Davide Macullo (b. Giornico, Switzerland, 1965) is a Swiss architect, living and working in Lugano, Switzerland.
For 20 years (1990-2010) he was project architect in the atelier of Mario Botta with responsibility for over 200 international projects worldwide. Davide Macullo Architects is an international design studio founded in 2000 and based in Lugano in southern Switzerland. The work of the studio has been published and awarded both at home and abroad.
Selected realised projects include the newly opened Chenot Palace Weggis Health Wellness Hotel in Weggis, Switzerland; the headquarters of Jansen AG in Oberriet, Switzerland; the Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital in Ashdod, Israel; WAP ART foundation mixed use gallery and residence in Gangnam Seoul, South Korea; a Private Museum in Jeju, South Korea; 5* Hotel and SPA facilities in Greece; the Sino-Swiss centre in Tianjing China; a beachfront villa in Heraklion, Greece; several houses in Switzerland and abroad and master planning.
Current projects include the Chenot Health Wellness in Marbella, Spain and the Crescent Luna Spa in Baku.
The work of the studio includes graphic design, branding consulting and custom designed furniture, and spans to the creation of contemporary art collections for clients. They have also recently produced a customized collection of rugs for the new Chenot Palace Weggis, and a large series of Davide’s drawings (280 nr.) is included in its art collection.
In Rossa, Canton Grisons, he is a founding member of the RossArte foundation which promotes public and private interventions in situ by international artists to influence daily life through contemporary art. The first building is the Swisshouse XXXII (Sinusoïde) created in collaboration with Daniel Buren and Mario Cristiani of Galleria Continua.
The Swisshouse XXXII will be followed by works of other ten artists. As part of this initiative, artist David Tremlett’s project is an intervention giving new life to three historic churches in the village of Rossa, arousing international interest. The next artist who will be involved is Not Vidal.
The ethos of the studio has developed into one of ‘cross-experiences’ and promotes an open and cultural exchange with architects and collaborators coming from different backgrounds. The diverse contributions promote a dialogue between the specificity of the project and the universality of the contexts through the theory and practice of specific design strategies, investigating and analysing different spatial scales, architectonics and technology. This ‘drawing from context’ encourages and helps sustain a local-meets-global, embracing approach to architecture, spanning from the theoretical to the practical and detail level, to territorial analysis, pedagogy and sustainability in construction.
Davide Macullo Architects have received over 55 nominations and awards. They have been shortlisted by Wallpaper for the best building of the year 2018, twice by Archdaily and Archilovers for the best building of the year 2017, Häuser des Jahres 2016 by Calleway at Deutsches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt, for the Exposynergy A Prize, fi nalists for the Spark Space Awards, nominated in two categories at the World Architecture Awards in Barcelona; shortlisted for the WAN House of the Year Award; shortlisted for an Innovation and Excellence Award by Hise, Slovenia; shortlisted for the European Hotel Design Awards and the Copper in Architecture Awards in London. They have been awarded the Tecu Award for residential buildings, the international architecture DITEC award, the Luigi Cosenza European Architecture Award, named as one of the ‘world’s most exciting new architects’ by Wallpaper magazine, shortlisted for the Prix d’Architecture de Languedoc-Roussillon and winner at World Architecture Community 20+10+X Awards. They have exhibited at the Centro de Arte y Comunicación CAYC in La Plata, Argentina, selected as “Architect of the Month” by Archiworld, South Korea and in China the practice has been awarded among others at the Building Industry Environmental Design Medal and the Shenzhen Top Ideas Award for residential design. They have also exhibited at the Hungarian Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale and in several Museums in China their furniture design has been displayed in an itinerant exhibition “beyond architecture”. Davide has also been invited to lecture at various international universities.