Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani
350 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1702,
Phone +1 212 695 4446
Fax +1 212 594 3883
Lorenzo Pagnamenta, AIA
Lorenzo Pagnamenta is a graduate of the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland (ETHZ). In 1992 he co-founded Pagnamenta Torriani. Mr. Pagnamenta has been partner in charge for the design and management of numerous civic, educational, cultural, and institutional facilities, including assignments on behalf of the New York City Department of Design and Construction, New York City School Construction Authority, and others. His involvement in the research of new passive technologies and sustainable materials has been paramount to the firm’s green policy. Lorenzo Pagnamenta is principal-in-charge of the design of the new NYPL Mariners Harbor Branch Library building for the New York City Department of Design and Construction. The Mariners Harbor Library is a sustainable design to be LEED certified. The Mariners Harbor Branch Library is the recipient of a 2008 Award for Excellence in Design from the Public Design Commission of the City of New York. He was principal in charge of the design and construction documents of the new building for the Police Station 9 in Flushing, Queens. PSA 9 is designed as a sustainable building, incorporating passive strategies design including a thermal wall as the main south façade. It was published in several international magazines, such as Wallpaper, Oculus, Clear Magazine and Abitare. Lorenzo is also principal-in-charge of the design of several School Libraries for the School Construction Authority. Prior to form Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani, he worked with Paul Rudolph and an international engineering technology company in Manhattan. In 1987 he collaborated with Anna Torriani on the New York Waterfront Competition, won in 1988. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, serving as 2006 Chair of the Design Awards Committee.
Anna Torriani, AIA, ALA
Anna Torriani is a graduate of the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland (ETHZ). In 1992 she co-founded Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani. Ms. Torriani promotes the firm’s design and theoretical research. She is the main designer of the new sustainable building for the Mariners Harbor Branch Library in Staten Island, NY, recipient of a 2008 Award for Excellence in Design from the Public Design Commission of the City of New York, and was the lead designer of the Police Station 9 in Flushing, Queens. She planned and designed the interior architecture of the Nassar University Library. The Nassar Library building was completed in 2005, with the official opening ceremony in November 2006. She also directed the design of the Byblos Library and Museum, published in Abitare in June 2005. She designed Carolina’s room, which received an AIA Interiors Award. Anna Torriani has lectured at Duke University, at the American Library Association Convention, at the EXPA Architectural Gallery in Palermo, Italy, and at the American Institute of Architects in New York City. Prior to form Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani, Anna worked with Mario Botta, Paul Rudolph and other distinguished firms in Manhattan while being involved in the art world as an airbrush painter. A few of her pieces are part of international collections. In 1987 she collaborated with Lorenzo Pagnamenta on the New York Waterfront Competition, won in 1988. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects; serving as co-chair of the Public Architecture Committee of the AIA NY Chapter.
Ms. Torriani has organized and participated in the Public Architecture Conversation Series since 2006. These monthly dialogues promote the importance of design excellence for public buildings. Anna participates to numerous New York based cultural events in the field of music, art and philosophy. Anna Torriani has been appointed in 2010 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki--moon to serve on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Capital Master Plan.
Established in 1992, Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani is an architectural design firm.
“From a stylistic point of view, their work is extremely refined, based on ideas about strong content, and the purity of their architectural forms implies restraint and respect for essential values” Controspazio, by C. Finucci, 1998.
The partners are both graduates of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH-Z) and have been practicing in New York City for over 20 years. They founded the firm after winning First Prize in the Westside Waterfront Competition and since then have been interested in Civic Architecture.
The ETH-Z imbued a sense of environmental responsibility, which to this day is the base of each design produced by Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani. Passive technologies, such as use of natural light and low energy cooling, as well as sustainability measures as high efficiency lighting, utilizing recycled building components into the design and economy of means are constantly present in our projects.
Atelier has always had very dedicated personnel congenial with our philosophy.
Atelier partners and projects have received awards for design excellence and creative design, including the Public Design Commission 2008 Award for Excellence in Design; the American Institute of Architects Citation Award for Interior Architecture and First Prize in the Westside Waterfront Competition.
A commitment to high quality innovative design is deeply rooted in the firm’s history from projects for private art organizations and international assignments for Academic Institutions to civic facilities on behalf of the Department of Design & Construction, the Housing Authority, the School Construction Authority and the New York Public Library.
Pagnamenta Torriani Architects Planners LLP is a Women-Owned Business Entity.
