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Casa FM / ES.arch + Consalez Rossi Architetti Associati

© Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana

New Zugliano School / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

  • Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
  • Location: 36030 Zugliano Vicenza, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo, Diego Peruzzo, Alessandro Cavaleri
  • Design Team: Alessandro Bellus, Luca Bonsignorio, Simonetta Cenci, Marco Corazza, Gabriele Filippi, Sara Gottardo, Sara Massa, Valeria Parodi, Nicola Spinetto, Sara Traverso
  • Area: 3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ernesta Caviola

© Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola

Villa Sottanis Library and Gamesroom / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

  • Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
  • Location: Via Annuti, 36, 16030 Casarza Ligure Genoa, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo
  • Design Team: Simonetta Cenci, Stefania Bracco, Luca Bonsignorio, Francesca R. Pirrello, Francesca Recagno, Ilaria Sisto, Sara Traverso
  • Collaborators: Francesca Ameglio, Cinzia Avanzi, Lorenza Barabino, Chiara Braida, Elena Frigo, Domenica Laface
  • Area: 581.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Ernesta Caviola, Courtesy of 5+1AA

© Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola

New Regolo Quarter / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

  • Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
  • Location: Brescia, Italy
  • Architectural And Landscape Design: Alfonso Femia, Simonetta Cenci
  • Design Team: Alessandro Bellus, Stefania Bracco, Caterina Fumagalli, Francesco Fusillo, Maria Cristina Giordani, Valentina Grimaldi Vincenzo Marcella, Sara Massa, Roberta Nardi, Michele Nicastro, Carola Picasso, Francesca Pirrello, Francesca Recagno, Arianna Ponzi, Giulia Tubelli
  • Area: 26492.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly, Ernesta Caviola, Brivio

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Inside the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Innesti/Grafting

The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale looks at the country’s architecture through the lens of  “grafting,” or the transferring of new ideas onto preexisting realities and structures.

Architect and Pavilion curator Cino Zucchi associates grafting with “the great capacity to interpret and incorporate preceding states through continuous metamorphoses.” He opens and closes the Italian Pavilion with two physical grafts: a large rusted steel arch and a bench sculpture. The first room of the exhibit begins with a study of modernization in Milan, followed by series of collages of contemporary projects in Italy. A video of Italian urban environments concludes the exhibit.

See images of the Pavilion and read a description from the curator after the break. 

Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

IULM_Milan / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

  • Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo, Alessandro Schiesaro
  • High Supervision: Cesare Stevan, Angelo Bugatti
  • Desing Team: Gabriele Pulselli, Raffaella F. Pirrello, Daniele Marchetti, Domenica Laface, Alessandro Bellus, Lorenza Barabino, Luca Pozzi, Simonetta Cenci
  • Area: 23261.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ernesta Caviola

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The Santi Cosma e Damiano Parochial Centre / SCAU

  • Architects: SCAU
  • Location: Via Provinciale Santa Maria Ammalati, 95024 Acireale Catania, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Angelo Vecchio
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Moreno Maggi

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Palazzo Zen / O-office Architects

  • Architects: O-office Architects
  • Location: Cannaregio, 30121 Venice, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Jianxiang HE & Ying JIANG
  • Design Team: Thomas ODORICO, Yang LIU
  • Area: 390.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office

Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office

Workshop and LEGO Architecture Studio Launch: Villa Pennisi in Musica

LEGO® Architecture Studio, a new concept of the LEGO Architecture line, makes his appearance in Italy in an innovative context of architecture and music. The LEGO Group chose Italy and the prestigious setting of the Sicilian "Villa Pennisi in Musica" event for the launch of the new set of building blocks. 

Milan Expo 2015: Vo Trong Nghia's Lotus-Inspired Vietnamese Pavilion

Vo Trong Nghia has unveiled designs for the Vietnamese pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Inspired by the lotus, the pavilion features a number of bamboo clad, umbrella-like structures supporting trees above a pool of water, in a composition reminiscent of their Kontum Indochine Cafe.

"The Lotus is Vietnam’s national flower, a symbol of purity, commitment and optimism for the future," say the architects. "Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The flower is proof that patience can turn difficulties into advantages."

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Elisabeth And Helmut Uhl Foundation / modostudio

  • Architects: modostudio
  • Location: Laives Bolzano, Italy
  • Design Team: Fabio Cibinel, Roberto Laurenti, Giorgio Martocchia
  • Area: 1450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Laura Egger

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BioCasa 82 / Rosario Picciotto + Welldom

  • Architects: Rosario Picciotto, Welldom
  • Location: 31035 Crocetta del Montello Treviso, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Rosario Picciotto
  • Area: 484.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Marco Zanta

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Schäfer Roofscape / Plasma Studio

  • Architects: Plasma Studio
  • Location: 39038 San Candido Bolzano, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell
  • Design Team: Peter Pichler
  • Area: 844.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Michael Pezzei

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Miniature Spaces Carved From Stone

Matthew Simmonds, an art historian and architectural stone carver based in Italy, has created a collection of exceptionally beautiful miniature spaces carved from stone. Having worked on a number of restoration projects in the UK - from Westminster Abbey to Ely Cathedral - his skills have been transferred into work of a much smaller, if not more intricate, scale. Hewn from large stone blocks (some of marble), the level of intricacy Simmonds has achieved in the architectural detailing is almost incredible. Capitals, vaults and surfaces all distort and reflect light in a very beguiling way.

Fragment. Image © Matthew Simmonds Gothic Passage. Image © Matthew Simmonds Gothic Stone. Image © Matthew Simmonds Stone Study. Image © Matthew Simmonds

Bagnoli Futura / Silvio d'Ascia Architecture

  • Architects: Silvio d'Ascia Architecture
  • Location: Naples, Italy
  • Design Team: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture, ATI Servizi Integrati, IDI
  • Area: 44230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Barbara Jodice

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Denton Corker Marshall To Design First 21st Century Pavilion in Venice's Giardini

Australia’s new pavilion for the 2015 Venice Art Biennale will be, in the words of featured artist Fiona Hall, “a minefield of madness, badness, and sadness in equal measure.” Designed by firm Denton Corker Marshall, (who also designed the Stonehenge Visitor Centre), the project will replace the 25 year old temporary pavilion designed by Phillip Cox and will be the first building constructed on the Giardini in two decades. 

San Stae / Project Meganom

  • Architects: Project Meganom
  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Architects In Charge: Yury Grigoryan, Pavel Ivanchikov, Iliya Kulesov, Alexandra Pavlova, Yury Kuznezov, Semen Rastorguev
  • Collaborator: Yury Avvakumov
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Yury Grigoryan

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