About us

Orizzontale are an architects’ collective based in Rome whose work crosses the fields of architecture, urbanism, public art, and DIY practice. Orizzontale since 2010 has been promoting projects of common relational spaces, giving form to both dismissed and unseen images of the city. These projects have represented the ground for experimenting new kinds of collaborative interactions between city dwellers and urban commons as well as occasions to test the boundaries of the architectural creation process.

Orizzontale has developed projects in Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Greece, Ukraine, Portugal, Netherlands. “8 ½”, the mobile theatre designed by orizzontale in 2014, was awarded the international prize of Young Architects Program(“YAP MAXXI 2014”) by MAXXI Museum and MoMA PS1. In 2018 at the Venice Biennale, orizzontale is awarded the “Young Talent of Italian Architecture 2018”, which rewards the best Italian under 35 practice.

Our Team: Jacopo Ammendola, Juan Lopez Cano, Giuseppe Grant, Margherita Manfra, Nasrin Mohiti Asli, Roberto Pantaleoni, Stefano Ragazzo

Public space is the background of our daily life and the framework of our professional research. Both the progressive disappearance of communities from the collective spaces of the city and contemporary society that is always changing in both form and needs, prompted us to start a research project on contemporary public space.

Mobility, flexibility, transiency and globalization are elements of the contemporary society that are reflected in a public space that no longer meets the real and immediate needs of the community.

Our goal is to respond to new social needs through experimentation in public space, we try to optimize the resources available and to create a synergy between different types of “urban waste”: waste materials, residual spaces and forgotten or uncommon uses. Public acts, minimum infrastructures, DIY workshops are the tools we use to intervene in reactivating common spaces.

 

Within exhibitions, festivals or reactivation projects, we inhabit spaces through our installations. The aim of these urban machines is to produce a collective imagination, to stimulate debates and reflections and to encourage interaction. Therefore we aim to involve inhabitants in redefining the use and configuration of contemporary public space. In our process we often use an urban storytelling as the incipit of a new urban story: the ultimate goal is the creation of a social and cultural identity, on which to base the processes of urban transformation.

Temporary architecture allows us to explore unknown territories: we believe that ephemeral goes far beyond the meaning of short duration, it triggers a semantic stratification processes that transform the space into common place.

Our architectures are mobile, unstable, provisional, dynamic. Strange vehicles that open-up uncovering instant squares, temporary structures that get reorganized according to specific needs, peculiar buildings that can be assembled and disassembled in few hours, urban readymades. Some of these works arise on the same site where others just disappeared, giving birth to chains and creating a public space in progress, evolving, always uncompleted. They are, literally, «provisional constructions», built to supply a specific need and intended to be dismantled and replaced by something else. At the same time, however, they are «provident constructions», able to see beyond their temporary utility and to imagine the place they occupy after their own disappearance.

 

We believe in open design processes, where the architectural project continually receives input, even after the start of construction. For this reason we adopt the laboratory approach as a design strategy, thus trying to reduce the distance between the actors of the architectural process and hybridizing research, design and construction phases. The open design process is complex and indeterminate. Residents, administrations, associations, architects, urban planners, activists, anyone who belongs to a specific area should be part of the process, each at the right time and the useful energy to participate, but with a common goal: to encourage new ways of using public space which makes it genuinely a common ground.

 

Therefore architectures need to change and adapt to the different conditions of each phases. During the construction workshop, as much as possible, we try to test the various uses of a public space; a complex task, but absolutely useful to discover the potential of a space. Sometimes the project works properly in the construction of the new space, otherwise it may not reach the set target. The workshop form allows us

to test the proposed solutions from the beginning, questioning in this way the infallibility of the project itself, which is continually contaminated by the multiple contributions deriving from the context.

 

Orizzontale develops, designs and builds its work. In this way we try to deepen the theme of the contemporary production process. Construction becomes a tool to research and experiment on material with recycling / upcycling strategies. We develop products both within larger scale projects and in an autonomous form. In this latter situation we test new possible uses for materials. Self-production allows us to research and transform recycled materials into architectural products or components.

