Marco Mazzetto (born on 06/06/1973) and Alessandro Lazzari (born on 31/01/1972), having graduated from the Department of Architecture at the University of Venice in 1999, founded 3ndy Studio in 2002 in Vigonovo in the province of Venice. From the beginning, their business has been tied to research in design and in the execution of architectural structure on various scales. In 2007, they began collaborating with Massimiliano Martignon (born on 15/07/1972) who is involved in executive development and work management. Currently several professionals, both working in the studio and freelancers, such as architects, designers, graphic designers and city planners, have joined the studio and published many articles in specialized magazines both in Italy and abroad.
At the 3ndy Studio, they design according to the CasaClima criteria and provide planning that is both based on design and low energy consumption; moreover, they also study comfortable high architectonic solutions focused on the customer’s needs. Nowadays, 3ndyStudio is a consolidated company that boasts many successfully achieved works, above all in the provinces of Venice, Padua and Treviso.
They say “Our work is not a job, but a passion. We live and breathe architecture as a mission, but also because we enjoy it. Each project of any dimension must be figured out as a piece of art to achieve. This is our philosophy”.
What are your most representative projects in the last few years?
Our architectural production is represented by the following projects:
NOOB (2016): in this project, we were confronted with our client’s physical handicap and where we paid very close attention to detail in our research. The project was based on the principle of total accessibility of all internal spaces in the house because one of the dwellers was suffering from a disability and was obliged to use the wheelchair permanently.
THE WOODS PAVILION (2017): This took place at a public square in the town of Fossò in the province of Venice. In this case, the project was based on the principle of accessibility of a public area that was renovated for giving the inhabitants a space for their free time and other activities. The Pavilion was made of a supporting structure of steel portals, all with different bending angles, which support the roof realized with a fixed structure in sandwich panels and corrugated sheet, the best choice at a mechanical level, both for as regards protection against atmospheric agents and summer radiation.
MOREHOUSE (2017): This was a housing project, or multi-family residential building, that, thanks to a new concept, allows a resident access to a single home at the same price as apartment, offering different types of housing in the same building. In this context, 3ndy Studio designed and carried out a project of row houses developed in three modules of different sizes, named S,M,L, just like clothing sizes, because that was exactly what we meant: these houses could meet the requests of any type of family, i.e. singles, couples and families with children.
What is your relationship with steel?
Steel is a material we often use in our constructions both indoors for finishing or in window frames, but we also use it often as the main construction element.
We have used it, for example, in the VIGONOVO PALACE (in 2011) to make the façade that looks like a huge sculpture made of one hundred and ninety Corten steel plates covering a surface of more than 300 sq. m, creating the appearance of an enormous and enigmatic book page.
We used steel in the “SLIDING HOUSE” (in 2015) window and door frames and we were able to guarantee a correct sun exposure to the most inhabited rooms, particularly on the ground floor where a large room fitted the kitchen and the living room: this open space was closed by large glass windows oriented to the south-west while the other service rooms were located to the north. The south glass window overlooks a pergola covered by a sliding awning. And more recently, we used only steel to make the WOODS PAVILION (2017). The effect we created is a light accessible structure whose shape, colors and materials seem natural and move like trees when the wind blows. The Pavilion doesn’t create physical or visual barriers, but leaves both the view and the passage to the square open and free.
You have often chosen window and door frames made of steel for your works, especially for residential houses. What experience have you acquired over the years by using this material? Have the clients been satisfied by it?
Over the years, the window and door frames we have used have given excellent aesthetic results while also being long lasting. Our clients have been satisfied with these installations and have recognized the great value of steel frames for safety, elegance and resistance. We have often recommended steel frames for their compact dimensions which have allowed us to get large and luminous openings, such as in the “Sliding house” (2015), which identify our architectural works.