Labics: Shared Space

a modern building supported on a column atop an older building

Città del Sole, Rome, designed by Labics. photo / Marco Cappelletti

Gensler Visiting Critic Lecture

Based in Rome, Labics is an architectural and urban planning practice founded in 2002 by Maria Claudia Clemente and Francesco Isidori. Combining the theoretical approach with applied research, the field of interest of the office extends from the interior small scale to urban masterplans, going through the different scales and complexities of the project.

Labics has won several national and international architectural competitions for Mast in Bologna (2006–13) and Città del Sole in Rome (2007–16), both completed. More recently, Labics received the honorable mention in the Guggenheim Museum Helsinki competition as well the Klekovaca Tourist Centre competition in Bosnia, and won second prize in the international competition or the design of station number 11 for the underground of Tabriz (2016).

In 2017 Labics won two important competitions — one for four residential buildings within the Cascina Merlata masterplan in Milan, and the other for the extension of the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara. Additionally, Mast in Bologna, Città del Sole in Rome, and the Fontana square in Rozzano received honorable mentions. Mast and Città del Sole have both been selected for the Mies van der Rohe Awards.

Their work has been exhibited internationally at the 2008, 2010, and 2014 Venice Biennales of Architecture, the Make City Festival in Berlin in 2015, and has been featured in numerous significant publications