October 24th, 2010

Claudio Silvestrin, essential architecture

Born in 1954, Claudio Silvestrin studied under A.G. Fronzoni in Milan ans at the Architectural Association in London. In this city he started his career and opened his first architecture studio in 1989.

Since then this Italian artist has created important works and has won a lot of prizes until being consider nowadays one of the best minimalism architects around the world. In fact he has recently established other architecture studio in Milan.

His integrity, clarity of mind, inventiveness and concern for details is reflected in his architecture: austere but not extreme, contemporary yet timeless, calming but not ascetic, strong but not intimidating, elegant but not ostentatious, simple but not soulless.

The work of the practice encompasses real estate development, newly built houses and resorts for private residence, art galleries and museums, domestic and retail interiors and furniture design. Among his clients are companies as famous as Giorgio Armani Group (Silvestrin has designed every Armani store), Calvin Klein o Illycaffé.

Nowadays this professional is working in several huge projects as a resort of 40.000m2 in Brasil or a well-being centre of 5.000m2 in Singapore.

The Modern Art Museum of Turin is one of his most important buildings. It is a construction clear and simple with 3.500m2. it is a  perfect edifice for exhibiting art pieces.

Silvestrin is fond of natural materials, especially of stone and wood. An example is his project “Le acque bathroom” where the bathroom fittings are made of natural stone with any treatment.

His interior design works stand out too, as the one created for the singer Kanye West´s apartment which is located in New York.

To conclude, we can say that Silvestrin work represents the architecture´s essence  and is the best exponent of the “Less is more” philosophy.

Posted in Grandes arquitectos. 1 Comment.
Comment from Gabriela Arguello

la Arquitectura minimalista es realmente interezante como se logra hacer y sentir un ambiente tranquilo y serenidad, abstraccion que se tiene es increible..