In 2000 Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi established the collective OBR Open Building Research to investigate new ways of contemporary living, creating a design network among Milan, London and Mumbai.
After working with Renzo Piano, Paolo and Tommaso have oriented the research of OBR towards the integration artifice-nature, to create sensitive environments in perpetual change, which stimulate the interaction between man and environment.
The team of OBR develops its experimental line through the participation in projects concerning public-private social programs, promoting - through architecture - the sense of community and the individual identities.
Today OBR is group of work open to different multidisciplinary contributions, cooperating with different universities, such as Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Aalto University, Academy of Architecture of Mumbai and Mimar Sinan Fine Art University.
OBR’s projects have been featured in Venice Biennale of Architecture; Bienal de Arquitetura of Brasilia, MAXXI in Rome, Triennale di Milano.
OBR has been awarded with AR Award for Emerging Architecture at RIBA 2007; Plusform under 40 2008; Europe 40 Under 40 in Madrid 2010; Leaf Award in London 2011; WAN Award Residential 2011; Ad’A Award for Italian Architecture 2013; Building Healthcare Award 2014 and the Inarch Award 2015.