Frigerio Design Group


Frigerio Design Group


Born in

1956, Turin



Behind the scenes progetti dietro le quinte, 2014

I maestri dell'Architettura, 2011

Architettura dell' energia, 2010

Slow architecture istruzioni per l'uso, 2009

A journey in slow architecture, 2006

Slow architecture for living, 2005

Enrico Frigerio was born in Turin. In 1980 he graduated in Architecture in Genova and learned his trade working side by side with Renzo Piano.

In 1991 he founded the Frigerio Design Group, making quality and the relationship with the environment its main goal.

Some of FDG’s most significant projects include: the eco-friendly grandstand at the Imola racetrack, Bologna (1991-1992), the RAS Insurance Group’s main office building in Milan (1996-1998), the Sambonet head office in Orfengo (2000-2004), the power plants of the EGL Swiss group (2002-2008) and the Ferdeghini Sports Center for the Spezia Football Club (2012-2013).

«Slow Architecture for Living», the Frigerio Design Group manifesto, came out in bookstores in 2005 (published by Skira). In 2006 the travelling exhibition «Frigerio Design Group – A Journey in Slow Architecture» (Mandragora catalogue) started: it opened in Florence and then proceeded to Genoa, Milan, Ferrara, Turin, Palermo and Vercelli. It was concluded in 2008 at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen and at the Prague Museum of Modern Art. In 2008 the firm was invited to the «London Festival of Architecture» within the «Sustainab.Italy Contemporary Ecologies» project. In 2012 two of FDG’s projects were selected to be shown in the Italian Pavilion at the 13th Venice Biennale and then in Moscow and St. Petersburg, while in 2015 two more projects were hosted at the XIV World Triennial «Values in Architecture» in Sofia.

Enrico Frigerio participated in several events and debates, including: in December 2006, an extensive interview by the WWF on  «Climate generation – efficient by nature»; in June 2007 the conference-interview on «Slow Architecture: instructions for use» at the Architecture Festival of the Milan Triannual; and in July 2008 the roundtable in the spirit of «One Architect One Building» at the XXIII UIA World Congress of architects in Turin. In 2013 he was invited to participate in the event «Tonight we improvise: smart&green – natural design thinking» during Milan Design Week.