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Of Process And Practice: A Conversation With Studio Fuksas

Founded nearly 50 years ago in Rome, it is difficult to pin down an overarching theme in the work of Studio Fuksas: their designs have been built in North America, Asia and across Europe (with another design planned for Australia); they regularly operate at varying scales, from a colossal trade fair center and an international airport down to a small parish church; and their buildings all demonstrate huge stylistic variety. In this interview from Indian Architect and Builder's April 2015 issue, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas discuss the process behind their work, and the role of variation, context and concept in their designs.

Indian Architect & Builder: Did you always want to be an architect? Can you share with us your journey while discovering your commitment towards this field?

Massimiliano Fuksas: No, I never thought I’d want to be an architect. My early aspirations were to become a poet. The beauty of language, various forms of expression and prose always intrigued me. This ambition then evolved in to the desire of being an artist. Architecture was really my last choice. The thought of being an architect occurred to me only when I was around twenty. I was in university when I realized that architecture is probably the easiest and simplest interpretation of art and culture. As I continued my journey in the University of Rome, I began to develop a passion for this multifaceted field of knowledge. It was in my third year of university when I found my fervor for architecture and saw myself as an individual in the practice of architecture; a field that in one or more ways satisfied my earlier ambitions of being a poet and an artist.

Ferrari Operational Headquarters and Research Centre, 2004. Image © Maurizio Marcato The Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport was designed to evoke the form of a manta ray. Image © Leonardo Finotti Tbilisi Public Service Hall, 2012. Image © Studio Fuksas New Milan Trade Fair. Image © Studio Fuksas

AD Round Up: Awesome Airports

AD Classics: Dulles International Airport / Eero Saarinen. Image © MWAA
AD Classics: Dulles International Airport / Eero Saarinen. Image © MWAA

If there is a universal truth, it is that nobody likes spending time in an airport. This article from the Financial Times corroborates this fact, pointing out that, no matter how well-designed a terminal is, people make every effort to leave it as soon as possible. While the novelty of air travel has worn off since its inception in the 20th century, the work devoted to designing airports has only increased. We’ve collected some of our favorite terminals we'd actually love to get stuck in, including works by Eero Sarinen, SOM, Fentress, J. Mayer H., KCAP, Paul Andreu, bblur architecture and 3DReid, Corgan Associates, De Bever, and Studio Fuksas. Enjoy!

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Glass

To celebrate the launch of ArchDaily Materials, our new product catalog, we've rounded up 10 awesome projects from around the world that were inspired by one material: glass. Check out the projects after the break...

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas to design Cultural Center in Chengdu

© Studio Fuksas
© Studio Fuksas

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas has been announced as winner of an international competition to design and construct the first cultural center in Chengdu, China. In their winning proposal, Fuksas combined four, elliptical shaped buildings with a spiral structure to create an inclusive artist complex that offers a center for the performing arts, a cultural center, offices Writer and Literary Association, and an apartment building for artists. Learn more about the Chengdu Tianfu Cultural and Performance Center after the break.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall / Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

© Moreno Maggi
© Moreno Maggi

Architects:  Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas Location: Tbilisi, Georgia Client: LEPL Civil Registry Agency – Giorgi Vashadze / LEPL National Public Registry Agency Area: 42,000 sqm Project Year: 2010 – 2012 Photographers: Moreno Maggi, Studio Fuksas

© Moreno Maggi © Studio Fuksas © Studio Fuksas © Studio Fuksas

MyZeil Shopping Mall / Studio Fuksas

© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn

Architects: Studio Fuksas - Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas Interior Design: Fuksas Design Location: Frankfurt, Germany Address: Grosse Eschenheimer Strasse 10-14 Period: 2002-2009  Client: PalaisQuartier GmBH & CO., KG Surface:  Built Surface – 77,000 sq.m., Facade – 8,500 sq.m., Cover – 13,000 sq.m. Engineering:  Structures – Knippers-Helbig Beratende Ingenieure, Stuttgart; Krebs und Kiefer Beratende Ingenieure für das Bauwesen GmbH, Darmstadt | Realization of the façade and covering – Waagner Biro Stahlbau AG, Wien

© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn
© Karsten Monnerjahn