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Martino Pedrozzi
Arch. dipl. epfl - fas/bsa
Via Noseda 20
CH–6850 Mendrisio
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Photos: Pino Brioschi
Design: Gysin-Vanetti

| With regard to architecture, I like confronting myself with different themes, dimensions and contexts, ranging from minimal interventions in the Alps to challenging urban competitions such as for the headquarters of the Bâloise Group or the Swiss Federal Railways. Among my favourite projects
1992–1997 Bow bridge, Swiss patent
1996 Row houses in Semione
1994 Holiday home in Sceru alp, Malvaglia
1996 Holiday home in Pizzada alp, Semione
2000 Serravalle Castle lighting, Semione
(with Pino Brioschi, photograph)
2000 Rcomposition of a ruin in Sceru alp, Malvaglia Valley
2001 Holiday home extension in Airolo
2001 Three houses in Semione
2001 Holiday home in Rima alp, Broglio
2002 Farmhouse restructuring in Ligornetto
2002 Bridge in Pregassona
(with Pedrazzini engineers)
2002 Apartment building in Caslano
2002 Holiday home restructuring in Campo Vallemaggia
2002 Farmstead restoration in Sceru alp, Malvaglia
2005 House in Mendrisio,
(with Victoria Diaz Saravia)
2006 Foot-bridge in Locarno
(with Grignoli Muttoni Partner engineers)
2007 Foot-bridge in Leontica
(with Grignoli Muttoni Partner engineers)
2007 Courtyard house restructuring in Pregassona
2008 Apartment house in Caslano
2009 House in Bellinzona
2010 House in Sonvico
2010 Apartment house in Pregassona
2010 House in Pregassona
2011 House in Bellinzona
2011 Traditional house restoration in Pregassona
2011 200 units social housing neighborhood in Dilijan, Armenia
2011 Restructuring of a house in Mendrisio
2013 Restructuring of a house in Bellinzona
2013 Recomposition of a ruin in Sceru, Malvaglia Valley
2013 Restructuring of a house in Vacallo
2013 Partial restructuring of a house in Solduno
2014 Recomposition of Giumello alp, Malvaglia Valley
2015 Family tomb in Mendrisio
2015 Recomposition of four ruins in Sceru, Malvaglia Valley
2016 New apartment in an early 20th century villa in Chiasso
2016 Recomposition of a ruinin Semione
  Competition projects
1997 Accademia di architettura extension, Mendrisio, competition
1998 Univesità della Svizzera Italiana Campus extension, Lugano, competition
1998 Nahuel Huapi National Park hotel in Patagonia, Argentina, competition
1999 Lakeside promenade, Ascona, competition
1999 Cristallina mountain refuge, Bedretto, competition
2001 UBS bank restructuring in Mendrisio, call competition
2002 Town multipurpose hall restructuring, Pregassona, restricted competition, 1° prize
2002 Kindergarten in Comano, competition
2004 New street paving, Arogno, restricted competition, 2nd prize
2004 Università della Svizzera Italiana new faculty, Lugano, competition
2008 Foot-bridge in Bellinzona
(with Grignoli Muttoni Partner engineers)
2008 New square in Pedrinate, restricted competition, 3° prize
2008 Park in Giubiasco, restricted competition
2009 New motorway junction in Bellinzona, competition, 1° premio,
(with Tajana and Partner, Edy Toscano, engineers)
2009 Emergency Services Building in Mendrisio, competition. 2° phase
2010 Studies for the Architecture museum, Palazzo Turconi, Mendrisio
2010 “Piazza stazione” and actual motorway area project, restricted competition, Roveredo
2011 USI and SUPSI university campus, Lugano
2011 Kindergarten in Lugano-Molino Nuovo
(with Victoria Diaz Saravia)
2011 Swiss Radio (RSI) building and site in Lugano-Besso, restricted competition for development ideas
2012 Social housing building in Geneva
2012 University of Applied Sciences in Mendrisio
(with Kengo Kuma and Associates, Tokyo)
2012 Secondary school building in Chiasso
2013 Bellinzona main railway station renovation, restricted competition
2013 Library, classrooms and apartments for the Fondazione Torriani in Mendrisio
(graphic consultant: Sidi Vanetti)
2013 Multistorey parking and landscape design in Morat
2014 Bâloise group headquarters in Basel, restricted competition
2014 Foot-bridge on the Vedeggio river connecting Agno and Muzzano
(with Marco Tajana, engineer)
2014 Bridge in Pollegio
(with Marco Tajana, engineer)
2015 Apartments building in Lumino, restricted competition
2015 Foot-bridge "ex Ponte della Torretta" in Bellinzona,
(with Lurati Muttoni Partner, engineers)
2015 New ateliers at Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, restricted competition
: different recompositions

Recompositions in Sceru and Giumello, Malvaglia Valley

[…] it was a mass of stone, which any unknowing observer would have imagined was a heap of stone cast up by the permafrost. Two assistants, who removed the stones in three hours of enthusiastic work, uncovered some kind of centre and then a rectangular shape, eventually revealing the foundations of a farmhouse. Filled up with stones, they had taken on the shape of a grave. The picture which Loos supplies for his definition of architecture ("Someone was buried here, That is architecture.") focuses on the work of both assistants: here on the Sceru Alp they have buried a house. Let us imagine that these two continue tirelessly piling up stones to form graves which tell us about houses, barns and roads. That would be a beautiful way of confirming the rural exodus, wouldn’t it? (from “New alpine architecture, Architecture prize 2006”)

The introductive text comes from the catalogue of a 2006 collective exhibition where my first recomposition in Sceru was exposed. It ends wishing that the two assistants would continue piling stones in Sceru. After ten years not only all Sceru ruins were recomposed, but a second alp was completed: Giumello. Friends, relatives, colleagues, students joined the two first assistants and with the same enthusiasm and with generosity they helped me on this never ending gesture. They are Jorge Osatinsky, Mattia Agates, Michele Alberio, Stefano Albert, Melina Angeletti, Filippo Bertamini , Mirko and Nio Bonetti, Lorenzo Campagna, Milo, Nico, Paolo and Vasco Canevascini, Gildardo Corzo Ariza, Victoria Diaz Saravia, Elias Dörig, Silvia Ducart, Ludovica Franchetti, Francesca Gagliardi, Francesco Gamba, Filippo Gismondi, Gregorio Lacchio, Alessandro Loda, Nadia, Marcello and Michele Martinoni, Giulia, Marcello, Marta and Monica Maugeri, Flavia Mazzanti, Jeffery Meylan, Barbara, Diego, Martin and Matias Muntaner, Samira Muster, Andrea Nardi, Surya Panzeri, Giulia Pederzini, Siro and Matilde Pedrozzi, Patrick Sidler, Federico Rossi, Alma Sartoris, Laurina Sponagel, Nicola Torniamenti, Daniel Varon, Antonio Vassallo, Thomas Winkelmann and Sidi Vanetti.

in Sceru and Giumello, the transformations

Pizzada, Blenio Valley

New functions like sleeping, cooking, eating and resting are introduced into a mountain cowshed fallen into disuse. These functions, often considered partially incompatible in the same space, coexist around a fitted piece of furniture.

Sceru, Malvaglia Valley

A farmstead with dry stone walling has its eaves removed and has the woodwork normally visible between the sides walls and the roof covered. The resulting massive character contrasts sharply with the original tectonic design.

in Pizzada and Sceru, two renovations

Courtyard house in Ligaino

A building consisting of parts built at different times set in a rural complex with a courtyard, takes on a harmonious contemporary character. The reconstruction process begins with the demolition of damaged parts like the wooden floors and woodwork. New floors are placed between existing load-bearing walls at different levels so as to permit direct horizontal and vertical movement, from one room to another, through apertures in the walls. The division into three similar floors in the original building is substituted by a set of independent rooms each placed at a specific level.

Apartment in Ligaino

On the top floor of a traditional house in the historic centre a cross shaped piece of furniture structures in four equivalent sectors the unitary space defined by the perimeter walls.

in Ligaino rural cluster, the dwellings

House in Sonvico

The one floor house leans on a slope and gets horizontality through two hollow pillars where secondary functions are placed.

