Bally Artist 2016

Giovannini, Pitton, Zanchi

Bally Artist 2016

The Bally Foundation commends the quality of the research, development and creative vision of Piero Giovannini, Matteo Pitton and Francesco Zanchi’s architectural project. Francesco Zanchi was born in Sorengo, Switzerland, in 1988. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2012 and his Master of Science in Architecture from the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture in Switzerland in 2014. He currently lives and works as an architect in Zurich.

Matteo Pitton was born in Locarno, Switzerland, in 1981. After completing his Economics Degree at Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) in Lugano in 2004, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture in 2014, and a Master of Science in Architecture from the École Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He currently lives and works as a real estate developer between Switzerland and Germany.

Piero Giovannini was born in Conegliano, Italy, in 1988. He received his Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the Università luav di Venezia, Venice, in 2010, followed by a Master of Science in Architecture from the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture in 2014. He currently lives and works as an architect in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

Their concept stems from research and artistic investigation into the symbolic value that exists between animated and inanimate reality, in the continuous search for specific relationships between time, matter and form applicable in architecture and design. To validate their concept, they use advanced technological means and algorithms to deepen their findings in addressing architectural and urban design.

In the development of their projects, they combined artificial intelligence, classic architectural principles and traditional building techniques in a dynamic, interactive vision, with particular emphasis on movement, real or perceived, and space as the basis for innovative solutions to support the many activities that people carry out throughout their lifetime.

This trio of architects collectively won the Bally Artist Award in 2016 for their submission, "Interferenze - Architetture Automatiche Metamorfiche." This work explored the concept of metaphoric architecture and seven autonomous installations. The relationship between movement, space and time defines the environment and was at the center of their work.

"Interferenze – Architetture Automatiche Metamorfiche"
Piero Giovannini, Matteo Pitton, Francesco Zanchi
Final prototype, ensemble
2015
Teatro dell’Architettura, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland
Photo courtesy Archivio Atelier Blumer, USI, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland

"Interferenze – Architetture Automatiche Metamorfiche" is an experimental artistic undertaking that contrasts architectural construction during its actual realization, with the subsequent development processes observed in genetics, electronics and biology. From a formal point of view, they introduced a hypothesis of the superimposition of phenomena; by interfering and interacting with each other, augmenting the accuracy of the desired end result; analyzing the role of architecture in a global system that is constantly emodeled by disruptive intervention or "interferences."