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A Bold Proposal for Revitalization Wins Third Place in Milan's Piazza della Scala Competition

06:00 - 10 August, 2015
A Bold Proposal for Revitalization Wins Third Place in Milan's Piazza della Scala Competition, Courtesy of UNDURRAGA DEVES ARQUITECTOS
Courtesy of UNDURRAGA DEVES ARQUITECTOS

The City of Milan has announced the winners of a competition to redesign the Piazza della Scala, with a bold idea to reconfigure the Piazza similarly to its arrangement in the 19th Century taking third place. Designed by Chilean architect Cristian Undurraga in collaboration with Laura Signorelli, Stefano Rolla, Sebastián Mallea, Soledad Fernandez, Michele Zambetti, Max Daiber and Leonardo Valdés, the proposal begins with the demolition of the medieval block separating the Teatro alla Scala and the Palacio Marino, developing visual continuity to catalyze construction and improve existing spaces. Read more about the proposal after the break.

ARKxSITE Announces Winners of Portugal Art Centre Competition

08:00 - 8 August, 2015
ARKxSITE Announces Winners of Portugal Art Centre Competition, First Place External Rendered View. Image Courtesy of ARKXSITE
First Place External Rendered View. Image Courtesy of ARKXSITE

ARKxSITE has announced the winners of its call for ideas for a hypothetical contemporary Art Centre to be built in the Fortress of Cresmina in Cascais, Portugal. Open to architecture students and architects under 40 years of age, entrants were challenged to preserve the significant cultural, historical and landscape elements of the Fortress of Cresmina, celebrating the existing ruins to create a unique experience for visitors. The jury comprised Alberto Mottola, (demogo studio di architettura, Italy), Felipe Grallert (Felipe Grallert Arquitectos, Chile) and Rasmus Jessing (COBE, Denmark). See the third, second and first place winners after the break.

Digital Entity Workspace / deamicisarchitetti

11:00 - 6 August, 2015
Digital Entity Workspace / deamicisarchitetti, © Gabriele Leo
© Gabriele Leo

© Gabriele Leo © Gabriele Leo © Gabriele Leo © Gabriele Leo +13

Monte Specie 2305m a.s.l. Lookout / MESSNER Architects

02:00 - 6 August, 2015
Monte Specie 2305m a.s.l. Lookout / MESSNER Architects, Courtesy of MESSNER Architects
Courtesy of MESSNER Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Province Of Bolzano, 39034 - Dobbiaco.
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MESSNER Architects

Courtesy of MESSNER Architects Courtesy of MESSNER Architects Courtesy of MESSNER Architects Courtesy of MESSNER Architects +14

Children Park at EXPO 2015 / ZPZ Partners

09:00 - 5 August, 2015
Children Park at EXPO 2015 / ZPZ Partners, Courtesy of ZPZ Partners
Courtesy of ZPZ Partners

Courtesy of ZPZ Partners Courtesy of ZPZ Partners Courtesy of ZPZ Partners Courtesy of ZPZ Partners +26

Examining OMA's Two Latest Venues for Contemporary Art

04:00 - 5 August, 2015
Examining OMA's Two Latest Venues for Contemporary Art, Fondazione Prada, Milan. Image © Bas Princen
Fondazione Prada, Milan. Image © Bas Princen

In an article for DesignCurial, Shumi Bose visits OMA's new galleries in Milan and Moscow: the Fondazione Prada and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Noting that "the mythologies [between OMA and Miuccia Prada] have become inextricably intertwined" over recent years, "the purpose of [the Fondazione Prada] was to produce a range of spaces for the creation, display of and engagement with art; what results is the built realisation of a particular ethos, affording the protean OMA a return to form. And it was always going to be stylish." Bose's flowing description of the building and its spaces, which she ultimately praises as "a place which will bear return," leads into an equally compelling description of Garage for which she recognises its clear "contribution [...] in supporting, indeed composing, the very narrative of Russian contemporary art."

