“Architecture is a slow path, the mastery of complexity”. Famous all over the world for his architectural works, Italo Rota reconstructs his professional journey from a point of view that is almost entrepreneurial, taking distance from that quick – and often evanescent – approach of many contemporary artistic and cultural forms, which, unlike his own works, disappear quickly. His career is marked by very precise choices. It is one of the things he cares most about: “The ‘No’ I was able to say mostly shaped my identity”.
Milanese architect Italo Rota dealt with the layout of the most important Parisian museums, from the Musée d’Orsay to the Centre Pompidou, via the new rooms of the French School at Cour Carrée in the Louvre, to the illuminations of Notre Dame. He designed a series of luxury hotels all over the world and in Milan he dealt with the designing of the Museo del Novecento, among other projects. He was also in charge of the design of the Kuwait pavilion at Expo 2015. Italo Rota has received the most prestigious awards in his field, including the Italian Gold Medal for Architecture for the public spaces and for culture and leisure, New York’s Landmarks Conservancy Prize and Paris’ Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme.