Inside LeapFactory

Our mission is to develop a new process of home building that meets new market demand for environmental sustainability, energy self-sufficiency and residents’ well-being at the right price.

Global environmental challenges, pollution, stricker home regulations and shortage of qualified manpower force construction industry to search for greener, more sustainable building practices.

We currently collaborates with some of the established technology and energy partners as well as forward-thinking developers, architects, entrepreneurs and real-estate players that are looking for an alternative way to traditional construction – one with minimized negative impact on energy, water, resources, and increased well-being of its residents.

“Construction industry hasn’t changed much from 50 years ago and while a lot of money and resources are allocated to make workers job safer and construction process faster, no one seemed to go to the core and ask “Why are the houses still being built this way?”

Our Founders Story

LeapFactory is unlikely outcome of the friendship and collaboration between two architects who got united by their passion for mountains – one is a seasoned mountain climber, the other backcountry skier.

In 2012 Stefano Testa and Luca Gentilcore founded a company as a side-project, when Turin Alpine Club commissioned the new Gervasutti hut under the east face of the Grandes Jorasses in the Mont Blanc massif, at the 9843ft (3000m) above the sea level. The project posed several significant challenges – the pod had to be beautiful, weather-resistant and built in under a few weeks with minimal equipment… in some of the world’s most demanding off-grid places.

Not only have LEAPfactory successfully completed the project and won several awards, they have completely re-imagined the home building process. Today LEAPhome construction system allows to go from a project to turn key in under 3 months. The benefits include greatly reduced costs, minimized environmental impact, transparent, predictable pricing and a hushed sense of satisfaction that comes from doing the right thing.

Our Team

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CEO

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CEO

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CEO

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Stefano Girodo

architect

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Luca Gentilcore

founder

Sanremo, 1978. Graduated cum laude in
Architecture from Politecnico di Torino
in 2004, and from then he practices
architecture working with different
architecture offices in Turin.
Luca is an alpine skiing instructor sine 2011.
In 2013 he founded LEAPfactory, to combine
the practice of architecture with the mountain
experience.

Stefano Testa

founder

Milan, 1966. Architect with a PhD in
Interior Design. Stefano has taught Interior
Design and Architecture and Urban
Design at the School of Architecture of
the Politecnico di Milano, and Industrial
Design at the New Academy of Fine Arts
(NABA) in Milan.
He founded LEAPfactory to explore the
contamination among his two souls:
architecture design and mountain.

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