Messner Mountain Museum Corones / Zaha Hadid Architects

03:00 - 4 August, 2015
© inexhibit.com
© inexhibit.com

© Werner Huthmacher © inexhibit.com © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +21

Winners of the 2015 AADIPA European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention Announced

06:00 - 3 August, 2015
Winners of the 2015 AADIPA European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention Announced, E/C House /  SAMI-arquitectos. Image Courtesy of AADIPA 2015
E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos. Image Courtesy of AADIPA 2015

After reviewing 200 applications from 25 countries and 14 finalists, a library in Spain, housing in Portugal and a masterplan for an Italian city were among the winners of the second edition of the European Prize of Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA 2015 

The competition spanned four categories: intervention in built heritage; exterior spaces; urban planning and disclosure.

See all five winners, after the break.

Winners of Concordia Lighthouse Competition Announced

08:00 - 2 August, 2015
Winners of Concordia Lighthouse Competition Announced, Concordia Lightscape. Image Courtesy of Gwizdala Andrzej and Adrien Mans
Concordia Lightscape. Image Courtesy of Gwizdala Andrzej and Adrien Mans

Open-idea competition platform matterbetter has announced the winners of its Concordia Lighthouse Competition, which sought to pay tribute to the Costa Concordia Disaster of 2012 when a cruise ship capsized off the coast of Tuscany, causing 33 deaths. Open to architectural students and young architectural professionals, participants were asked to “redefine contemporary lighthouse typology and take into consideration advances in technology, development of sustainable systems and its metaphorical value which has made it one of the most inspiring structures in the world.”

Out of 282 entries, first place was awarded to Gwizdala Andrzej and Adrien Mans for their Concordia Lightscape design, which disperses the idea of a lighthouse into thin lines that increase in density as they move closer to the sea.

House B / Unostudio Architetti associati

20:00 - 31 July, 2015
House B / Unostudio Architetti associati, © Gianni Basso / vegamg
© Gianni Basso / vegamg

© Gianni Basso / vegamg © Gianni Basso / vegamg © Gianni Basso / vegamg © Gianni Basso / vegamg +42

Rem Koolhaas on Prada, Preservation, Art and Architecture

09:30 - 31 July, 2015
Rem Koolhaas on Prada, Preservation, Art and Architecture, The Fondazione Prada in southern Milan houses the fashion brand’s namesake arts foundation, established by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli more than two decades ago. Opened in May, the walled-in compound is a small city of culture, with a series of revitalized industrial buildings linked by de Chirico–like “streets” and piazzettas. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada
The Fondazione Prada in southern Milan houses the fashion brand’s namesake arts foundation, established by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli more than two decades ago. Opened in May, the walled-in compound is a small city of culture, with a series of revitalized industrial buildings linked by de Chirico–like “streets” and piazzettas. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada

With the opening of the Fondazione Prada art galleries in May, OMA showed a different side to their practice, one focusing on preservation and assemblage rather than the iconography and diagrammatic layout that many associate with the firm. In this interview, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Koolhaas Talks Prada," Rem Koolhaas explains the reasoning behind this new approach, and how they attempted to avoid falling into the clichés of post-industrial art spaces.

When the Fondazione Prada opened its doors to a new permanent home in Milan dedicated to contemporary culture, it not only placed the Italian city firmly at the forefront of today’s global art world, but also introduced an ambitious new way of thinking about the relationship between architecture and art. The location—an original 1910 distillery in a distinctly gritty part of the city—comprised seven spaces including warehouses and three enormous brewing cisterns with a raw industrial quality that the architects, Dutch firm OMA, retained while adding three new buildings made of glass, white concrete, and aluminum foam. One, the centrally located Podium, is intended for temporary shows, while another—still under construction—is a nine-story tower that will house the foundation’s archives, art installations, and a restaurant. The third, a theater with a mirrored facade, features folding walls that allow the building to open onto a courtyard. In total, the collection of buildings provides nearly 120,000 square feet of exhibition space, more than twice that of the new Whitney Museum of American Art. Metropolis correspondent Catherine Shaw visited the site with Pritzker Prize–winning architect Rem Koolhaas to find out more about the challenges of creating a new cultural paradigm.

