• Arch. Maurizio Meossi

    Special Guest, Zaha Hadid Architects

    Arch. Maurizio Meossi

    Special Guest, Zaha Hadid Architects



    Senior Associate Zaha Hadid Architects, UK


    ZHA Residential Projects. Milano Citylife

    Citylife Housing complex – Architectural Concepts

    The housing complex includes seven linear buildings and develops in two areas of the estate separated by a wide public pedestrian boulevard which visullay and phisically connects to the Citylife Park and the forecoming Hadid Tower.
    The sinous profile of the rooflines, repeated over the entire complex, increasing in height from the five-floors building on Piazza Giulio Cesare, to the tallest, a 14 storey building, unify the seven buildings’ skyline and become a “fifth elevation” of the complex.

    The layout of the buildings deteminates de facto a courtyard typology from which came the duality of the relationship between the buildings and the surrounding urban fabric. The facade facing out, where the living rooms are, have large windows and deep balconies to take advantage of views over the city and the future park. Wood cladding on the more protected interior facades facing the courtyard, the side with mostly bedrooms and kitchens, creates a feeling of domestic intimacy.

    Project Credits:
    Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
    Project Director: Gianluca Racana
    Project Architect: Maurizio Meossi
    Residential Site Supervision Team: Cristina Capanna, Veronica Erspamer, Stefano Iacopini, Florindo Ricciuti, Giulia Scaglietta.


    Honourable Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2000
    Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects, 2000
    Mind Zone, Millennium Dome, London – RIBA Awards 2000
    Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg – Equerre d’Argent special mention, 2001 Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg – AIA UK Chapter Award, 2002 One-north Master Plan, Singapore – AIA UK Chapter Honourable Mention, 2002

    Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg – Red Dot Award, 2002 Bergisel Ski-Jump, Innsbruck – Austrian State Architecture Prize, 2002 Bergisel Ski-Jump, Innsbruck -Tyrolean Architecture Award, 2002 Commander of the British Empire, CBE, 2002

    Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North, Strasbourg -Mies van der Rohe Award, 2003 Architect of the year 2004 – Blueprint Award
    Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati – RIBA Worldwide Award, 2004 Zaha Hadid, Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, 2004

    London Architect of the year, London Architectural Biennale, 2004
    Honorary Fellow of Columbia University, New York City, 2005
    Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2005
    RIBA Medal, European Commercial Building of the Year (BMW Central Building) 2005 Deutsche Architektur Prize, Building of the Year (BMW Central Building) 2005

    Finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize (BMW Central Building) 2005
    Gold Medal for Design, International Olympic Committee (Bergisel Ski Jump) 2005
    Austrian Decoration of Science and Art, Commissions of Science and Art, Austria, 2005
    Designer of the Year, Design 05 Art Basel Miami, 2005
    AIA UK Chapter Award (Phaeno Science Center) 2006
    Honorary Doctorate, Yale University, USA, 2006
    RIBA Medal, European Cultural Building of the Year (Phaeno Science Center) 2006
    Honorary Doctorate, American University of Beirut, 2006
    Finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize (Phaeno Science Center) 2006
    RIBA Jencks Award, 2006
    Academician, The International Academy of Architecture, 2006
    Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF) Award (Phaeno Science Center) 2006
    AIA UK Chapter Award for Excellence (Maggie’s Centre Fife) 2007
    Finalist for the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture (Phaeno Science Center) 2007 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture, USA, 2007
    Scottish Design Awards, Best Public Building Award (Maggie’s Centre, Fife) 2007
    London Design Medal, Outstanding Contribution for Design, 2007
    Travel & Leisure Award, USA (Nordpark Cable Railway), 2007
    Maison & Objet Designer of the Year, 2008
    Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building (BMW Central Building) 2008 Honorary Degree from The Pratt Institute, New York City, 2008
    Spirit of Achievement Award, New York City, 2008
    Cityscape Architectural Award, Dubai (Signature Towers), 2008
    Chicago Athenaeum Award, Chicago (Maggie’s Centre, Fife) 2008
    RIBA European Award, UK (Nordpark Cable Railway) 2008
    Architektur und Tirol, Austria (Nordpark Cable Railway) 2008
    World Architecture Festival Transport Category, Barcelona, (Nordpark Cable Railway) 2008
    RIBA Stirling Prize Nomination (Nordpark Cable Railway) 2008
    Conde’ Nast Innovation&Design Award, London (Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion) 2009
    Architectural Digest Spain Editor’s Award, Madrid, 2009
    Praemium Imperiale, The Japanese Art Association, Tokyo, 2009
    DDI Awards “Neil Barrett Flagship Store, Tokyo” 2009
    The Sunday Times Fast-track 100, 2009
    The Times ’50 People of the Decade’, 2009
    Time Magazine’s “The World’s100 Most Influential People” 2010
    UNESCO Artist for Peace, Paris, 2010
    RIBA Stirling Prize (MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts) 2010
    Structural Steel Design Awards, Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport, 2010
    Structural Steel Design Awards, London Aquatics Centre, 2010
    Best Small Project Award, SEAOI, Burnham Pavilion, 2010
    The Sunday Times ‘100 Top International Companies’ 2010
    Innovation & Design Awards, Conde Nast, MAXXI Museum, 2010
    The New Statesman ’50 People Who Matter 2010’, Zaha Hadid, 2010
    Woman of the Year Outstanding Achivement Award, 2010
    Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 2010
    WAF World Building of the Year (MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts) 2010
    Visionary of the Year, Harper’s Bazaar, 2010
    Conde’ Nast Innovation & Design Award, London (MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts) 2010 American Institute of Architects UK Chapter Award, (Guangzhou Opera House) 2011
    RIBA European Award 2011 (Evelyn Grace Academy)
    RIBA Stirling Prize 2011 (Evelyn Grace Academy)
    RIBA Award 2011 (Guangzhou Opera House)
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Collab Design Excellence Award 2011: Zaha Hadid
    Honourary Doctorate from the University of the Arts, London: Zaha Hadid, 2011
    Foreign Policy Magazine “Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2011” : Zaha Hadid, 2011
    Arabian Business Magazine “The World’s 50 Most Powerful Arabs’ : Zaha Hadid, 2011
    Newsweek Magazine ‘150 Women Who Shake The World’: Zaha Hadid, 2011
    Huffington Post Game Changer 2011: Zaha Hadid
    First Prize, Outstanding Engineering Design Excellence in China (Guangzhou Opera House) 2011 International Road Federation, Global Road Achievement Award for Design (Sheikh Zayed Bridge) 2012 Travel & Leisure Award, Berlin (Sheikh Zayed Bridge) 2012
    Jane Drew Prize ‘Outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture’ 2012
    The Sunday Times ‘Makers & Shakers 1962-2012’
    Gulf Business Magazine, World’s Most Influential Arabs for 2012
    European Museum Academy Micheletti Award 2012 (Riverside Museum)
    The Design Week Awards 2012 (Roca London Gallery)
    Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) 2012 (Zaha Hadid)
    Architectural Record Magazine China Award, Best Public Project 2012 (Guangzhou Opera House) Women of the Year 2012, Glamour Magazine (Zaha Hadid)
    Honorary President of the FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards Urban Ideas in Action programme judging committee (Zaha Hadid)
    Best Retail Space, FX International Interior Design Awards 2012 (Roca London Gallery)
    Best of Year Awards 2012, Interior Design ‘Beauty / Spa / Fitness’ (London Aquatics Centre)
    DLD2013 ‘The Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership’ (Zaha Hadid)
    Veuve Clicquot ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ 2013 (Zaha Hadid)
    European Museum of the Year 2013 (Riverside Museum)
    BBC Women’s Hour ‘Power 100’ 2013 (Zaha Hadid)
    Arabian Business ‘100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2013’ (Zaha Hadid ranked number 4)
    Best European Plant 2013, (BMW Leipzig)
    Issam M. Fares Award for Excellence 2013 (Zaha Hadid)

