Florence Institute of Design International highlights ten design projects


Dezeen School Shows: a multi-faith center that promotes inter-faith harmony and a culinary school dedicated to Italian cuisine feature in Dezeen’s latest school show presented by students from the Florence Institute of Design International.

A fashion school that emphasizes sustainability and a Florence-based women’s shelter are also included.

Institution: Florence International Institute of Design
Course: Interior design – Research project in design and building systems
Alejandro Amador, Ivan Bozic and Giovanni Pierantoni

School statement:

“FIDI is an international design school located in the center of Florence, Italy.

“The Design Research Project and Building Systems courses take place in the final year of the three-year Interior Design course.

“Each design proposal covers approximately 3,000 square meters and is developed individually by each student based on societal and cultural developments, with a focus on sustainable solutions.

“Renderings, plans and sections are accompanied by in-depth studies of building system design, lighting acoustics and cabinetry details.

“The three-year program provides intensive education in various aspects of interior design to acquire advanced skills and knowledge and develop professional practitioners within the international design community.

“The course leads to a validated bachelor’s degree, BA (Hons) Design, delivered in collaboration with the University of Chester.”

Melior Research Center by Arshia Bansal

“The research center is located in Calenzano, surrounded by the Tuscan hills, where professionals come together to generate sustainable solutions.

“Considering that sustainability is a broad term, Bansal focused on a space that researches carbon neutralization.

“Her themes for the design of the space were assimilation, growth and flexibility, which she translated through the natural elements of air, earth and water.

“By zoning his building into the three themes, Bansal exemplified the concept with a contemporary and abstract approach, creating a space that encourages innovation and focuses on the future.”

Student: Arshia Bansal
Tutors: Alejandro Amador and Giovanni Pierantoni
E-mail: archibabansal9[at]gmail.com

Visualization of the interior of the building and exploded diagram of the site

O Sphere Library and Community Center by Lira Gaynullina

“With the development of technology and the inevitable changes that follow, libraries no longer play a crucial role in the development of younger generations.

“Lira’s design research project is dedicated to innovating the library concept and introducing a new interior space through which it becomes a focal point for the community.

“Her design concept was based on three words: freedom, generation and respect. She applied rhythm to her design by creating organic zones around the perimeter of the space through a combination of geometric patterns.

“Easy to navigate and characterized by terrazzo tiles made specifically for the site, the library would contain several different spaces – a reception area, lounge, cafe, children’s area and conference room.”

Student: Read Gaynullina
Tutors: Alejandro Amador and Giovanni Pierantoni
E-mail: liragainullina[at]gmail.com

Visualization of the interior of the building and exploded diagram of the site

Ioda Institute of Design and Art by Chiara Somers

“Ioda is an educational institution to study design. Somers used modern solutions and an innovative approach to design a space that encourages community well-being and facilitates an educational experience rooted in design.

“In the different zones, Somers portrayed the concept of interconnectedness through the meaning of shapes.

“The consistent theme of round shapes seen in both detail and construction provides light and freedom allowing creativity, calm and curiosity to students and faculty alike.”

Student: Chiara Somer
Tutors: Alejandro Amador and Giovanni Pierantoni
E-mail: chiara_novak[at]icloud.com

Visualization of the interior of the building and exploded diagram of the site

Casa Juno Women’s Shelter by Nadine Bannayan

“Casa Juno is a refuge for women and children located 30 minutes from the historic center of Florence, which makes it accessible but also isolated.

“For her design research project, Bannayan wanted to address the theme of sexism, which is deeply rooted in history as well as in today’s culture.

“Transformation, camaraderie, motherhood and female anatomy are the themes that shaped her project and design decisions.

“The space is designed with the expectation that users can feel comfortable, grow and learn in the space, allowing them to reintegrate into society independently.”

Student: Nadine Bannayan
Tutors: Alejandro Amador and Giovanni Pierantoni
E-mail: nadinebannayan[at]gmail.com

Visualization of the interior of the building and exploded diagram of the site

Salam Refuge Center by Hana Adly Guirguis

“The objective of this project is not only to provide shelter in the common sense of the word, but also to design a space within the Italian community for refugees, so that they feel welcome but above all so that they feel safe and at home.

“She has designed a program that not only includes sleeping quarters, but a space that motivates people, even in difficult situations, to learn, teach and give back to the community.

