Zaha Hadid Architects / UK / Associate
Since joining ZHA in 2004, Michele has been involved in a wide range of projects and winning competitions in Europe, Asia and Australia. He has worked as Project Architect on transport, hotel, residential and mixed-use towers developments, and recently completed Morpheus hotel in Macau, China (2018) and Afragola High-Speed Train Station, Italy (2017). He’s currently Project Associate for two mixed-use towers in Melbourne and Singapore.
Michele studied architecture in Italy at Università degli studi di Firenze and graduated cum laude in 2003. From 2001 to 2004, he has worked as researcher and designer at GR.est and Avatar Architettura, investigating new scenarios in architecture, design and communication.
He is a registered architect in the UK (ARB) and Italy (OdAR).
Michele is currently Project Associate for the Mandarin Oriental Melbourne, a 185-meter tower wrapped in a sculptural and unique filigree façade entirely design and rationalised with the use of BIM-based platforms. Located in the heart of Melbourne, this iconic, mixed-use high-rise development will play a part in the ongoing regeneration of the city’s Central Business District, as well as become a landmark in the city.
Michele was Project Architect for the recently completed Morpheus, a new 40-storey, 150,000m2 luxury hotel and casino tower, comprising 780 guest rooms, dramatic public spaces, meeting and event facilities, plus rooftop pool, and specialty restaurants. He has coordinated façade and interior design from early stages to construction and managed the development of a complex façade system design featuring a free-form triangulated glazing and an exoskeleton structure clad in double-curved aluminium panels.
During his 15 years with Zaha Hadid Architects, Michele has worked on many different projects including Napoli Afragola High-Speed Train Station in Italy, completed in 2017, where he was involved with the overall design, on-site artistic direction as well as construction.