Mr Luca Colombo: a balanced design.
Luca Colombo, class of 1969, graduates from the Faculty of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan. He begins his professional work through a variety of architectural studios and enterprises, designing and carrying out works on various scales, from interior decorating all the way to designing entire structures.
Towards the end of the ’90s, Colombo joins the architect Matteo Thun‘s work team, with which he shares a philosophy and approach to design characterised by simple gestures at the service of daily life. In 2003, Colombo joins the Matteo Thun & Partners studio, in which he acts as project leader, working on medium to large-scale projects.
The relationship between the two becomes evermore tight-knit, so much so that Colombo and Thun establish the MTLC a decade later. The company was spawned from a mutual effort to focus their attention on the needs of the Italian market, by mainly taking care of the regeneration and renovation of ancient structures. The MTLC’s constructive dialogue placed its roots on a symbiotic relationship built upon project-planning and the context hosting it.
After concluding his long lasting partnership with Thun, Colombo establishes LEV-Arch, shifting the focus of his architectural undertakings onto the tourist accommodation sector. LEV is the acronym for Leisure, Engineering and Value: three key elements that marry the guiding forces of every design, thereby reaching the objective of a balanced, multifaceted scheme.
His team’s mission remains to the development of design solutions that take into account the requirements of the environmental, socio-economic, historical and cultural context. An example of this is the refurbishment and interior redesign of a building directly facing the Colosseum, protected by the archaeological and artistic authorities. A particular focus was placed on formal language and the choice of finishing materials, as to guarantee a harmonious integration with the historical surroundings