Piuarch presents “Façades, the Skin of Architecture”

The program for Brera Design week – April 4th–8th – will include a façade gardening installation and a show on the façades that Piuarch has designed in 20 years of work

Milan, April 4th – 8th, 2017. As part of the Brera Design Week, Piuarch presents an installation and an exhibition called “Façades: the Skin of Architecture”.

The façade of the building where Piuarch is located – in the courtyard at Via Palermo 5, Milan – will hold a façade gardening installation, in which a garden decorates the entire front of the building from ground to roof.

Crossing the threshold of the Studio, one enters the show that illustrates the formal and conceptual research that Piuarch has devoted to the theme of façades throughout its history.

The tour begins with a work by the artist Mauricio Lupini, and then continues with images, drawings, illustrations, prints and models that tell the story of façades as a real stylistic genre.

The show includes projects such as:

  • Quattro Corti, in St. Petersburg
  • Onda Bianca, in Milan
  • Bentini Headquarters, in Faenza
  • Givenchy Building, in Seoul<


The green façade project began with the collaboration with landscape architect Cornelius Gavril, who uses an ancient technique in which cut flowers and plants are grafted onto tubers that serve as both a structural and nutritional base, allowing them to be preserved for a long time.

The green façade is a synesthetic work, determined to involve all the senses: visual in its appearance, auditory in the sounds that it generates through metal elements and bells, odorous through its fragrances.

Created with a constellation of flowers, vegetables and tubers, the façade is covered by 180 vertical lines, 10 meters high and spaced 20 cm apart all across its 35-meter length.

The Partners of the Façade Gardening project are Verde Vivo and Vivai Mandelli.

Façades: the Skin of Architecture
April 4th – 8th
Hours: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and 3–6 p.m.
Via Palermo 5



Piuarch is a famous Milanese Studio already known in the fashion world for its jobs done with brand like Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy e Gucci.

Founded in 1996 by Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini e Monica Tricario, the studio is located in Brera, in Milan’s centre.

Here Piuarch develops and realize public building, offices complexes, residences, commercial spaces, boutiques, to the designing of urban plans.

During the years Piuarch has been awarded the 1st prize in different contests occasions: the Ansaldo città delle Culture contest (1999) with David Chipperfield, the New Theatre and Congress Center of Riva del Garda (2007), the White Wave overlooking Gae Aulenti square in Milan’s area of Porta Nuova (2006) and the extension of the Milan’s College (2007).

In February 2004 Piuarch was honoured with the Italian Architect of the Year prize from the National Order of Architects.


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