawing board. Other additions include Le Corbusier-designed chairs and plain white curtains.

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Studio Mumbai/Bijoy Jain
Founded by Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai works with a human infrastructure of skilled artisans, technicians and draftspersons who design and build the work directly. This group shares an environment created from an iterative process, where ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches and drawings. Projects are developed through careful consideration of place and practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials and an ingenuity arising from limited resources. Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai, India in 1965 and received his M. Arch from Washington University in St Louis, USA in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and
London between 1989 and 1995 and returned to India in 1995 to found his practice.

The work of Studio Mumbai has been presented at the XII Venice Biennale and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and received several awards, including the Global Award in Sustainable Architecture (2009) finalist for the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2010), winner of the seventh Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award: Finland (2012), and most recently the winner of the third BSI Swiss Architecture Award (2012). He has taught a semester in Copenhagen in 2012, just finished teaching the fall semester at Yale University and will be teaching in Mendrisio in 2014. Most of Studio Mumbai’s projects are residential and India-specific. The Studio has taken part in and set up exhibitions all over the world.

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The final interior reveals the Indian countryside residence and studio of Studio Mumbai principal Bijoy Jain, where he lives and works with a team of 60 craftsmen.