cesare griffa architecture lab

via lessolo 19
10153 torino (italy)
t+f +39 011 839 0000

Cesare Griffa

Cesare Griffa is an architect, designer and amateur algae farmer from Torino. Before opening his practice, he worked for Zaha Hadid Architects and for Arata Isozaki, ARUP and ArchA. He has been a Fulbright scholar at RPI and at the MIT, and has taught Design and Architecture in a number of public and private Universities. He thinks that design is the development of humankind’s natural attitude of making things, and he calls for a collaborative design practice in which humans and nature celebrate a love affair.

Cesare spent the last years working with micro-algae as living material for design and architecture. On a tangible side, micro-algae appear as a promising eco-technology to optimize energy consumption, and purify air and water while producing valuable biomass. On an intangible side, micro-algae, as the first living organism appeared on Earth 3.5 billion years ago, push to a reflection on the origins of life and human role on the planet. In his algal installations/drawings/videos there is a bit of the primordial soup that is the origins of us all.

Clients Portfolio

ArchA Spa (Turin, I), Buzzi srl (Turin, I), Carlo Ratti Associati (Turin, I), Comitato Italia 150 (Turin, I), Comune di Venaria Reale (I), Comune di Nichelino (I), DE-GA Spa (Turin, I), De’ Longhi (Treviso, I), Domus Academy (Milano, I), Fondazione per il libro, la musica e la cultura (Torino, I), IAAC (Barcelona, ES), Istituto Europeo di Design (Milano, Torino, I), MIT Senseable City Lab (Boston, USA), NITAL srl (Torino, I), Ordine degli Architetti di Imperia (I), Politecnico di Torino, Regione Piemonte, Rubner Haus (Kiens, I), Santa & Cole (Barcelona, ES), Scuola Holden (Turin, I), Torino 2008 World Design Capital Committee (I)

the Palienish

The Palienish comes from a cross breeding of a Panda with an Alien and a Fish.
The Panda is white, black and asian and eats bamboo. It’s an open minded creature concerned about the future.
The Alien comes from outer space. It’s a special creature that thinks laterally.
The Fish swims smoothly in the water. It’s an elegant creature that moves fast and silently.
So it’s the Palienish, an open minded, special, smooth creature that thinks differently,
moves silently, and is concerned about the future.
The Palienish is not a logo. It’s a state of mind.
The Palienish can be emoticonized

more People

Antonio Ravarino, Federico Rizzo, Davide Iannici, Andrea Vissio, Stefania Totis, Silvio De Iaco, Marco Cuccuru, Claudio Cannucciari, Dario Nocera, Pietro Perlino, Tibor Antony, Nikolaos Argyros, Matteo Amela, Federico Borello, Marco Caprani, Gianni Bruera, Marco Mignone, Max Manno, Denise Giordana, Chiara Tournour, Federica di Iorio, Mauro Fassino, Davide del Giudice

more Channels

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi,

    I’m Alex Matthews, a 3rd year student of Architecture at Louisiana tech University, and our current studio project is a remediation lab for the Gowanus Canal in New York. I was wondering if you could give me some more details on your project for the Gowanus, such as your plans for the remediation of the canal. Any insight to it would be most helpful.

    Thank you,
    Alex Matthews

    P.S. – Sweet Site!

    1. Hi Alex, the Gowanus project was more a spatial concept. We didin’t went through any system to process the canal. I guess it would be thrilling to find some kind of algae or bio-creature able to oxygenate and revitalize the eco-system.

  2. hamidreza rezazadeh 2017 March 8 — 19.30

    I’m Hamidreza Rezazadeh. I’m MA. bionic architecture In Iran. my thesis is about designing an algae facade for hot dry climate. was wondering if you could give me some more details on your project to help me about it. if ok, I’ll send you back my questions.
    best regards

    1. Dear Hamidreza, unfortunately we cannot share more details, but if you send us your sketches and ideas via mail we will be happy to give you some advices.

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