massimiliano fuksas interview
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aug 31, 2008
massimiliano fuksas interview


massimiliano fuksas
portrait © designboom

 

 

designboom met massimiliano fuksas in venice on september 11, 2008.

 

 

what is the best moment of the day?
between 6 o’clock and 7 o’clock when I am still in bed.
it is a time when you are dreaming (but you are not dreaming).
you are awake (but you are not awake).
you have a clear mind (but you actually don’t have it).
you have a sort of apparitional experience,
a quasi-perceptual experience.
what kind of music do you listen to at the moment?
I think the best music today is still a bit avant garde,
like the music of luigi nono. that is my favorite.
do you listen to the radio?
no. just records or cds.

 

 

what books do you have on your bedside table?
it is difficult to say because I always read four or five
books at once, like many people I think. the last book
I read was ‘boss of bosses: how one man saved the
sicilian mafia’ by clare longrigg. it is about cosa nostra
boss bernardo provenzano. the other one is about the
camorra, entitled ‘ gomorrah’ by investigative reporter
roberto saviano. a native of naples, who reveals the
criminal underbelly of his city in frightening detail.
these I think are two big old problems in
this world, and still without solutions.

 

 

zenith music hall, strasbourg, france, completed 2008
image courtesy massimiliano fuksas

 

 

zenith music hall, strasbourg, france, completed 2008
image courtesy massimiliano fuksas

 

 

zenith music hall, strasbourg, france, completed 2008
image courtesy massimiliano fuksas

 

 


do you read architecture magazines?

uh, I read my doctrine, I read… (changed his mind) -
better not say it.
I never tell.

 

 

where do you get news from?
from murdoch’s sky news.

 

 

‘congress centre italia’, rome, italy, 2008
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 

‘congress centre italia’, rome, italy, 2008
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 

‘congress centre italia’, rome, italy, 2008
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 


I assume you notice how women dress.

do you have any preferences?
I think the best is when a woman wears a dress.

 

 

what kind of clothes do you avoid wearing?
it’s like you see (points to himself).
I wear the same thing in the winter, summer and
springtime. it’s easy because you can wear it in
the morning, the evening or during the whole day.
however, there is one week when I don’t wear
any black, just white. this is after my one month
holiday on our island in the mediterranean.

 

 

the hermitage guggenheimvilnius museum, vilnius, lithuania, 2008 (competition)
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 

new piaggio historical museum, pontedera, italy, 2008
image courtesy massimiliano fuksas

 

 


when you were a child,

did you want to become an architect?
never. this aspiration came very late when
I was about 20 years old.
I wanted to be a poet and then an artist.
architecture was really my last choice.

 

 

where do you work on your designs and projects?
all over. in a lounge, in the airport, in an airplane.
I can work here (looks around the space where he stands).
in my mind. from 6 o’clock to 7 o’clock in my bed.
I always say there is no place that is specifically
for work and imagination.

 

 

mab zeil, frankfurt, germany 2008
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 

mab zeil, frankfurt, germany 2008
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 

mab zeil, frankfurt, germany 2008
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 


do you discuss your work with other architects

and designers?
no.

 

 

describe your style, like a good friend of yours
would describe it.
all my life I have fought against form, shape and style.
my work is always to understand… sort of a study of facts
and problems. developmental challenges, and then I prefer
to use bold elements. often essentially simple forms and
I toy with them on a grand scale.
it’s like music, sometimes you repeat a theme, other times
there are variations to the themes, at times it’s a jam session.

 

 

is molas golf resort, pula, italy, 2007
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 

bao’an international airport, shenzen, china, 2007 – (competition winner)
image courtesy massimiliano fuksas
see more pictures here

 

 

please describe an evolution in your work,
from your first projects to the present day.
unfortunately there is no evolution.
I use a different language each time, but the concept
is always the same. the first stage of a dialectical conflict
is when two opposing sides are pitted against each other.
if I have concrete here, I will use textile elsewhere…
let me put it this way, I don’t only use A and I don’t only use B.
maybe A on the outside and B inside.

 

 

could you elaborate this regarding the
milan trade fair complex?
it is one of the biggest buildings in europe and
we draped glass and steel as if it were fabric over it.
somewhere in the middle is atmosphere, air.
it can be used as an open-air platform, the air is what
I think is important. also, conic skylights mimic the alps
in the background and bring light into the pavilions,
which alternate steel and orange façades,
creating a fluid dialogue between the various structures.

 

 

armani ginza tower, tokyo, japan, 2007
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 

armani ginza tower, tokyo, japan, 2007
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 


… and regarding the new zenith music hall in strasbourg?

there is an oval concrete box, that contains the actual music hall
and a ‘textile membrane’ which gets its form by five steel
bars that go all around the façade. like five hula-hoops.
we made the building a bit like a tent, but in its materialization
it fortunately goes beyond that. at daytime the membrane
is just very orange, but at night the building lightens up like
a big lantern. it is showing the supporting structure
of the façade and displays projected images, video
or text of what’s going on inside.
like a huge billboard.

 

 

left: gazprom tower, san petersburg, russia, 2006 – (competition)
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

right: margonara touristic port and marina, savona, italy, 2006 – (competition)
image courtesy massimiliano fuksas

 

 

what project has given you the most satisfaction?
I have to say one? you have put me on the spot,
there are so many built and unbuilt projects…
it is difficult to choose.

 

 

who would you like to design something for?
designing in the contemporary city.
because 60% of the world use to live in the city.

 

 

new trade fair, milan, italy, 2005
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 

new trade fair, milan, italy, 2005
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 

new trade fair, milan, italy, 2005
image courtesy doriana and massimiliano fuksas

 

 

is there any designer and/or architect from the past,
you appreciate a lot?
francesco borromini.
also, the haghia sofia in constantinople…

 

 

and a modern architecture?
the opera house in sydney.

 

 

nardini research center, vicenza, italy, 2002
image courtesy massimiliano fuksas

 

 

new italian space agency, rome, italy, 2000
image courtesy massimiliano fuksas

 

 

what advice would you give to the young?
I don’t have advice for them, but perhaps they can
give me advice and help me. I think a young architect
today should be a little more revolutionary.
different from what we have seen built over
the last 40 years.

 

 

what are you afraid of regarding the future?
I am afraid that the world won’t choose the right road.
for me, ‘right’ would mean a world which has
a peaceful, multiethnic, multireligious
and multicultural society.

 

 

 

 

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