My studio is an architectural workshop of ideas where various exciting projects are brought to life.
Each project is essentially a set of diverse elements brought together in harmony with each other:
key factors respecting the place, the historical context, the building’s functionality, light, materials and distribution of the floor area... in other words, the entire space.
Arch. Massimo Esposito
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...
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
Hotels & Spas
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Careful planning determines the quality of the final result.
The considerable experience gained in the hotel industry, and in the tourism industry in general, stems from being born into a family of hoteliers. From an early age, the architect, Massimo Esposito, participated in the daily life of the hotel, learning about the needs of the guests, the various activities that take place at different times of the day, the areas dedicated to either hospitality or services, and the need to periodically upgrade the furnishings of the rooms and make changes to the communal areas for the benefit of the guests.
The knowledge acquired over the years has been applied to the design and planning of accommodation establishments, mainly 5-star hotels, which are highly recognized and appreciated.
The studio’s main activity is mostly centred around the design and redevelopment of existing buildings, beginning with the study of the actual space and its use, the choice of the main theme which dictates the design of the rooms, the exclusive bathrooms and showers, as well as the communal areas for the guests’ use. Getting to know the end user in the industry is equally important as international tourism is constantly evolving and involves different cultures. Understanding the ever-changing needs is key to obtaining a good result which can be especially true for hotel rooms which tend to have a life of a maximum of seven to eight years.
The same methodology is also applied to luxury-home projects and commercial properties in general.
Thanks to the collaboration of the studio’s team, good planning becomes a reality and the work site is then overseen, also on a daily basis, to verify compliance with timing schedules which is fundamental in this business.
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.
For some years Massimo has been able to realise his passion he had as a young man: that of designing a special collection of wrist watches. Thanks to his relationship with the Monti family and his university friend, the owner of the Eberhard brand of Swiss watches, he was able to create a collection of watches in quality stainless steel and which depict identifiable features of the island of Capri in iconographic symbols and colours on the dials.
The brand is called L’Ora di Capri, after the title of a book from the 1950s written by Edwin Cerio, a famous local writer, architect and aficionado of Capri.