Dots, lines and squares

Dots, lines and squares is the contribution of 2A+P/A (Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo) to What is ornament? exhibition curated by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene within the framework of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale – The Poetic of Reason.

Starting from the first experiments made by Ettore Sottsass, with the coloured stripes of Superboxes, to the pop patterns used in the exhibition Superarchitettura, through the continuous grids of dots by Archizoom or the squared surfaces by Superstudio, and finally arriving at the exuberant and provocative geometries by Alchymia and Memphis, this exhibition is the first attempt to give a general reading of a phenomenon, that of the use of textures and patterns in Italian design.

Headquarters of Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Rua Arco do Cego, 50
1000–300 Lisboa

4 October 2019 – 22:00

5 October – 1 December 2019

Opening times
11:00 – 18:00
Tuesday to Sunday
Closed on Mondays

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

We are glad to be part of the upcoming 서울도시건축비엔날레 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism inside the “City Exhibition” with the research project “Rome East. A city of collective rituals” developed together with Davide Sacconi. The research is enriched by “Fragments of a Plan” a selection of 16 plans of Rome curated with Gabriele Mastrigli and photographed by Giulio Aleandri.

The 8th of September the project will be discussed in a round table organized by Italian Cultural Institute of Seoul with Luca Montuori (Urban Planning Department of Rome), Matteo Costanzo (2A+P/A), Chun Jinyoung (Myongji University of Seoul) and Marco Bruno (Motoelastico).

The City Exhibition
7 September — 10 November 2019
Donuimun Museum Village
Building D L3

Round Table
8 September 2019, 3 PM
Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture
Archive Room (B2)

Milano Archweek

Tonight at 18:00 in Triennale di Milano we are part of the Studio Marathon of Milano Archweek.


Thursday 2nd of MAY, 18
at Arts Catalyst!

Opening Talk by James Westcott titled “home-contry”.

We will discuss the relationship between architectural form and collective rituals through the work on Savage Architecture by ADS10 (Royal College of Art School of Architecture).

Fantastic models made in collaboration with Modelab

free drinks!

Arts Catalyst is at
74–76 Cromer Street London
WC1H 8DR London


Drawing and Projects at Antonia Jannone architectural gallery

During the upcoming Design Week, 2A+P/A will present the exhibition “Drawings and Projects” in the historic Antonia Jannone architectural gallery. A collection of projects, images, illustrations and photographs brought together in the gallery’s spaces to portray the poetic research of the studio.

Every work on display investigates other projects and tries to affirm an idea of architecture as a form of collective knowledge. The office’s two partners, Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo, explore the potential of architectural projects through non-philological reference samples that derive from a range of disciplines and include objects, paintings, buildings, sculptures and weavings. Architecture thus becomes a research tool for understanding reality and at the same time for giving shape and space to the
collective rites of the present times.

The exhibition shows the juxtaposition of two bodies of work. One wall hosts the series called “36 drawings”, first created for the Biennale of Orléans and commissioned by the Frac Centre-Val de Loire. The opposite wall presents a selection of projects chosen to exemplify the type of work undertaken by 2A+P/A during its ten years of activity: finished work, competition projects, exhibition pavilions and installations.

During the exhibition the gallery will also host a talk on the role and value of architectural drawing in the present day.

Alternative History

On 23 March, Alternative History exhibition, curated by Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld, in collaboration with Drawing Matter and the Architecture Foundation, will open in London. We had been invited among more than 80 contemporary practices in the UK and Europe to imagine an exchange with architects from the past. Each office was assigned a different drawing from the collection of Drawing Matter. The architects were then tasked with making a model that not only responded to what they saw, but envisioned an alternative future for the original drawing while adhering to the constraints of the project: although comprising different materials and scales, the models had to be transportable, and their footprints had to fit within the surface area of the historic drawings.

Click here to see a full list of participating architects and studios, and the models and drawings as they emerge.


