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PIUARCHFrancesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini and Monica Tricario formed the PIUARCH studio in 1996 out of a desire to merge different experiences into a shared architectural project.

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, commercial spaces, boutiques, shopping malls and even urban plans, with the contribution of consultants from various disciplines.

PIUARCH has pursued these themes participating in competitions, developing projects from the planning to the final construction phase, elaborating interior design projects.
In recent years PIUARCH has developed a number of projects abroad. It is active in China, Algeria, Russia, where it has recently opened an operational office, and in Ukraine, with ongoing and realized projects..

Mentioned by the Architectural Review as one of the best of the present crop of emerging studios, the group belongs to the new generation of European architects, and it is proud to count international professionals among its 40 members, regularly contributing their distinctive ideas and culture to the common efforts of the group: a daily affirmation of its internationalist vocation.

The studio’s skill in internalising different suggestions and cultures and then putting them to good use enables it to tackle each commission, each job and each international project with its own distinctive approach, taste, and style yet still ensuring that it is in keeping with the surroundings.

PIUARCH ’s research has been concentrated on architectural quality, with regard to the use of natural materials and natural light, attention to detail, particular interest in the relationship between architecture and art, and, above all, in the connection between architecture and its context.
In the wide range of different projects typologies, PIUARCH constantly maintains its approach of dialogue with the context, which becomes the distinctive feature of the group’s work. The first step of the all design activities is an in-depth analysis of the place and its relationships: colours, materials and architectural traditions.

“In our project approach, architecture is always related with the context, the individual building is always seen first as a part of the whole. Every building must dialog with the history, features and needs of a particular place and time. Meanwhile our architecture is modern, it uses a contemporary language, but always takes its cue from the specific character of the site. We design buildings with a strong identity, which enrich the urban fabric in which it is included, at the same time respecting it”.