9999 - FB

Members: Giorgio Birelli, Carlo Caldini, Fabrizio Fiumi and Paolo Galli Motto: Relax. Immense energetic cycles support our life with an extremely thin layer of Earth.

The Cavaniglia Pavilion of the Fortezza da Basso will host the exhibition of the group 9999 formed by exponents of radical architecture born in Florence in the 1960s. The trailer, short film and excerpts from Elettra Fiumi's docufilm dedicated to the Florentine group of avant-garde architects will be presented.

In the second half of the 1960s, The Florence University School of Architecture was characterized by a very lively and creative atmosphere. This was largely due to a solid team of very active teachers and groups of students who, through their studies and research, created a conversation with everything new that was happening in every other part of the world. With this backdrop, 9999 was born as a study and work group that produced its first experiences, between 1966 and 1968, at The Florence University School of Architecture. In the summer of 1968, the group inaugurated its own office space in the countryside of the Southern suburbs of Florence, near Porta Romana. It was located on the ground floor of a villa farmhouse on the top of the Marignolle hill. One of their most successful projects happened from 11pm to midnight on September 25, 1968, when they projected images onto the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) in Florence. Their next revolutionary project was born on February 27, 1969, with the inauguration of the Space Electronic nightclub in Florence, which was the thesis project conceived by Fabrizio Fiumi and Paolo Galli. They conceptualized and designed it as a new, experimental avant-garde space with an emphasis on technology, especially in conversation with nature.

Hence, man and his environment are at the center of group 9999’s research. In their projects, the group expresses the fundamental hypothesis of an equilibrium between progress in science and nature. They saw this as a real possibility thanks to an alternative sophisticated technology, purified by waste and pollution, that operates exclusively to the service and protection of man and his environment. 

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) projections
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Space Electronic
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