 

Orizzontale is a permanent lab, we look at contemporary public space promoting new possible uses. Our research is obviously directed towards those experiments that, beyond the historical period and context, have created an imaginary, inclusive and celebratory public space,.

This constant search allows us to participate in the contemporary debate on public space, redefining as well the architect’s role in contemporary society and in urban development projects. Through a constant interchange between theoretical and practical research, we try to accumulate ideas and experiences to share on a european and global level.

WORKS

2017

Luogo comune: Perestrello 3.0 – Iceberg – urban reactivation and construction workshop (Rome, Italy)

Ars Imago – interior design – 2nd part (Rome,Italy)

Urbanauts’ Units – installation for RAUM Berlijnplein (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Giardino dell’Ex-Sugherificio – landscape design with Caretto&Spagna for the New Patrons Sardinia program curated by a.titolo and Giangavino Pazzola (Ploaghe, Italia)

Crossing Belmonte – public space workshop with La Rivoluzione delle Seppie, the refugee centre of Amantea and the London Metropolitan University (Belmonte, Italy)

Riverpark – setting for temporary club (Roma, Italy)

Barricata [xyz] – installation for FARM CULTURAL PARK (Favara, Italy)

Blur – exhibit design for Nomad Design at Milan Design Week 2017 – BASE Milano (Milano, Italy)

A.R.C.A.-  nomadic pavilion for ZOOART Festival (Cuneo, Italy)

#unfuturomaivisto – photography exhibition setting for Fondazione con il Sud (Rome, Italy)

2016

Leporello – interior design

Prossima apertura – competition for urban renewal promoted by MiBACT and CNAPPC

Ars Imago – interior and furniture design

Monowe (The City Museum)  – collaboration with Ludovica Carbotta for Premio Maxxi 2016 (Rome, Italy)

Casa do Quarteirão – community building project (Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal)

ΠΑΓΚadds – construction workshop for Ecoweek Festival 2012 (Agios Nikolaos, Greece)

Frame – setting for Altrove street art festival (Catanzaro, Italy)

Villa Figulinas – New Patrons Initiative with a.titolo (Florinas, SS, Italy)

Twins – installation for Ammirato Culture House (Lecce, Italy)

2015

Misticanza – product and furniture design

New Life for Markets – furniture for temporary events in various food market (Rome, Italy)

Crepidoma – setting for Agenzia Nazionale Giovani  at Tempio di Adriano (Rome, Italy)

Replica#2 – stage for private event  (Diaccialone, GR, Italy)

Spin Off – setting of the 2015 Steirischer Herbst Festival centre (Graz, Austria)

Mudyi – Mukanda Festival (Vico del Gargano, FG, Italy)

Casa MV – interior design (Rome, Italy)

2014

Speaking Corner – construction workshop for New Generation Festival (Florence, Italy)

Replica#1 – project of an outdoor foyer (Porta Portese Theatre, Roma)

Square Game – construction workshop for Fondazione Perugiassisi  (Perugia, Italy)

Do it together – construction workshop at Manifatture Knos  (Lecce, Italy)

Osthang Project – International Summer School (Darmstadt, Germany)

8 ½ – Young Architects Program Maxxi 2014 (Maxxi Museum, Rome, Italy)

ПРОГРЕСС. Revitalization of the Telichka – construction workshop for CANactions Festival  (Kiev, Ukraine)

Costruire Largo Milano – public space project for ZAC/Zone Artistiche Condivise (Cinisello Balsamo, MI, Italy)

Nativ-E – interior design for White Gallery Boutique (Rome, Italy)

Stazione SanBa – construction workshop for SanBa public art project (Rome, Italy)

WAARK – construction workshop (University of Florence, Italy)

Acrobax library – interior design (Rome, Italy)

Mobile relational devices. Pimp my cart – construction workshop for IED Factory (Rome, Italy)

2013

Intercity notte – interior design for Impact Hub (Florence, Italy)

Backroom – interior design (Rome, Italy)

Habitat – installation for Premio Federico Maggia 2013 at Fondazione Sella (Biella, Italy)

Spazio Pubblico On Demand – exhibition for Biennial Public Space 2013 (Rome, Italy)

Pop up device – installation at EME3 Festival (Barcelona, Spain)

