Functional creativity: my kind of creative recycling
One of the building renovation moments I consider most poetic and exciting is the first inspection, when nothing is yet defined, no choice has been made, the imagination has no brakes, and there are a thousand solutions to a problem. During this phase I mentally apply the needs and the demands of the client to the real space, I become aware of the real conditions of the places and begin to elaborate the solutions of intervention. It is an opportunity to explore the existing and to grasp its potential. And here my attention is often drawn by elements of furniture or existing finishes to give life to and my imagination begins to rework a series of creative proposals of the object now at the end of the line.
With the intention of entering on tiptoe and respecting the identity of the place, my ultimate design goal is creating an architectural work that knows how to extricate itself in the present, squeezing its eye to its past. In this way the final result will have much more value and will not be a simple set of physical spaces, but a unique and alive environment, with a personality, and able to tell a story. This is my creative recycling. It’s a delicate operation, to be contextualized and shaped time by time.
All ideas of reuse, both of a space and of an object, are born from the encounter between creativity and need, reviewing the experiences of the past in the light of contemporary needs and taste. In ancient times it was an obligation to make the most of what we had, whereas today, while the consumer society of the twentieth century is now at the end, a kind of awareness of man in the face of climate change, environmental and economic, is bringing back the ethics of reuse, and I believe that from now on, fortunately, this concept will be increasingly present in our lives.