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Statement

ganko is the Milan-based practice founded in 2016 by Nicolà Munaretto and Guido Tesio, following previous experiences in Brussels, Lausanne, Beijing and Basel. The working field of the office belongs within the realms of urban planning, architecture, interiors and exhibition design. ganko is also actively involved in research, publication and education activities, currently at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

ganko understands architecture as the creative negotiation between desires and possibilities, subject and context; not as the self-determined creation of objects. Within given budgets, desiderata and constraints, the office engages positively with all sort of projects endeavoring original solutions from the spatial organization to the material execution.

Unapologetically modern yet considered and rooted in context, ganko is after an architecture that is as simple and precise in its presence as multiple and open in its experience.

Services

  • Condition Survey
  • Measurement Survey and Drawings
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Schematic Design
  • Design Development
  • Construction Documents and Design
  • Planning Permission
  • Construction Site Supervision
  • Building Contract Administration
  • Consultants Coordination
  • Project Management
  • Quantity Survey
  • Sustainability Advice

Biographies

Nicolà Munaretto
*Bergamo, 1984

graduated from Politecnico di Milano. Before establishing ganko he worked as architect for StudioBertasa (Bergamo), OnSiteStudio (Milan) and AL30 Architectes (Lausanne). Parallel to the professional practice, he has been engaged at Politecnico di Milano as teaching assistant with professors Giancarlo Floridi and Angelo Lunati (2013). Nicola Munaretto is a member of the Chamber of Architects of Bergamo, n.2964.

Guido Tesio
*Milan, 1984

graduated from Politecnico di Milano. Before establishing ganko he worked as an architect for Baukuh (Milan), OfficeKGDVS (Brussels), ZAO/Standard (Beijing) and Christ&Gantenbein (Basel). Parallel to the professional practice, he has been engaged at Politecnico di Milano as guest lecturer and teaching assistant with architects Pierpaolo Tamburelli (2015-2017), Oliver Thill (2017) and with architecture historian and critic Irénée Salbert (2017). He is currently teaching and research assistant of prof. Kersten Geers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He is a regular contributor to the European architecture magazine “San Rocco”. Guido Tesio is a member of the Chamber of Architects of Milan, n.19673.

Collaborators

  • Alberto Trapuzzano
  • Maria Francesca Frosi
  • Rocco Trussoni
  • Emanuele Moro
  • Lea Moreau
  • Lorenzo de Pascale

Publications

G.Tesio, Parallel convergences. Two examples of architecture’s resilience in the struggle between concept and context, in “San Rocco”, 4, 2012, pp. 123-131

G.Tesio, Less is Enough, in “Studio”, 3, 2012, pp. 100-105

G.Tesio, Less is Enough, in “San Rocco”, 7, 2013, pp. 50-57

G.Tesio, Conjectures on Conventional Composition, in WAI Think Tank, Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto for Pure Form in Architecture, Artifice, London, 2013, pp. 76-79

G.Tesio, Black on White, introduction to the catalogue of the exhibition “Experiments on Form “curated by C.Garcia e N.Frankowsky, Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing, January 25 - February 9, 2014

G.Tesio, Five Rooms, introduction to the catalogue of the exhibition “Hermeneutics of a Room “curated by C.Garcia e N.Frankowsky, Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing, March 8-23, 2014

G.Tesio, Stay On Your Ground, introduction to the catalogue of the exhibition “The Map and the Territory”, curated by C.Garcia e N.Frankowsky, Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing, October 18-26, 2014

N.Munaretto, G.Tesio, Living Traces, in “Cartha”, 1, 2015, pp.11-16, republished in AA.VV., On Relations in Architecture, Park Books, Zurich 2016, p.54-63

N.Ornaghi, G.Tesio, Cattive Intenzioni, introduction to the catalogue of the exhibition “Shipwrecks”, curated by Raumplan e Parasite 2.0, Tile Project Space, Milan, April 15-19, 2015

G.Tesio, Notes on Utopian Revival, introduction to the catalogue of the exhibition “Not a State but an Artists’ Colony”, curated by C.Garcia e N.Frankowsky, Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing, August 23 - September 6, 2015

G.Tesio, A Confusion of Tongues, in “Paper Manifestoes 2 / Exhibition Catalogue” Yang-Mei-Zhu 120, Dashilan, Beijing, October 2015