- The Architect's Newspaper, November 2009 – Mike’s Angels
- The Architect's Newspaper, October 2009 - Working for the City
- The Official New York City Web Site, July 2009
- The New York Public Library Press Releases, July 2009
- Neue Zürcher Zeitung Online, July 2009
- Télévison Suisse Romande (TSR), July 2009
- Ticino News, Swiss Television – RTSI, July 2009
- The Architect's Newspaper, July 2009
- Bookmark Magazine: Fall 2008, Volume 2, Number 1:
Mariners Harbor Branch Library
- SILive.com: Staten Island Local News June 2008:
Mariners Harbor Branch Library
- Oculus, Summer 2006, Architecture As Public Policy: Beacon, not Fortress, Police Service Area 9
- Clear Magazine, Volume VI Issue 2, Summer 2006, Clear Views, Police Service Area 9, Flushing, New York
- Spazio Architettura, December 16, 2005, PSA 9 – Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani, Police Service Area 9, Flushing, New York
- Abitare No. 454 October 2005, Designing for the Police, Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani, Police Service Area 9, Flushing, New York
- Wallpaper* Architecture July/August 2005, Boxing Clever, NYPD Lightens up, Police Service Area 9
- Abitare No. 451 June 2005, War and Architecture, Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani, Byblos Gibran Library, Lebanon
- PresS/Tmagazine No. 4 / 2005, Police Service Area 9, Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani
- The New York Times, David Dunlap “Projects’ Community Centers Open Up, with Glass and Air”; November, 2002
- Swiss Television – RTSI, Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani’ s Profile, May 2001
- Oculus Design Awards, AIA New York Chapter, Interior Architecture, Summer 1998
- Controspazio, Pagnamenta Torriani’ s Firm Profile, Year XXIX- Number 1/1998
- Metropolis, Library Renewal-Library Science, “goodbye room 227, hello sibl”, March 1996
- Oculus, News All Around Town, November 1994
- Competitions, Karen Van Lengen “Spreebogen Revisited, Spreebogen Typologies”, Fall 1993
- Kunst Bulletin, A Grand Tour, April 1993
- Oculus, An Eye on New York Architecture, News Notes around Midtown, March 1992
- Oculus, An Eye on New York Architecture, Front Cover, March 1990
- Architektur+Wettbewerbe, AW 140, December 1989
- Anna Torriani has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki--moon to serve on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Capital Master Plan, 2010
- Public Design Commission of the City of New York
2008 Award for Excellence in Design
- AIA Citation Award in Interior Design from the New York Chapter Architecture Design Awards, 1997
- First Prize in the New York Waterfront,
International Competition, Municipal Art Society, 1988
- New York NOW, Group Exhibit, Center for Architecture / West 4th Street Subway Station, New York, NY, 2009
- Public Design Commission of the City of New York 2008 Award for Excellence in Design, NY, 2009
- New York NOW, Group Exhibit, Center for Architecture, New York, NY, 2007
- New New York: Fast Forward, Group Exhibit, the Architectural League, New York City, 2007
- Going Public 2, Group Exhibit, Center for Architecture, New York, NY, 2006
- War and Architecture, Presentation and Debate, EXPA Architectural Gallery, Palermo, Italy, 2005
- New York Now, Group Exhibit, Center for Architecture, New York, NY, 2005
- American Institute of Architects, Going Public, Group Exhibit for the official opening of the new
Center for Architecture in New York City, 2003
- American Library Association, Annual National Convention, Alternate Materials Lecture, Atlanta, Georgia 2002
- Controspazio Review, 30 Years of Italian Architecture Exhibit, New York, NY 2002
- Roma Centocelle Park International Design Competition Exhibit, Rome, Italy 1999
- Duke University, Lecture: 21st Century Libraries, Durham, NC, 1998
- AIA New York Chapter, The Business of Practice Lecture, 1998
- Van Alen Institute, Public Property, An Idea Competition for Governors Island, New York, NY, 1996
- American Craft Museum, The Best of New York AIA Interiors in the 90s, Group Exhibit, 1995
- Reichsbank Building Berlin, Spreeinsel Urban Design Competition, Berlin, Germany, 1994
- Arbeitsgemeinshaft Berlin, Spreebogen International Urban Design Competiton, Berlin, Germany, 1993
- Swiss Institute, A Grand Tour, Group Exhibit, New York, NY 1993
- Urban Center Galleries, The Productive Park: Waterworks as Neighborhood Resources, Group Exhibit, 1992
- Switzerland and Europe, Lecture during the European Symposium, Switzerland, 1990
- Swiss Institute, From Architecture to Art, Solo Exhibit, New York, NY 1990
- Urban Center Galleries, New York Waterfront Competition, New York, NY 1988
F.I.T. Gallery and Auditorium, New York Waterfront Competition Exhibit and Lecture, New York, NY 1988