Andrea Morgante is an architect and designer, a keen global nomad and the founder of Shiro Studio–an award winning architecture practice established in London in 2009 with an international reputation for delivering innovative projects that span the disciplines of architecture, art, design and temporary installations. Morgante's body of work spans the dimensional spectrum, equally investigating large-scale constructions and product design. To date the largest architectural work he completed is the new Enzo Ferrari Museum in Italy whilst the smallest design is a wristwatch for Alessi. A;; of his work is characterized by a coherent approach, often influenced by his long term passions for anatomy, digital fabrications, botany, aeronautics and philosophy. We are proud to have him on the Jury of Leading Culture Destinations, 2017.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
It would be ‘Model’ by Antony Gormley. It's a moving piece despite the ascetic appearance. I think it is one of the most profound and touching pieces of architecture I have ever experienced. I never seen it as a static, inaccessible work of art, rather a poetic reconciliation between men and solid matter, defined by thin, raw surfaces and exquisite variations of light and darkness.
How will museums impact future cities?
Our lives are destined to become increasingly saturated with an extraordinary redundancy of information and data. Our perception of reality will become progressively more homeostatic, and our consciousness unable to filter and purify the surrounding contents. Museums are destined to become indispensable meditation environments within our cities, where a genuine, mindful process of thinking and learning will be allowed and stimulated.
What are your favourite emerging cultural cities and / or organisations in the world and why?
I value Tokyo, for its serendipitous density and most amazing design venues and museums, like 21_21 Design Sight. Milan is exciting also, as it is going through a profound, almost unexpected, architectural and cultural transformation after decades of stillness.
Who do you think are the cultural innovators of tomorrow and why?
Cultural innovation relies on raw, brave thinkers fully aware of the imminent challenges – I am fascinated by the creative visionaries who are grounded in the scientific progress of our moment.