Since the beginning, Labics’ work has captured the attention of critics and journalists, and the practice is now firmly established among the new generation of Italian architects.
In December 2003, just a year after the practice was founded, the US journal Architectural Record positioned Labics as one of the most important architectural talents to emerge in recent years in its Design Vanguard issue. This coincided with the completion of the practice’s Podere 43 project — the renovation and extension of a country house in Tuscany — and an award-winning office headquarters for communications agency Italpromo & Libardi Associati in Rome.
Participation in design competitions has always been an important activity within the practice, allowing experimentation with new typologies and techniques. Labics has won several national and international architectural competitions, including CDU, a mixed-use university building for medical education in Rozzano (2003); the MAST (Manufactory for Art, Innovation and Technology) in Bologna (2006) and the Città del Sole development in Rome (2007). The last two competitions lead to commissions for two significant mixed-use buildings, with the practice responsible for all phases of the design. MAST has been completed in 2013 while Città del Sole will be completed in 2016.
Labics has experience working on projects over a wide range of scales and contexts, and has a particular interest in urban transformation as demonstrated in projects such as the masterplan Le Serre in Tirana (2005), currently under construction, the Centralità urbana di Torre Spaccata, a large mixed-use masterplan for one of the 18 urban ‘centralities’ identified in Rome’s overall development plan, the masterplan for the Manifattura Tabacchi in Napoli in 2014 and the recent Progetto Flaminio in Rome.
Labics’s interest in large-scale urban design has also been developed through several theoretical research projects, including an ongoing study of Rome’s urban character, Borderline Metropolis, which was exhibited at the 11° Venice Architecture Biennale.
In contrast to these major projects, Labics has completed a number of schemes on a smaller scale; public spaces — including the Piazza Fontana, in Rozzano, Milan — private residences, offices, and restaurant interiors. Since 2003 the practice has been responsible for the general concept, interior design and architecture of Obikà, a high-end international chain of bars and restaurants specializing in Italian food, including projects in Milan, New York, Rome, London, Turin, Florence, Kuwait City and Tokyo.
In the past few years the office gained several awards, especially with MAST in Bologna, Fontana square in Rozzano and “La città del Sole” in Rome. MAST has been selected for the Mies van der Rohe Awards.
Recently Labics has taken an honourable mention at the competition for the Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki among more than 1.700 partcipantshas been mentioned at the Klekovaca Tourist Centre competition in Bosnia and has been selected among 6 finalist in the second phase of the international competition Progetto Flaminio in Roma.
Labics has been invited to partecipate to several exhbitions, among which the 11°, 12° and 14° Venice Architectural Biennale and the recent "La Città Aperta" at the Italian Cultural Institute in Berlino (2015).