Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas make up the husband-and-wife team behind the Rome-based architecture firm Fuksas, which generates some of the world’s most technically and aesthetically daring structures
IN 2011, Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas penned an article for the Rome-based weekly l’Espresso. In “Starchitect? No Thanks,” the now 70-year-old Fuksas took on the culture of celebrity that has sprung up around big-name designers and their ever-more-spectacular buildings. “Wouldn’t it be better,” he asked, “just to make good architecture?”
For nearly 45 years, Fuksas has been operating on the premise that it would. Avoiding the signature gestures and pet theories of some of his more household-name contemporaries, Fuksas has managed to make work—like his futuristic, bubble-bound Fiera Milano exhibition center and his glitzy Fifth Avenue store for Armani in Manhattan—that’s both technically daring and visually extravagant without lapsing into the kind of easy icon-making that can be reduced to a metaphor or a napkin sketch.