Silvia Bertolone
Marco Plazzogna
cv as architect.

Bertolone+Plazzogna architetcts was founded in 2009 by Silvia Bertolone and Marco Plazzogna.

The practice, formerly named Re_Load, operated as an atelier in Venice (2005-2006) and Madrid (2007-2009) and actually works with public architectural competitions and private clients.

In the last years 7 projects placed as winners or mentioned in international architectural competitions, like Europan 9 in Ireland in 2008.

Several project has been published in Italian and international magazines and books and took part in a large number of exhibitions.

They both graduated as Architects from the IUAV Venice University in 2006 Fully qualified at the Italian Architect Register, section A, sector Architecture, from 2007, after 2 years of Architecture internship in Madrid, Spain.

In the last years they collaborated with C+S (Cappai+Segantini architects, Venice), Delapuerta+Asensio (Madrid), Paredes Pedrosa arquitectos (Madrid) and CZA (Cino Zucchi architects, Milano).

Silvia from 2009 to 2012 was President of AGATV, an association for the promotion of Young Architects activity. Actually she is a PhD Candidate in ‘Composizione architettonica’ and Professor Assistant for 'Architecture design' subject at IUAV Venice University.

Re_Load philosophy

Architecture is a violent act. Minimizing this impact it’s vain. The matter is: ‘How can we do a good act of violence?’ Re_Load philosophy is the answer.

The context must be analyzed before introducing a new contemporary architectural layer. First: surrounding. Second: people. Third: history. These are the necessary themes, as Aldo Rossi taught. The abstract creating process must hail from the context rules.

Architecture is the will of setting humane rules against nature's principles. The architect can't imitate natural rules: he must introduce a different order in which new rules are chosen. But the rules can’t be taken out of context.

Before chosing the rules is necessary to interpret the context with the purpose of finding and protect its peculiar characteristics.

Structure, materials, volumes, colors, textures, alignments, must be re-used in the new project but may be completely displaced, creating a new contemporary form.

We follow the 'Tangram procedure': the base figure of Tangram is a square, but with the same pieces it’s possible to create infinite forms maintaining the same parts. Like Tangram, a place (house, building, public space) must keep its original characteristics but must be completely changed in form to acquire a new contemporary meaning.

Every site, including the worst one, keep a complex system of historical layers in it. Our idea of architecture is to analyze each site and Re_Load in it the peculiar character acquired during the passing of time, giving it a contemporary meaning, according with its own history.