Malfona Petrini: Building the Landscape

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In her recent book, Building the Landscape. Residential Pavilions in the Roman Countryside (Lettera Ventidue, 2018), Lina Malfona tells the history behind the construction of her collection of homes on the hills of Lazio, an architectural experiment that the firm Malfona Petrini conceived from the beginning as a structural engagement. Since 2008, the firm has continued this architectural, social, and political project by creating a local workshop open to students, workers, and manufacturers. Bringing the long-neglected idea of the single-family home back into play within Italian architectural culture, this work is the occasion for a reflection on the role of authorship in contemporary design, as well as a way to explore the links between architecture and construction, local roots, and global history.

Malfona Petrini is an architectural firm based in Rome, that was founded by Lina Malfona, Fabio and Simone Petrini, with Tommaso Malfona contributing structural engineering expertise. Their research focuses on the dialectics of architecture and landscape, working on the blurring line between the will to take root and the need to move across the geography of places. Since 2008, the firm has built seven villas in the countryside north of Rome, where it is currently completing new residential projects. In 2014, their built work was awarded the RomArchitettura prize, and in 2015 Malfona received the Premio Giovani national award from the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca. Malfona Petrini's built work and drawings have been exhibited in Mendrisio, Rome, and Sevilla, and published in Anfione e Zeto, Architectural Record, and The Plan, among others.