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Venice, Italy, 20 July

Marco Polo Airport opens new extension with light-filled gallery

One Works has completed Phase 1 of a major development plan for Marco Polo Airport, with expansive new facilities carefully integrated into the existing fabric of the airport. Working alongside SAVE Engineering, One Works has overseen the complex architectural and structural challenges involved in bringing the airport up to 21st century standards.   Marco Polo Airport is an important part of northern Italy’s transport infrastructure, the third such intercontinental hub in the country, with a growing number of passengers using routes through it thanks to an overarching traffic strategy.     The first phase of the extension: 2013-2017   Inaugurated on June 17, the new 11,000 sqm extension creates a kind of forecourt for the airport, improving accessibility to the terminal and connecting passengers to the dock via the new moving walkway; from here passengers can travel to Venice in style by Vaporetto or water taxi.   The new forecourtis comprised of an 280-metre-long, fully glazed gallery that takes advantage of the 22-metre-wide interstitial space left free in the original complex between the terminal and the dual level road.   The new distribution layout has been developed to marry the functional requirements of the day-to-day terminal operations but also to embrace the beauty of the spectacular views of the Venice lagoon.   One Works has created a harmonious dialogue between the original airport buildings and the new extensions, ensuring that the iconic lagoon landmark is expanded sustainably, now and in the future.     The new VIP Lounge & Winter Garden   Inspired by the traditions of Venetian glass, a new VIP area, known as the Marco Polo Lounge, is characterised by the use of glass, both as a form generator and as a finishing material.   The lounge is configured as two contrasting spaces with their own singular identities. On one side, overlooking the track and bathed in natural light, is the main relaxation area featuring floor-to-ceiling glass walls and an undulating ceiling that blends with the parquet floor. On the other side of the partition glass is an area close to the central core of the airport, dedicated to ancillary functions and services such as the reception, cloakroom, changing rooms, toilets, storage and food preparation areas.   Between these two spaces there are two further rest spots and the lounge also boasts a new winter garden that partially covers the existing terrace.  

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Italy, 06 July

“Airports of the new Millennium” Publication features One Works

One Works is pleased to be included in the last Hachette volume on Airports named “Gli aeroporti del nuovo millennio”.   The book, curated by Simona Galateo, represents and illustrates an overview of the best airport designs from across the globe, ranging from an architectural to a landcape scale. The state of the art developments are illustrated through a series of case studies and include some the internationaly renowned firms such as: UNStudio, Foster + Partners, SOM, Gae Aulenti Associati, Ricardo Bofill, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Zaha Hadid Architects.   "Together with the railway stations and the metropolitan stations, other hotspots of transportation systems, airports are today one of the most advanced and evolving architectural typologies, where the most innovative technologies and techniques are experienced to create authentic urban complexes ... " states Simona Galateo.   One Works is honored to be part of the publication that features two of our most recent extension projects: BGY International Airport and VCE International Airport.   Bergamo Airport Vision 2030 from One Works on Vimeo.   Il Caravaggio international airport has seen his second phase of the development plan completed in 2015, third and fourth phase will continue to improve and extend services, spaces and facilities, as you can see in the video, to respond to the future needs that also comes from the recent new routes provided and for the number of passengers that continues to increase.

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Milan, Italy, 01 June

One Works to design new general aviation terminal for Milan Malpensa Airport

One Works has been appointed by SEA, the company that manages the Milan airport systems Milano Linate, Milano Malpensa and Milano Linate Prime, to design the new general aviation terminal for one of the most important airports in Italy, the Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP).   With over 20 years of developed expertise and our integrated approach, we will act as architects, engineers and consultants leading the project from conceptual design to the construction design.   As we continue to strengthen our Aviation portfolio, Milan Malpensa Airport will join the list of many projects designed and delivered by One Works, including most recently: the highly anticipated Venice Marco Polo Airport extension; Bergamo Il Caravaggio International Airport Refurbishment and Extension; and the Milano Linate Prime Terminal Renewal.

