Vancouver Celebrates Italian Design Day with Architect Stefano Pujatti

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver hosted a successful reception and  Design Seminar during the World Italian Design Day, March  13th, at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Italian architect Stefano Pujatti was among the leading Italian delegates that were invited to Vancouver to share his innovative and inspiring perspective on Design and to represent the excellence in the design and the creation of contemporary Italian architecture.

Stefano Pujatti is the founder ELASTICOSPA, an architecture and design studio based in Chieri, in the northwest of Italy, near Turin. His inventive approach and emphasis on integrating contemporary masonry techniques with traditional italian architecture has won the praises of architects, designers, and viewers around the world. ELASTICOSPA  has received numerous national and international awards such as the INARCH ANCE-2006 award, the participation at the X Biennial of Architecture in Venice (2006), the V Biennial of Architecture in Brasilia (2006), the Festival of Architecture in London (2008), the XII Biennial of Architecture in Venice (2010), Now Toronto-Tokyo (2012).

In 2008 the publishing house Maggioli has printed a monograph book titled “Rare Architecture” and dedicated to the work and the philosophy of the studio.

Stefano Pujatti has been a teacher at the Faculty of Architecture 1 at the Politecnico of Torino and he has been invited worldwide as a speaker, lecturer and guest critic at various universities, including RMIT – Melbourne, Hoesi University – Tokyo, IUAVVenice.

Pujatti treats the apertures, wall panels, and screens as an harmonious composition with close attention to points of connection and material seams. His renovation project entitled STONED that is located in the northeastern italian comune of san quirino demonstrates his inventive use of stone as contemporary element which maintains a seamless harmony with its context, as many of the walls of the original structure have been preserved. The renovation comprises a single family house and an attached guest house. The project is distinguished by its materiality, a reinterpretation of traditional concrete and stone, which speaks to the vernacular of the heritage buildings of the area. The two buildings are characterized by an insulated envelope and low energy consumption system. the insulating layer lining the interior is finished with drywall and wood panels which contrast the austerity of the concrete and stone walls (see gallery photos).

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