“We design and construct Architectural projects that, through research, the use of innovative technologies, and professional skill, embody an ideal of architectural quality integrating environmental sustainability, ethics and a positive social impact”.
Mario Cucinella

Mario Cucinella founded Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA) in Paris in 1992. The studio is now operating in Bologna (Italy) with an international team of more than 90 architects, engineers and designers. MCA is a company with a solid experience at the forefront of contemporary design and research with an integrated approach to design work based on close collaboration with multi-disciplinary consultants to create an innovative and appropriate design response for every project and clients requirements. MCA delivers outstanding quality integrated design response at every stage and level. The care and professionalism concerns every step of design process, from architectural design up to landscape design, sustainability, interior design, lighting design, project management, artistic direction.

Research and sustainability
Sustainable building design and the rational use of energy is one of the central concerns in MCA’s work and research. The environmental quality of designs is analyzed and developed using specialized software and model testing in order to produce buildings of architectural quality with state of the art energy performance. MCA’s response to the environment includes the collection of data on the socio-economic contexts and vernacular architecture along with the analysis of local climate and eco-systems.

Our method

Emission-0 buildings for a sustainable future

MCA wants to design buildings that represent concrete solutions for environmental sustainability. The goal is to integrate design solutions and green technologies to ensure that buildings become net producers of energy, with zero carbon emissions and without resorting to fossil fuels or to the consumption of limited natural resources. In a similar way, and where possible, design technologies and solutions are adopted that allow the correct management of waste and natural resources, such as water and raw materials (collection, reuse and recycling).

Projects that contribute to urban regeneration and social change

Using the words of Jaime Lerner, buildings can function as a sort of "Urban Acupuncture", which creates new energy and revitalizes a "sick" or "suffering" area and its surroundings. Exactly like in the medical approach, this intervention will trigger a positive chain effect helping to treat and improve the whole system. This approach has also guided MCA's research and work on social housing projects aimed at regenerating urban suburbs and responding to the ever-changing needs of modern society.

Form and material are integrated to ensure comfortable environments and reduce the demand for energy

For MCA, the most important phase of the creative process is the identification of the right balance between architecture and climate, so that architectural language can strengthen the beneficial effect of technologies. Through appropriate passive design solutions (shape and orientation) and particular attention to the design of the enclosure, the buildings designed by MCA aim to achieve maximum benefits from natural ventilation and solar energy. The focus on passive design interventions over the last 20 years has allowed MCA to consistently design buildings that consume less than the standard consumption of buildings.

Human dimension architecture: environment, beauty and social impact

In the MCA approach, sustainable design integrates with the aesthetic ideal, in a dialectical relationship that leads to the design of buildings of high structural and aesthetic quality.
Architectural projects draw inspiration from the natural, social and cultural characteristics of the places where one is used to live. A "human-scale" architecture capable of satisfying the social, economic and cultural needs of individuals, thus allowing the creation of comfortable and stimulating environments.

People and their environment are the sources of inspiration for a quality design that celebrates cultural identities

In 20 years of activity, MCA has gained considerable experience in architectural planning and urban planning with a particular focus on bioclimatic solutions and on the rational use of resources. The projects are developed following a rigorous working method that includes: the research phases of the vernacular context and architecture; the optimization of forms and design through the use of digital software; the experimentation of the solutions adopted through 3D models and simulations in the laboratory.

Mario Cucinella Architects is progressively expanding its international presence: the studio has realized projects in Europe, China, West Africa, the Middle East, Australia. In all these areas, MCA strives to express not only its architectural style, but rather the identity of places, people, materials and environments.

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