â€œ Every project on the Sicilian contrywide, either little or big, private or public, no matter if for a new territory construction or for building restoration, is always a chance to make high quality architecture, respecting environment.â€
Â This is the philosophy of Studio â€œFRA â€“ Architecture and Eco- Innovationâ€: a set of many young architects and engineers (all under 40) coordinated by Architect Fabrizio Russo , who founded it in 1998 in Catania. FRA has collected distinguished results. In recent years for the amount and quality of its public and private projects, thanks to a dynamic, horizontal and multi- specialized organization.
The young team of architects works in sought to promote a new meaning of Architecture, as a discipline that qualifies the space where men live and work in a continuing search for integration between contemporary architecture and development/ protection of Sicilian historical constructions, of means of the innovative use of sustainable materials and traditional building types.
In addition to the basic requirement of a project, such as aesthetic attributes and functionality, Studio FRA, focuses its attention on other elements such as: cost control and bio- compatibility of planning choices, environmental sustainability and energy savings in the years to come. Studio FRA took part to several events and exhibitions as: SAEM Exhibition Catania, â€œProject Lebanon 2010â€ in Beirut, â€œRecent architecture in Sicily â€“ 2010â€ organized in July by the Regione Siciliana at the International Conference â€œ EcoS 2011â€ at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia.
At the â€œ EcoS 2011â€ Conference Studio FRA presented a prototype of sustainable eco-house named â€œCASAB2â€ or â€œcasabiquardoâ€, a building entirely designed for eco- sustainability and bio- compatibility materials and created by the architects Fabrizio Russo and Giovanni Dâ€™Amico. The project consists of a totally wooden house, suitable for Sicilian climate in order to have low fuel consumption of energy (class A+) for summer cooling.
Studio FRA has participated to several competitions where it received prizes and mentions, like: â€œQuadranti di Architettura 2008â€ prize for the project of three squares in Nicolosi (Catania); two special mentions, one during the â€œDelmonte Award 2008 â€“ Sustainable Architecture in the coastal areasâ€ in Chiavari (GE) and the other during the â€œRedevelopment of the Nicotera marinaâ€™s waterfrontâ€. It received also a report during the 2009 â€œCittÃ per il verdeâ€ Prize.
Moreover, Studio FRA has got publication and citations in several architectural books and newspaper as â€œRizoma â€“ Biennal of Young Italian Architectâ€ (M&M Maschietto Editore, Firenze, 2008 , â€œ Urban centerâ€™s archaeological interesting areasâ€ (Gangemi Editore, 2001); â€œCompositional patterns in the beginning of the 900â€™ century architectural designâ€ (UniversitÃ degli studi di Catania, 2004);â€ The Jubilee Bridgesâ€ (Gangemi Editore, 1999), and the architecture magazines, â€œ Paesaggio Urbano â€ (march 2009) and â€œAmbiente Casaâ€ (sept 2011).
Among public works already completed three squares in Nicolosi (Catania), the new waterfront and the museum of Letojanni (Messina), the restoration of Palazzo Blandini in Palagonia (Catania), an outdoor theater in San Gregorio (Catania) and an urban park in with LED lighting in Aci Bonaccorsi (Catania).
Â For private customers, Studio FRA has designed and built houses, offices, commercial spaces and catering, hotels and has repaired buildings of historical and artistic interest. Among the works soon to be realized are included two service centers for craftsmanship in Nicolosi (Catania) and San Giovanni La Punta, an information point near the so called Castagno Cento Cavalli in Santâ€™Alfio (Catania), the retraining of a little town of Fornazzo (Milo-Catania), the Etna Tourist Center in Nicolosi (Catania), the Landscape Eco- Museum in Santâ€™Agata Li Battiati (Catania) and a Art Hotel in a old baronial residence in Pedara (Catania) with various other projects both public and private fields.
What to do in the future? To continue in creation and experiments with enthusiasm and commitment, pursuing innovation in construction, environment and energy. These are successful elements strongly relevant for this group of young architects who believe in a sustainable future for Sicily through a balanced development between the need to protect our heritage and modern architecture.
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