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Giulia Tomaello: “ I am fascinated by unconventional shapes like pyramids and I like the idea to be able to design spaces for people to live in.”
Meet another member of our firm, Giulia, who has been surrounded by architecture all of her life. How so? Imagine growing up in Venice, imagine studying architecture in Venice! Giulia loves Venice and its architectural relation with water and rich history. She is grateful to have studied in her hometown, which she describes as an open-air museum.
What are you working on now?
I am working on various projects ranging from residential to commercial developments, such as Spectrum House in Hendon. It’s a 42 unit modular residential building scheme. I’m also working on a 300-unit modular residential scheme in Basildon.
I am also responsible for the Meeting House Lane development in Dublin which is a 68-room hotel scheme and is currently at a planning stage.
What do you love about architecture?
When I was a kid I loved drawing houses and planning how to build them. I am fascinated by unconventional shapes like pyramids and I like the idea to be able to design spaces for people to live in.
Venice is very historical which can make it difficult to create modern spaces. There are many buildings which are listed and so untouchable – One of the famous works I truly admire in Venice is from Rem Koolhaas, a world-renowned architect based in the Netherlands who has made great contributions to architecture. I enjoy the ability to be able to design freely, especially here in London.
What’s your favourite building?
I like The Shard when it comes to design. It was built by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark, London, as a spire-like sculpture emerging from the River Thames. In 2014, it won first place at the Emporis Skyscraper Awards, where Emporis judges hailed the building as “a skyscraper that is recognised immediately and which is already considered London’s new emblem”.
In terms of functionality, however, I love Le Cabanon de Vacances by the great Le Corbusier. It’s small but functional and was his holiday home.
What’s the best project you have worked on?
The best project I’ve worked on so far is the Meeting House Lane in Dublin. I am thrilled about it because our team is building on top of an existing building. Interestingly, there used to be an abbey on the site, which is where we draw our inspiration from. We are carefully integrating the current architecture in the facade with the new modular unit on top. It’s fascinating and definitely something to look forward to!