Housing in Pregassona

The vertical structure composed by eight perimeter pillars and two central cores containing elevator and stairs is repeated without variations on all four floors. The access floor remains empty and row. On each of the remaining three floors the apartments are crossed by a diagonal space that emphasizes their major dimension and guarantees the access to all rooms.

House in Pregassona

A repetitive and close vertical structure, based on two inferior lateral bays and a main central one, allows reduced thicknesses for pillars (20x20 cm) and slabs (16 cm). The roof structure repeats the intermediate slab structure, but it is bent along its central axis.

House in Mendrisio

The house, located just outside the Mendrisio historic centre where once began the fields, has been absorbed over the years by the urban extension. However, its autonomy originally characterized by the agricultural context has paradoxically increased. After the creation of a built front along a recently realized road, the dwelling has found itself protagonist of a well defined space between the historical town edge and the new urban front. (with Victoria Diaz Saravia, facade graphic consultant: Sidi Vanetti)

in Sonvico, Pregassona and Mendrisio, a motorway junction

An elevated roundabout keeps the junction within motorway perimeters and becomes the key element of the new access to the city (with Grignoli Muttoni Partner and Edy Toscano engineers).

in Bellinzona, a masterplan

The project was commissioned by the Armenian National Social Housing Association. It foresees the construction of 200 new housing units and the renovation of an existing building. The site is an area originally intended by initiative of the Moldovan state to the construction of residential blocks for homeless families after the 1988 Spitak earthquake. The initiative suffered a sudden interruption following the Soviet disintegration, leaving unfinished a series of terraces and a building. Our project originates from a careful analysis of these terraces that properly reshaped become the supporting surfaces of the new residential district. (Graphic consultant: Sidi Vanetti)

in Dilijan, several competitions

Basler Versicherungen Hauptsitz

Der architektonische Ausdruck des Basler Versicherungen Hauptsitz entsteht durch technische Anforderungen und eine präzise architektonische Vorstellung: einerseits muss ein hoher thermischer Standard erfüllt werden, welcher eine lückenlos gedämmte Hülle fordert, andererseits besteht der Anspruch auf eine Fassade, die nicht eine Verkleidung oder eine nachträglich angebrachte Oberfläche ist. Der öffentliche Ausdruck des Gebäudes besteht aus einem monolithischem Flachrelief. Die Mauern, wie nebeneinanderstehende Scheiben, sind unabhängige Elemente, distanziert vom eigentlichen Baukörper und durch eine Serie von horizontalen, in der Fassade mit Bolzen an das sich dahinter befindende Gebäude befestigt. Diese Bolzen definieren, zusammen mit Versteifungsrippen, den Rhythmus der Fassade. (Wettbewerb auf Einladung)

Mendrisio Academy of Architecture design studio spaces

In the project for the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture design studio spaces a new platform supports the new volume, that together with the three existing buildings defines a public space. Its four facades are made of cast on site monolithic reinforced concrete 12cm thick. They are self-supporting and separated along the vertical edges. Their autonomy, two-dimensionality and frontality express in a precise way the ultimate purpose of a facade: to represent the building, similarly to a mask.

Bellinzona railway Station

The Bellinzona railway Station is located on a artificial platform. On this platform, arrival surface to the city for those who arrive by train, the two historic buildings emerge with autonomy once demolished the newest and of less value elements. Our new building, a loggia, is a structure that covers the transitional space between travel and destination, between train and city. The loggia is the city threshold. (Competition by invitation)

Logements à Genève

L’immeuble de logements à Genève est conçu comme un bloc planté dans la végétation avec deux grandes arrière-plans verts au nord et à l’ouest. Au bloc compact, composé d’éléments préfabriqués en béton, se juxtapose, presque sans le toucher, une fine structure composée de piliers et dalles qui dessine d’un trait fin mais décidé le volume d’une grande galerie sur plusieurs étages. C’est la tension entre ces deux objets, le mince vide qui les sépare, qui représente l’un des thèmes clés du projet. Les galeries superposées évoquent un grand scénario où les gens se mettent sur scène.

