Dallara Academy, Parme, Italie, 2018 © Stefano Anzini
Dallara Academy, Parme, Italie, 2018 © Stefano Anzini


Off the record: Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia

© Stefano Anzini

Interview with Alfonso Femia, founder of office 5+1 in 1995, renamed 5+1AA in 2005 and Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia in 2017. The office is currently based in Paris, Milan and Genoa. For AA, he shares his views on the profession, his sources of inspiration as well as his vision of the future.

Ever since its creation the office Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia has been working on a wide range of projects, in France and abroad. In 2018, the office completed the Dallara Academy, an exhibition centre designed and realized for the namesake car producer. Lately, the office has won a competition for the construction of a creative centre in Marseille, France, located near the city’s central school.






L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui: Being an architect means…
Alfonso Femia : Being on a journey

Your ideal commission
AF : 
The next one

Your job in 20 years
AF : 
A journey in the journey

The advice you would give a young architect
AF :

The architect we should all follow
AF : 
Beauty, desire

The project you would have loved to build
AF :
 The sea

Your favorite city
AF :
 The beach… and Genoa

If your architecture was a movie…
AF :
  Howl’s Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki

Your lucky charm object
AF : The horizon

A museum you recommend visiting
AF :
 The Mediterranean

Your favorite restaurant
AF :
My wife

Your bedside book
AF : Favole al telefono, by Gianni Rodari

Private or public commission?
AF :

Your motto
AF : 
We need to be responsible and brave

Another career you’d have liked to pursue
AF :
 Being Neil Armstrong

To learn more about Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia AF517, click here.


Nouveau campus bio-médical UCBM, Rome © Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Diorama
New UCBM bio-medical campus, Rome, competition, 2017 © Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Diorama


Restructuration de la Poste Brune, Paris © Stefano Anzini
Rehabilitation of the Brune Post Office, Paris, 2017 © Stefano Anzini


Tour de bureaux GIOIA20, Milan © Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Diorama
Office tower GIOIA20, Milan, competition, 2018 © Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Diorama


The Corner, restructuration d’un immeuble de bureaux, Milan © Stefano Anzini
The Corner, restructuration of an office tower, Milan, spring 2019 © Stefano Anzini


Réaménagement de l’ancienne Ecole d’Application d’Infanterie, Montpellier © Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Diorama
Rehabilitation of the old artillery and infantry school, Montpellier, winner of the competition, 2018 © Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Diorama


Construction d’un ensemble de logements, Châtenay-Malabry Parc Centrale, © Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Diorama
Construction of a housing project, Châtenay-Malabry Parc Centrale, 2022 © Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia & Diorama

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