• Arch. Antonio VIRGA

    PROJECT: The Atoll

    The Atoll, the commercial center from France with an investment of 145 milions euros and a surface of 90967 m2, will be presented at GIS International Interior Architecture , Interior Design and Lightning Expo Conference by its creator, arch. Antonio Virga. The project has received in 2013 the ICSC European Award (International Council of Shopping Centres) – “Procos de l’innovation”, and has been nominated in 2012 for the famous French architecture award L’Equerre d ‘Argent. The architect will also speak about his highly-acclaimed office projects like Dior Homme, Céline Paris, Céline Tokyo.

    Born in Italy in 1962 and graduated from the Milan Polytechnic in 1987, Antonio Virga creates his architecture, interior architecture and design firm in Paris in 1991.

    The early years of the agency are characterized by rehabilitation projects of urban heritage within constrained sites: offices, showrooms, retail are all excuses to reinvest and refine space.

    Customers are renowned and demanding (Dior, Ungaro, Céline, Diesel, Benetton, Printemps, Chloe, Yves Saint Laurent, Sergio Rossi …) architecture is both functional and communicative. The treatment of detail and clean lines are particularly affirmed.

    In the early 2000s, the activity diversifies around equipment, and public competitions now account for a major part of the development of the agency. Housing, hostels, shopping centers, become the means to redefine the notions of comfort and aesthetics at a larger scale.

    Working on projects ranging “from teaspoon to the city” (Gio Ponti), the agency reinforced its refusal to specialize through this program diversity.