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Milan Expo 2015: OBA Unveils Designs for Thai Pavilion

The honor of designing Thailand’s pavilion for the 2015 Milan Exposition has officially been awarded to The Office of Bangkok Architects (OBA). The firm’s winning design incorporates the Expo’s theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” with the agrarian and religious qualities that define the Kingdom of Thailand. Located centrally on the Expo’s main avenue, the pavilion will be adjacent to a canal that will be used as a part of the exhibition, relating back to Bangkok’s informal title as the “Venice of Asia.”

Milan Expo 2015: X-TU Designs Latticed “Fertile Market” for French Pavilion

Paris-based X-TU has envisioned a more cohesive, sustainable market where food is not only grown and harvested, but sold and consumed on the spot. Serving as the French pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, X-TU’s competition-winning scheme will celebrate the country’s “rich genetic heritage” and future in innovative food production with a timber “fertile market” that supports the growth of the produce it sells. 

Wine Tasting Room Le Monde / Alessandro Isola

  • Architects: Alessandro Isola
  • Location: Prata di Pordenone Pordenone, Italy
  • Design Team: Alessandro Isola, Peter Sawczuk
  • Area: 183.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Marco Alberi Auber

© Marco Alberi Auber © Marco Alberi Auber © Marco Alberi Auber © Marco Alberi Auber

Does Italy Have Way Too Many Architects? (The Ratio of Architects to Inhabitants Around the World)

Yesterday, Monditalia - one of the three exhibitions currently being prepared for this year's Venice Architecture Biennale - tweeted out a neat little graphic showing the number of architects, per inhabitant, in 36 countries around the world.  

QKING / Modourbano Architettura

© Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi

Competition Entry: Romanian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Collective East Architects

Placing sixth in the competition to design the Romanian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, Collective East Architects offered a “simple and powerful landmark” that focuses on the history of Romania’s agriculture. Serving as an “attractor and orientation mark,” the structure was conceived by repeating a traditional Romanian pattern that “transformed the pavilion into a sculptural object with a powerful national identify.” From a distance, the facade appears “introverted and impenetrable;” as viewers move closer, the building begins to expose its contents, revealing a level of detail one would expect in a “jewelry museum.”  

Learning Center FLA / Studio Marinoni

© Giovanni Chiaramonte
© Giovanni Chiaramonte
  • Architects: Studio Marinoni
  • Location: Corso Sempione, 36, 20154 Milan, Italy
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Giovanni Chiaramonte

© Giovanni Chiaramonte © Giovanni Chiaramonte © Giovanni Chiaramonte © Giovanni Chiaramonte

Woods Bagot Unveils Colosseum-Inspired Stadium for AS Roma

Global firm Woods Bagot has unveiled designs for the Italian Serie A soccer club AS Roma’s new stadium: Stadio della Roma. Planned for completion by the 2016-17 season on the outskirts of Rome, the colosseum-inspired stadium will be capable of hosting more than 52,000 fans and designed to be easily configured to accommodate multiple sporting and entertainment events. 

“The design draws visual cues from the world’s most historic spectator venue, the Roman Colosseum,” says Woods Bagot Sport Design Leader, Dan Meis. “The design features a state-of-the-art steel and concrete seating bowl wrapped in a ‘floating’ stone scrim, evocative of the rhythmic facade of the famous arena; with polycarbonate clad roof is reminiscent in form of the historic retractable fabric canopy that once covered the upper tiers of the Colosseum.”

Ferdeghini Sport Complex / Frigerio Design Group

  • Architects: Frigerio Design Group
  • Location: La Spezia, Italy
  • Design Team: E. Frigerio con D. Galletti, D. Bona, E. Masala, M. Torrigiani, M. Russotto, F. Valido e C. Ginocchio
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Enrico Cano

© Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano © Enrico Cano

Parish Centre / Gianluca Gelmini

  • Architects: Gianluca Gelmini
  • Location: Carvico Bergamo, Italy
  • Co Workers : Claudia Pippo, Andrea Pressiani
  • Area: 1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna

© Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna

Botta Cripta / Gianluca Gelmini

Courtesy of Gianluca Gelmini Courtesy of Gianluca Gelmini Courtesy of Gianluca Gelmini Courtesy of Gianluca Gelmini

Competition Entry: Austrian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Paolo Venturella

© wemage, Courtesy of Paolo Venturella
© wemage, Courtesy of Paolo Venturella

Placing fifth in the international competition to design the Austrian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, Paolo Venturella’s concept is designed as an extruded version of the Austrian mountain house that connects two major programs: an exhibition space and “big green-house.” To the north, the elevated exhibition space is shielded by a fabric sheathing which diminishes as it moves towards the greenhouse, south, where visitors are presented with a fresh vegetable garden, bar and restaurant that serves traditional cuisine. 

White Wave / Piuarch

  • Architects: Piuarch
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini and Monica Tricario
  • Area: 22500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Piuarch

Courtesy of Piuarch Courtesy of Piuarch Courtesy of Piuarch Courtesy of Piuarch

Exhibition: Where Architects Live

A few days ago we showed you some great photos inside the homes of eight famous architects. "Where Architects Live", will be held at Pavilion 9 at the Rho Milan Fairgrounds as part of the Salone del Mobile in Milano.

Milan Expo 2015: Tsinghua University with Studio Link-Arc to Design China Pavilion

Tsinghua University, alongside New York-based Studio Link-Arc, has been announced as winners of a competition to design the Chinese Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Expanding on the Expo’s overarching theme, “Feeding the Planet - Energy for Life,” the pavilion’s “Land of Hope” is centered on the idea that “hope can be realized when nature and the city exist in harmony.” 

Porta Susa TGV Station / Silvio d´Ascia

  • Architects: Silvio d´Ascia
  • Location: Turin, Italy
  • Area: 30000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Silvio d´Ascia

Courtesy of Silvio d´Ascia Courtesy of Silvio d´Ascia Courtesy of Silvio d´Ascia Courtesy of Silvio d´Ascia

Little House on the House / Studio x Architettura

  • Architects: Studio x Architettura
  • Location: 38050 Tenna Trentino, Italy
  • Design Team: Luca Valentini, Raffaele Cetto, Mattia Giuliani
  • Construction: Self-built
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Raffaele Cetto

© Raffaele Cetto © Raffaele Cetto © Raffaele Cetto © Raffaele Cetto