Philological Library, Free University of Berlin

Philological Library, Free University of Berlin; Inaugurated 2005, Architect: Sir Norman Foster Illustration: Fabio Barilari

Italian architect Fabio Barilari visited several German cities with support from the Goethe-Institut in 2013 and 2015. During his travels he executed several drawings and sketches in which he interprets urban and library architecture. The exhibition shows a selection of his works along with additional information, short interviews with the library directors and quotes from talks with library users.

Fabio Barilari graduated with honours + publication of his thesis, in Architectural Design at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, with a projects on the Harbour of Ancona (Italy). He started his professional experience in 1987 at the Studio of Eng. Riccardo Morandi, one of the leading international figures in modern engineering. Following his degree, he collaborated as free-lance with several prestigious professionals, among which Arch. Massimiliano Fuksas Associati, with whom he participated in the International Competition for the new Congress Center of Rome “La Nuvola” (1° Prize) and Arch. Manfredi Nicoletti (project of new Hall of Justice of Arezzo), Arch. Livio Sacchi, 3C+T, Modimar Engineering.

From his first working experience he specialized in the design of complex architectural and urban structures such as harbours, congress centres, halls of justice, sport centres, large department stores, residential blocks. Parallel to these collaborations, in 1996 he founded with Alessio Barilari the studio RUN/dom_ where until 2008, developed numerous projects on all scales of intervention. Since 2008, Fabio Barilari developed his professional activity, extending his research, beyond architecture, to sectors related to graphics, illustration and painting. From 1995, he gave lectures and collaborated in several courses of Architectural Design in various Universities, among which in particular, La Sapienza, Cornell University in Rome and Arcadia University / Moore College.

His art work was presented in January 2013 in the personal exhibition at the Chiostro del Bramante in Rome titled “Il Senso delle Cose”. Previous personal exhibitions include “Free Style” in 2008 and “Living Colour” in 2010 at the St. Stephen’s Cultural Center Foundation in Rome; “Degrees of Abstraction” at the Mel Sembler Gallery – US Embassy, Rome, in August 2011. Since September 2013 he has been involved in a project financed by the Goethe-Institut, presenting the currently on-going German program of developing and strengthening the system of public and private libraries of the country, as well as the particular importance given to the high quality of architectural design.

About the exhibition

Dates: Thu, 18.02.2016 – Tue, 08.03.2016

Venue: Goethe-Institut Hongkong

Courtesy of the artist and Goethe-Institut Hongkong, for further information please visit or

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