Progettare la «Stimmung». Dialogo tra Quintus Miller e Armando Ruinelli

Design the «Stimmung». Dialogue between Quintus Miller and Armando Ruinelli 


Edited by Anna Innocenti
Quintus Miller
Born in 1961, architect ETH SIA BSA graduated, together with Paola Maranta in 1990 in Basel he founded the studio Miller & Maranta with which they received numerous awards including the RIBA International Fellowship in London in 2012. He has been visiting professor at the EPF in Lausanne and at the Polytechnic University of Zurich and he has been full professor at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture since 2009.
Armando Ruinelli
Born in Sondrio in 1954, he is BSA architect, in 2000 he founded Ruinelli Associati SIA Architects with Fernando Giovanoli.
Anna Innocenti
Born in Sondrio in 1984, she has been architect at Ruinelli Associati since 2011.
Keywords: Heritage, Alps, contemporary architecture, infill, renovation
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The architects Quintus Miller and Armando Ruinelli operate mainly in Switzerland and in particular in the Grisons area where they have carried out several projects thus facing the different issues affecting the requalification of landscape and of existing architecture in the valley and mountain context. The dialogue between the two architects highlights their design approach in relation to the historical, cultural and environmental peculiarities of this heritage. What emerges strongly is the need for the contemporary project to reinterpret the existing in order to identify and restore in each project the «Stimmung» intended as an absolute synthesis of all those elements that characterize a given place or a given architecture in time and space. From the architectural redevelopment of small buildings to the insertion of new volumes within historical fabrics, from the restoration of monuments to the expansion of historic structures, the narrated projects show a well-read approach towards the intervention on heritage allowing a critical reinterpretation of history, of memory and of the long lasting Alpine settlement processes.