Founded in Milan in 2000 by architect Luca Cipelletti (b. 1973) studio AR.CH.IT, in conjunction with researching, is focused on different themes to urban, architectural and exhibit design as well as artistic direction. AR.CH.IT has an adaptive and interdisciplinary approach: tuning its structure and tools to every project, according to the situation, needs, desires, opportunities and results to be met; in order to reach the uniqueness of a concept. The office has been pursuing for years, an interdisciplinary research, a Conversation between art and architecture, a renewed work methodology capable of generating visions in addition to giving a significant contribution to the cultural quality of the project.

Conversation with Luca Cipelletti by Maria Cristina Didero

Expansion of the Science Museum in Milan

A Darwinian Design. A new passage in the process of this museum’s evolution that has never stopped changing since 1953, the year of its foundation” (Irene Guzman, ABITARE 553)

“Visitando gli spazi delle Cavalelrizze viene in mente quanto scriveva Calvino in “Le città invisibili”: «La città non dice il suo passato, lo contiene come le linee d’una mano, scritto negli spigoli delle vie, nelle griglie delle finestre, negli scorrimano delle scale, nelle antenne dei parafulmini, nelle aste delle bandiere, ogni segmento rigato a sua volta di graffi, seghettature, intagli, virgole» (Paolo Lavezzari, L’UOMO VOGUE 470 )

Fuori Salone 2016_The Shit Evolution

The Primordial Products of The Shit Museum
An exhibition of the Shit Museum in collaboration with SIAM Società d’Incoraggiamento d’Arti e Mestieri, co-produced with 5Vie Art + Design
In conversation with Dirty Furniture Magazine

First Prize_Milano Design Award

with the following motivation: “for the story of a great complexity and innovation, able to destabilize the common perception. The didactic course undermines all the academic stereotypes to propose relevant sensory experience that promotes a new vision of design culture.”


The Garden of Hypnos. A project for a contemporary necropolis

“A garden is sacred, in a way, both a physical entity and an allegorical device. It is many things: symbol, crest and emblem; Arcadia and Eden; Pan and Demeter; prophecy and oracle; a form of heraldry and magic; ritual and spell.” (Lea Vergine – ABITARE N.150)

a garden designed so that everyone should find their own path; a cemitery where the living are invited to speak with the dead, but foremost among them” (Maria Cristina Didero, CASA VOGUE n.39 april 2013)

It is a large, imposing building with a cobalt-blue arch marked by an entrance in the centre, the sacred limit between two worlds, but also a place capable of accomodating the silence of prayers and the sacred, whatever it may be!” (Luca Molinari, “Anne e Patrick Poirier, Il giardino della memoria. Progetto per una necropoli contemporanea” – SKIRA 2010)

The Fondaco in Portofino: a conversation between art and architecture

A brilliant dialogue between art, design, architecture and landscape that promotes history to the future” – “The result of a virtuous meet between a passionate architect, Luca Cipelletti and a master of contemporary art, David Tremletta dialogue as a total project, built on correspondences between art, architecture and design” (Francesca Taroni – Filippo Romeo, LIVING 6 – 2014 – Corriere della Sera)

“The region’s stiff architectural stipulations meant that Cippelletti could only faithfully restore what was once there. But he broughton board English artist David Tremlett” – “This is the first time in a hundred years that anyone has brought change to the codified structures of Portofino.” (JJ Martin, WALLPAPER* – July 2014)

“The dominant colors of the village, the classic genoese yellow and red, have been reinterpreted in geometric lines by the wall-drawing Artist David Tremlett, who decorated the facade in the recent renovation of a conviviality shelter, with the aim of reawake the locals and create a movement committed to the recovery of the territory and traditions.” (Elisabetta Caprotti, VOGUE – May 2015)

Project B Gallery

“The subject of light at the gallery derives from a direct emanation of the physical place in a context created by a geometric accuracy and a spatial vision of the architect Luca Cipelletti” (Jacqueline Ceresoli – LUCE n.302)

The Shit Museum

“One of my most surprising discoveries of recent “ (Hans Ulrich Obrist, DAS Magazin)

