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