The architect, Massimo Esposito, was born on the island of Capri in 1954. In 1973, Massimo moved to Florence to study where, in 1979, he graduated with honours in Architecture after presenting an analytical thesis on an average-sized Italian city: the case of Como city. A limited series of 50 copies was published and presented to libraries of various faculties of architecture in Italy, Spain and England. During the years spent in Florence, Massimo’s passion for photographic images then led him to obtain a diploma as a photography instructor at the ARCI Cultural Association and to work with various publications. In 1980, he opened his own professional studio in Capri. Massimo’s rationalistic approach together with his appreciation of places soon led him to adopt a rigorous conception...
Architectural inspiration from abroad
The architectural practice was founded in the 1980s when Massimo Esposito, newly graduated from Florence, decided to expand his knowledge by travelling to various European cities: Paris, for the Pompidou Centre, to see the works being created by international architects and urban planners, Jean Nouvel and Dominique Perrault; London, to see the works of Norman Foster and David Chipperfield; Berlin, to discover the city’s renewal envisioned by Renzo Piano, to visit Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Galerie, and Hans Scharoun’s National Library and the Philharmonic concert hall; Barcelona, to discover the city’s regeneration as conceived by Oriol Bohigas and Esteban Bonell.
Massimo Esposito then had the opportunity to join the Casa Malaparte Association, a group of around 100 like-minded architects and furniture manufacturers, highly enthusiastic and willing to share ideas.
Over a ten-year period, the Association managed to invite the greatest architects alive today to the Casa Malaparte, now a private home, including James Stirling, Ettore Sottsass, Hans Hollein, Alberto Sartoris, Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel and Massimiliano Fuksas, as well as organize two meetings with the renowned designers Enzo Mari, Alessandro Medini, Achille Castiglioni, Oscar Tusquets and Philippe Starck.
The studio’s broad body of work is centred around the design and redevelopment of tourist accommodation facilities and prestigious homes.
The methodology applied to the studio’s projects stems from an initial study of the site while considering its historical context, from an in-depth survey of the existing spaces and any particular features to be preserved, from a functional distribution of the spaces that often need to be interconnected to facilitate use, from the identification of the building’s main function that will give meaning to the entire design and, above all, to the care of the internal and external space.
THE STUDIO’S ACTIVITIES
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RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Massimo Esposito Senior Architect
Carlo Cioffi Junior Architect
Stefania Sposito Manager Architect
Barbara Milano Secretary
Carlotta Verde Project Designer
Massimo Esposito’s studio provides a complete service aimed at:
A an international private clientele for the renovation of important villas in Capri, and on the peninsula of Sorrento and Amalfi, as well as in Naples;
hotel and restaurant establishments;
fashion brands for their retail store layouts.
Most of our clients have remained loyal to us for many years, more than pleased with the outcome of their projects, thanks to the continued dedication of our team, complete with the necessary skills to carry out their individual roles, ready to solve any kind of problem that may arise with the utmost promptness and professionalism.
Da alcuni anni l′ architetto Esposito ha concretizzato una sua giovanile passione: quella di disegnare orologi e grazie ai rapporti con la famiglia Monti, suo compagno universitario, proprietaria del marchio Eberhard, è riuscito a creare una prima collezione e poi altre, tutte in acciaio, che hanno la peculiarità nei quadranti di riportare un elemento identificativo di Capri.
Il brand si chiama L′Ora di Capri, come il titolo di un libro degli anni 50 scritto da Edwin Cerio, famoso scrittore, architetto e cultore di Capri.