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5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

Europa | Roma

With the Italian Space Agency (ASI) building in Rome, architects Alfonso Femia and Gianluca Peluffo of 5+1AA have definitely set aside what up to now had seemed their signature feature - understatement. These young architects from Genoa are attracting increasing attention with every successive brief. They have now designed a building to meet the many functional requirements of a little known public institution that nonetheless is geared to impact heavily on our future. The new architecture, which will certainly contribute to the new face of Rome in the 21st century, had to resolve diverse problems. Completed in July of this year, the building rises in an outlying district of Rome near Tor Vergata University destined for major expansion in the next few years. Do you remember the black monolith in Stanley Kubrik’s movie A Space Odyssey? While not the imposing theocratic mystery object of...

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