“She has focused on welcoming refugees from the Middle East as it is one of the regions that has seen the most conflict over the past decade.”

Student: Hana Adly Guirguis
Tutors: Alejandro Amador and Giovanni Pierantoni
E-mail: hana_adly[at]hotmail.com

Visualization of the interior of the building and exploded diagram of the site

Abrahamic House Cultural Center by Sabrina Khaled

“For his design research project, Khaled designed the Abrahamic House – a space for diversity, discussion and growth that promotes interfaith harmony across Italy and the world.

“Observing how the current global dynamics and situation are constantly deteriorating, Sabrina noticed the need to return to our origins and spread a culture of tolerance, acceptance and coexistence.

“She illustrates her concept through the themes of identity, exploration, interaction and the divine, through a device of numerological and symbolic design.

“Within the walls of Sant’Orsola in Florence, she creates a story tunnel, a library, a conference room, workshop spaces and two special rooms – Wander Hall and Divinity Hall – to represent a new beginning and a divine wholeness.”

Student: Sabrina Khalid
Tutors: Alejandro Amador and Giovanni Pierantoni
E-mail: sabrinakhaled98[at]gmail.com

Visualization of the interior of the building with numbers

Muse Youth Center & Student Housing by Dunja Kovacev

“With the growing number of international students coming from abroad to study in Italy, Kovacev has designed a youth center that aims to inspire students and the creative community in Florence.

“A segregation between international students and locals is prevalent in cities like Florence, so she wanted to create a space that could help connect the two.

“His goal was to design a center that closely mirrors its surroundings and location to help students merge with the culture so they can then thrive in their surroundings.

“His approach to design created a clear contrast between contemporary additions and existing structures to convey the theme of the passageway.

“In addition, she has designed spaces that allow students to display their work in order to gain exposure and connections during their studies.”

Student:Dunja Kovacev
Tutors: Alejandro Amador and Giovanni Pierantoni
E-mail: dunja.kovacev[at]gmail.com

Visualization of the interior of the building with numbers

Viale Culinary School of Florence by Aleksandra Davidovic

“Viale is a culinary school in the center of Florence, dedicated to both students and Italian cuisine.

“For his design research project, Davidovic aimed to create a space that encourages students to practice a healthier lifestyle through cooking and expand their knowledge of food and the culture behind it.

“She has divided the building to serve a number of programs for cooking enthusiasts who want to improve, try something new, or simply have a space to enjoy their passion with like-minded people.

“In addition, a food market, restaurant and cafe open the center to the public.”

Student: Aleksandra Davidovic
Tutors: Alejandro Amador and Giovanni Pierantoni
E-mail: avidovic2207[at]yahoo.com

Visualization of the interior of the building with numbers

Antenti Sustainable Fashion School by Cristina Marhuenda

“For its latest design research project, Marhuenda designed the sustainable fashion school Antensi in Milan with the aim of uniting the fashion community around improving the environment.

“His idea was born out of the importance of raising awareness among young generations of designers who can still change the fashion industry, a source of pollution since the 17th century.

“She analyzed and designed the spaces of the Palazzo del Toro in the center of Milan with an emphasis on straight lines, organic shapes and textures.

“The interior is airy and open with storage and display areas combined with dedicated areas for individual and group study.

“Marhuenda’s proposal provides comfort and inspiration for a productive and sustainable daily university experience.”

Student: Cristina Marhuenda
Tutors: Alejandro Amador and Giovanni Pierantoni
E-mail: crismarhuenda13[at]gmail.com

Visualization of the interior of the building with numbers

Dopo Holistic Wellness Center by Shay Levi

“Dopo Holistic Wellness is a new cultural, community and wellness center project for mental and physical recovery.

“Observing the rise of post-pandemic psychological challenges, Levi was inspired by the symbol of the seed of life and healing practices cultivated in ancient monastic herb gardens to guide her in redesigning the Sant’Orsola site in Florence.

“She transformed into a space of connection, growth and release, regularly returning to themes of gravity, nature and cyclicity throughout the adaptation of the space.

“Notably, Dopo has a ceramics workshop, as well as a herb and hydroponic garden.

Student: Shay Levi
Tutors: Alejandro Amador and Giovanni Pierantoni
E-mail: shaylevi134[at]gmail.com

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This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and Florence Institute of Design International. Learn more about Dezeen Partnership content here.

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