and a tomb

. Some projects have been awarded prizes
1999New alpine architecture, International architecture prize, Sesto Cultura:
holiday house in Pizzada alp, Semione
2006New alpine architecture, International architecture prize, Sesto Cultura:
restoration of a farmhouse and a ruined farmhouse in Sceru alp, Malvaglia
2007SIA-Ticino Award for the best private building in Ticino from 2004 to 2007:
courtyard house restructuring in Pregassona
2008Die Besten 08 Award for the best buildings in Switzerland in 2008:
courtyard house restructuring in Pregassona
(in 2009 a member of the awarding jury)
2015Die Besten 15 Award for the best buildings in Switzerland in 2015, mention:
recompositions in Sceru and Giumello in Malvaglia Valley
2016SIA-Ticino Award for the best buildings in Ticino from 2012 to 2016, mention:
recompositions in Sceru and Giumello in Malvaglia Valley
2016Swiss art awards 2016, finalist: recompositions in Sceru and Giumello in Malvaglia Valley
(New Alpine Architecture, Die Besten, SIA), some appeared in publications
1999Shinkenchiku: 1999, no.12, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 113-8501
2000JA, the japan architect, no.36, winter 2000, Tokyo
2000Neues Bauen in den Alpen, architekturpreis 1999, Sexten Kultur, Birkhäuser Verlag, isbn 3-7643-6115-8
2002Architetture nel territorio, Canton Ticino 1970-2000, CD-ROM, Authors: Mercedes Daguerre e Graziella Zannone Milan, Edizioni Tarmac, Mendrisio
2005Piso, ciudad al ras, no.7, Guadalajara
2006Time+Architecture, no.5, Shanghai
2006Hochparterre, beilage, no.10, Zurich
2007Premio SIA Ticino 2007, Edizioni Casagrande, Bellinzona
2007Architecture Suisse, no.167, Lausanne
2007Piso, ciudad al ras, no.11, Guadalajara
2007Buonasera, TV report on the Televisione della Svizzera Italiana on the SIA Award
2008Hockparterre, no.12, Zurigo
2008Kulturplatz, TV report on the Schweizer Fernsehen on Die Bestem 08 Award
2008Architecture today, no.186, London
2008Neues Bauen in den Alpen, architekturpreis 2006, Sexten Kultur, Birkhäuser Verlag, isbn 978-3-7643-8394-7
2008Werk, bauen+wohnen, no.9, Zurich
2008Domus, no.914, Milan
2008Domus, Russian Edition, no.9, Moscow
2008Il Quotidiano, TV report on the Televisione della Svizzera Italiana on the new motorway junction in Bellinzona
2009Exhibition Architecture through pictures, California Institute of Architecture European Program, Vico Morcote, introduced by Bruno Reichlin
2009Foglio volante, interview at the Radio della Svizzera Italiana on Architecture through pictures exhibition in Vico Morcote
2010I luoghi dell’anima, interview at the Radio della Svizzera Italiana on the courtyard house restructuring in Pregassona
2010Cronache della Svizzera Italiana, Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Vladimir Sapozhnikov correspondence from Moskow Biennial
2011 Werk, bauen+wohnen, no.11, Zurich
2011Ticinosette, no. 35, Muzzano
2012Talea, no. 31, Como
2012 Traumhaus, no. 5, Schlieren
2012Hochparterre, no. 5, Zurich
2012Exhibition and catalogue Import Ticino, Barcelona
2013 Faces, Journal d’architecture, no.72, Geneva
2013Archi, no. 6, Lugano
2013Ticino Management, no. 4, Lugano
2013Das Ideale Heim, no. 6, Zurich
2013Umbauen+Renovieren, no. 6, Zurich
2013Viso, Schweizer Baudokumentation , no. 5, Rüschlikon
2014Square, USI-magasine, no. 14, Lugano
2014Ticino Management, no. 4, Lugano
2014 Corriere del Ticino, 13.9.2014
2015 Hochparterre Wettbewerbe, no. 1, Zurich
2015Werk, bauen+wohnen, no. 3, Zurich
2015Exhibition Experimenta 01, I workshop dell’Accademia in mostra, Mendrisio Academy of Architecture
2015Ticino Guide, Architettura e ingegneria, Canton Ticino 2000-2015, Archi, Verlags AG, Zurich
2015Hochparterre, no.12, Zurich
2015Architecture Suisse, 199-1
2016Catalogue of Premio SIA Ticino 2016 award
(JA, Werk, Architecture Today, Domus) or have been presented in lectures
2003College of Architects of the city of Tucumán, Argentina
2004Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico
2005Graduate School of Architecture, Nanjing Univerity, Nanjing, Cina
2006University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
2007Università degli studi of Genua, Italy
2007Brasilea Foundation, Basel, Switzerland, roundtable with Annette Spiro and Meinrad Morger for Oscar Niemeyer’s 100th anniversary
2007Haute école d’art et de design, Geneva, Switzerland
2007United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
2010Biennale of architecture, Moscow
2010CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India
2011Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Universidade de São Paulo, FAU-USP, Brazil
2011Escola da Cicade, São Paulo, Brazil
201320. International design workshop, Monte Carasso, Switzerland
2014Masayuki Kurokawa Office, Tokyo
2014Università degli Studi, Pavia, Italy
2015Arcadia Mediatica, Lima, Peru
2015Paolo Canevascini design studio, Mendrisio Academy of Architecture
2016Stefano Moor design studio, University of Applied Sciences, Geneva
2016CUJAE, Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría, La Habana, Cuba
2016Swiss Architects Federation general assembly, Geneva
in Switzerland and abroad. I am passionate about teaching
since 2003Founder and director of WISH, Workshop on International Social Housing
Mendrisio Academy of Architecture,
Visiting Professor
2007 Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori of Pavia
2016 Mendrisio Academy of Architecture,
Thesis expert
2007 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Bruno Marchand
2010 University of Applied Sciences, Bern, Marco Bakker
2011 University of Applied Sciences, Lugano
Guest critic
2000 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne,.Vincent Mangeat
2001 Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, Kenneth Frampton
2007 Kent State University, Florence, Sebastiano Brandolini and Alfonso Femia
2008 Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, Jonathan Woolf
2008 SCI-Arc, Vico Morcote, Ludovica Molo
2009 University of Applied Sciences, Lugano, Lukas Meyer
2009 Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, thesis, Jonathan Sergison
2013 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Angelo Bucci
2014 Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, Francis Kéré
2015 University of Applied Sciences, Freiburg, Giacomo Guidotti
2016 University of Applied Sciences, Geneva, Stefano Moor
1997 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Alberto Campo Baeza
1998 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Vincent Mangeat
1998 Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, Kenneth Frampton
2000 Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, M. and F. Aires Mateus
2001 Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, Valerio Olgiati
: since 2003 I direct WISH