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Italy, 18 May

One Works' City Life Plaza featured in "100 Progetti italiani"

  We are pleased to announce that One Works, together with lighting and domotica company Gewiss, has been published in this year’s ‘100 Progetti Italiani’ for our work at Piazza Tre Torri in City Life – an urban transformation project in Milan completed last year.Now in its second edition, the annual ‘100 Progetti Italiani’ publishes a selection of the best architecture, engineering and design projects within the italian scenario.Discover more reading the pdf (Italian)

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Venice, Italy, 05 May

The Venice studio has temporarily moved

The renovation of our Venice studio is just the first in a series of steps we are taking to extend and renew our offices.   As you may have read in the recent Managing Partners' interview in Corriere della Sera, One Works is growing fast with an upcoming office in Singapore and some important changes in Italy.   To receive the latest updates and news from One Works, click here and stay connected.     The new temporary adress for Venice is:   Via Elettricità 7, Venezia Marghera, 30175 Italy

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Italy, 04 May

"Air transportation system too fragile with only low-cost carriers" - Giulio De Carli' interview

Managing Partner Giulio de Carli, aviation expert and designer of the italian "Piano nazionale aeroporti", was recently published in Il Sole 24 ORE newspaper. In the article, Giulio shares his opinions and expertise on the delicate case of Alitalia.   Read the full article in Italian in our press release section, alternatively, you can read the article in English below.   TRANSLATION EDITED BY ONE WORKS   Di Giorgio Santilli su Il Sole 24 Ore Wednesday 3 May 2017   Fragmented air transport offer, set on low-cost foreign carriers for short-range and large legacy carriers for the long haul, would impact on the configuration of the facilities and airport services, with a reduction of quality that would cover the entire air transport system. On the new crisis of Alitalia, we must avoid superficial debates and know that a system based solely on low-cost-based carriers is a volatile system that does not guarantee long-term development." Giulio De Carli, Managing Partner of One Works, pocket multinational made of Italian transport infrastructure professionals, with offices in Venice, Milan, London, Rome, Doha and Singapore (just opened), is known in Italy as the father of the National Airports Plan that revolutionized, the beginning of the decade, the way we think about Italians airports and the connections between the ports and an integrated mobility system.   "The low-cost carriers - says De Carli - try everything they can to avoid paying airport fees and shift their offer on short-term expediency: this volatility prevents financing airport investment plans in the long run, something which we started to do and we need. I recently saw reassuring statements, but the Alitalia crisis, if not resolved quickly and well, will inevitably lead to a slowdown in investment and a fragile system. As we also said with the study that started the National Plan, if the strategic framework in which we move on both the sky and the land is not clear, the investment will not take off or slow down”.   If you ask De Carli what could be the future of Alitalia, he only says that "the alliance with Etihad was correct as strategic thinking, but did not work because of disastrous management, but the market space was there and was based on the attempt, first and only in Europe so far, to catch the developing market in the Middle East". There are not many other market areas different from that "strategic thinking". “All, shareholders, company, employees, unions, Government, should have understood earlier that there were managerial errors and revive that operation by making timely corrections to the business plan and adopt cost-cutting measures as other companies have done, avoiding the present situation that seems to be a dead end”.   We need to focus more on the role of a national carrier, "which has the purpose of connecting the entire country by bringing traffic to long-haul and incoming traffic from far-reaching destinations and then redistributing the territory. And it is one that works through the rates to support investment for the quality and development of services and infrastructure, precisely because this responds to its primary business purpose. This is what happens across Europe, where many national airlines operate. It is not at all obvious that this can be recognised in our country by foreign carriers, who have less interest in the territory."   The long Alitalia crisis has greatly affected the land component. "The system must develop harmoniously, in a balanced manner, as is the case throughout Europe, despite the complexity and difficulties in the sector. Capacity building and modernisation of infrastructure must take account of what is likely to happen in the market."   The airport system must be an active and not a passive 'actor' at this stage, it should make "its voice heard" and policy makers should take it into account. Also, because the stock market results show that, in the airline business - the airport industry is one in which investors believe in the most, after the concessions issue has been resolved and after the National Plan has initiated a critical solution of excess fragmentation ("Regions are beginning to understand") affirming the need of fast rail links with airports, predicted the development of the actual ongoing demand and has placed the theme of inter-modality at its core.   "It's hard now to think of a rapid transformation of Fiumicino as a second airport after Malpensa. There are not many successful airports in the world with high levels of fragmentation. Gatwick succeeds only because of Heathrow. The Berlin airport, whereby nearly 7 billion Euros are spent, is suspended in limbo with an inauguration postponed year after year and is one of the most prominent failures in the airport sector. It provides a lesson that we should not forget when we deal with the new Alitalia crisis: when a national – or based in the country – flagship carrier is missing flag carrier or based, the airport does not take off and the system suffers."

