Architecture on the river

The first ASA studio albanese offices to occupy a former industrial building reconverted into a creative space for business are located in Contra’ Pusterla in Vicenza (to be followed by Milan and Berlin). In the former Rumor printworks, rapid regeneration strategies were experimented with and applied that encapsulate ASA studio albanese’s functional set of rules as regards buildings that are no longer in use. On the banks of the Bacchiglione river and with its water reflected in the windows, the Vicenza offices perfectly mirror the firm’s fluid, multifaceted nature.

ASA studio albanese
1200 sqm
director of project Flavio Albanese

Flavio Albanese
founder & partner

Flavio Albanese (1951), is founder and president of ASA studio albanese. He is a self-educated designer, by combining his passion for contemporary art with the practical experience of an artisan-architect. Having come into contact with Carlo Scarpa, he learns from him to avoid an “a priori” approach to design, adapting on a case-by-case basis to the occasions, themes and contexts. He has held courses at the École Polytechinique Fédérale in Lausanne and at the Art Institute in Chicago (1980), at Yale University (1983), at the University of Architecture in Delft (2005), at the University of Florida (2006), at the Fundacion Proa de Buenos Aires (2008) and frequently at the most important Italian universities. He has also held two workshops at the international summer school of the Architecture School in Venice in 2009 and 2010. He was a member of the Confindustria Vicenza committee from 1998 to 2001, the Domus Academy Scientific Committee (2004-2005) and the MIart Committee of Honour (2009 and 2010), director of the Officina del Porto di Palermo (2006-2008), vice president of the Andrea Palladio Architecture Firms International Centre (2011-2015) and president of the Fondazione Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza (2010-2016). From 2007 to 2010 he was asked to head Domus, the prestigious international architecture, design and contemporary art magazine. Active since 1971, in 1987 he founds with his brother Franco ASA studio albanese. The studio's projects were published by the most most important architecture and design magazines: the Neores project was selected for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture (2003), and ASA studio albanese took part in Venice's Architecture Biennial in 2004 and 2006. Flavio is an avid reader and bibliophile (his library, which is open to the rest of the firm, contains more than 15.000 volumes) and he is a connoisseur and collector of contemporary art.

project administrator Franco Albanese

Franco Albanese
partner, CEO & executive director

Franco Albanese (Vicenza, 1958) has worked in the world of architecture and design since 1976. He graduated from the Architecture School in Venice in 1986 and the year after he founded ASA studio albanese in Vicenza with his brother Flavio. Since then he has been the firm's CEO and Technical Manager, and this role has led him to playing his part in the creation, development and execution of the most important projects. As designer and operations manager he oversaw: the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Padua (1997); “Neores”, the production site and headquarters of Sinv Spa in Schio, Vicenza, (selected for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2003); the project for the Town Hall of the Municipality of Grumolo delle Abbadesse, Vicenza (1999); “Morimondo 17”, the industrial reconversion of the Sinv spa premises in Milan (2000); the headquarters of Margraf in Chiampo, in the province of Vicenza (2006). He also supervised the “Rocco Forte Verdura Resort” in Sciacca, in Sicily (2005), the expansion of Pantelleria Airport (2006), the new Rinascente in Palermo (2007), the reconversion project of Lindower 22 in Berlin (2011), the Hybrid Tower project in Mestre-Venice (2012), the Fope headquarter extension project in Vicenza (2016). In recent years, he has increasingly concentrated on reconverting urban industrial areas, which has become a key theme of ASA studio albanese's philosophy. In recent years, he has increasingly concentrated on reconverting urban industrial areas, which has become a key theme of ASA studio albanese's philosophy.

team Stefano Andrighetto —

Stefano Andrighetto

Stefano Faoro

Stefano Faoro

Images credits
Giustino Chemello, Andrea Garzotto, Gaia Giacomelli

The Rumor printworks were built in the ’50s on the site of several old mills, located together to take advantage of the kinetics of the Bacchiglione river, which cuts through the centre of Vicenza before joining the Breda river further downstream. At the Pusterla bridge the water is always fast and clear, with drops, waterfalls and small rapids. The rationalist structure of the historic printworks has remained more or less intact thanks to rapid regeneration strategies that offer at least two advantages: 1. A philosophical advantage: they permit reflection on the heritage, the meaning and the respect for history that buildings – especially industrial ones – represent, in an attempt to keep evidence of them on display.  2. An economic advantage: they function on several levels and by using different methods, so spaces can be altered and made to coexist in spatial terms (different rooms in the same building treated at different depths) or in time (a space can be quickly transformed at a later date once on the market and active, when it can undergo further, more in-depth work).The façade is the only part to have undergone extensive reworking, with the surfaces dismantled and replaced with large windows that reflect and duplicate the clear water.  Of the four floors, the two central ones are occupied by the firm’s business activities, the basement by the models workshop, and the top floor by loft apartments.The main operations areas are large open spaces dominated by the surrounding landscape through the large windows.  As for the rest, the original walls of the old printworks are simply painted white, while minimalist black is used for the wood and cement flooring.  The echo and reflections of the river can be heard and seen in these two spacious areas, acting as a leitmotiv for the firm when design projects are underway. The meeting room is also home to ASA studio albanese’s most important cultural asset: the library, with over 15,000 volumes that form the basis of the concepts and philosophies behind all projects.