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Who we are and
What we do

Mezzo Atelier is a multidisciplinary practice whose approach merges architecture, design and crafts. Fascinated by vernacular architecture, materiality and craftsmanship, they re-design traditions in a contemporary and functional way, contextualizing each project in its own geography and cultural environment.

The self-production of furniture, objects and small-scale architectures in their laboratory, has been at the core of their practice since it started. Their goal is to design environments as a hole, creating tailored made projects, customized for each client.

The office was established in 2013 by architects Giacomo Mezzadri and Joana Oliveira and has been focusing on buildings adaptations, housing, tourist accommodation, interiors, public space regeneration and temporary interventions. They have completed projects in Portuguese island São Miguel, Milan, Piacenza and Amsterdam.

In 2018 their project for the adaptation of a barn won the “Paulo Gouveia Regional Architecture Award” and has been widely published. The studio has been invited to lectures and tutor workshops in Portugal and Italy.

Who we are and What we do

Giacomo Mezzadri and Joana Oliveira are Mezzo Atelier, a young Italian/Portuguese architectural and design practice working both as a studio and as a practical laboratory. Since 2013, the two architects, with different professional backgrounds, run a multidisciplinary atelier developing architectural projects; interior design; temporary structures and self produced objects and furniture.

Inspired by Bauhaus’ concept of global art, their goal is to design spaces and objects as a hole, achieving a complete customisation for each project and clients. The control of each step of the design process is fundamental, working from the concept until the production and realisation of the pieces on their workshop, whenever the project’s scale makes it possible. This approach to the design practice makes it possible to depend less on third parties and develop hand-made and unique pieces. Fascinated by craftsmanship, they bring to life traditions trough their contemporary pieces and associate ancient methods with new technologies.