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CZA: Time and Architecture, or "The Campsite Shower Theory"

Cino Zucchi Architetti

The Architects Series – A documentary on: CZA is the 24rd instalment of this event organized by THE PLAN magazine for Iris Ceramica Group, including the lecture Time and Architecture, or “The Campsite Shower Theory” by Cino Zucchi, chief architect of Cino Zucchi Architetti.

Cino Zucchi Architetti is dedicated to creating new spatial solutions for contemporary living within the delicate setting of the European landscape.

The studio is committed to combining experimentation with the highest level of professionalism in its response to complex projects of any scale, working, when needed, with an established network of consultants specialized in structures, installations, roads, finance, landscaping, graphic design, and lighting.

The studio has designed and built numerous public, residential, and commercial buildings, as well as public spaces. It oversees urban planning projects and the redesign of agricultural, industrial, and historical areas. It has participated in numerous national and international competitions, and is active in the fields of interior and exhibition design.

Its best-known urban projects include the redevelopment of the Abbiategrasso exhibition complex, the redesign of the former Junghans factory in Venice, the design of sector 2b-2c of the former Alfa Romeo-Portello area in Milan, the port of Epano Skala in Mytilene-Lesvos, the redevelopment of the Ewald mine in Herten, the redevelopment of the Keski-Pasila district in Helsinki, and the redesign of the Nuovo Quartiere Cornaredo in Lugano.

Its extensive experience in the field of urban design – from feasibility study development through to implementation – has seen the studio playing an active role in complex recursive processes involving the multiple parties, skills, and professionals typically found nowadays in urban projects.

Close attention to public spaces and landscape are core elements of its design approach and typifies the projects that CZA has completed over the years. Examples include Via Paride in Cerea, Piazza del Gratosoglio in Milan, the San Donà park in Piave, and a pedestrian walkway in Lugano, all of which required sensitivity and careful attention to each project’s unique features.

Along with consolidated experience in the design and construction of residential buildings (examples include the former Junghans factory in Venice, the Portello area of Milan, and the Triloogia Navile in Bologna), CZA has overseen numerous commercial and public building projects, including the former Alfa canteen in Milan, building U15 in Assago, the new Salewa headquarters, concept design for Benetton, the expansion of the Turin Auto Museum, the church of the Resurrection in Sesto S. Giovanni, and the library in S. Donato Milanese.

The studio approaches each new project as a unique challenge that needs to develop its own character through ample discussions with the client and a thorough understanding of the site. This makes it possible for architecture to become the key agent in the metamorphosis of human and natural environments.

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