Co-founder, Director

In 2000 Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi established the collective OBR Open Building Research to investigate new ways of contemporary living, creating a design network among Milan, London and New York. After working with Renzo Piano, Paolo and Tommaso have oriented the research of OBR towards the integration artifice-nature, to create sensitive environments in perpetual change, which stimulate the interaction between man and environment. The team of OBR develops its experimental line through the participation in projects concerning public-private social programs, promoting – through architecture – the sense of community and the individual identities. Today OBR is group open to different multidisciplinary contributions, cooperating with different universities, such as Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Aalto University, Academy of Architecture of Mumbai and Mimar Sinan Fine Art University. Among the best known works by OBR are the Pythagoras Museum, the New Galleria Sabauda in Turin, the Milanofiori Residential Complex, the Children Hospital in Parma, the Galliera Hospital in Genoa, the Lido of Genoa, the Ex Cinema Roma, the Triennale di Milano Terrace. The under construction projects by OBR include the Lehariya Cluster in Jaipur and the Jafza Traders Market in Dubai. OBR’s projects have been featured in Venice Biennale of Architecture, Royal Institute of British Architects in London, Bienal de Arquitetura of Brasilia, MAXXI in Rome and Triennale di Milano. OBR has been awarded with the AR Award for Emerging Architecture at RIBA, the Plusform under 40, the Urbanpromo at the 11° Biennale di Venezia, the honourable mention for the Medaglia d’Oro all’Architettura Italiana at the Triennale di Milano, the Europe 40 Under 40 in Madrid, the Leaf Award in London, the WAN Residential Award, the Building Healthcare Award, the Inarch Award for Italian Architecture and the American Architecture Prize for Architectural Design in New York. AWARDS: 2017 Premio Urbanistica INU, Milano 2016 AAP American Architecture Prize for Architectural Design, New York 2015 In/Arch International Award for Architecture and Design, Milano 2014 Building Healthcare Award for Best International Design, London Architizer A + Awards, Finalist, London 2013 Ad’A Award for Italian Architecture, Roma 2012 Gold Medal for Italian Architecture, Finalist, La Triennale di Milano Green Good Design Award, Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, Chicago WAN Awards Residential, London 2011 LEAF Awards overall winner, London LEAF Leading European Architect Forum Award, Residential Building of the Year, London In/Arch Ance Award, Realized architecture by young architect, Roma 2010 European 40 Under 40 Award, Madrid 2009 Gold Medal for Italian Architecture, Finalist, La Triennale di Milano 2008 Urbanpromo Award, INU Istituto Nazionale Urbanistica, La Biennale di Venezia Plusform Award, Best realised architecture under 40, Roma 2007 AR Award for Emerging Architecture, Honourable mention, RIBA, London

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