Together with architect Luca Cipelletti, curator Gaspare Luigi Marcone and gallerist Massimo Valsecchi, Locatelli created a museum inside a late-medieval castle on the site to showcase the potential uses and benefits of the waste material.” (Dezeen.com)

“the shit museum brings together bio-mechanics and environmental art and places them alongside the agricultural landscape” (designboom.com)

La Scala dei Chiostri at the Science Museum in Milan

“The project was able to give a new architectural identity to the stair, now perfectly integrated with the pre-existing”  (Maria Vittoria Capitanucci, Milano – Le nuove architetture. 2012 SKIRA Editore)

The project “La Scala dei Chiostri” has been mentioned by the Jury of “Lombardy architecture Under 40 – New Architecture Proposals – Third Edition”, with the following motivation: “Appreciate the structural quality and the meticulous measurement of the details”

Pure illusion. The renovation of a private apartment in Milan

“The work of Ugo Mulas as epicentre of the restructuring. The project of his Milanese home’s interiors started off from there, says architect Luca Cipelletti. “I didn’t want to alter its sober, formal atmosphere, yet I wished to introduce some vitality, a breath of fresh air.” Hence the pierced walls. Responding to a desire: to look beyond” (Claire Bingham, CASE DA ABITARE)

“Art and Architecture in conversation. A triplet of mirrors seemed to reflect into infinity, although, in fact, it was cutouts in the walls bringing the three rooms together” (Suzy Menkes, The New York Times)

“…in the most clever way Cipelletti directs the visitor’s eyes and draws them to details.” (Kerstin Rose, AD Germany)

Italian Pavilion Expo 2015

International Competition for the Italian Pavilion, EXPO 2015

Triennale - The Energy of Milan

“A faceted model projecting lights in 3D and providing integrated map of the landscape” (Michela Finizio, Il Sole 24Ore, 5 domande a…)

“The choice of this specific exhibition language is not only a challenge trying to tell a photographic archive in a contemporary way, it is also deliberately a project that seeks to tell the story of AEM view from a bridge that looks to the future, directly connected to all the advanced projects of A2A.” (LUCE n. 5/2010)

retrospective_Altrove: Soundwalk Collective_26/7-29/8 Capo d'Arte

“the ambition of showing the sound” (Marilena di Tursi, Corriere della Sera)

in Gagliano this ‘invisible sonification’ become a complex spatial experience… thanks to the path defined with intelligent care by Milanese architect Luca Cipelletti the sounds are flowing , inflecting or gathering in silent environments. A dialogue with the ghosts of patients evoked by their hospital records, a sort of Spoon River of melancholy in these extreme lands“ (Pietro Marino, Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno)

Palazzo Reale - Savinio

An exhibition by studio ARCHIT with a strong emotional impact: the visitor is confronted by red walls intersected dramatically by irregular windows (like the ones in the paintings), by rooms in semidarkness, and by a visual situation in which every painting has its own light, as in the theatre (Armando Besio – La Repubblica)

An exhibition designed with red Pompeian walls interspersed with perspective windows that reproduce the ones that appear in the paintings. Across them the gaze is invited to “travel” to the next room, and hence to participate in a playful relationship between reality and illusion, a central theme in the art of De Chirico (Francesca Bonazzoli – Corriere della Sera)

Arthur Arbesser, Luca Cipelletti, Carlo Valsecchi: Conversation Piece

“This artistic coupling is tough to execute because it requires designer and artist to be kindred spirits in using colour, texture – and imagination. Valsecchi art and Arbesser’s fashion, curated by Cipelletti, seemed a perfect fit”. (Suzy Menkes, VOGUE)

Artistic direction for the UN

Curating, exhibitions, graphics and events can easily translate the very complex meaning of words and concepts so to get to people and those who, thanks to them, have the power to change things. This is the most difficult but certainly the most beautiful and rewarding aspect of a long collaboration that since 2003 has brought Luca Cipelletti to collaborate as Art Director with the United Nations Millennium Campaign.