Docks – setting for a temporary club (Rome, Italy)

ESC atelier – stage for events (Rome, Italy)

Piazza dell’Artigianato #0 – installation for Green Industrial Space (Padova, Italy)

2012

S.O.S. Spazio Open Source (KIUI Project) – public space project for BabelBabel Festival (Rome, Italy)

Red Carpet – construction workshop of a mobile relational device at Nuovo Cinema Palazzo (Rome, Italy)

Gondwana – installation for FestarchLab 2012 (Terni, Italy)

UP – construction workshop for Ecoweek Festival 2012 (Rome, Italy)

2011

Libero Mercato (Atto Pubblico#3, KIUI Project) – temporary event and installation (Rome, Italy)

Open Bricolage (Atto Pubblico#2, KIUI Project) – temporary event and installation (Rome, Italy)

Eco Agro Cult Urbano (Atto Pubblico#1, KIUI Project) – temporary event and installation (Rome, Italy)

Orto mobile – mobile installation (Bologna, Italy)

Crucivurbe  – ludic intervention in public space (Rome, Italy)

Perestrello 2.0 – public space project (Rome, Italy)

2010

Workwatching – temporary  installation in public space (Rome, Italy)

Le Orecchie di Giussano – pop-up square (Rome, Italy)

AWARDS

2017

RomArchitettura 6 – prize for a project realized by young architects “Spin off” (Graz – Austria) [1st prize]

2016

Prossima Apertura  – competition for urban renewal promoted by MiBACT and CNAPPC [1st prize]

8 ½  – Young Italian Architects 2016 competition [shortlisted]

Quattro di Maggio – competition “Un’Opera per il Castello”, Castel Sant’Elmo, Napoli [shortlisted]

2015

Spin Off  – competition for Steirischer Herbst festival centre [1st prize]

100 storie di creatività 2016 – Regione Lazio [selected project]

2014

Top10 Paesaggio UNDER36 > Nwe Italian Blood 2014 [2nd prize]

Largo Milano – artist residency for ZAC/Zone Artistiche Condivise, Cinisello Balsamo, Milano [1st prize]

8 ½  – Young Architects Program Maxxi 2014 [1st prize]

romArchitettura 5 – prize for a project realized by young architects [“8 ½ ” – YAP MAXXI 2014]

2013

Habitat – competition for “Premio Federico Maggia 2013”, Fondazione Sella, Biella [mentioned project]

Competition “Quale spazio pubblico” – Biennial Public Space 2013”, Roma [2nd prize]

La Nef des Fous – competition for “Yes We Camp” in Marseille [selected project]

Pop up device – installation for “TOPIAS” competition, EME3 Festival 2013, Barcelona [selected project]

2012

Motus Animale Politico – competition for scenic design [selected project]

EXHIBITIONS

2017

Nomad Design, Milan Design Week 2017 – BASE Milano, Milan, Italy

Invisible Architecture – curated by Rita Elvira Adamo at Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, Italy

2016

Abitare minimo – curated by M. Spadoni e N. Galeazzi at Villa Alba in Gardone Riviera, Brescia, Italy

CONTROCAMPO. Gli architetti italiani ci mettono la faccia – curated by L. Molinari e A. Benetti at Spazio FMG, Milan, Italy

Misticanza – curated by Altrove for Catanzaro Design Week, Catanzaro, Italy

2015

NIB 2014 – New Italian Blood, itinerant exhibition

Is architecture working for you? – EME3 festival 2015, Barcelona, Spain

Arte e Design – Gallery of Art Temple University, Rome, Italy

Spazio Pubblico On Demand – Arkansas University, Rome, Italy

2014

YAP MAXXI 2014 – Young Architects Program at MoMA (NYC), MAXXI (Rome), MMCA (Seoul), Constructo

(Santiago Chile), Istanbul Modern (Istanbul)

2004–2014. Opere e progetti del Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea – Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

2013

Piazza dell’Artigianato #0 –  The Museum of Arte Útil by T. Bruguera, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

TOPIAS. Utopias becoming real – EME3 Festival, Barcelona, Spain

Spazio Pubblico On Demand – Biennial of Public Space 2013 at Casa dell’Architettura, Rome, Italy

