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Thursday, February 27, 2020
6.30 pm / Screening: The Architects Series – A documentary on: Werner Sobek
7.00 pm / Conference: “Build More with Less” with Werner Sobek

Architects attending for the entire duration of the conference will be able to claim 2 CPD credits.

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The year 2020 begins with a new event in The Architects Series, the exhibition format created by the magazine The Plan for the Iris Ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti brands. On Thursday, February 27, from 6.30 pm, the Milan showroom in via Bergognone, 27 will host “The Architects Series – A documentary on: Werner Sobek” followed by the lecture “Build More with Less”.

The German studio Werner Sobek is renowned worldwide for its expertise in the fields of engineering, design and sustainability and currently employs more than 350 people. Founded in 1992, it has offices in Germany (Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg) and in major cities such as Moscow, Istanbul, New York, Buenos Aires and Dubai.

The studio’s philosophy is based on the fundamental idea that the architect should not use traditional materials and imitate previous models, but should come up with solutions that anticipate people’s living and work needs. Modern and future architecture must be radically different from the architecture of the past.

The concepts of energy efficiency, the enhancement of eco-sustainable technologies and a sense of responsibility towards nature and people are central to the design process. These principles have been translated into Triple Zero ®, an actual standard for sustainable architecture developed by Werner Sobek and registered as a protected trademark. It defines the criteria that a building must meet in order to satisfy the stringent quality requirements relating to the project’s environmental sustainability. As the name itself suggests, buildings must be able to produce the energy they need independently without the use of fossil fuels (Zero Energy), keeping CO₂ emissions to a minimum (Zero Emissions) and featuring construction elements that can be fully recycled at the end of their life cycle (Zero Waste).

The manifesto of Triple Zero ® architecture is R128, the house in Stuttgart where the architect Sobek chose to live with his family. The four-storey building has been designed to be completely emission-free and self-sufficient in terms of energy supply. Moreover, all its parts can be recycled.

As shown by many projects worldwide, the studio works with all types of materials and buildings, with a special focus on “lightweight structural design”, namely transparent façade systems and sustainable design concepts that combine high-quality engineering solutions with elegant design, a high level of comfort and a very low environmental impact.

Werner Sobek works with many well-known names such as Christoph Ingenhoven, Barkow Leibinger, Henn, Helmut Jahn, Populous, Sauerbruch Hutton, Ole Scheeren, UNStudio, Zaha Hadid Architects and many others. Together with other architects and engineers, he founded the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), which in a few years grew to about 800 members and is now working on a brand new, flexible and adaptable certification system for sustainable buildings in various countries. He has received numerous awards and prizes for his work both in Germany and abroad.

After the customary screening, SpazioFMG per l’Architettura will host the lecture “Build More with Less” during which participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the studio’s design philosophy and discuss issues related to the world of architecture and the future of living.