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Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

This one-family villa and small condominium, both designed by Massimo Alvisi and Junko Kirimoto for sites at Trani, may be seen as two rarities in southern Italy: good architecture producing buildings to fit a context but without ducking the contemporary challenge. In so doing they manage not to run aground on the arid sandbanks of so-called Mediterranean style. This indulgently romantic approach is unfortunately growing more and more widespread: the southern architectural faculties churn it out, and it always ends in ridiculous caricature. The two works by Alvisi and Kirimoto stand out for sobriety and rigour, and in the circumstances the prime qualities must be negative: they are immune from the metaphysical hankerings recalling classical Greece or, worse, a kind of pseudo-archaic spirit, which litter the coasts of the Med; again, they avoid decorativism or the picturesque of coloured...

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