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 // ABOUT ALO.       ALO is the architectural firm founded by Marco Verde in January 2012 specializing in Architecture, Interior and Individual 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, computation, the design of material systems and robotics 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 materials as well as their manufacturability.

From this, we study how to organize space through a morphogenetic design approach. Our goal is to enhance its perception through non-homogeneous formations, through systems that integrate multiple functions and generating novel architectures which qualities emerge from the procedural design approach.

Driven by a systemic approach, we understand form as an actualization of the intrinsic ability of matter to generate it. Hence space, structure, and performance become differential expressions of a whole that is more than the simple sum of its parts.

Hence, we transform material behaviours in digital systems, we weave crafts with industrial processes and we digitally fabricate accurate corroborative prototypes.

As part of this process, research becomes our primary design instrument for blurring the traditional boundaries between architecture, engineering, and manufacturing.

Our agenda, therefore, takes us away from a purely utilitarian approach as much as from a formalist or technocratic attitude.