OBR Open Building Research

Genova | Since 2000

OBR Open Building Research
Piazza San Matteo, 16123 Genova, Italy
Phone +39 (0)10 25 18 456
Fax +39 (0)10 24 79 469

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Architects
OBR Open Building Research
Paolo Brescia, Partner

Born in 1970, he graduates in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano in 1996 with Prof. Pierluigi Nicolin, after academic fellowship at Architectural Association in London.
He works with Renzo Piano from 1998 to 2000.

In 2000 he establishes OBR Open Building Research with Tommaso Principi from the idea of researching new ways of living, working within the confluence of architecture, landscape and environment.
He is professor in charge at Politecnico di Milano in 2005 and at Università di Genova in 2008.
He lectures widely including at Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Luiss of Rome, University of Trieste, Kent State University, Architecture Academy of Mendrisio, Aalto University in Helsinki, Academy of Architecture of Mumbai and University of Mimar Sinan Guzel Sanatlar.

He is invited in 2006 to participate at the 10th Biennale di Venezia and in 2007 at the V Bienal de Arquitetura de Brasília and at the XI Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires.
In 2007 he is awarded by the RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects of London with the honorable mention “AR Awards for Emerging Architecture” and he is presented at the London exhibition “Architecture: Where to”.
In 2008 he wins the “Plusform” award for the best architecture realized by young architect under 40, the “Urbanpromo” prize by INU Istituto Nazionale Urbanistica at the Biennale di Venezia and he is invited at the AR Award Exhibition in Berlin, Budapest and Seul.

In 2009 he is honourable mention finalist for the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture by Triennale di Milano and invited to take part at the China International Architectural Expo in Beijing.
In 2010 his projects are showed at the “Better City, Better Life” exhibition at the Shanghai International Expo and awarded with the Europe 40 Under 40 prize in Madrid.
In 2011 he receives in Rome the In/Arch and Ance premium for the best realized project designed by young architect and he is awarded in London with the overall Leaf Award.
In 2012 he wins the WAN Awards Residential in London.

Tommaso Principi, Partner

Born in 1970, he studies engineering at Università degli Studi di Bologna and architecture at Università degli Studi di Genova where he graduated in 1999 with Prof. Enrico D. Bona.
After the diploma in Sistemi Video at Università degli Studi di Genova, he makes several feature films between 1995 and 1998.
He works with Renzo Piano from 1997 to 1999.

In 2000 he establishes OBR Open Building Research with Paolo Brescia from the idea of researching new ways of living, working within the confluence of architecture, landscape and environment.
In 2007 he coordinates the International Workshop ICAMP for the Sustainable Developmement of Stretto di Messina, Italy.
He is professor in charge at Università di Genova in 2008.

He lectures widely including at Kent State University, Politecnico of Milan, Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, University of Messina.
He is invited in 2006 to participate at the 10th Biennale di Venezia and in 2007 at the V Bienal de Arquitetura de Brasília and at the XI Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires.
In 2007 he is awarded by the RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects of London with the honorable mention “AR Awards for Emerging Architecture” and he is presented at the London exhibition “Architecture: Where to”.
In 2008 he wins the “Plusform” award for the best architecture realized by young architect under 40, the “Urbanpromo” prize by INU Istituto Nazionale Urbanistica at the Biennale di Venezia and he is invited at the AR Award Exhibition in Berlin, Budapest and Seul.

In 2009 he is honourable mention finalist for the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture by Triennale di Milano and invited to take part at the China International Architectural Expo in Beijing.
In 2010 his projects are showed at the “Better City, Better Life” exhibition at the Shanghai International Expo and awarded with the Europe 40 Under 40 prize in Madrid.
In 2011 he receives in Rome the In/Arch and Ance premium for the best realized project designed by young architect and he is awarded in London with the overall Leaf Award.
In 2012 he wins the WAN Awards Residential in London.

Profile

OBR Open Building Research has been established in 2000 with the idea of researching new ways of living creating a design network between Genoa, London and New York, later extended to Mumbai, Beijing, Cairo, Rio de Janeiro and Istanbul.

The Team of OBR develops the experimental line through the participation in international projects and design competitions involved in public and social programs in newly advanced urban development countries.

The research by OBR is focused on urban design producing widened benefits in the body of the city and promoting through architecture the sense of community and the individual identities of the Final Users.

The founding partners Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi have been working together with Renzo Piano. They link their working experience with the academic world as guest professor at Kent State University, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Helsinki Aalto University, University of Oulu, Academy of Architecture of Mumbai, Politecnico di Milano, Luiss, La Sapienza, Università di Messina, Università di Trieste, and University of Mimar Sinan Guzel Sanatlar.

Since 2004 OBR has been evolving its design parameters according to the environmental and energy certification LEED Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design and since 2009 OBR is partner of the GBC Green Building Council.

The projects of OBR have been shown widely, including at 10th Biennale di Venezia (2006), Architecture: Where to, London (2007), V Bienal de Arquitetura in Brasilia (2007), XI Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura in Buenos Aires (2007), AR Award Exhibition in Berlin, Budapest and Seul (2008), China International Architectural Expo in Beijing (2009), Shanghai International Expo (2010) and UIA 24th World Congress of Architecture di Tokyo (2011).

OBR has been awarded with AR Awards honourable mention for Emerging Architecture at the RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects in London (2007), Plusform award for Best architecture realized by young architect under 40 (2008), Urbanpromo by INU Istituto Nazionale Urbanistica at 11th Biennale di Venezia (2008), honourable mention finalist for the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture at Triennale di Milano (2009), Europe 40 Under 40 in Madrid (2010), In/Arch and Ance premium in Rome for the best realised project in Italy designed by young architect (2011), Leaf Leading European Architect Forum Award in London (2011) and WAN Awards Residential in London (2012).