'DESIGNER TALKS HOME' INTERVIEW SERIES: PIETRO CARLO PELLEGRINI
KNQ Associates (email@example.com)
Mar 15, 2011
What drew you to the architectural and design industry? Is that original fascination still alive within you today?
I was drawn to the architectural and design industry by its rigor, and the 'great and mysterious' man-made built environment. The fascination lives on even today, but I do get tired of it at times because architecture in Italy is subjected to some unnecessary bureaucracy.
Tell us about your typical day (at work and at home).
My office is in the same house where I live. It's very pleasant for me to have my home and workshop in the same location. When I'm in my office, I like to have a close relationship with my partners, just like in a renaissance workshop. Every concept and construction is studied very carefully in detail here. During the lunch break, my family and my partners will come together to have lunch, so it sort of becomes a 'family-office'.
In your opinion, what are the key challenges in designing a residence?
The key challenge is to combine the customer's requirement with those of the architect, finding a balance point that satisfies the two principal actors with a project that will stand the test of time.
Tell us about your own home.
I live in a Manor house on the hills, about 6km from Lucca. It's an ancient house where I intervened with a philological renovation, without too many contemporary elements. I have a warehouse very close to my home too. As an architect/ designer, what do you think defines an inviting home?
A living home!