Stefano Pujatti, CEO of ELASTICOSPA from Italy
Stefano Pujatti was born in Aviano in 1968. He obtained a degree in Architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice and a Master’s degree in Architecture at Sci-Arch in Los Angeles, California. He has been living in Chieri since 1996. Following a collaboration with Coop-Himelblau in Los Angeles and Gino Valle Architetti in Paris, he cofounded the firm Studio Elastico 1995/2005. From 2004 to 2013, he taught at the Faculty of Architecture 1 of the Politecnico di Torino and was invited as a speaker and guest critic to various universities of an international standing, comprising RMIT – Melbourne, Hoesi University – Tokyo and the Accademia di Architettura – Mendrisio. From 2014 to 2016, he taught at the Ut Daniels – Toronto.
Today Stefano Pujatti is at the helm of ELASTICOSPA. The firm has been invited to important international events such as the XIV Biennale of Architecture in Venice (2014), the V Biennale of Architecture in Brasilia (2006), the London Festival of Architecture (2008), the XII Biennale of Architecture in Venice (2010) and the X Biennale of Architecture in Venice (2006). Also in 2006, he was assigned the INARCH-ANCE award as a young designer. The firm’s hotel 1301INN project was among the finalists of the Mies Van der Rohe Award, and was also chosen to represent Italian architecture in the itinerant exhibition titled “Piccole Utopie”. Along with numerous publications in national and international magazines, two monographic volumes have also been published on the firm’s work, “Architettura al sangue” (published by Maggioli) in 2008 and the volume entitled “1301INN – Drawing, Photography, Building” (published by LetteraVentidue) in 2014.
Since 2016, Stefano Pujatti has been able to count on the support of the Toronto-based ELASTICOSPA+ Inc for the development of North American projects.
Stefano’s research springs from the fascination exerted by natural forces and elements and their visible and invisible effects on human beings and whatever the latter produce.
Tides, climate and seismic activities have always been at the centre of his studies and, in the course of time, they have translated into buildings and projects that address these topics with a scientific approach and also enhance their expressive and communicative potential. Perfect examples of this concept are to be found in the Atelier Fleuriste 2007, the preliminary project for the Grado 2015 spa, the numerous anti-seismic buildings erected in Friuli and the more recent “maison glacé” project, a private home using ice as protection against the freezing Canadian winters.
His passion for nature, agriculture and horses has led Stefano Pujatti to conduct a specific architectural research into buildings for breeding, housing and training horses along with the planning and construction of buildings designed around horses and their riders, which manage to be functional without neglecting the importance of the emotional factor.