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Matteo Thun

Matteo Thun

For a whole decade Matteo Thun has been advocating Ecotecture, an approach to project design that is sensitive to both the ecology and the economy, creating a sustainable environment developing upon renewable resources and energy-saving criteria. The reasons for this interest are easy to find in the architect’s own life-story. Thun was born in Bolzano - a town that has always faced up to the ecological challenge and has ranked for some time as a leader in building research. (One thinks, for example, of the CasaClima venture.) In 1981 Thun joined Ettore Sottsass as a co-founder of the Memphis group, one of the promoting centres of radical design which had the merit of highlighting symbols and emotions amid the prevailing grey functionalism. By a natural process the design sights shifted from the industrial product to the existential space organised along holistic lines where the three...

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