Mercurio Design Lab

Mercurio Design Lab S.r.l. is an award-winning Italian design studio that creates avant-garde concepts inspired by the vibrancy of Asia. Its team is composed of passionate architects, engineers, designers, and artists who integrate art with technology in the design process while respecting the three fundamental criteria: the functional, the aesthetic, and the social.

Since its inception, Mercurio Design Lab has been a place for creative ideas and thoughts, with a high energy to generate architecturally meaningful work. With over a decade of growth, it has  made many outstanding designs across different sectors – hospitality, mixed-use, commercial, sports and recreation, residential, and masterplan. Its projects are considered as artistic masterpieces, often set as a landmark of the location, thus, it makes a special contribution to the architectural scene of the city through its creation of dramatic and futuristic buildings. Most of its undertakings are with repeated clients, often MNCs, reaffirming its commitment, reliability, and trustworthiness.

A spin-off of the AMA Group, one of the largest architectural consortia in continental Europe for more than 50 years now, Mercurio Design Lab masterfully manages to express its design potential. With a root still firmly planted in Italy, it has become a global company with particular expertise in the Asian market. Through its company’s Italian spirit and rich cultural heritage, the studio creates new milestones and commits with great passion to bring ideas and solutions into the fields of Architecture, Interior Design, and Industrial Design.

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Mercurio Design Lab interlocks two triangles to form a spacecraft-like bungalow in Mountbatten

Mercurio Design Lab interlocks two triangles to form a spacecraft-like bungalow in Mountbatten

“Something cool.” This was the starting point of a creative narrative that concludes with a bungalow in Mountbatten that has elements of the Lamborghini Gallardo supercar, a spacecraft and the Greek letter that symbolises the idea of a wavelength. Disparate as they sound, the reality is anything but, given how it was conceived by Italian boutique practice Mercurio Design Lab.  Villa Lambda, as the residence is named, stands out in the estate of landed houses it is located in for two reasons: firstly, its massing is composed of two skilfully balanced, interlocking triangles; secondly, it is painted a pure white, contrasting starkly against the terracotta-clad pitched roofs of its surrounding neighbours.  “I find triangles among the most fascinating geometries, almost to the point of being esoteric,” says Massimo Mercurio, who helms the eponymous design firm. Statements like this by him are not uncommon, given how he first trained as a mechanical engineer and has a strong interest in mathematics. He had previously tutored the subject to university students, taking a special interest in the juncture between mathematics and physics. “It…

Q&A with Massimo Mercurio, Mercurio Design Lab: We strive to create a unique design language to call our own

Q&A with Massimo Mercurio, Mercurio Design Lab: We strive to create a unique design language to call our own

When looking at your portfolio, one word that comes to mind is “iconic”. Why is this important to you? We aren’t actually conscious about wanting to be iconic in our design work. What we do is to be unique, to experiment with design and the media we have at our disposal to build. Our approach has always been to traverse uncharted roads and you can see this in some of our early, smaller scale projects – especially the villas like Mistral, Alba and Lambda – where we crafted a distinctive and normally unseen language. I can safely say there was nothing in the world that resembled what we did then; we went beyond what anybody could conceive. We were also lucky that we had clients that were willing to experiment with us. I remember how after each of these projects got publicised, I would receive messages from all over the world telling me what we do is amazing. Some people even questioned if the projects were real. We have continued to keep up with this spirit and in doing so,…

A wave-like façade makes Amber Skye by Mercurio Design Lab outstanding

A wave-like façade makes Amber Skye by Mercurio Design Lab outstanding

Amid the angular, block-like condominium towers in Singapore, one stands out from the rest. Amber Skye, with its curvy façade, breaks up the monotony and immediately alludes to its seaside location. The project was designed by Italian boutique practice Mercurio Design Lab, led by Massimo Mercurio. Standing tall along the East Coast and mere metres from the park of the same name that flanks the sea, Amber Skye is a multi-residential development comprising 109 units across 22 floors. Three villa-like units are situated on the first floor to evoke the feel of a cluster of bungalows, while six penthouses perch on the top, each with its own sky terrace and swimming pool hidden behind a crown trellis. The resultant design is the outcome of several influencing factors, beginning with the intent of giving the complex the character of a seaside resort. “We were inspired by the close proximity to the ocean, which conjures up a sense of the endless rhythms of the sea and ceaseless human activity that takes place in and around it,” explains Mercurio. Look beyond the exterior…