Born in Edinburgh (Scotland) on the 24th of April, 1956 – Mr. Benaim lives and works in Florence (Italy), where he graduated in Architecture with a thesis on the restoration of Florence’s Niccolini Theatre.
The firm works at the restoration and renewal of public and private buildings, by exploring themes like residential buildings, commercial areas and productive spaces, in Italy and abroad. The firm has taken part in various Italian and international design competitions, developing a particular interest for cities and public buildings, of strategic value for urban contexts. His works always combine the respect for the pre-existing and the memory of the context, with the sober language of contemporaneity, in order to recreate an atmosphere that’s unique and modern at the same time.
In 2016 he completes the renovation and restoration of the Niccolini Theatre, twenty years after this historic institution, in the heart of Florence, had been closed. From 2013 he has been working with Busajo Campus, a Non-Profit Organization, for which he is planning and carrying out a shelter for street children in Soddo, Ethiopia. The Shelter is well-structured and it contains living areas, educational areas, areas for sport and recreational areas. The architectural language is inspired by local habits and experiences, made of colour, materials, shapes, construction technologies and economic possibilities, with the contribution of Italian design in the typological research and the simplicity of the formal solutions adopted.
The extensive activity dedicated to homes has seen André Benaim work on various extensions and restorations from London to Lugano to Palermo to Istanbul passing abundantly through Florence and Chianti with important examples of how you can turn a high-level historic residence set in an important landscape, into a contemporary building; new residences recently built in Maremma in search of a strong relationship with the surrounding context.
An important part of the production is aimed at leisure and catering. Located in the heart of the city of Florence, we remember: the newly reinvented "fuori porta" in San Niccolò, the "Teatro del Sale", "Beccofino", the American bar "Oibò" overlooking the Santa Croce Square, and the famous Literary Café at "Le Murate", a "must" for nightlife in Florence.
A particular charm can be found in the hammams, declined in the two beautiful projects of "Aquamadre" in Rome and the "hammam the Turkish Bath" in Palermo.
Since 1979, Mr. Benaim has been interchanging his work from architecture to scenography, by working in the most important Italian theatres, together with directors such as Luca Ronconi, Carlo Cecchi, Thierry Salmon, Massimo Navone, Luca Zingaretti and Giancarlo Cauteruccio.