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Gabriele Convertino; Valentina Braconi  & Giambattista Brizzi


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Gabriele Convertino – Alfonsine (RA) –  19/08/1991


Graduated from the University Institute of architecture of Ferrara in 2016, he finished his Master degree in architecture with Alessandro Massarente and Filippo Boschi developing a thesis about architectural composition and urban regeneration of the disused factory Ex-Pearl of Quarto Inferiore (BO).

He has been selected in several awards, including the Honorable Mention of the architecture institute of Ferrara internal competition “Costruire con sistemi in legno”, the 3rd winner at 24H: Shelter for a homeless, and his works has been featured at different exhibitions. From January 2017 he is a licensed architect. Currently he is collaborating with

Alessandro Bucci Architetti, working in several public and private architecture projects.


Valentina Braconi  – Siena (SI)  –  06/06/1991


Graduated from the University Institute of architecture of Ferrara in 2016, she finished her Master degree in architecture with Emanuele Piaia, Paola Boarin and Roberto Di Giulio, one of the four founders of IpoStudio architetti.

The dissertation reflects on the topic of instruction in Italy nowadays and it consists in the design of a school complex, for children from 0 to 11 years old, as a single integrated space in which different environments become flexible and habitable.

She collaborated with RP studio, a studio based in Bologna, working in school project competitions.

From April 2017 she is registered as member of the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscapers, Conservationists of the province of Siena.

Recently she has been selected as Honorable Mention in the NIB Thesis Award 2017 and currently she is working as architect freelance.


Giambattista Brizzi  Modena (MO)   09/10/1991


Graduated with honours from the University Institute of architecture of Ferrara in 2016, he attended courses at Technische Universität München for one year. In 2015 he was visiting scholar at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica Do Paraná (Brazil) in order to develop his thesis research, through an Athenaeum scholarship, on the re-functionalization of historical buildings by promoting a program that relates the interior with the exterior, defining spaces for learning outdoor.

From January 2017 he is registered as member of the Order of APPC of the province of Modena.

And he is currently collaborating as architect with BINARIO LAB, a studio of bio-architecture and engineering, recovering modern and historic buildings following the principles of sustainable architecture and energy conservation with LEED protocol.

How is it possible to investigate the potentialities of the ceramic tiles to express a flexible architectural language in all its parts: from the floor to walls, up to a collection of furnishings and accessories?

CeramiCube is a combination of geometrical experiments and poetic solutions particularly interested in the interaction between the abstract idea and its tonalities. The proposal is a white monolithic volume, made with ceramic tiles LAYERS BLANK00, which opens up its sides, defining a dialogue between void and materiality. The tiles of the volume, splitting and scattering on different axes, become part of the room. Therefore, the first feature is a compact 6,5 mq sized cube that enables the young couple to enjoy a multi-functional furniture: bookshelves in ceramic tiles are oriented to different angles to the left and right creating many small spaces of different proportions for different uses. The innovative appeal shows itself in the interiors where the spatial subdivision is designed by a modular and dynamic system in a puzzling game of surprises. A white metal structure frames the ceramic tiles that, from cladding, blend into three-dimensional design, becoming spatial module for a furniture collection: the dining table, the TV consolle, the bookcase, up to the countertop that, wrapping the dining room, becomes the main element of light diffusion.

VIBE QUERCIA 20×120, industrial reference, rises from the floor up to the ceiling, creating a telescopic environment that accentuates the purity and brightness of the central monolith. Smooth lining surfaces in a dove-grey tonality emphasize the extraordinary materiality of the ceramic and the vibrant contrast of two different collections. The kitchen and the sofa become white volumes floating in the room and the neutral tones of the seats emphasize the color of the books and the greenery.

Searching for a new way of gather together and a new spatial relationship with furniture, the project explores the boundary of the ceramic tile between dynamic and static, and the different functions of front and back.

Trace – Bronze
Layers – Blank00
Vibe – Quercia