Bureau69 Architects

A succesful project needs clear communication and listening.

Therefore, as well as being happy to take the time to understand your requirements in detail, we would also like to tell you a little about our studio, our background, methods, and ethics before the start of your project.

STORY

Bureau69 was established in 2003 and co-managed by Max Strano, who returned from his experience in Barcelona with Alfredo Arribas, and Luigi Battiato, returned from his professional experience in Lille, France. 

After their experiences abroad they were keen to join forces to present an International approach, oriented to providing alternative proposals for the use of territories, dealing with local governments and communities. 

The small studio opened at number 69 of Via Castello Ursino, in the heart of Catania, a medium size city in the East of Sicily (Italy). The studio stems from the desire to integrate architecture and other disciplines and to root architectural culture in a degraded area of the city, but which represents its popular and cultural heart. At that time the city suffered from the restrictions imposed by a master plan which was last updated in 1969 and which forced  architects and other professionals to be harnessed in an obsolete mesh of regulations, not in line with new needs and that does not allow architects to express quality. 

 

 

2005

The studio is well established in Catania and is focusing on research, participation in international competitions and collaborations with foreign architecture offices. Bureau69 specialises in building renovation and renovation projects, architectural restoration, conversions, private houses, urban and public space recovery, interior design.

2008

Max takes the management of Bureau69. An intense phase of historical-architectural renovation and conversion projects and international competitions begins. The studio constantly grows and delivers successful projects. It also starts a strong collaboration with the architect Jacob Goldemberg of Rio de Janeiro. Max’s passion for design increases and the projects reach an increasingly high level of detail and are highly appreciated for their stylistic research, pure and minimal forms, and theuse of natural materials.

2016

Following the economic crisis, Max decides to broaden the horizons and, whilst continuing with residual projects in Italy, starts some projects in Brazil together with his colleague and friend Claudio Inserra in Sao Paulo. For two years he assiduously visits the city of Sao Paulo (Brazil) for the completion of some projects. This allows him to breathe a more international air and recognise the benefits of professional experience in a multi-cultural environment and taking on new challenges.

2017

In September Max moves to London, works as Freelance Architect with local architecture practices in the city, in-house Architect for a high-end developer in South Kensinghton, and Site Architect / Construction Manager for a complex renovation of a Victorian house in Greenwich.

2018

At the end of 2018, Bureau69 Architects has been registered in England and Wales and continues to update and seek to expand its portfolio in the context of London, Kent, and South-East England.

MANIFESTO

PHILOSOPHY

I sense Light as the giver of all presences, and material as spent Light. What is made by Light casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light.

Louis Kahn

We firmly believe the client represents a key element in the creation of a living space.  Therefore detailed discussion and information gathering are  preparatory and necessary factors for the success of each project. 

We believe architecture is the art of living and has the power and the responsibility to transform the client’s practical needs in design to increase the quality of life. 

We believe architecture is for all budgets and has an important social influence. The quality of a building affects user behavior and a well-designed building can enhance the image of a company, benefitting the company’s brand awareness and marketing. 

A good architect helps to develop new ways of looking at a building, to discover new materials, detail solutions, raising the standard of the building, and to turn an idea into reality with expert, creative knowledge and competency. 

We are passionate about learning from history and thinking modern and inspiring spaces for the future.

Quality is not synonymous with high budget: we believe that quality means the best solution in terms of design, performance, organicity, time and budget compliance. We are bonded to the social aim of architecture and design. We want to to help people to live in and use an enjoyable space. 

We are inspired by the natural light, material textures and colours, and our design is oriented to the attention to technical details, research on new possibilities in use of materials, harmonious proportions, and precision in planning drawings. 

In each project we aim to create a direct relationship between interior space and the environment: the natural light plays a fundamental role in the determination of contemporary living. 

We do not believe in labels and branded architecture, we rely on a traditional method of making architecture that springs from the place, processes the material and reinterprets it in respect of the program, the needs, functions, and performance of the building. A project developed in this way for us is sustainable.

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