Antonio Citterio was born in Meda (MI) in 1950. He took a degree in Architecture at the Milan Polytechnic, and in 1972 opened his own studio, focusing on architecture and interior design. From 1987 to 1996 he worked in partnership with Terry Dwan, designing buildings in Europe and Japan. The most important projects included the redesign of a block in the historical center of Seregno (MI), the Esprit headquarters in Amsterdam, Antwerp and Milan, and industrial plants for Vitra in Germany and Antonio Fusco in Milan.
In 1999 Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel formed Antonio Citterio and Partners, a multidisciplinary office concentrating on architecture, industrial design and graphics.
Patricia Viel was born in 1962 in Milan, where she took a degree in Architecture at the Polytechnic in 1987. In 1986 she began working in the studio of Antonio Citterio as a project manager. Since 1999, as a founding partner, she has been in charge of architecture, while taking an active part in the management of the studio. Since 2005 she has been a member of the Board of Directors of IN/ARCH, for the section of the Province of Milan. In September 2009 the studio changed its official name to "Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners".
Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners develop projects for residential and commercial complexes, industrial facilities, restructuring and conservation of public buildings, space planning for work areas, offices, showrooms and hotels. The company has a strong expertise in providing detailed project documentation covering both the shell and core and the interior of a building, from building envelope to interior fit-out, including bespoke millwork elements and furniture. The firm is also active in the sector of corporate communication, handling projects of coordinated image, installations and graphics. In April 2000 the studio’s new facilities were opened in Milan, at Via Cerva 4, and the following May an office was also opened in Hamburg, Germany, at Wrangelstrasse 75b.
In 2002 the new headquarters of Edel Music was completed, on the Elbe River in Hamburg, as well as an office building on the Neuer Wall in that same city; two facilities for offices and textile production were also opened in Legnano and Lecco (Italy), and the Research and Development Center for the furniture company B&B Italia at Novedrate (Como, Italy).
In 2003-04 the studio completed the coordinated image project for De Beers (London and Tokyo stores), and the first Bulgari Hotel was opened in Milan.
In 2005 projects included the restructuring of the historic Palazzo Comunale of Clusone (Bergamo, Italy), the design for the headquarters and company daycare center of the multinational pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline in Verona (Italy), projects for a notary’s offices in Sondrio (Italy) and for single-family homes in Villasimius (Sardinia, Italy) and Basel (Switzerland).
In September 2006 the Bulgari Resort in Bali, the Aspesi store on Via Montenapoleone in Milan and the new Piazza Michele Alboreto in Rozzano (Milan, Italy) were completed. Further recent projects include the Technogym Village in Cesena (production plant, offices and management center), the renewal project for the south pier of the Marina of Ravenna (Italy), and the urban renewal of the former Martinelli area in Morbegno (Sondrio, Italy).
The studio has taken part in many national and international competitions: in 2002 a project was submitted in the competition for the reorganization of the Jungfernstieg in Hamburg with shopping areas, a pedestrian zone and a subway station; competition entries in 2004 included the project for the transformation of the original Fiera Milano district to create a new urban pole (in collaboration with a team of other designers), the design of the Brooktorhafen bridge for the new HafenCity district in Hamburg, the new display concept for the spaces of the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam, and a study for a new school building as an addition to the Deutsche Schule in Milan.
In September 2004, with other designers, the studio won the ideas competition for the functional organization, furnishings and security structures of the south pier of the Marina of Ravenna, a project shown at the 9th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial, in the Water Cities section.
In 2005 the studio won the invitational competition for the construction of a hotel at the Hafencity project in Hamburg, and was invited to take part in the competition for the hotel facilities of the Rho-Pero fair complex (Milan), and the competition for environmental renewal and reconstruction of the lakefront in Lezzeno (CO), for tourism, hospitality and residences.
In 2004 the monograph "Antonio Citterio. Industrial design" was published by Electa, and, in 2005, the volume "Antonio Citterio", edited by Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, was issued by Edilstampa.
Since 2006 Antonio Citterio has been a professor of Design at the Architecture Academy of Mendrisio of the University of Lugano.
In January 2007 the jury of the "Mies van der Rohe Award" selected the project for the daycare center of the GlaxoSmithKline complex in Verona for the catalogue and traveling exhibition; Antonio Citterio received the prestigious appointment as "Royal Designer for Industry" from the "Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce" of London; during that same month, the studio won the competition held by Hines Italia together with the Monte dei Paschi bank of Siena for the renovation of the historic Ferrante Aporti building in Milan, and obtained UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 certification.
Also in 2007, Skira published the monograph «Antonio Citterio. Architettura e Design», and the studio’s project for the new Museo Diocesano of Milan took second place in the international competition.
In May 2008 the studio won the ideas competition for the masterplan of Cascina Merlata, held by EuroMilano, ex- aequo with MCA Architects and Studio Caputo Partnership.
In 2009 the office received the "US award. Workplace: qualità e innovazione" from the magazine US-ufficiostile for the corporate headquarters of Ermenegildo Zegna in Milan. This was also the year of the opening of the Barvikha Hotel & Spa in Moscow, an office building in Osaka (Japan) and the building for apartments and offices of the Brooktorkai Quarter, part of the HafenCity project in Hamburg.
In 2011 the W Hotel in St. Petersburg and the apartment building on Via Salaino in Milan were completed. Construction is now underway for the Bulgari Hotel in London and a new boutique hotel in Hong Kong; the studio is also working on the project for the Havenkwartier in Hasselt (Belgium), in collaboration with De Gregorio and Partners.
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