Degli Esposti Architetti is a leading partnership practicing architecture, urbanism and infrastructure design, founded in 2006 by Lorenzo Degli Esposti and Paolo Lazza, based in Milan. Degli Esposti Architetti’s refined approach to design is the outcome of continuous research and practice, from early works in collaboration with the primary figures of the XX Century architecture up to the current projects. Degli Esposti Architetti’s project is on the palazzo in urban and metropolitan contexts (for dwellings, offices, mixed use), thanks to both a broad practical experience (several built works and commissions) and fundamental studies on historical precedents and contemporary examples, in Milan and other world cities. Degli Esposti Architetti’s project takes also the form of constellations of buildings, able to transform and enhance the social and economic structure of the urban and landscape contexts of the project.
The principal projects in which the firm Degli Esposti Architetti is involved include Cesena Sport City, a constellation of new sport facilities for the city (swimming pool, multi-purpose indoor center, bowls hall, bicycle center, and related open spaces, outdoor sport fields, and bicycle routes); Aicurzio Borgo Solidale, a constellation of reuse and restoration interventions for social purposes in historical and listed buildings; several real estate developments in Milan, as Domus Thalia (46 via Tolstoi), Palazzo Eurimone (29 via Piero della Francesca), Casa Cloto (via Benigno Crespi), the 200.000 sq ft urban development Zona B di recupero R7.5. Among the completed buildings are the following: the 150.000 sq ft Residenze Carlo Erba, an urban block formerly occupied by the headquarter of Rizzoli Editore, then by Rinascente and the Zurich Insurance Group, project in conjunction with Peter Eisenman; the residential complexes Casa Calipso (via Tagiura), Casa Selene (98 viale Umbria, Milan), Casa Tersicore (Apartment building, 12 via Sala, Milan), Residenze Teia (Apartment Building, 10 via Paisiello, Milan), Casa Anfiro (Apartment and shop building, 55 via Cassala, Milan); then the 200.000 sq ft PAS 2 / PAS 3 Masterplans (apartments and shops, Cormano MI), and the upgrading of the historic center of Colnago along the river Adda, between Milan and Bergamo. Degli Esposti Architetti was a consultant for the architectural aspects for the winning consortium of the Autostrada Pedemontana Lombarda – second lot, from Dalmine (BG) to Lomazzo (CO), nowadays under construction. Degli Esposti Architetti regularly takes part in international design bids and competitions, having earned more than forty invitations and awards, for projects of masterplans, waterfronts, public buildings, restoration and reuse of listed buildings.
Projects by Degli Esposti Architetti and the cultural and research activities of its directors (also within or in collaboration with institutions such as Regione Lombardia, Milan Triennale, Milan Politecnico, Brera Academy of Fine Arts, etc.) have been published in major periodicals (Corriere della Sera, laRepubblica, IlSole24Ore, etc.), architecture magazines (Architectural Record, Casabella, C3, Arquine, Domus, Abitare, l’Arca International, AIÓN, Area, etc.), webzines (Divisare, Archdaily, Architectural Review Folio, Gooood, Gizmo, Architizer, Archello, Metalocus, Artribune, etc.) and have been presented in principal venues such us: Milan Triennale; Rome MAAXI; Venice Biennale; Vienna Secession; Reggia di Caserta; Soprintendenza Belle Arti Milano; Isola Art Center, Milan; Museo di Arte Moderna Palermo; SpazioFMG, Milan; Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia; MoCa – Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje; Hyundai Card Design Library, Seoul.
In 2007 and 2008, Degli Esposti Architetti was selected by the Triennale di Milano within the 30 firms of the city invited to the Open Studio event. In 2012, Degli Esposti Architetti was selected by the École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, in a batch of 50 leading international young firms invited to the Pavillon Spéciale initiative. In the last ten years, Degli Esposti Architetti has been included in the top 100 Italian firms according to their annual income (source: national newspaper IlSole24Ore-prof. Norsa). During the Expo 2015, Lorenzo Degli Esposti was appointed curator of the Architecture Pavilion of Regione Lombardia, hosted in the Grattacielo Pirelli by Gio Ponti and Pier Luigi Nervi. The activities of the Architecture Pavilion has been published in the 600 pages book MCM – Milan, Capital of the Modern, English and Italian editions, Actar Publishers, New York, 2017, kept in more than 50 institutional libraries worldwide. Degli Esposti Architetti got a nomination in Premio Nazionale di Architettura 2020, MAXXI-Triennale Milano; an honorable mention in In/Architettura 2020 Prize, In/Arch-ANCE; 1st prize in the 2A Continental Architectural Awards (2020, Europe, Residential); winner of 2021 BigSEE Architecture Award. For all the honors see here.