Workshop on International Social Housing
Summer school of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture

With the participation in various editions of:
Miquel Adrià
Leonardo Benevolo
Dario Bonetti
Mirko Bonetti
Mario Botta
Sebastiano Brandolini, Angelo Bucci e Alvaro Puntoni
Peppo Brivio, Jacques Gubler
Marianne Burkhalter
Felipe Correa
Paulo Dam Mazzi, Reynaldo Ledgard
Balkrishna Doshi, Snehal Shah
Ana Maria Duran
Dayra Gelabert Abreu
Sandra Giraudi
Giacomo Guidotti
Go Hasegawa, Raphael Zuber
Massimo Laffranchi
Angelo Mangiarotti
Alexis Mosquera
Andrea Pedrazzini
Alfredo Pini
Alberto Ponis
Lone Poulsen
Luis Rueda Guzman
Kazunari Sakamoto
Snehal Shah
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
Livio Vacchini
Felix Wettstein
Ding Wowo

, the Summer School Programme of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, where in 2016 I was invited as a design studio visiting professor. Martino Pedrozzi
1971 Born in Zurich
1974–1975 Living in Peru
1990–1996 Studies at the EPFL with Frédéric Aubry, Patrick Mestelan,
Luigi Snozzi, Vincent Mangeat and Kenneth Frampton; Internships at
Campi e Pessina, Tita Carloni and Livio Vacchini; diploma with Mario Botta
since 1997 Independent architect
1999 Three months in Oscar Niemeyer office in Rio de Janeiro
since 2003 Conception e direction of WISH, Mendrisio Academy of Architecture
2008 Honorary doctor at Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction
2015 Board member of the Teatro dell’Architetttura foundation, Mendrisio
2016 Visiting professor, Mendrisio Academy of Architecture