Alvisi Kirimoto

20 years of Alvisi Kirimoto

Alvisi Kirimoto firm celebrates 20 years of work with two special events at Museo Novecento in Florence and Triennale Milano

Studio Alvisi Kirimoto
Ph: Ilaria Magliocchetti Lombi

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Alvisi Kirimoto architecture firm, Massimo Alvisi and Junko Kirimoto present their history and the projects that have made them known on the international scene to a wide and diverse audience. The two events will take place on Tuesday, January 30 at 6 p.m. at Museo del Novecento in Florence and Thursday, February 22 at 6 p.m. at Triennale Milano.

Alvisi Kirimoto. History, Nature, Work

Dialogue with nature, urban regeneration and attention to social issues are the hallmarks of the firm, founded in Rome in the early 2000s by Massimo Alvisi and Junko Kirimoto, partners in business and in life. In two decades of activity, the firm has made numerous interventions in Italy and abroad, collected for the first time in the volume Alvisi Kirimoto. Storia, natura, lavoro / History, Nature, Work, published by The Plan Editions.

Alvisi Kirimoto’s monograph. Ph: Studio Daido

Italy and Japan: the synergy between two worlds

Fusing Italian and Japanese sensibilities, the studio is distinguished by its sartorial approach to design. Massimo focuses on the urban and collective dimensions, while Junko’s vision is more artistic and won her the Golden Thesis Prize awarded by the Japanese Institute of Architects. Her characteristic is in the meticulous attention to detail and minimalist design. These complementary profiles share with their team a passionate and rigorous way of working, as well as a design methodology based on dialogue and experimentation. The firm builds spaces designed through light, as well as respectful and iconic works that combine artificial and natural elements and fully interpret the identity of the place.

Alvisi Kirimoto
The Dome. New LUISS University Building in Rome. Ph: Marco Cappelletti

An award-winning firm

Alvisi Kirimoto has participated in major industry events, including the Venice Biennale in 2012, 2016 and in 2018. Moreover, it has won various international competitions and awards such as the IN/ARCH Lazio, IN/ARCH Nazionale and Architecture Masterprize awards in 2023, and the honorable mention at the EU Mies van der Rohe Award in 2021. But also the International Architecture Award 2021 from The Chicago Athenaeum, the Special Award at the 12th edition of the Fassa Bortolo International Prize for Sustainable Architecture, and the 1st edition of the Premio Architettura Toscana in 2017.

Alvisi Kirimoto
Accademia della Musica. ABF Franco Corelli Camerino. Ph: Marco Cappelletti

Philip Jodidio talks about the firm

Architectural writer and critic Philip Jodidio is the author of the introduction of the firm’s monograph, which will be presented in Florence and Milan.

“Alvisi and Kirimoto’s 20 years of experience has made them sure of one thing: to realize their projects there are ‘methods and processes’ that they share regardless of type. Their works tell their story through shadows, lights, materials left exposed, and the stated desire to be universal combined with the acceptance that everything, even a concrete wall, changes with time and is therefore ephemeral. But the point is not so much the wall as it is the empty space formed by the architects, a space ‘created to be filled.'”

Private executive offices in Chicago. Ph: Nic Lehoux

To attend the presentation on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 6 p.m. at the Museo Novecento in Florence, please write to Free admission subject to availabilty.

To attend the event on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 6 p.m. at Triennale Milano, please register at this link:

Related Articles


Agape: 50 years of excellence

“In realtà, volevamo fare dell’altro” (“Actually, we wanted to do something else”) is the title of the exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Agape, a company founded on the banks of the Mincio River in 1973.

Read more »