Piovene Fabi & Truwant + Rodet +

Lunch & talks

Monday 20 November 2023 12.15pm
Piovene Fabi & Truwant + Rodet +
Moderated by Capucine Legrand

20x20x20 presents a format engaging the guest professors at the EPFL School of Architecture — two 20 minute presentations by two guest professors followed by a 20 minute moderated discussions.


Piovenefabi is an architecture studio founded by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene, based in Milan and Brussels. The studio produces architecture, urban research, territorial visions, and public design works regardless of the size, commission, or client. When dealing with a shared context and its almost infinite interpretations, Piovenefabi believes spaces and objects can act as supports for both personal and collective experiences. The studio was part of the curatorial team of the Lisbon Architecture Triennial 2019-The poetics of reason with the exhibition What is ornament?, which investigated the role of ornament in the actual architectural production. The office works have been exhibited in the following venues: Mayrit Bienal (2021), Lisbon Architecture Triennial (2019, 2016), Rotterdam Biennale (2014), Chicago Architecture Biennale (2015, 2017), Campo (2016), Frac-Orleans (2017), Maniera-Brussels (2018). The office project 5 Pavilions for 5 Parks has won the Visit Brussels Awards 2018, and has been shortlisted for the T-Young, Medaglia d’oro dell’Architettura 2018 and the Brussels Architecture Prize 2021.

Truwant + Rodet + is a Basel-based architecture studio that develops projects without cynicism or nostalgia, using all available technologies and specialists while relying on territorial and landscape logic. Truwant + Rodet + has had the opportunity to explore this reciprocity between buildings and their context at very different scales, from the master plan for the Red Cross in Geneva with Bureau Bas Smets to the interventions in Basel’s urban fabric for Architecture Week 2022. In 2020, Truwant + Rodet + won the renovation for the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris with Parisian firm ASBR, and in 2023, they won the competition for the transformation of the Nauentor postal distribution centre in Basel with Bruther and Jan Kinsbergen.

Capucine Legrand is an Epf architect, graduating in 2019. She worked as a teaching assistant at EPFL, specializing in collective housing and typology, alongside Luca Ortelli and Eric Lapierre. Today, as part of Prof. Sophie Delhay’s Domestic City laboratory, she explores the collective qualities of housing, and the intrinsically urban character of domestic space (2022-2023). At the same time, she works for the Franco-Swiss firm Baltique Architectes. In addition to her involvement in teaching the project, she is engaged in a number of teaching assignments at EPFL. In particular, she is in charge of a teaching unit aimed at nurturing an imaginary around domesticity (2020-2022), an assistant for the course History of habitation (2021-2023) and a teaching unit on the productive habitat (2022-2023). She is involved in the curation of the Gunnar Asplund exhibition at EPFL (2022) and has published a Lexique des simplicités (2021) alongside Luca Ortelli and Valentin Bourdon, a book summarizing the research and themes developed within the LCC Laboratory.