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July 1st

Triennale di Milano - Teatro dell’Arte

Viale Emilio Alemagna 6, Milano

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Italo ROTA

Architect, Studio Italo Rota; Curator of the Kuwait Pavilion and the “Vino - A taste of Italy” Pavilion, Expo 2015; Display Designer for the Milan Triennal “Arts&Foods” exhibition

Italo Rota was born in 1953 in Milan where he graduated from Milan Polytechnic. After winning a competition to design the interior of the Musée d'Orsay, at the end of the 1980s he moved to Paris where he was responsible for renovating the Modern Art Museum at the Centre Pompidou (with Gae Aulenti), the new rooms for the French School in the Cour Carré in the Louvre, the lighting for Notre Dame cathedral and along the Seine and reorganisation of Nantes city centre.   After the French period, Italo Rota returned to Milan where he founded the Italo Rota Studio.  The Studio manages the complexities of major international projects on the most diverse scales of detail, from product design to the planning of large urban spaces, always with a systematic focus on a significant richness of space and form.  Conceived to create emotions and adopting a holistic approach, innovative materials, state-of-the-art technologies and constant in-depth research, the spaces proposed aim to resolve the design issues with an intense complexity.  Mental and physical spaces in which to cohabit with contemporaneity and where nature always plays an important role.


For EXPO Milan 2015, the Rota Studio designed the Kuwait pavilion and the Italian "Wine a Taste of Italy" pavilion for which it also produced contents, videos and graphics.  Again for the Universal Expo, it designed the "Art & Food" pavilion on the theme of art and diet and the 7th edition of the TDM "Kitchens and Invaders", together with the new external ticket office at the Milan Triennial.

Recently completed projects include the industrial complex at Brembilla and the displays for Reggio Emilia City Museums consisting of a series of multimedia artistic and other installations based on a special system of plant elements combined with luminous-communicative components.

The design phase is nearing completion and work is about to begin on the project to restore and transform the monumental Palazzo del Podestà in Mantua.

Together with the Swiss company Repower, the Studio is working on a series of projects involving energy production from renewable sources, an opportunity to rethink the relationship between the building and the surrounding area and between natural and man-made landscapes, opening up to citizens with educational areas linked to wellness, sport and tourism.   The opening of the Museum of the Novecento in Palazzo dell'Arengario in December 2010 brought new life to one of Milan's symbolic places, Piazza del Duomo, embellishing it with a functional Museums Island, thanks to integration with the historic Palazzo Reale museum.   In recent years, the Studio has been involved with the design and construction of luxury hotels: the Boscolo Exedra Hotel in Milan; the Boscolo Palace Hotel in Rome and the Boscolo Hotel in Bari, while work is underway to design hotels in Lyons and Prague.  Each hotel has unique spaces, designed specifically for the particular historical and artistic context.  In Palermo, the Studio was responsible for restoration of the Palazzo de Seta, the Library and Historic Archives of the Sicilian Parliament (opened in 2008), the Parco del Foro Italico (2005) and the Stazione Marittima.

In Dubai, it is currently working on design of the "Cavalli Square" and recently completed projects include the Cavalli Club in 2010 and, in 2011, the Chameleon Club at the Byblos Hotel where light is transformed into a building material.   In India, the Studio has designed a number of industrial areas at Dolvi and a Hindu temple in Mumbai (opened in 2009).  In New York, it designed Casa Italia at Columbia University.

Large urban spaces, such as the former Carlo Erba site in the Maciachini area of Milan, were the subject of a unique tertiary sector project combining the typical functional needs of offices with the spatial qualities of an architecture able to dialogue with the city and its inhabitants, overcoming the boundaries which were once an obstacle to mutual recognition.

For EXPO 2008 in Zaragoza, the Studio designed the themed pavilion "Ciudades de Agua".  The structure (about 2,800 m3) presents a series of graphic and artistic installations.  The contents are represented through a combination of plant elements and multimedia components, a large central pool which visitors can cross accompanied by a scenic system of fountains, plasma video walls, interactive models, audio-visual displays and artistic objects evoking history.

In 2012 for Samsung, Rota conceived and constructed a multimedia installation "Life/Installed", presented during the Fuorisalone in Milan.  The installation is based on pioneering communications technologies and proposes a game involving the real and virtual world.  In 2011, the “Options of Luxury” exhibition presented at the Milan Triennial marked the 25th anniversary of the "Class Editori" publishing company.  Visitors follow a curious and sophisticated path through the world of luxury expressed through all aspects of its beauty.  In 2006 for the Turin Winter Olympics, the Studio designed the Medal Plaza in Piazza Castello.  2006 was also the year of a number of important exhibitions.  “Good N.E.W.S.” at the Milan Triennial, “Fashion DNA” at the DARC Sculpture Pavilion (10th Venice Biennial of Architecture) and the “City-Port” exhibition (10th Venice Biennial of Architecture - Palermo)

Currently scientific director of the LIADE campus (NABA and Domus Academy), Milan, Italo Rota combines a prolific professional activity with intense theoretical work, including the publication of books, articles in magazines, journals and newspapers, conferences and university lessons.

Italo Rota has received a number of awards, including the Gold Medal to Italian Architecture for Public Spaces; the Gold Medal to Italian Architecture for Culture and Leisure, the Landmark Conservancy Prize, New York and the Grand Prix de l'Urbanisme, Paris.