ALO is the architectural firm founded by Marco Verde in 2012 specialising in architecture, research and development. Our work emerges from a deep thinking and research through the themes relating to biomimentics, computational design, material systems, the construction of complex geometries and a responsible adoption of contemporary digital fabrication techniques. The name, ALO, comes from the greek "àllos", which means "another" of the same kind, in reference to the material, structural and spatial qualities of our projects, which are expression of evolutionary, non-linear design processes.
For every project, our team develops innovative designs adopting research as a design instrument and in full control of all project phases, from the first preliminary proposals to the manufacturing and final construction, the production of ALO manifests a transdisciplinary attitude aimed at a refined integration of architecture, engineering, production and construction.
Our agenda lead us far from a purely utilitarian, formalist or technocratic approach to architecture. Rather, through generative and morphogenetic design strategies and processes we investigate how to enhance existing spaces and their perception by creating original, non-homogeneous spatial organizations, adaptable systems capable of performing multiple functions and, in general,
designs which qualities surprisingly emerge from their procedural processes of formation ot constrained by our rational desires.
Through an empirical approach "we learn by doing", we design and digitally fabricate accurate prototypes, we transform the materials behaviour in digital systems and weave crafts with industrial processes. Along this path we learn from nature the criteria that govern the growth of complex systems and investigate the physical behaviour of the materials as well as their inherent principles of self-organization. Therefore, we understand form, space, structure and performance in an integral manner. Learning from different fields of industrial production, we strive to design advanced details, new construction systems as well as evocative and durable spatial experiences.
Following this non-linear path, we work with passion looking for a global integrity that arises from the small scale.