September 14, 2019

In a prestigious and suggestive historic building in Milan, just a few steps from the Sforzesco Castle, the new Milanese Atelier of the SUPERIOR tannery is born.

The project for the renovation of the spaces has been entrusted to the international AQUILIALBERG ARCHITECTS study and the basis of the project is the continuous and constant dialogue between the administrator of the renowned Tuscan tannery, Stefano Caponi, and the project architects.

The prerequisites of design are to be found in the tension itself that the company is increasingly moving towards an eco-sustainable approach as well as its historical DNA and the desire to generate a strong evocative and emotional image with the project.

Here then the company translates architecturally into the new code that is characterizing the restyling in its entirety, also involving the Milan Atelier. The concept develops starting from an input linked directly to the skin: its fascinating soft and undulating effect, at the mercy of tensions in several directions.

The project becomes a structure-installation in 100% recycled aluminum that, with its fragmented rhythm and its fluid flow, embraces both the past and the present of SUPERIOR with a momentum projected towards the future. At the entrance, a strongly characterized sculptural wall is the prelude to the recurring theme of the Atelier: the movement that with its language refers to the skin, architecturally reinterpreted in its fluidity, in an alternating rhythm of fullness and emptiness.

A repetition of vertical elements in undulating movement develops on all the walls of the Atelier, in a continuous play of light and shadow, a veritable stage set that communicates in more directions interacting with the exposed leathers.

The skins, in turn, are hung on golden hooks that emerge sinuously between the bands of the structure, alternating in continuity solution.

An elegant and evocative sign that once again distinguishes the tension in the improvement of a consolidated and leading company in the luxury leather sector.

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Laura Aquili(1973) & Ergian Alberg(1972), have worked in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Rome, London, and Beijing for different internationally recognized offices: Zaha Hadid, OMA, UNStudio, ONL andFuksas, where they have been responsible for different scale projects, from product design to architecture.

In 2006 they founded the AQUILIALBERG ARCHITECTS office, where they work on architectural and design projects with an experimental and innovative approach, combining their multidisciplinary experience, with their background rooted in graphics and the arts.

The first design project, the side-table Vertigo, marks the beginning of the collaboration with Morosoin 2007.

In 2007, they were selected by Corianto design a limited edition object, the Fossil tray, for the event “Corian: 40 years / 40 designers”, a travelling exhibition presented in New York, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Oslo, Bordeaux and Bruxelles.

The first interior design project was for the renowned auction house Christie’s, for which they designed the new headquarter and the new offices in Milan.

The studio completed in 2009 an ambitious housing project in Cremona too.

Also, 2009 saw their first installation and graphics project for the Triennale di Milano. The 700 sqm exhibition “The fragile city”, curated by sociologist Aldo Bonomi, was staged successfully in the prestigious location in Viale Alemagna, in Milan.

After a collaboration on the Prada stores in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, the first project by AQUILIALBERG ARCHITECTS in the fashion world marks the collaboration with designer Neil Barrett for which they have designed the sculptural backdrop of the fashion show in Milan, AW2010.

From 2011 AQUILIALBERG ARCHITECTS collaborate with fashion designer Philipp Plein, translating the brand philosophy into a new contemporary architectural language.

Lately, they have been appointed the fashion brand architects responsible for more than 50 stores and showrooms worldwide. 

For the Milan design week, 2011 edition, AQUILIALBERG ARCHITECTS designed, in collaboration with Ernestomeda, Corian and Walt Disney, an amazing and futuristic kitchen and dining area inspired by the famous movie “TRON: Legacy”.

AquiliAlberg recently completed also the second Philipp Plein 400 sqm villa in Cannes where they have been responsible for the overall design and process, from concept to realization and site supervision.

Other recent completed projects include, among others, a 3000 sqm headquarter in Lugano, Switzerland and a 700 sqm townhouse in New York.

Recently the renowned architectural office is working on many private projects such as two new 200 sqm villas in Switzerland, a 3000 sqm villa in Belair, Los Angeles, a 1200 sqm villa on the Lugano lake, on some apartment renovation and refurbishment and on some new installations and design projects.

Their clients in the product design field include Moroso, Fiam, Ernestomeda, Kundalini, Corian, Serralungaand Ritzenhoff, for which they have participated at the Salone del Mobile, ICFF,100% Design, Design Annual, Ambiente, Maison & Objet andIMM Cologne.

Work of AquiliAlberg has been published and exhibited worldwide.