antonio virga architecte
antonio virga architecte

antonio virga architecte

Architects from 1 bis cité paradis, Paris, France

Born in Italy in 1962 and graduated from the Milan Polytechnic in 1987, Antonio Virga opened his architecture and interior design firm in Paris in 1991.

The early years of the agency are characterized by rehabilitations of urban heritage projects and interior design projects within constrained sites: offices, showrooms, retail are all excuses to reinvest and refine space.

Customers are renowned and demanding (Dior, Ungaro, Céline, Diesel, Benetton, Printemps, Chloe, Yves Saint Laurent, Sergio Rossi ...) architecture is both functional and communicative. The treatment of detail and the purity of lines are particularly affirmed.

In the early 2000s, the activity diversifies around equipment, and public competitions now count as a major part of the development of the agency. Housing, student residences, youth hostels, retail parks, equestrian centers, become the means to redefine the notions of comfort and aesthetics at a larger scale.

Working on projects ranging « from teaspoon to the city » (Gio Ponti), the agency reinforced its refusal to specialize through this program diversity.