    Architizer A+ Award, 2014 (Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku)
    Arison Award by The National Young Arts Foundation 2014 (Zaha Hadid)
    Innovative Design in Engineering & Architecture with Structural Steel 2014 (Broad Art Museum) Structural Excellence Awards HK, Commendation of Merit 2014 (Jockey Club Innovation Tower) McKim Medal American Academy in Rome 2014 (Zaha Hadid)
    RIBA National Award 2014 (London Aquatics Centre)
    RIBA EU Award 2014 (Library & Learning Centre, Vienna)
    CTBUH 2014 Best Tall Buildings Awards Finalist (JCIT & Wangjing Soho)
    Design Museum: Design of the Year Award 2014 (Heyder Aliyev Center)
    New London Award 2014 (London Aquatics Centre)
    Restaurant & Bar Designs Award 2014 (The Magazine Restaurant)
    British Construction Industry Award 2014 (London Aquatics Centre)
    Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature of the University of London (Zaha Hadid)
    ACADIA Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 (Zaha Hadid)
    Elle Decoration British Design 2014 Award (Serpentine Sackler Gallery)
    Mies van der Rohe Award Nomination 2014 (London Aquatics Centre)
    Mies van der Rohe Award Nomination 2014 (Library & Learning Centre, Vienna)
    Best Public Space Award CIDA (China) 2014 (Galaxy SOHO, Beijing)
    Architectural Society of China CASC Silver Award 2014 (Galaxy SOHO, Beijing)
    Honorary Key to the City of Miami by Mayor Tomas Regalado 2014 (Zaha Hadid)
    London Building Excellence Award 2015 (Serpentine Sackler Gallery)
    AJ 120 International Practice of the Year 2015 (Zaha Hadid Architects)
    Großes Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich (Gold Medal of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria) 2015 (Zaha Hadid)
    IOC/IAKS Award for Exemplary Sports and Leisure Facilities 2015, Silver Medal, (London Aquatics Centre)
    The 2015 WIRED 100 (59/100) (Zaha Hadid)
    Louise Blouin Foundation Award (Zaha Hadid)
    Announced as RIBA 2016 Royal Gold Medal winner (Zaha Hadid)
    Oxford Preservation Trust 2015 Award (Investcorp Building, University of Oxford)
    Joint-winner of the Wood Awards 2015: Bespoke Furniture category (Ves-el)
    LUX Award 2015 (Investcorp Building)
    FIABCI Singapore Property Award, Residential Category (d’Leedon)
    Artnet 100 Most Influential People in the Art World (Zaha Hadid)
    Huffington Post/World Post Global Thought Leaders 2015 (Zaha Hadid)
    The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 (Zaha Hadid Architects)
    The Sunday Times International Track 200 (Zaha Hadid Architects)
    UK Creative Arts’ Leading Light Architecture Lifetime Achievement Award 2015 (Zaha Hadid)
    RIBA 2016 Gold Medal (Zaha Hadid)
    AIA UK Design Excellence Award 2016 (Messner Mountain Museum Corones)
    RIBA South Award 2016 (Investcorp Building, University of Oxford)
    RIBA International Awards 2016 Shortlist (Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong Poly University) RIBA International Awards 2016 Shortlist (Heydar Aliyev Center)
    Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlist (Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut)
    IAI Design Award, Asia Pacific Designers’ Federation (Dongdaemun Design Plaza)
    IAI Lifetime Achievement Award, Asia Pacific Designers’ Federation (Zaha Hadid)
    AJ100 Contribution to the Profession 2016 (Zaha Hadid)
    AJ100 Fastest Growing Practice of the Year 2016 (Zaha Hadid Architects)
    Prince Philip Designers Prize, Special Commendation for Design Inspiration, 2016 (Zaha Hadid) High-rise Residential World Gold Winner, FIABCI World Prix D’Excellence Awards 2016 (d’Leedon) RIBA National Award 2016 (Investcorp Building, University of Oxford)
    Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science, The City University, London (Zaha Hadid)
    The Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards 2016 (d’Leedon)
    China Best Tall Building Excellence Award, CITAB – CTBUH Awards (Wangjing SOHO)


    Maurizio originally joined the office in 2002, working primarily as 3D designer for several international competitions (BMW Leipzig, Florence Train Station). He moved to Italy in 2002 to join the MAXXI team, leaving the office to join the structural engineering working on the MAXXI project in 2003. He re-joined our Rome office in 2006 as Project Architect for the Milan Citylife Housing project, completed in 2013. Back in the London office the same year, he’s Associate since 2014.

    Education & Teaching
    Maurizio has an Architecture Degree from the Universita’ degli Studi di Firenze, Italy and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association, London. He has held an academic faculty position at the Universita’ di Firenze and has widely lectured and attended critics in different Italian and American universities since 2004.

    In the last years, Maurizio Meossi has been leading several big scale residential projects from Australia to Mexico, improving his experience in mixed-use developments and residential. He was Project Architect for the concept design for Sunland Towers on the Gold Coast in Australia. This ambitious project aims to redefine the concept of iconic residential development by integrating a unique series of programmatic elements and features within the architectural scheme. The new Mariner’s Cove precinct will include a cultural centre, aquarium and museum and is set to become a main tourist attraction once completed. The two residential towers are located close to the water front and create different unit mixes with optimised views.
    As Project Associate, Maurizio worked on all stages of the Grace on Coronation residential towers project in Brisbane, Australia. Currently under construction, Grace on Coronation comprises 486 units in three towers and eight riverfront villas, as well as 635 car parking spaces and 7,300m2 of landscaped public parklands.
    Since then, he has been Project Associate on two further large-scale residential developments in Mexico, including the Esfera Monterrey, a residential low-rise but high-density complex of 981 apartments. The community-orientated design optimises its environmental orientation, creating a sequence of interconnected internal and external courtyards, gardens and public spaces for both residents and neighbours, contributing to the urban integration. Maurizo has been team leader on all stages of the project, and was also responsible for consultant coordination and client relations.


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