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valentinaocchini.com

@VoA

@ch2oLab

VoA is an architecture studio based in Milan, founded by Valentina Occhini  and Chiara Zaccagnini. The studio focuses its research on the dialogue between architectural heritage and contemporary needs, exploring a variety of projects across multiple disciplines on a national and international scale.

About Us

Valentina e Chiara work together since their first met in Heatherwick Studio, completing and renovating each other architectural awareness.

Valentina e Chiara collaborano su numerosi progetti insieme dal loro primo incontro presso Heatherwick Studio, unendo le proprie specifiche competenze e stimolando un dialogo creativo di progettazione innovativa e sostenibile

Valentina Occhini

Founder of the creative studio VoA, Valentina is an architect and designer interested in Sustainable Architectural and Urban Renovation, based in Milan. She worked as an architectural professional for many years, working for international studios such as Studio Libeskind, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Heatherwick Studio. She participated in re-thinking cities with Sidewalk Labs in Toronto and Google’s new plans in San Jose, California projects that informed and inspired her practice and work. Her studio focuses on the engagement between architecture and organic matter, built heritage and interstitial nature, implementing all bits of biophilia in every project from small to large. Her passion for natural processes helps her to freely explore  ideas and making, which inform and inspire her practice, communications and design. As an architect and designer her research focuses particularly on the cross boundaries between the fields of architecture and research, she believes in contamination and transformation processes of materials and evolution of the projects within history of the context. She believes in a fluid communication with the clients that blends together people and environmental needs. She uses BIM modeling, drawing, drafting, to work on projects fluidly with different tools from drafting to advanced digital data platforms.

Chiara Zaccagnini

Founder of the creative Lab ch2oLab, Chiara Zaccagnini is a Designer and Artist interested in Emergent technology Art and Architecture, based in London. She worked ​as an architecture professional ​for ​many years working for ​international studios such as Foster and Partners , Amanda Levete Architects and Heatherwick Studio. She completed the Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road project that informed and inspired her practice and work. Her studio focuses on the engagement between Architecture and technology implementing all bits of tech in every project​s from​ small ​to large​.Technology is a key interest in her practice that she uses to present her ideas to clients​. Her passion for Art helps her to freely explore ideas and making , which inform and inspire her practice, communication and designs. As ​a designer and ​an abstract artist her research focuses particularly on the cross boundaries between the fields of art and architecture,​ she believed in the blurred perceptions of things,​ in particular the ​complex ​dialogue between digital and reality, realism versus abstraction. She believes in  a fluid communication with the clients  ​that blends ​together people inspiration ​​and ​needs using ​technology as an inspiring tool to question and explore us and our surroundings. She uses coding ,​ drawings, drafting, BIM modeling,​ interaction design, 3D scanning , data modeling ​, to work on projects fluidly with different tools from drafting to advance digital data ​platforms.​

collaborators:

Lorenzo Clemente, Davide Hu 

Index of projects:

2022

eco green food 

regeneration, montopoli

state: ongoing

nippon restaurant

conversion, mantova

state: ongoing

piazza malvezzi

renovation, desenzano del garda

state: ongoing

2021

savona house

renovation, milan

state: realized

eco green food 

regeneration, montelibretti

state: ongoing

erf

renovation, London

state: primarily project

piper passive haus

renovation, rho

state:ongoing

andrea passive haus

renovation, pordenone

state: ongoing

2020

san genesio

renovation, san genesio ed uniti

state: primarly project

exit

renovation, restaurant

state:realized

2019

villa for 2

renovation and subdivision, rivolta d’adda

state: primarly project

residenza xijiao

new construction, chengdu

state: completed

adt appartamento

renovation, milan

state: realized