Italian firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners (ACPV) adopted Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software for Building Information Modeling (BIM) in 2009. ACPV wanted to improve internal design workflows, enhance collaboration with external project teams, and enhance visualization for more effective design communication.
The company is internationally renowned for its excellence in design and craftsmanship. This award recognizes the firm’s use of Autodesk BIM solutions for all phases of its architectural and interior projects, from the earliest stages of the design process to the delivery of construction documents.
Founded in 1999, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners is a multidisciplinary practice for architectural, interior, and industrial design. The firm is based in Milan, and its projects include residential complexes, apartment buildings, hotels, commercial facilities, industrial sites, and public building renovations, as well asthe planning of workspace, offices, and showrooms.
ACPV uses Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software as its BIM solution, complemented by Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design and AutoCAD® software, to help increase the efficiency of its architectural design processes and deliver higher quality designs and consistent documentation to its clients.
One of the firm’s recent BIM projects is the transformation of a former industrial complex in Bergamo, Italy. The 19,000-square-meter, mixed-use development will include 3 new 6-story residential buildings, as well as a renovated 2-story building that was the former headquarters of the city’s electric utility.
The facade of this early 20th century building is being preserved and its interior converted to commercial and residential space. The complex also includes an 11,500-square-meter underground parking garage.
ACPV used Revit Architecture software to generate and study a series of design options for the complex. This helped the firm:
To coordinate its design with the structural and MEP designs, ACPV relied on a BIM workflow to import and check the engineers’ 2D drawings against its Revit design model, using matching views to find and address design clashes. In addition, ACPV used Revit Architecture software to regularly provide up-to-date areas, costs, and material quantities for the client’s program and fiscal management needs.
One of the firm’s current BIM projects is a cultural center in Milan, part of the city’s Porta Nuova urban redevelopment project. The 3,000-square-meter 3-story building includes a library, offices, conference rooms, a retail gallery, and a basement-level parking garage. Reflecting Porta Nuova’s crisscrossing paths and gardens, the building’s intricate design features large faceted roof and wall surfaces, requiring close coordination with the structural engineer.
For the cultural center, both ACPV and the structural engineer are using Revit software, so the teams are able to develop coordinated design options, documentation, cost estimates, and visualizations more quickly to support the client’s public outreach and municipal review processes. In addition, ACPV used the Revit model to collaborate with the exteriors consultant and develop a design for the building’s glass facade that could be more efficiently manufactured and installed.
Systema S.r.l. of Milan, Italy, provided Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners with Revit Architecture software training and implementation support.