TALKS / LECTURES

2018

01/03 Who cares?, London Metropolitan University, London, England

2017

01/12 Crowdlab: Spazio Pubblico, Prato al Futuro, Prato, Italy

28/11 Periferie: Società, Identità, Paesaggio, Fondazione Ordine Architetti di Genova, Genova, Italy

24/09 Speaking Corner, New Generations Festival 2017, Roma, Italy

15/06 We need to talk: on the young architect’s paradox, Milano Arch Week, Milan, Italy

26/05 La città come casa, Architettura in città 2017, Turin, Italy

29/04 Opp festival – Energie U18 , Farm Cultural Park, Favara, Italy

12/04 Time for impact, Casa dell’Architettura, Rome, Italy

06/04 In contest, Superficial studio, Milan, Italy

05/04 Living temporary and small size, BASE Milano, Milan, Italy

02/04 Architettura da favola, Scuola Holden , Turin, Italy

23/03 Passato Presente Futuro, per la mostra Architettura Invisibile, Rome, Italy

03/03 Building Commun(c)ities,  Spazio EN, Piacenza, Italy

01/02 Progettare l’A.R.C.A. – Arte Ricerca Comunità Abitare, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy

2016

01/12 Città come cultura, Maxxi Museum, Rome, Italy

06/10 IED Square 2016, Rome, Italy

02/08 Architettura sociale , XXVI Seminario di Architettura e Cultura urbana, University of Camerino, Italy

20/07 O lugar do efémero. Arquitetura no domínio público, Walk&Talk Festival, Ponta Delgada, Azores

10/07 Ecoweek Crete 2016, Agios Nikolaos, Greece

30/05 Beyond the building, University of Arkansas , Rome, Italy

12/04 Re-Act. Tools for urban reactivation, Fondazione Exclusiva , Rome, Italy

18/03 Open studio, Real Academia de España , Rome, Italy

26/02 Do it together architecture for common spaces,  Creative mornings, Turin, Italy

20/02 The city we need: open for art, United Nations Conference, Habitat III, Alghero, Italy

2015

21/12 Costruire lo spazio comune, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

23/11 #doittogether, New Generations Festival 2015, Genoa, Italy

03/11 Inside stories, University of  Florence, Italy

21/10 Is architecture working for you?, roundtable at EME3 Festival, Barcelona, Spain

07/05 Do it together architecture, PoliMi, Milan, Italy

19/04 Do it yourself architecture for common spaces, Nevicata 14, Milan, Italy

2014

01/12 Due esperienze di partecipazione, Casa dell’Architettura, Rome, Italy

30/11 Soapbox Lecture, New Generations Festival, Palazzina Reale, Florence, Italy

07/11 Cityscape, Potenza, Italy

27/10 TEMPORIUSO. Manuale per il riuso temporaneo di spazi in abbandono, in Italia, Rome, Italy

19/09 Ombre d’Artista, Salerno, Italy

18/09 DUExVENTI, Ordine degli Architetti, Turin, Italy

25/07 The City as a Sphere for Action, Symposium at Osthang Project, Darmstadt, Germany

17/05 DIY for common spaces, Symposium at CANactions Festival, Kiev, Ukraine

04/05 Spazi d’artificio. Dialoghi sulla città contemporanea, University of Rome, Italy

20/04 XI Taller Social Latinoamericano, University of Managua, Nicaragua

04/04 La città materiale. Campionario per il futuro spazio urbano,  Future Film Festival, Bologna, Italy

24/01 Kick-off Osthang Project, TU Darmstadt, Germany

2013

16/12 DIY architecture for common space, Roma Tre University, Italy

17/12 Uno spazio extraORDINARIO, Master in Urban Interior Design, PoliMi, Milan, Italy

03/09 Spazio Pubblico On Demand, opening exhibition, Casa dell’Architettura, Rome, Italy

06/06 Natura dello spazio pubblico e rivitalizzazione urbana, roundtable at MACRO Museum, Rome, italy

15/04 DIY architecture for common spaces, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

10/04 Erasmus + 2014-2020, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy

15/03 Autocostruzioni, presentation of the book by A. Giancotti, Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy

