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 // ABOUT ALO.        ALO is the architectural firm founded by Marco Verde in January 2012 specializing in Architecture, Interior and Product design.

The name ”ALO” comes from the greek “àllos”, which means “another” of a different quality but of the same kind: from large-scale architectural projects to interior interventions or bespoke product design, we chase a refreshing contemporary production addressing each project as a new opportunity to investigate alternative and original material, structural and spatial qualities.

Our work stems at the intersection of biomimetics, computational design, material systems and robotic fabrication processes with a special focus on

the subtle design of structurally sound complex geometries and a responsible adoption of contemporary digital fabrication techniques.

To develop our agenda, we learn from nature the criteria that govern the formation of complex systems while we investigate the physical behaviour of the materials as well as their inherent ability to generate form.

Starting from this, we investigate how to organize and augment space through a morphogenetic design approach. Our goal is to enhance the perception of space through non-homogeneous formations, building systems that integrate multiple functions and, in general, with proposals which qualities

emerge from their procedural design. Hereby, we understand form, space, structure and performance as expressions of a whole adopting a holistic point of view; then, formal articulation becomes as much an expression of the process of formation as a necessity for a smart occupation of space.

Along with this process, digital prototyping becomes a critical design instrument. Hence, we transform material behaviours in digital systems, we weave crafts with industrial processes and we digitally fabricate accurate corroborative prototypes and mockups.

At ALO, every project unfolds into individual proposals while research becomes the main

design instrument. From the first preliminary studies to the manufacturing and final construction, we aim at a refined and original integration of architecture, engineering, production and construction.

Finally, our agenda leads us far from a purely utilitarian approach as much as from a formalist or technocratic attitude.