Dorit Mizrahi + Oliviero Godi
Doris is from Israel, with a degree in Architecture at the Politecnico in Milan. Oliviero is Italian, with a Master in Architecture at Columbia University in New York. Both with working experiences in the USA, in the UK, Spain, Israel and Japan.
Living and working now in Bergamo, near Milan, is somehow strange for these two architects who present themselves as “Exposure Architects”, as a reminder of their international experience.
After collaborating with Pierce & Allen in New York, Zaha Hadid in London and working at the Technical Research Center at the Obayashi Co. in Japan, they have started their own office, first in Spain with a local architect, and eventually in Italy.
Their unique way of making architecture comes from the common experience at Columbia U. as a student and visiting scholar, resulting in a strong conceptualization of each project, together with an aesthetical attitude acquired from the various working experiences.
With their projects they try to “expose” – thus the office’s name – to bring to light situations, events, relationships hidden among the programs of the project, triggering a reaction in the user of the designed spaces, therefore offering tools instead of solutions, asking people to be actor rather than spectators only.
The aim is to have many actors interacting actively and dynamically with their work.
The starting point is a exhaustive investigation of the programs given with the projects. Programs that are manipulated, deconstructed and then somehow reassembled.
Form and materials only come later, coherent with the initial concept, allowing the dialog with the context-social, historical, and natural – in which the project is located.