DUOPUU provided the technical consulting for a preliminary concept of a new model of environmentally low-impact residential buildings designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel firm. With ACPV research team DUOPUU defined the systems and strategies for sustainable prefabrication processes and off-site architectural methods, considering timber as the main constructive material / Competition / Status: finished / Original graphics: DUOPUU with G. Callegari / Collaborations: prof. Guido Callegari, Politecnico di Torino.

Topic: ACPV

Categories: off-site architecture, sustainability


DUOPUU provided the concept and executive design of a wooden furniture system for the new retail shops of RCE FOTO company. RCE FOTO is the biggest Italian retailer of used professional photography equipment with tested guarantee. The lightweight and prefab furniture system is designed to be quickly and easily assembled in the existent shops. The system is characterized by a strong RCE FOTO identity and is easily adaptable to various different shop layouts. [Client: private; status: on-going]

Categories: furniture, interior design, shops


DUOPUU is providing the technical consultancy for the executive design and the support for the works management during the construction phases of one of the Italian largest extra storey wooden extension. At the Research Area of the National Research Council in Pisa, on the rooftop of the existing 2-storey offices and laboratories palace "Block-C", almost 2000 square meter/1 storey new ecological office building is growing, without impacting the regular work and daily activities in the floors below.

The use of wood, and in particular the innovative construction system based on load-bearing elements – walls, beams and roof – 100% made of CLT massive wooden panels has been adopted as the winning choice for a non-impacting construction site. FSC certified CLT cross laminated panels from the Trentino Region, pre-cut through innovative CNC machinery and ready to be transported, moved and assembled quickly, have allowed to build a new resistant and relatively light wooden skeleton without any additional static reinforcements on the existing structures that have not been altered. Moreover, high-levels of building components' prefabrication and modularity (acoustic and thermal insulation layers, facade systems and roof elements, interior finishes, technical installations etc.) have been studied and developed to guarantee an efficient and sustainable construction process and control for the environmental impact of all the building phases. The new offices will be certified according to the rigorous national standards in terms of indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, fire resistance performance, durability and will host more than 60 workers and researchers when finished.

[concept: Cnr-Pisa, Prof. Ing. Ario Ceccotti and DUOPUU; design and works management: Cnr-Pisa; construction: Rielco Srl; client: public; status: completed]

Topic: Cnr-Pisa

Categories: offices


DUOPUU/Paolo Simeone is pleased to be engaged in teaching in the 2nd level Specializing Master's Programme in "Wood Building Architecture" – first and second edition – at Polytechnic University of Turin, a programme designed with the aim of educating experts for the Italian rising timber construction sector and open to graduates in engineering and architecture. Paolo Simeone is holding the course “Structural uses of wood: innovation and sustainability” as well as the final class “Timber Building Construction Lab”. Person in charge and scientific coordinator Guido Callegari, professor of Building Technology at Department of Architecture and Design - Polytechnic University of Turin.

Topic: Master in Wood Building Constructions, Politecnico Torino

Categories: teaching


The Piazza has always been a special place for Milano Film Festival. Even in the first editions, part of our efforts to organize a film festival was aimed at public spaces. The reason wasn’t clear at the time, at the end of the 1990s. But that's how Esterni and Milano Film Festival have grown together: by taking up and reinventing both familiar and unknown places. (Natalia Larovere, Esterni)

For the Milano Film Festival 2018 Dotdotdot multidisciplinary studio designed the spaces and the temporary pavilions of the main square for the 23rd festival edition. DUOPUU together with the designer Johannes Klein collaborated with Dotdotdot to design the square Piazza XXV Aprile and 4 wooden pavilions, from consulting to wooden construction system to the building supervision. Light prefabricated CLT panels (only 60mm thick) has been used for a big pavilion and three small ones in order to create new functional spaces quickly and without altering the recently renovated famous square. [design: Dotdotdot; client: private; details: square+pavillion 300 sq. m.; status: completed]

Well known to Milan's inhabitants, this city square (…) has become a pedestrian crossroads for thousands of people every day. Precisely a crossroads. Today's challenge is to slow down traffic, attract casual passers-by and integrate them with the Festival community: viewers, professionals, directors and actors, guests who hold the square as their daily meeting place. (Natalia Larovere)

Topic: Milano Film Festival

Categories: pavilions


A new space in the city of Bergamo is growing. An MIT/MEL preliminary workshop about "Future Bank Branch" gave to UBI Banca a vision about bank branch innovation. IXD - Innovation by design an international pluridisciplinary design and strategy studio – with the collaboration of the Italian architect Carla Farina – designed the architectonical and user experience solutions for a new landmark that will redefine the relationship between the bank UBI Banca and the local communities through the lens of innovation. The architectonical and user experience solutions have been implemented into executive design by DUOPUU.

Wood and steel prefabricated structural elements, ecological and natural materials will be used for the interiors to host the technologies and guarantee, at the same time, the integrity of this former classical two-storey carpet shop that will become the new UBI Center for Financial Innovation.

[Design: IXD, Carla Farina; client: UBI Banca, MIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology; details: 300 sq. m.; status: completed]


Categories: furniture, interior design, renovation