2012

11/12 Do it yourself architecture for common spaces, School of Design, PoliMi, Milan, Italy

03/12 Urban Talks. L’architettura per l’altro 99%, roundtable at IN/ARCH Lazio, Rome, Italy

PUBLICATIONS

2017

Walk and Talk in Portugal, by Team Design Detail in Design Detail December 2017, Vol.4, Issue 44, India

Italian Stories (8 ½ ), by Luca Molinari – Area n.155, Milan, Italy

Costruire Largo Milano e Open Bricolage on Tactical Urbanism Volume 5: Italy curated by Paola Bazzu and Valentina Talu, The Street Plan Collaborative, USA

Spin off – A retro spin by Soumya S. Warrier on Design Detail April 2017, Vol.4, Issue 36, India

Do it yourself, do it together by Gianpiero Venturini su Platform – architecture and design n. 12 – anno III – 2017, Italy

Challenging the hidden potential of the city on ECOWEEK: The Book #1: 50 voices for sustainability curated by Elias Messinas e Dan Price, Greece

Exhibition catalogue – Invisible Architecture, Silvana Editoriale, Milan, Italy

2016

Casa do Quarteirão – Die Transformation der Stadt betreun di Carl Fingerhuth on werk, bauen+wohnen 12-2016, Svizzera

orizzontale profile – 100 storie di creatività 2016 curated by Regione Lazio, Italy

8 ½ – Happening 2 curated by Frame Magazine, Netherlands

8 ½ – Upcycling,  건축문화 n.423/2016, South Korea

Casa do Quarteirão – DAMn Magazine n.58/2016, Belgium

2015

Exhibition catalogue – Steirischer Herbst Festival 2015, Austria

Exhibition catalogue – Is architecture working for you?, Eme3, Spain

Osthang Project – Building the city together, raumlabor editor, Germany

8 ½ – in Watch Out! – Public Art Collection, Sandu Publishing, China

2014

Osthang Project – Experiments in a+u n.531/2014, Japan

Speaking Corner – Capire il futuro, L’architetto n.22/2014

8 ½ – Un premio Orizzontale,  Il Manifesto 3/7/2014

Exhibition catalogue – Eme3, Spain

Gondwana – Urban beauty by A. Lambertini, Compositori editore, Italy

2013

Gondwana – Interventi di agopuntura urbana attraverso Piccole Opere Pubbliche in L’Ufficio Tecnico 9/2013

Pop-up device – Eme3: altres formes de fer ciutat”, El País 27/6/2013

S.O.S. Spazio Open Source – Nella periferie i colori degli architetti, Il Messaggero 07/05/2013

2012

KIUI Project – Arquitectura Y PUNTO Anno II n. 15, Mexico

S.O.S. Spazio Open Source – Autocostruzioni o degli ultimi spazi del progetto by A.Giancotti, Prospettive Edizioni, Italy

KIUI Project – AlterArchitectures Manifesto, Eterotopia Infolio, France

S.O.S. Spazio Open Source – Soluzione Orizzontale, Il mensile di Paese Sera, Anno II n. 6

TEACHING

2017

A.R.C.A.-  workshop with the design lab lead by prof. Daniele Regis – Facoltà di Architettura,Politecnico di Torino (Cuneo, Italy)

Crossing Belmonte – workshop with Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University (Belmonte, Italy)

Fuoriclasse in movimento – construction wokshop at I.C. Via Cortina – Save the Children Italia program (Roma, Italy)

2016

Design lab 2 – Roaming restaurant – 3° semester – Interior design IED (Roma, Italy)

2015

Design lab 2 – furniture design – 3° semester – Interior design IED (Roma, Italy)

2014

“Building The City Together” International Summer School – TU Darmstadt (Darmstadt, Germany)

Pimp my cart, Dispositivi Relazionali Mobili – design&build workshop, IED Factory (Roma, Italy)

WAARK – design&build workshop with architecture faculty of Università di Firenze. (Firenze, Italy)

2012

S.O.S. Spazio Open Source (KIUI Project) – design&build workshop – Facoltà di Architettura Sapienza (Roma, Italy)