6 Cork Street, Mayfair
Open Saturdays and Sundays only 11am–6pm;
private view, and opening colloquium, 23 March, 2pm


Omaggio a Gio Ponti


The 5th of February the exhibition “Omaggio a Gio Ponti” will open at the Italian Culture Institute in Stockholm. We contribute together with Baukuh, BRH+, Stefano Graziani and Francesco Librizzi.

Seminar at Macro

On Friday 30th of November we participate to the seminar on Italian architecture and drawings curated by Carlo Prati at MACRO.

Macro Asilo
via Nizza 138, Roma
h. 10:00-14:00

Legacy Book


The book Legacy. Generations of Creatives in Dualogue edited by Lukas Feireiss is out. Inside an interview we did to Gian Piero Frassinelli about collaborations and relations between architecture and anthropology.

Lecture in Aachen

The 10th of July we’ll present a selection of our recent projects at the Department of Architecture at the RWTH Aachen University as part of the series of lectures Werkberichte.

Reiff-Museum R5, h 20:00

The Future Starts Here

The project of Maria Grazia Cutuli School in Herat is on show in London at Victoria and Albert Museum within the exhibition The future starts here.

The Sainsbury Gallery
On now until Sunday, 4 November 2018
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL




On 14 June 2018 at 6 pm, the exhibition Intentions. Reading 11 projects of le FRAC Centre-Val de Loire will open in Walter Knoll Gallery in London.

Intentions is a curated table of objects in conversation with and in reaction to a series of radical projects from the collection of le FRAC Centre-Val De Loire in Orléans. Through this exhibition, Royal college of Art ADS10 participants engage with one of the most important collections of Radical Architecture worldwide to reflect upon on the power of architecture to imagine and transform the city.

ADS10 is a MA Architecture studio in the Royal College of Art led by Gianfranco Bombaci, Matteo Costanzo and Davide Sacconi. ADS10 is a journey toward the very reason of architecture. Guided by an anthropological gaze, the Studio has the ambition to question the relationship between architecture and man and verify if the discipline of architecture can still challenge norms and behaviours imposed by the present urban condition, and thus reclaim a meaning for contemporary practice.


Reading 11 projects from le FRAC Centre-Val de Loire
14 – 22 June 2018

14 June 2018, 6 pm
Opening Hour
Mon – Fri / 10 am – 6 pm

Walter Knoll
42 Charterhouse Square
Clerkenwell London

INFO at:

Speculative Architectural Materialism

On April 26th Matteo Costanzo will participate to a one-day seminar on Italian and British architectural design, history, theory exchanges

The seminar will examine how architectural research is composed of a wide range of interrelated concerns including: design, drawing, history, technologies; social and cultural differences, local and governmental institutions; environment, urbanism and politics.


Thursday 26 April

Aula Urbano VIII

Università degli Studi Roma Tre – Facoltà di Architettura

Via Della Madonna Dei Monti 40, 00184 Roma

Conversation at FRAC Centre

The Frac Center invited us  for a public conversation about the pavilion “A house from a drawing of Ettore Sottsass”. The pavilion, which was presented on the forecourt of the Mediatheque of Orleans during the Architecture Biennial, is going now to be permanently installed at Parc Floral.

Wednesday 21 of March – h.18:00
Les Turbulences – Frac Centre
88 rue du Colombier, Orléans

Divina Sezione

The 8th of March we will exhibit a section drawn for the exhibition “Divina Sezione” curated by Luca Molinari at Reggia di Caserta.

8 – 29 March 2018
Reggia di Caserta
Sala degli Alabardieri e Sala dell Guardie del Corpo
Viale Giulio Douhet

Lecture at Bauhaus in Weimar

The 19th of December, Matteo Costanzo will hold a guest lecture in the student-organized lecture series Horizonte at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Since 1992 the student initiative horizonte has been organising a series of evening lectures that take place regularly on Tuesday nights.

The 14th of December, Gianfranco Bombaci will hold a guest lecture in Roma Tre University about Architecture and Urban Regeneration.

University degli Studi Roma Tre
Dipartimento di Architettura
Aula Quadrio Pironi
14th of December, h.15.00