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“The modernity of a project cannot be separated from a deep sensitivity towards the existing”

Building in the existing context, through light works, that respect the site history and enhance the spaces that the city history gave to the present times.

A way of life where modernity melts with history and studies it, so that it’s possible to complete the existing with what is necessary nowadays.

Design and material choices must find balance with architectural details and furniture, showing care for the heritage through modern analysis.

In the theoretical and practical process of renovation, design and construction stages must talk to each other, in order to find a balance between the drawings and the site.

Enhancing the buildings, giving them new and functions is often necessary to give them a new contemporary life. Working in cities with a strong tradition helps creating a deep relationship between the designer and the workers, in order to reach the goal of a good and smart building. This relationship explains itself in the interest for building technologies, and in the enthusiasm in understanding and looking for better ways to restore or set up new buildings, respecting the history lesson.



Pietro Carlo Pellegrini was born in Lucca in 1957. He completed his higer studies in Rome and Pescara, where he graduated as an architect in 1983.

He has been Professor of Architecture at the Universities of Genova, Delft, Napoli, Venezia and Ferrara.

He is currently the Scientific Director of the postgraduate master “MASP – Designing public spaces”, based in Lucca, in cooperation with Celsius and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Pisa.

Among his many awards are the Premio Andil Opera Prima, the Premio Dedalo and the first international prize ECOLA (Award European Conference of Leading Architects). He’s been also invited to the Premio Piranesi and selected for the Premio Medaglia d’Oro all’Architettura of the Triennale di Milano.

In 2002, he attended the Biennale di Venezia within the exhibition Lonely Living; again he took part in the Biennale di Venezia with the IX International Exhibition of Architecture in 2004 and Archetipo/Prototipo of the Italian Pavillion in 2010.

Pellegrini’s main architectural works have been published on several magazines and books, both in Italy and abroad. Moreover, four monographs on his works and philosophy have been written: Hotel San Marco a Lucca (Edizioni Editoriale d’Architettura, 1995), Il Museo della Cattedrale di Lucca (Allemandi, 1995), Pietro Carlo Pellegrini – Architetture (Libria, 2000), Architettura e progetti 1992-2007 (Skira, Editore Milano, 2007).