Silence or music?
Francesco: Gustav Mahler
Cristoph: György Ligeti (Philip Glass); the Techno Mix '94; Cannibal Corpse
Your greatest extravagance?
F.: croissant and Gorgonzola cheese
C.: a Sunday in bed; a triple-curved titanium shell structure
Your most precious possession?
F.: a cast-iron Turkish orange squeezer
C.: my espresso machine; a small doll, handmade by my little niece
The best moment of the day?
F.: bed time
C.: when my little niece comes into the room to wake me up in the morning; 11pm, when we start the architect's night shift, designing algorithmic prototypes until the early morning
The book you hold in your heart?
F.: Italo Calvino’s Amori Difficili (Difficult Loves)
C.: Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities; Yunichiro Tanizaki’s Praises of the shadow; Kama Sutra
The animal you feel “nearest” to you?
F.: “il tifoso” – the hooligan
C.: unicorn; aliens; Martians
A relaxing moment?
F.: at Sansiro Stadium with croissants and Gorgonzola cheese
C.: the moment about 3 minutes before going on stage to give a lecture; Friday evening in the car driving home from the airport; at home in the Eames lounge chair with a glass of Amarone wine
Your dream when you were a child?
F.: to be an architect
C.: to grow up, which somehow never really happened; to drive a bulldozer; the amazing high tech reconfigurable monster Lego spaceship
Your style in a few words?
F. & C.: Ecology as a narrative: our designs aim to express through a visual narrative the sequence of steps in which a natural element is integrated into a design: this sequence of steps is usually hidden within a photovoltaic panel or concealed behind cladding; we aim to visually expose this sequence by expressing each step in a stimulating game of perceptions. We believe that expressing this ecological narrative automatically creates a more harmonious design.
Your idea of success?
F.: a sky-scraper
C.: to be asked to build an installation in the Tate's turbine hall; to be asked to design a house for a poet