Within a few months, between 2004 and 2005, Massimiliano Fuksas celebrates the opening of his most important Italian projects: Ferrari Headquarters in Maranello, Nardini Research Centre and Auditorim in Bassano del Grappa and Milan Trade Fair in Rho-Pero.
In the same year Fuksas. Works and projects 1970-2005 offers a survey on one of the leader protagonists of Italian contemporary architecture.
The publication rejects the interpretation of Fuksas’ work as “a combination of whims and artist’s proofs” and considers it in relation to other acknowledged professionals born in the 1940s. Like Rem Koolhaas, Bernard Tschumi, Jean Nouvel and Toyo Ito, Fuksas has extensively experienced the Radical season, the economic boom, the pop culture and arts’ influences of his times.
Fuksa’ architectural evolution is critically read, from his first projects in central Italy (like “Fontana del Diavolo” park in Paliano, “a mystery garden where to lose oneself and discover hidden metaphors”) up to the most recent and biggest projects (such as Milan new Trade Fair, “the new gallery of (…) the metropolitan city”).
A rich but synthetical tracking of images and drawings tells about the first decades of experimental practicing, while the period 1995-2005 is analysed in depht through project descriptions on built and under construction works.
The Clients’ perspective is a further focus to explain “the necessary dialogue between designer and investor to carry out a good quality architecture”. Giorgio Armani, Nardini Family and Walter Veltroni are the authors of three conversations on their relationship with the Italian master and his works.