Following its initial experiences matured in the field of interior design in the early 1970s, Transit began its design activities towards more expansive, more diversified and highly innovative sectors.
These sectors dealt eminently with the study of systems within which architectural intervent concerns not only the physical and specific object, but also extends into an entity comparable to a network, distributed at the spatial and social level of a territory. Typical examples include systems of transport and circulation, or distribution and commerce, investigated in Transit's various projects. These include the design of modern architectural systems, at the national and international level, characterised by new, and in many cases experimental solutions.
In addition to these sectors, Transit also developed innovative interventions in the field of residential design, urban rehabilitation, the tertiary sector and important exhibitions. In the early 1980s the office introduced tnew criteria of quality within the characteristics of economic and socially assisted construction, based on the experience matured with previously tested realisations dedicated by Transit, one of the first to do so, to the deterioration of central and semi-central areas in the city and those aspects that, only apparently limited in scale, trigger effects of resonance capable of extending into a much vaster area of intervention than that defined by the design action itself.
No less important is the originality of the approach to the theme of tertiary-office space, through the definition of dimensionally controlled quantities ranging from the entire building to the single workstation, where design penetrates into even the most minute of elements.
While confronting metropolitan transport during a period when this issue was fundamentally ignored, Transit was one of the first to conceive an architectural language of connective spaces – true new urban plazas, conceived as the sum of specialised areas, with a capability to recover highly compromised adjacent urban fabrics.
Transit associated the rehabilitation of these spaces with a structural simplicity and a profound understanding of the most intimare aspects of the construction site, guaranteeing the concrete feasibility of the final architectural product.
While maintaining a level of coherence with the priciples of modernism, rationality and expression, charactetistics present throughout its history, over the course of the years Transit has been able to insert a constant evolution of language within its approach to design.
Innovative morphological solutions are accompanied by advanced technologies and a selection of materials free of restrictions imposed by local conditions. All pursued with the maximum respect for the traditions of the Italian building, proof tha even the past is an integral part of our contemporarary history.
Operative since the early 1970s, Studio Transit is a professional reality that qualifies the Roman context within the specific field of urban planning, architecture and design.
It partners are Giovanni Ascarelli (Founder), Alessandro Pistolesi (Sole Administrator), Roberto Becchetti, Manuela De Micheli and Sergio Vinci, all licensed wit the Ordine degli Architetti di Roma e Provincia. The office also works with numerous collaborators, both internal and external, in the field of engineering (structural and MEP).
The office's activity has developed over the years in fields that have touched on the most significant issues of the contemporary city, and in particular:
– lines of the Roman subway system, and their relative nodes of interchange, the most important of which include Ponte Mammolo and Laurentina: stations that have given form to parts of the city once obsolete and devoid of landmark structures;
– the system of distribution and commerce, with Studio Transit translating the most up to date and international typologies: Cinecittà 2, Gulliver, Commercity, Euroma 2 (the latter with Studio Purini-Thermes);
– office construction, a field in which the office has been involved since early 1980s, with numerous interventions of significant urban importance, including, in succession, the Valmelaina complex, the Laurentino Business Park, the headquarters of the Treasury Ministry's Casse of Previdenza in Tre Fontane (with Studio Passerelli), the Ministry of Health, the office tower for the Provincia di Roma, the new ATAC headquarters (the last three in Rome's Europarco);
– residential construction, where the office has been involved in the design of diverse structures of urban interest, from single-family dwellings to vast complexes. Evidence can be found in the villas in Casal Palocco and Formia, the Tiburtino-Sud towers, the complexes in Ottavia, Quartaccio and Ostuni (Brindisi), the large nucleus di Porta di Roma, and various locations through the Roman periphery (Prampolini, Mezzocammino, Parco Talenti, the new plans for Anagnina