G.Tesio, Beautiful and Oppressive. Lyricism and Angst in Seichi Shirai’s NOA Tower, in AA.VV., V FUNDAMENTAL ACTS, a+m bookstore, 2016

G.Tesio, Arata Isozaki and the Tsukuba Project or the Vanity of Architecture as Self-Critique, in “San Rocco”, 12, 2016, pp. 80-88

N.Ornaghi, G.Tesio, Alte Meister Kömedie, introduction to the catalogue of the exhibition “Re-thinking the House / Re-thinking theory”, curated by Parasite 2.0, villa Vertua Masolo, Milan, September 13-29, 2016

G.Tesio, Monuments and the Theory of Permanence, in AA.VV., edited by V.Easton, M.Cassani, N.Al Sayeh, The Architecture of the City. A Palimpsest, Cartha, 2016, pp.17-19

V.Easton, K.Geers, G.Tesio, The Books of the Architecture of the City, San Rocco, Venice 2016

N.Munaretto, G.Tesio, Double or Nothing, in “Unbuilt Rome”, ed. by G.Bombaci, M.Costanzo, L. Galofaro, D. Sacconi, pp.34-37, Libria, Rome 2017

Exhibitions

“Walls, Islands, Frames and Mirrors. Recent Works by Wai Think Tank and GANKO”
Cu-Space, 706 Beisanjie, 798 ART Zone, Jiuxianqiao Rd., 100015 Beijing,
August 24-31, 2013

“Shipwrecks. Means of Conflict”
Collective exhibition. Tile Project Space, via Garian 64, 20100 Milan, Italy
April 15-19, 2015

“Bamiyan Cultural Centre - Best 15 projects”
curated by the UNESCO office of Afghanistan and the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture
Babur Garden, Kabul.
May 12-19, 2015

“Re-Thinking Theory /Re-Thinking the House”
Collective exhibition. Villa Vertua Masolo, via Garibaldi 1, Nova Milanese, Milan
September 13-28, 2016

“Project of Historical Architecture”
curated by Pierpaolo Tamburelli
CAMPO, via della Marrana 94, 00134 Rome
May 8 – June 5, 2016

“The Books of the Architecture of The City”
curated by Victoria Easton, Kersten Geers e Guido Tesio
Istituto Svizzero di Milano, via Vecchio Politecnico 3, 20121, Milan
September 14- October 22, 2016

“On The Form of Form”
Collective exhibition. Lisbon Triennale 2016
October 10 -14, 2016

“The Books of the Architecture of The City”
curated by Victoria Easton, Kersten Geers e Guido Tesio
ARCHIZOOM ENAC School - EPFL, SG Building 1015, Lausanne
February 21 - March 11, 2017

“Unbuilt Rome”
CAMPO, via della Marrana 94, 00134 Rome
May 8 – June 9, 2017

“Trouble Making”
BASE, via Bergognone 34, 20144 Milan
April 17-22, 2018

Prizes and awards

Europan 11, Getaria, Spain 2011 - shortlisted

PMKTL Idea Competition, Paris, France 2011 - 1st prize

Bab Al Bahrain Competition, Kingdom of Bahrain 2012 - 2nd prize

Noah Clubhouse Competition, Beijing, China 2013 - 2nd prize

Bamiyan Cultural Centre, Bamiyan, Afghanistan, 2015 - shortlisted

Lectures and seminars

Aldo Rossi and The Architecture of the City
Politecnico di Milano
January 25, 2017

Everything and Nothing. Recent works by GANKO
Politecnico di Milano
November 18, 2016

Books in Footnotes. A discussion with Eric Lapierre, Elli Mosayebi, André Tavares, Milica Topalovic, Victoria Easton, Kersten Geers and Guido Tesio
Istituto Svizzero di Milano
October 22. 2016

Applications

At the moment, we are not looking for new employees. However, we accept spontaneous applications for internships with a digital portfolio (10 mb maximum) in pdf-format at info@ganko.it. Please note that we do not return printed portfolios.

Credits

Visual Identity, Web Design + Build by Systems Studio

Via Volturno 45
20124 Milano, Italy
info@ganko.it
+39 02.36554494