The OT301 is an international community of people that work and live in the old Film Acamdemy on the Overtoom in Amsterdam. We are organised as an association called Vereniging EHBK (Eerste Hulp Bij Kunst). Everybody that has or runs a space within the OT301 is a member of that association. As a community we share the responsibilty for the OT301.
GPatelier is an architectural practice handling projects mainly in the public, housing, interior design and furniture domains in the new environment as well as renovation and transformation. Often it operates in the field of art too, with visual artworks, installations, and site-specific interventions. We believe architecture, design, and art need a constant exchange and they should not only operate in technical terms but also in terms of human and environmental factors.
Thanks to our multidisciplinary nature and traditional approach, we like to define ourselves as an atelier more than an office or studio. In this era of economic crisis, wild modernization, marketing approach of human relationships, economic profit as the main goal, environmental – social – cultural - political problems and contradictions, hypocrite democracy and materialistic lifestyle, we believe in architecture as a mission and tool of awareness.
We feel called to analyze, understand and find efficient ways to a better life and living so that architecture becomes an understandable, engaging message and social tool which can directly influence the quality of people’s lives. The atelier gives importance to neglected architectural aspects, analyzing what influences and changes our mind and the perception of our surrounding.
We work in constant self-reflection, re-positioning and re-inventing ourselves for conscious decisions, adapting according to every project’s needs with a “functional art” aim. Our choices are the most efficient expression in reference to the conditions under which we create, whether in the low or high budget.
Following technological advances, we question current architectural and design developments, investigating potential alternatives, innovative concepts, flexibility and comfort, new materials and multilayered programs.
Inspiration is both the foundation of what we do and the result we wish to achieve. Quality is our value. We reach it through high standards and aim for timelessness. We experiment, we touch, we feel, we try, we fail, and we succeed. We demand a connection between objects and/or spaces/places with people and people with people.
Giuliano Pappadopoli (1977) is an Italian architect and designer. He founded GPatelier in 2016 where he is responsible for direction and management. He studied at Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy) where he graduated with a Master in Architecture in 2008.
Additionally, he has attended a Technical Institute with a focus on industrial design, mechanical drawings, and technology. Since his childhood, he constantly took part in his father’s woodworking lab where, through 20 years experience, he practiced and developed excellent skills in Furniture Design and Interiors.
In 2018 he started to develop his own furniture collection, which will be soon available for purchase online. Before founding his own Amsterdam-based Atelier he worked at leading architectural offices such as LEVS architects.
He has taken part in several design competitions, in which he varyingly ranked amongst the highest positions. Currently, he collaborates with architects, artists, designers, and makers, making GPatelier a hub for resonating structural experimentation, investigating the influence of architectural elements on self-creation of local communities as well as the contribution of community participation in architectural development.
Thanks to his multidisciplinary background and research-based design method, Giuliano produces provocative, philosophical and subversive works, which also brought him into the art field with several exhibitions and installations. Well known for his sketches, designing skills, and concept development capabilities, He challenges the conventional and likes to bring architecture into any aspect of life and into any discipline.
He directs his work towards a smart and more sustainable future through participatory planning, where the emotions and sentiments of objects, spaces, and places come from people and the other way around, in a multisensory experience.