A summer guest house on the ocean


In Punta del Este, in one of the most picturesque seaside resorts in Uruguay and South America, in the garden of a contemporary villa, the small pavilion next to the swimming pool was redesigned and transformed into a comfortable pool house.

70 sqm
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.

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.

project manager Enzo Cascioli

Enzo Cascioli
director of operations

Enzo Cascioli joined ASA studio albanese in 2022 as director of operations. Graduated in 2000 in geotechnical civil engineering with an thesis on the excavation of Bologna-Florence high-speed tunnels, he started working as a designer of underground projects with Rocksoil, then moved on to more infrastructural projects with Net Engineering and finally landed in the construction company ICM as technical office manager. For fifteen years he has been in charge of the design coordination of the most important construction sites, such as, among the others, the Vicenza Fair (of which ASA was the designer) and the CERN Visitor Center in Geneva (architectural project by RPBW). He also lived in Qatar for two years to follow the expansion of the military base and in Kenya where the smart city of Konza is under construction. On weekends, however, it is easier to meet him on the hills on a mountain bike or on his Eroica bike.

team Blendi Vishkurti

Blendi Vishkurti

Blendi started at the studio with an internship in 2018 and was fundamental in completing the installations for the FROM/TO exhibition organized in Berlin as part of the MakeCity 2018 festival. Immediately after graduating from the Iuav in 2021, he fully became one of Asa's architects. Together with his partner in crime Blendi, he obtained an honorable mention at the EUROPAN16 international competition in 2021 with the project "Back to nature" and was a finalist for the Federico Maggia Architecture Award in Biella in 2022 with a site-specific project for ephemeral architecture. As a child he would have liked to be a bricklayer (somehow he remained in the field), he loves and studies bonsai and for this reason he would like to live in the countryside one day. If we asked him who to throw from the tower having to choose between Tolkien and Asimov he would answer like Bartelby the Scrivener: "I would prefer not to."

Filippo Zampese

Filippo Zampese
architect visualizer

Filippo was born in 1984 and became an architect when he graduated in Construction Architecture from the IUAV in 2010, specialising in Digital Architecture for his master's also in Venice in 2010. He joined ASA studio albanese in 2015 and he deals with 3D design and models, prototyping, rendering, and post-production of images and videos. Before arriving in Vicenza, he worked in Maastricht at SatijnPlus Architecten, in Milan for Cino Zucchi Architetti and in Rome for Fuksas Architecture. When he's not designing, Filippo is a musician and composer for the band A New Silent Corporation, with whom he has recorded two albums of post-rock instrumental music (Everything Is Exactly As It Seems, 2009; Odyssea, 2016). He plays electric guitar (for which he has a collection of pedals that he doesn't know how to use) and piano. He loves dogs and hates people who talk on trains, which perhaps explains why he would like to have been an astronaut.