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Italy, 02 May

"One Works' formula" - Our story told in Corriere della Sera

Founders and Managing Partners, Leonardo Cavalli and Giulio De Carli, were recently published in one of Italy’s leading newspapers - Corriere della Sera.   The pair discuss the story of One Works through data, anecdotes and statements, covering 10 years of activity, a huge growth in recent years, the anticipated opening of a new office in Singapore and the focus on strategic sectors such as architecture for infrastructure, transportation, real estate, and commercial destinations.   Read the full article in Italian at corriere.it, alternatively, you can read the article in English below.     Translation edited by One Works   The growth overseas as a turning point for the architecture firm founded ten years ago by two architects trained in Milan, Giulio De Carli and Leonardo Cavalli, and now with offices in Dubai, London and soon Singapore: focus on airports, stations, shopping destinations   by Maria Elena Zanini   Ten years, a 20 million turnover in 2016, a 300% growth in four years, 150 professionals and five offices worldwide. Soon to become six. Two founders: Leonardo Cavalli and Giulio De Carli, class of 1962, graduated in 1986 from the Milan Polytechnic, which in 2007 after years of cooperation decided to create Oneworks, Italian architectural firm with a strong international vocation. Since the beginning, the decision was to focus on specific strategic areas, primarily the architecture for infrastructure and transportation (airports and stations) and for real estate and commercial destinations. Two areas that are conversing in a broader project of urban design. An example, the design of the City Life square in Milan.   As explained by De Carli, «transports have a network element and a node element. We work on the architecture of the node, the building". Two metro stations in Riyadh and nine in Doha (alongside important contractors in Design & Build projects by Qatar Rail) and the award in Doha of the international contest for Tec - Transport Education Center-, a center dedicated to the past, present and future history of transports.   «The 2010 was a key year-explains Giulio De Carli-. In a tough Italian market, we have given the so-called last-gasp effort, deciding to open abroad». After working from Brazil to Indonesia, the two architects have landed in Dubai. And they have not left it, creating a model of "pocket multinational" with satellite studios in London and soon in Singapore and a system of interaction of top management.   The foreign market is what weighs more on the global turnover, 74% versus 26% local that still reached pre-crisis levels. «Our idea is to capture the market, first by finding a local partner who knows the market and then creating a study on site. We did so in Dubai, with Anwar Mohamed, today our partner, and in London with Gerardo Puente». Next stop is Singapore, but also the expansion of Milan office, which - explains Leonardo Cavalli- will become a hub for the entire sector. »   30 April 2017 (Modified on 30 April 2017 | 18:45)  

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London, 10 January

One Works is part of the London School of Architecture’s practice network

In October 2016, One Works UK has become part of the London School of Architecture’s Practice Network, which currently comprises more than 40 UK-based offices practising at the forefront of architecture and urbanism worldwide.   The LSA’s Practice Network offers an exciting range of work-based learning opportunities for students, from boutique studios to some of the largest firms in the world; with a wide variety of critical and creative interests

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