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 the interior small scale to the scale of urban masterplans, going through the different scales and complexities of the project.
Since the beginning, Labics’ work has captured the attention of critics and journalists, and the practice is now firmly established among the new generation 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.
Participation in design competitions has always been an important activity within the practice, allowing experimentation with new typologies and techniques. Labics has won several national and international architectural competitions, including CDU, a mixed-use university building for medical education in Rozzano (2003-2004); the MAST (Manufactory for Art, Innovation and Technology) in Bologna (2006-2013) and the Città del Sole development in Rome (2007-2016). The last two competitions lead to commissions for two significant mixed-use buildings, with the practice responsible for all phases of the design.
Recently Labics has received the honourable mention for the Guggenheim Museum Helsinki competition and the Klekovaca Tourist Centre competition in Bosnia and has won the 2ndprize in the international competition for the design of the station no. 11 for the underground of Tabriz (2016).
In 2017 Labics and has won an important invited competition for four residential buildings within the Cascina Merlata masterplan in Milan.
Labics has experienced projects over a wide range of scales and contexts, and has a particular interest in the contemporary city and in the relation among architecture, urban structure and public space; those kind of research characterize project such as the masterplan Le Serre in Tirana (2005), currently under construction, the Centralità urbana di Torre Spaccata (2012-2014) a large mixed-use masterplan for one of the 18 urban ‘centralities’ identified in Rome’s overall development plan, the masterplan for the Manifattura Tabacchi in Napoli in 2014 and the more recent project for the regeneration of historical centre of Wuhu and Rudong in China.
Labics’s interest in the relation among city and public space has also been developed through the theoretical research project on Rome, Borderline Metropolis, which was exhibited at the 11° Venice Architecture Biennale.
In contrast to those major projects, Labics has completed over time a number of schemes on a smaller scale – private residences, offices, and restaurant interiors- demonstrating the capacity of controlling smaller scale and the quality of the detail. Some of those have received awards such as, Podere 43 project — the renovation and extension of a country house in Tuscany — and the office headquarters for communications agency Italpromo & Libardi Associati in Rome.
From 2003 to 2015 the practice has been responsible for the general concept, interior design and architecture of Obikà, a high-end international chain of bars and restaurants specializing in Italian food, including projects in Milan, New York, Rome, London, Turin, Florence, Kuwait City and Tokyo.
In the past few years the office gained several awards, especially with MAST in Bologna, Fontana square in Rozzano and “La città del Sole” in Rome. MAST and Città del Sole have been both selected for the Mies van der Rohe Awards.
Labics has been invited to partecipate to several collective exhbitions, among which the 11°, 12° and 14° Venice Architectural Biennale; his work has been exhibited in two monographic exhibitions: “Structures” held at Studio Stefania Miscetti in Rome and “La Città Aperta” at the Italian Cultural Institute in Berlino and Laboratorio Casabella, Milano (2015).
For further information visit LABICS’s website.
all exhibitions by LABICS with STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI.
CURRICULUM OF LABICS
Riscatti di Città, Palazzo Merulana, Rome
Il parco del ponte, Museo della Commenda di Prè, Genova
SPAM Festival, Casa dell’Architettura, Rome
Novarchitettura 2.0.19, Novara
Redenzione | Riscatti di città, Roma Smistamento, Rome
Labics: STRUCTURES, “Lo Spazio dell’immagine”, MAXXI Museum, Rome
Labics: STRUCTURES, Cornell University
Details: Architecture seen in Section, SUPSI, Lugano
Architecture Made in Italy, Italian Architecture Prize 2017, Hong Kong
Labics_ Sulla soglia, Festival LetterAltura, Verbania
Labics_ La Città Aperta, Laboratorio Casabella, Milano
Lab Q _ Group exhibition, Laboratorio per la Qualità urbana, Pisa
Labics: LA CITTA’ APERTA – Architecture and the Historical space of Italy, Italian Cultural Institute, Berlin
The Making of (a new) Rome – Recent works by Roman architects, Italian Cultural Institute, Berlin
Labics: STRUCTURES, curated by Luca Molinari, Galleria Stefania Miscetti, Rome
The Making of (a new) Rome – Recent works by Roman architects, Italian Cultural Institute, Paris
Italia per Interni. Manifesto #2, curated by Luca Molinari, Spazio FMG, Milan
Detail. Architecture seen in section, 14° Biennale Architettura, Arsenale, Venice
Innesti/Grafting – Italian Pavillion
14° Biennale Architettura, Arsenale, Venice
Italy & China: contemporary architecture exhibition/architecturale design forum, Casa dell’architettura, Rome
The Making of (a new) Rome – Recent works by Roman architects, Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles
Small Utopias _Italian architecture of the third millenium, between history, research and innovation, organized and curated by MAXXI, Shangai
Italia en México. Architetti romani: opere recenti, Prospettive Edizioni, Rome
Disegni Romani, curated by Franco Purini, Gangemi editore, Roma
Italy Now 2000-2010, 24th World Congress of Architecture, UIA2011 Tokyo
Meis architectures for a Museum, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara
Biennale of public space, Casa dell’architettura, Rome
Liceo Farnesina nuovi spazi didattici, Acquario Romano, Rome
Laboratorio ITALIA/AILATI passando per OPEN CARE, Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milan
People meet in architecture, 12° Biennale di architettura, Venice
La Città del Sole, Festa dell’Architettura, Rome
Nel segno dell’architetto, Casa dell’architettura, Rome
Uneternal city.fr, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris
XII Triennial of Sofia, University, Sofia
Atlante minimo per gli architetti, Galleria Comese, Rome
The hand of the architect, Salone del Mobile 2009, Milan
Out There: Architecture Beyond Building
11° Biennale di architettura, Venice
Sustainab.Italy, Festival dell’architettura, Istituto culturale italiano, London
Italy Now? Country_ Positions in Architecture, ETH Zurich, Zurich
Le citta del Futuro. Il progetto della ragione, architettura, scienza, tecnologia, comunicazione, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome
20.06 Overview sull’architettura italiana, Palazzo Reale, Naples
L’Italia si trasforma, città in competizione, Salone internazionale dell’industrializzazione edilizia (Saie), Bologna
Festival dell’architettura 3: Architettura tra fabbrica e città, Chiostri di San Domenico, Reggio Emilia
Rome – Laboratorio Italia [Roma 2006], Palazzo S. Michele, Rome
Progetti per Roma, Fondazione Olivetti, Rome
Architetture a Roma, oggi, Casa dell’Architettura, Rome
Giovani architetti Italiani – Labics, Galleria di architettura, Ceggia, (VE)
La cultura architettonica italiana. Tradizione e modernità, Jiangsu, China
New Italian Blood, Travelling exhibition 05, Palazzo Wedekind, Rome
3_2_1 Nuova Archittettura in Giappone, Polonia e Italia, Istituto Giapponese di Cultura, Rome
Laboratorio Italia Esposizione d’A-rchtettura_Nuovi Laici, Chiesa di San Ludovico, Parma
Architetti interpretano la casa d’abitazione italiana, Palazzo Pretorio, Cittadella – PD
Italy Now, Cornell University, NY