Giancarlo Zema Design Group
The Giancarlo Zema Design Group is an architecture practice in Rome, specialized in innovative semisubmerged architectural structures, marine parks, floating habitats, yacht and interior design. Founded in 2001 by the architect Giancarlo Zema as a dynamic and flexible organisation, it covers the entire design process, from concept to the executive details. The GZDG uses advanced technologies and design software, which allow them to project and calculate different planning solutions. With the use of computer-aided design systems, they can create 3D models, prospective views and renderings, producing a full layout presentation. This offers the client all the necessary information on the project before the realization.
The main characteristics of their design are soft lines that clearly recall biomorphic forms. The GZDG is sensitive to new technologies and uses sophisticated high performance technological elements perfectly integrated in their organic designs. They believe that only when architecture and design blend with each other, something new has been created. With this in mind, their collaboration with the European Space Agency within the Technology Transfer Programme has brought by solutions to adapt space technologies, materials and systems to innovative architectural structures.
Their projects are frequently shown in European exhibitions, TV programmes and published in the most important scientific, design, nautical and architecture magazines and books. In 2002 the famous American Popular Mechanics magazine dedicated the front cover to the Trilobis 65, defining it as “the most innovative project of the last ten years”. In 2004 the prestigious English nautical magazine Captain’s Log, described the Jelly-fish 45 as the best project that represented “the Italian Marine Scene” dedicating a splendid front cover to it. In the same year The Sunday Times wrote about their work as “design in the brave new waterworld” and the New York Times defined it as “the new design of aquatic life”.