Most of the places we have visited and chosen to design preserve traces manifesting that of which heritage values have resisted. In some cases they appear strong, permanent and consolidated features, in others, they appear just as a thin filigree.
We approach the places we decide to design in a similar way of how the translators approach the texts they love- investigating, listening, building with them an empathetic dialogue, whilst bridging them to a different time.
What we have defined TranslationArchitecture is more a dialogue suspended in time, a disciplined sensitivity towards the contexts, which in-forms and con-forms our spaces.
Our design critically evaluates the context, understanding the potential energy of the built, the unbuilt environment and the people, searching for moments of accumulation of value, knowledge, desire.
We design a map of potentials - a tool, which reveals the intersections and interferences between a series of different layers and directs the choice of our action into these very special moments of accumulation.
We design our grafts as interferences suspended within and between the space and time stratified on the built and un-built landscapes, combining the past, the present and the future.
Their formal resolution becomes a sort of durable frame, open to future transformation, often leaving the sites themselves and the programmes (or part of them) open to manipulation and adaptation.
A continuous and vital transformation of the context is for us its identity.
We mould the future heritage and this is a fundamental responsibility of our work.
01: Law Court Offices in Venice, Photo by Pietro Savorelli
02: Water Filtration Plant in the Venice Lagoon, Photo by Pietro Savorelli
03: Aequilibrium for the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Photo by Matteo Benigna
04: University Student Housing and mixed used spaces, Photo by Pietro Savorelli
C+S Architects was founded in 1994 in Venice by Carlo Cappai and Maria Alessandra Segantini. With offices in Venice (Treviso), Italy and London, UK, the work of C+S is the result of winning entries of international competitions and has been published and presented worldwide, including the MoMA in New York, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Triennale in Milan and the RIBA in London and the MIT in Cambridge, MA, USA, just to quote the major.
Cappai and Segantini have received the Gold Medal of Italian Architecture Special Prize in 2012, the InOpera Award in 2011, the Faces of Design Award, Berlin 2010, the Sfide 2009 of the Italian Ministry of Environment, the Honourable Mention in the FarbDesignPreis in München in 2009, the Honourable Mention in the RIBA Award 2008, the Honour Career Award in Varese 2008 and the Oderzo Architectural Award 2004.
Carlo Cappai was born in Venice and obtained an awarded master degree in architecture in 1991 at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, where he taught design studios as a visiting professor between 2003 and 2011. Since then Cappai has been a visiting professor and critic in many universities among which are Syracuse University, New York, USA, the UEL Architecture in London, the University of Architecture in Bath, UK, Hasselt University and the University of Alghero.
Maria Alessandra Segantini was born in Treviso and obtained an awarded master degree in architecture in 1991 at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, where she taught design studios as a visiting professor between 2003 and 2011. Between 2008 and 2011 she has also been a visiting professor at the University of Architecture of Ferrara,a Professor of Practice at Syracuse University, School of Architecture, New York, USA in 2011 and a visiting professor at the MIT, School of Architecture and Planning in 2012. Since 2013 she is involved in research at the UEL Architecture in London, where she chairs the Architecture Board and is a Professor at Hasselt University in Belgium, whilst also contributing in teaching many other universities and institutions worldwide.