Bureau69 is a multi-disciplinary and award-winning professional collective.
The studio was founded in Italy in 2003 under the direction of Massimiliano Strano and expanded to incorporate projects in Sao Paulo, with the collaboration of Claudio Inserra Arquiteto. Since 2017, bureau69 has been based in London.
Our focus is on architecture, interior design, and planning. We specialise in high-end residential and mixed-use development projects, private houses, bespoke and furniture design, and conversions. We have gained also a broad experience in restoration of listed buildings, refurbishments/retrofit, urban design, commercial, hospitality and workspace projects.
Bureau69 believes in a collaborative and holistic approach to a project and our team welcomes working with individuals, companies, and organizations across the private and public sectors. We have developed projects in Italy, Spain, Brazil and the U.K., where we are working to expand our business.
In 2018 Bureau69 was selected for the book "Best Italian Interior design 2018" published by Publicomm with the aim to display Italian design globally. The LBA project was exhibited at the Italian Design Museum "Triennale" of Milan (Italy), the Palazzo Albertini in Forli' (Italy), and in Miami (USA).
In 2018 THE SHELL, our project of an innovative and modern concept of terrace houses, was Finalist at British Homes Awards and published on the Sunday Times.
Perfect work study area with great WiFi connectivity. Friendly staff.
Perfect place to Study and enjoy the daily news on the huge screen Cinema they provide you with
LBA is a small company working in residential and bespoke projects. We collaborate with Architects and we also work as contractor for the IKEA fit out in Italy.
We started our collaboration with Bureau69 in 2015. Max Strano, the Director, shown us his project for a house in Catania. For us that project sounds like a “weird” project. A complex mix of different elements, most of them designed in oak wood: the aim was to redefine completely a space that appeared empty and boring. The project was complex, and we didn’t see something similar before but we decided to start and to live that challenge. The project was successful: Max it’s an attentive designer , he likes to define each detail , he was a good technical support, very friendly also decisive onsite.
After we had a few collaborations in other project designed by Max, we decided to involve him in our relationship with IKEA Italy. Max was the site manager for us in three Ikea stores. He prepared all the technical documentation and he liaise with IKEA design team. Another good job together and another successful work relationship.
Few months ago, in 2017, we decided to build up a new working space for our company. The program was to build a representative and comfortable space, with natural light, nice texture. The space and the budget was not so big, but we wanted something different and “iconic”. Max perfectly understood our need and also in this case he shown us another “weird” project. A strange concept from a client point of you and a complex job from carpenter and builder point of view. We accepted also in this case and I think the result is stunning.
We really recommend Max for his expertise in technical issues, his design skills, his friendly attitude. More...
I appointed Max from Bureau69 at the beginning of 2015. I knew him because of his works in Catania, and I decided to work with him for the renovation of my residential unit located in the historical centre of the city, UNESCO Heritage.
The space, located on the ground floor of a building of the late eighteenth century, was in dilapidated conditions, and it needed to be completely renovated and restored. The architect immediately accepted the job and proved his capacity and expertise in designing the volumes in an efficient and useful way, although the complexity of the structure. The whole unit is in two different levels and two separate units with a big lack in natural light.
He worked both in the design and in construction phase with extreme competence and excellent management of the entire process. Max also design a bespoke interior design, creating oak furniture of remarkable quality and elegance, giving at the whole space a strong contemporary style.
As a client I consider myself fully satisfied of the total result. More...
The apartments designed and created by Bureau69 achieve a very clever and stylish use of space.
The company offers a very professional service with excellent communication.
Graziano Alfio Matassa
I know Max since the beginning of his career. I am an engineering and we always had a deep professional exchange. I was always attracted by the way he imagines the space. He really like materials and technologic details. He is attracted by new and bespoke solutions.
His projects have always something different: I can say that I know well all his work and never I saw something already seen in other projects. He surprised me with his design skills, his competence, his problem-solving behaviour, his passion for his job.
I am sure that in London he will do even more than he has done in Italy and abroad.
If you have a new house to build or if you have a house to renovate and/or refurbish don’t hesitate to call Max and Bureau69. You will get something unique and beautiful. More...
Max, from Bureau69 architecture, is a very detail-oriented architect. He was appointed to refurbish and renovate the old apartment that I bought in into the historical centre of Catania. It was in very bad conditions.
I immediately felt great professionalism and availability as well as he demonstrates high knowledge and attention in all aspects and in all phases of the work. He provided valid solutions to all my requests, making it possible to optimize the spaces and the functionality of the space.
Many of his ideas were innovative and unique that have given character and originality to the apartment: he designed the general layout, changing the original one to allow the natural light to enter in the central part of the space which was without. He chooses each material used on the decoration and renovation, and the colours of painting, resin, furniture.
He also designed the bespoke bathroom furnishings and supported me in choosing other piece of furniture for the other rooms. With any doubt, he managed everything perfectly to give that added value to the apartment by making it comfortable, welcoming and modern. More...
My personal experience with the Max started a few years ago and is related to the renovation of an entire building from 19th-century building in the city of Catania. Max also designed the apartment that I own and located on the first floor of the same building.
The location of is prestigious and stunning: in front of a medieval castle in the centre of the city. The “Castello Ursino” a 13th manor built by Frederick II of Swabia.
I appointed Max from Bureau69 because I immediately had the opportunity to perceive a technical competence, a historical knowledge and the right sensitivity for the complex setting. It was necessary to operate with modern technology in a historical building; use the right balance e respect for the history avoiding producing fake historic architecture.
I really recommend him for the precise and sophisticated details, for the precision of each intervention, the delicate taste and the extraordinary use of colours and fine materials. He was very attentive to compliance the construction programme and the budget.
The main work included the new roof constructed with new sustainable technology, preserved when possible the original structure. An intervention very precise and complex which put in evidence Max’s ability and skills. Extremely nice the restoration of the original staircase which was in poor and abandoned condition; after the work, it has acquired brightness and elegance.
The apartment was treated with respect to the historical part and using a modern language for the new parts. A mix of vintage and contemporary style.
I really recommend Max for his honesty, expertise and for his friendly attitude. I was very transparent with the fees and scope of service. Excellent his way to liaise with the contractor and other consultant and he was very present, almost daily, on the worksite, supervising the works and checking day by day the quality of construction. More...
I knew Bureau69 and Massimiliano starting from 1999. I involved Massimiliano upon restore of my home in 2007 asking to combine smart solutions to create new spaces with pleasant interior ambient.
The result was very good using colours, lighting and materials (as wood for details and vertical lightning and particular stoneware for pavements) creating new natural light sources.
He also optimized cost for release to stay in budget we fixed.
Works completed on schedule.
Total surface 100 m2 approx More...
The perfect place to have your coffee! Clean, spacious, great service and ideal for work, study or just reflection! A true gem!