Since the beginning, Labics’ work has captured the attention of critics and journalists, and the practice is now firmly established among the excellence of Italian architects. In December 2003, just a year after the practice was founded, the US journal Architectural Record positioned Labics as one of the most important architectural talents to emerge in recent years in its Design Vanguard issue.
Labics has won several national and international architectural competitions including the MAST (Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione e Tecnologia) in Bologna (2006-2013) and the Città del Sole development in Rome (2007-2016). In 2017 Labics has won the restricted invited for four residential buildings within the Cascina Merlata masterplan in Milan and the one for the addition and renovation of the Renaissance Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara.
Several Labics’ projects have gained awards, among which MAST and Città del Sole that have also been selected for The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. Labics has been invited to participate in several collective exhibitions, among which the 11th, 12th and 14th Venice Architecture Biennale; its work has also been shown in two solo exhibitions: “Structures” held at Studio Stefania Miscetti in Rome, at Cornell University in Ithaca (US) and at the MAXXI in Rome, and “La Città Aperta” held at the Italian Cultural Institute in Berlin and Laboratorio Casabella in Milan.
Their works have been featured in numerous significant publications. Structures is their first monograph (Park Books, 2018).
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Based in Rome, Labics is an architectural and urban planning practice founded in 2002 by Maria Claudia Clemente and Francesco Isidori. The name of the practice – Labics - expresses the concept of a laboratory, a testing ground for advanced ideas. Combining the theoretical approach with applied research, the field of interest of the office extends from small scale interventions to urban masterplans, going through the different dimensions and complexities of the project. Since the beginning,...