Cecilia Fossati | Lucia Pasquali | Giulia Toscani
Atelier Blank is a young, international architecture studio from Berlin. Behind it are Cecilia from Milan, Giulia from Pavia and Lucia from Trento. Together they design and create buildings as well as interiors and furniture, always with the aim to challenge fixed spatial organisations, to make living spaces experienceable in a completely new way and to use furniture to create space. In doing so, they develop unique solutions that are individualised to each project, client and situation, and ready to go. Creativity and openness to new ways of experiencing space are at the heart of Atelier Blank.
Charm and character by breaking up conventional structures
Whether designing a home, an interior or a piece of furniture, Atelier Blank's style is innovative, minimalist, unconventional, modern and unique. The focus is on the materials used, often using new and reused materials that give charm and soul to the projects of the designer trio. Each project is given even more personality and individuality by adding a special detail. Atelier Blank's clients are individuals and companies who are not afraid to experiment and who want to break conventional structures with the same enthusiasm as the three architects.
Cecilia is originally from Milan, but studied in Mendrisio in the Italian part of Switzerland. While still studying for her bachelor's degree, she did an internship in Berlin at Sauerbruch Hutton, falling in love with the city and deciding to add another Erasmus year at the TU Berlin. She then went back to Switzerland and, after another summer internship in Japan, graduated with Honors in 2011. She has been a member of the Italian Chamber of Architecture since 2012. After graduating, she commuted a lot between Switzerland and Berlin, worked in Zurich for three years and finally returned to Berlin completely in 2015, working for Barkow Leibinger. Cecilia has been a member of the Berlin Chamber of Architecture since 2021.
Lucia is from Trento and grew up speaking German as a second language. She did her Bachelor's degree at the Università Iuav di Venezia in Venice and also did an Erasmus year in Berlin, where she met Cecilia. She then studied at the TU Berlin, graduating there in 2012. During her studies she worked for a long time at Raum Labor and from 2013 as an architect at Thomas Kröger. Lucia has been a member of the Berlin Chamber of Architecture since 2018.
Giulia comes from a small village in northern Italy. She studied architecture in Milan and Barcelona. She met Cecilia and Lucia when she moved to Berlin in 2009.
In 2013 she pursued a master in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics. She has been working between Italy and Berlin for more than 10 years on an extensive variety of projects and in very different constellations. She is also the co-founder of Kollektiv Anemone, a group of architects, urbanists and gardeners. Their projects promote social and environmental justice in urban contexts by bridging the boundaries between architecture, social science and ecology.