OMA’s approach to the exhibition pavilions is eclectic, though undeniably modern. (Note the Miesian detail of the vertical beam affixed to the building envelope). Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada The Fondazione’s inaugural exhibition, the Serial Classic, explores questions of authenticity and imitation in classical antiquity. The lifesize sculptures are mounted on an intricate flooring system designed for the exhibition and composed of travertine, brushed aluminum, and perspex—all exposed along the edges. Image © Attilio Maranzano The gilded exhibition hall is the central focal point of the Fondazione. Called the Haunted House, the structure’s blank utilitarian features are draped in gold leaf, an ostensibly spontaneous extravagance that Koolhaas post-rationalizes on functionalist grounds. The building towers above the rest of the campus’s open-air spaces and warehouses, which all can be taken in from the Haunted House’s balconies. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada The Fondazione encompasses a veritable townscape consisting of warehouse hangars interwoven with the new buildings. The former are subtly spruced up, indicated by the linear orange markings repeated on their exterior. Elevation changes in the ground variegate the pedestrian’s experience of the compound while demarcating the Fondazione’s important nodes, such as the cinema clad in a mirrored veneer. Touches likes this lend the complex a haunting, almost surrealist dimension. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada +9

Camera Obscura / Mariano Dallago

05:00 - 31 July, 2015
Camera Obscura  / Mariano Dallago, Courtesy of Mariano Dallago
Courtesy of Mariano Dallago
  • Author

    Mariano Dallago
  • Location

    Strada Tor, 65, 39030 San Martino In Badia BZ, Italy
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Courtesy of Mariano Dallago Courtesy of Mariano Dallago Courtesy of Mariano Dallago Camera Obscura  / Mariano Dallago +20

Milan Restores Famous Rainbow Tower Tiles

08:00 - 30 July, 2015
Milan Restores Famous Rainbow Tower Tiles, Courtesy of Studio Original Designers 6R5 Network
Courtesy of Studio Original Designers 6R5 Network

The Milan City Council, in partnership with the Rete Ferroviaria Italiana Gruppo FS Italiane railway authorities, has completed the restoration of the famous Torre Arcobaleno (Rainbow Tower) at Porto Garibaldi. 

Once an anonymous water reservoir in the 1960s, the tower was renovated for the 1990 World Cup as part of an initiative in Italy to “turn downtrodden public works into highly recognizable urban beacons.” At this time, the tower was a piece of the Wonderline project, which connected art and architectural initiatives to themes of color, designed to express “the desire to inhabit our planet intelligently, creating a harmony between technology, nature, innovation, and tradition.”

Villaggio Save The Children / Argot ou La Maison Mobile

15:00 - 29 July, 2015
Villaggio Save The Children / Argot ou La Maison Mobile, © Delfino Sisto Legnani
© Delfino Sisto Legnani

© Marco Menghi © Delfino Sisto Legnani © Marco Menghi © Delfino Sisto Legnani +24

Gallery: Palladio in Vicenza

04:15 - 29 July, 2015
Gallery: Palladio in Vicenza, © Phillip Bond
© Phillip Bond

Phillip Bond, an architectural photographer based in the US, recently made a trip back to the city of his birth: Vicenza. While there he took the opportunity to photograph a series of Andrea Palladio's most famous works, from the Palazzo Chiericati and the Basilica Palladiana, to the Palazzo del Capitaniato. The vast majority of Palladio's built works exist in the Veneto region of Italy in cities such as Padua, Verona, and Venice with the highest concentration in Vicenza, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

See the gallery in full after the break.

Palladio in Vincenza. Image © Phillip Bond Palazzo Chiericati. Image © Phillip Bond © Phillip Bond © Phillip Bond +29

Kristalia New Headquarters / Sandro Burigana

15:00 - 28 July, 2015
Kristalia New Headquarters / Sandro Burigana, © Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl
© Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl

© Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl © Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl © Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl © Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl +29

Casa Crotta / Massimo Galeotti Architetto

11:00 - 28 July, 2015
Casa Crotta / Massimo Galeotti Architetto, © Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

© Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna +26

Moroccan Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / OUALALOU+CHOI

05:00 - 28 July, 2015
Moroccan Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / OUALALOU+CHOI, © ​Luc Boegly
© ​Luc Boegly
  • Architects

  • Location

    Padiglione Marocco - Expo 2015, Via Belgioioso Cristina, 70, 20157 Milano, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    ​Tarik Oualalou, Linna Choi
  • Area

    1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© ​Luc Boegly © ​Luc Boegly © ​Luc Boegly © ​Luc Boegly +23