History and Culture of Space4Architecture
They are a New York-based architectural design studio working across different scales and typologies, both in the private and public realm. As a team, their desire is to generate a detailed and thorough design that engages their clients in a simple, direct, and joyful manner. Their non-hierarchical approach to design enables them to create architecture free of stylistic limitations that welcome and respond to their client’s needs. The office’s reputation for simplicity and clarity of design strengthens with every project researched and completed, as they believe this to be the foundation of a solid and timeless environment.
S4A was founded by Michele Busiri Vici and was joined by Clementina Ruggieri in 2014. Together they share an academic background from both the US and Europe and more than 20 years of professional experience in the United States. S4A was recently awarded 1st Prize for the competition “New Auditorium at the Riga Exhibition Center”, Latvia.
S4A is excited to have received WBE Certification in 2017.
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Michele Busiri Vici, FAIA
Michele Busiri-Vici, principal and founder of Space4Architecture, has more than 20 years of experience in Architecture.
He received his Master of Architecture from La Sapienza University in Rome in 1995, graduating under the instruction of the late professor Luigi Pellegrin.
He moved to the United States in 1995.
Michele founded Space4 Architecture in 1999 in New York and has since been the lead designer on all the firm’s projects.
Michele has worked on a variety of projects from large scale hospitality and residential buildings, to houses, interiors, and custom furniture.
Michele has recently completed teaching Design Studio at Pratt Institute, GAUD, and has previously taught Integrated Design at Columbia University in New York. He is a frequent visiting critic at the Pratt Institute, Columbia University, Parsons, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Clementina Ruggieri, RA
Clementina Ruggieri has 15 years of work experience in Architecture between New York and Rome and has been principal at Space4 Architecture since 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and a Master Degree in Architecture from Columbia University.
Clementina is a Registered Architect in New York State and has received her Passive House Certification in 2013.
Prior to joining S4A, she founded BArC Studio in New York and worked at Lazzarini Pickering Architects in Rome for several years, where she was project architect for many of their international projects.
Clementina has taught Integrated Design at GSAPP, Columbia University, and is currently teaching Design Studio at Parsons, The New School, New York.
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Space4Architecture Selected Projects
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San Jose, CA
This porous structure strives to embody the 21st Century spirit of San Jose’. Its permeability seamlessly ties together the urban and natural landscape.
We envision a porous and engaging structure: a simple maze of passages, ramps, and green plates all accessible to the public through a multitude of paths. Each route offers the visitor a different experience. It pulls visitors in, it encourages interaction, it welcomes kids as well as seniors, it offers equipment for games and workout. It’s the ideal space for lunch breaks as well as business interviews.
The homogeneous appearance of the new structure, with 4 lookalike arched sides, results in a building of equal importance on all sides with no front or back. It physically embodies the progressive and welcoming character of the city of San Jose and California. The structure acts as an envelope as well, thus allowing to filter solar exposure, daylight, and transparency. It encourages visitors to move through the park at ground level to the elevated ramps all the way to the roof terrace, where uninterrupted views of the surrounding city and Santa Clara Valley are guaranteed all the way to the magnificent beauty of Mount Hamilton.
The hotel guests are greeted below the newly designed glass bottomed pool, which brings light and transparency to the central atrium and the ground floor restaurant. The project also includes the renovation of 95,000 sq/ft of the historic Park Central Hotel, comprised of 3 adjacent buildings. This includes new lobbies, new bar, new hallways, new rooms and new garden and pool.
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