The Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio comes from afar. Our land has a millennial history of emigrations: master masons, architects, builders, decorators, plasterers, artists from the world of building.
In 1996, I took advantage of some favourable circumstances to propose to the state of the Ticino Canton the foundation of the Academy of Architecture and, with it, an Italian-speaking university in Switzerland.
I want to modernize the ancient. I prefer to work with materials formed naturally over thousands of years.
The architect works in the territory of memory.
The architect aspires to build in a city as the artist aspires to exhibit his works in a museum.
Buildings in modern cities have lost their metaphoric aspect. Much contemporary architecture is very fragmented and busy on the outside. It's like a skin or a skull, but you don't know what's inside.
For me, architecture is not just creating a space to protect people but to make them dream as well.
Church architecture describes visually the idea of the sacred, which is a fundamental need of man.
Great architecture of the past was always clear. SFMOMA is still a simple building to understand.
To me it was fascinating, the idea of going to university and studying a subject - architecture - that I had already faced in building some small houses.
A museum is a spiritual place. People lower their voices when they get close to art.
Artificial light is used because you can control it better. Technically, it is more homogeneous, more delicate, and less damaging to artwork. But I think it's interesting when the visitor can see variations in the light, when it is not only technical or suitable.