photo: Ugo Salerno
SET is a young architecture, urbanism and design office based in Rome, led by Lorenzo Catena, Onorato di Manno and Andrea Tanci. The design procedure is always supported by in-depth theoretical research based on the investigation of the essence of architecture and the elements that compose it.
SET envisions an architecture that is able to communicate directly with those who live it. This is achieved by using elementary geometric shapes and paying attention to environmental sustainability through the experimental use of materials and technologies.
The studio believes in non-generic architecture capable of emerging as a cultural factor in the local context and preserving the uniqueness of places. Simplicity and clarity are key themes of the entire creative process, from the abstract idea to the design solution.
SET has won many awards including: “Lazio Creativo 2017”, “NIB New Italian Blood 2016 top 10 Architecture”. The work of the office and its partners has been featured in several venues and events (Spazio FMG - Milan, MAXXI - Rome, Wuho Gallery - Los Angeles) as well as in prestigious publications.
Originally SET was founded by Lorenzo Catena, Chiara Cucina, Onorato di Manno, Gianluca Sist, Andrea Tanci during 2015, in Rome.
SET was ranked first according to the contest "100 storie di creatività del Lazio" in the "Architecture and Design" category.
On the 11 of November 2016 SET won the second prize of "New italian blood" dedicated to young Italian architects and landscape designers under 36.
On the 3 of March 2016 SET was awarded as the winner of the international competition for the realization of a Sustainable Installation for Florim Company. It will be presented on the 13th of April at the Florim Flagship Store during the "Salone del Mobile" in Milan.
On the 29th of June 2015 SET was awarded as the winner of the international competition for the realization of the Shoah Memorial in Bologna. The memorial has been inaugurated on January 27, 2016.
Various projects of the studio and its members were displayed at several events and locations (MAXXI -Rome, Wuho Gallery - Los Angeles) and published in different prestigious web and paper magazines (Area, Archdaily, Architizer, Artribune, Designboom, Dezeen, Divisare, Domus, Interni, Yatzer, Fubiz, Azure, Platform, Modulør, L'Espresso, C3, IQD, La Vie)
Co-founder of SET architects, in 2015. Originally from Rome he graduated at the Faculty of Architecture, Roma Tre University. Right after the graduation he starts working at King Roselli Architetti. In 2015 he is awarded as a “runner-up” at the Europan 13 award ceremony in Berlin. During 2012 Lorenzo works at Cino Zucchi Architetti in Milan where he collaborates in a number of different projects, like “Copycat - Empathy and envy as form-maker” an installation realised for the XIII edition of the Venice Biennale “Common Ground” curated by David Chipperfield. In 2010 he wins the second prize for the international competition “Venice Cityvision” with Bjarke Ingels (BIG) chairing the jury. The project was presented at different exhibitions and events including “Y1” at MAXXI in Rome and “World of Cityvision” at WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles.
Onorato di Manno
Architect, co-founder of SET architects in 2015. He graduated in Interior Design at the “Università Sapienza di Roma” and in Architecture at the “Università degli Studi Roma Tre”. Right after the graduation he starts working at Labics in Rome where he participates in a number of different international projects, like Helsinki Guggenheim museum (Finland), Klecovaca tourist center (Bosnia Erzegovina), Paris Rive Gauche (France), Progetto Flaminio Rome (Italy). During 2010 he collaborates as an assistant for the prof. Fulvio Leoni at the Faculty of Architecture at Roma Tre University. Again in 2010 he wins the second prize for the international competition “Venice Cityvision” with Bjarke Ingels (BIG) chairing the jury. The project was presented at different exhibitions and events including “Y1” at MAXXI in Rome and “World of Cityvision” at WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles.
Architect. He graduated in Interior Design at the “Università Sapienza di Roma” and in Architecture at the “Università degli Studi Roma Tre”. He developed his international architectural research by studying at the “Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile" in Santiago and working with Studio Giovanni D'Ambrosio in Indonesia. In 2014 he joined Studio Romoli Architetti as partner and in 2015 he co-founded SET Architects.
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