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Elfostudio by Romolo Stanco

Italian architect Romolo Stanco has completed Elfostudio, a recording studio at Tavernago in Italy.


The studio is set in countryside and features "jazz music shapes".


Here's some info from the architect:


Jazz music shapes.

Italian critic Michele Costanzo, whose monographic studies about great architects like MVRDV, Bernard Tschumi, Antonio Sant’Elia and Bruno Boccioni – among many others – are well known, describes Elfostudio as follows: “It looks as if this project tried to put together two opposite formal concepts: one that is aggregative and one that is disruptive. The Elfostudio apparently aims at achieving some sort of fusion, at the same time trying to find new free spaces, as it happens in jazz music.”


The plan of the building, both essential and complex, is centred around such tension, and deconstructs form – never forgetting, on the other hand, the need to join spaces according to their function, and to acoustic rules (and a very low budget...).


Obeying to a sort of “organic deconstruction”, volumes and forms appear almost to explode. They stand in a precarious balance, as if caught in a still in a film, where each picture is bound to be different than the following, and shows each object in a precise an individual collocation.


Volumes seem to dialogue with each other; they conflict, capitulate, and then spring up again as part of a new organism, thus expanding space as if they could bring us back to the exact centre of the building – almost ironically, in a “measured and controlled” Big Bang.


This project catches a moment in the mutation, trying to stop the instant when the opposing forces are in balance. Needless to say that the heart of the matter is the way this moment is caught, that is arbitrarily. Stanco – privileged spectator of the process – chooses to create a place where the dynamic tension between a “before” and an “after” that will never be is fixed forever.


In this case, defining the instant isn’t arbitrary, but rather it’s suggested by function, intended as the presence of man in a space built as an active force that interacts with man himself.


In other words, the otherwise relentless explosion is stopped in a well-defined moment by the usage of man, by his physical and emotional needs.


Elfostudio / Recording Studio - 2005 - 2008
Architect: Romolo Stanco
Main Designer: Romolo Stanco
Collaborator: Stefano Pigazzani, Alfredo Raimondi
Structural Engineering: Sergio Raimondi
Client: Alberto Callegari
Location: Tavernago, Italy
Surface: 310 mq