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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

Courtesy of Marco Zanta Courtesy of Marco Zanta Courtesy of Marco Zanta Courtesy of Marco Zanta

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

© Michael Pezzei © Michael Pezzei © Michael Pezzei © Michael Pezzei

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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Conversation / Cose Turche: Architecture in Istanbul

MAXXI and Insula architettura e ingegneria with Based Architecture present “Cose Turche”,  a  conversation of six voices about Istanbul, aimed to recognize and trace the pulsating identity of a metropolis, which in its present metamorphosis is able to tell us about significant pieces of third millenium urban culture.

Lineal House in Bione / estudoquarto

  • Architects: estudoquarto
  • Location: 25070 Bione Brescia, Italy
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marcio Tolotti

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Sam Jacob & Wouter Vanstiphout on Curating "A Clockwork Jerusalem"

The British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale takes the large scale projects of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s and explores the "mature flowering of British Modernism at the moment it was at its most socially, politically and architecturally ambitious but also the moment that witnessed its collapse." The exhibition tells the story of how British modernity emerged out of an unlikely combination of interests and how "these modern visions continue to create our physical and imaginative landscapes." To those who know the UK's architectural heritage, this cultural and social history is delivered in a way which feels strangely familiar, whilst uncovering fascinating hidden histories of British modernity that continue to resonate in the 21st century.

We caught up with Sam Jacob, co-founder of FAT Architecture (of which this exhibition is their final project), and Wouter Vanstiphout, partner at Rotterdam-based Crimson Architectural Historians, outside the British Pavilion to discuss the ideas behind, and significance of, A Clockwork Jerusalem.

© James Taylor-Foster
© James Taylor-Foster

Video: 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

Asymptote Architecture to Design "Park of Angels" in Italy

Asymptote Architecture has been commissioned to design a park with a collection of cultural buildings on the outskirts of Peccioli, Italy.  Called the “Parco Degli Angeli," Italian for Park of Angels, this urbanized complex will be carefully grafted into the picturesque Tuscan countryside to create a dialogue with the surrounding farmland and historical sites.  The park will include museums, interactive sculpture installations, and an amphitheater that can host 800 people.

Villa A / A-OMA

  • Architects: A-OMA
  • Location: Catania, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Alfio Faro
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of A-OMA

Courtesy of A-OMA Courtesy of A-OMA Courtesy of A-OMA Courtesy of A-OMA

Event: "House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate"

House Housing is the first public presentation of a multi-year research project conducted by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. Situated in the Casa Muraro in Venice and staged as an open house, the exhibition responds unsolicited to the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, curator of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, that architecture focus on its "fundamentals."

Nestlé Headquarters / Park Associati

  • Architects: Park Associati
  • Location: Via del Bosco Rinnovato, 20090 Milan, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi
  • Design Team Park Associati: Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi, Marco Siciliano, Marinella Ferrari, Stefano Lanotte, Lorenzo Merloni, Marco Panzeri, Davide Pojaga, Alessandro Rossi, Elisa Taddei, Paolo Uboldi, Fabio Calciati
  • Design Team General Planning: Giovanni Bonini, Paolo Varenna, Loris Colombo, Luca Dagrada, Laura Barat, Matteo Molteni, Luca Rini, Paolo Rossanigo, Antonio Virelli, Alberto Villa, Claudio Bertolini, Mimmo Vitetta, Luigi Zinco, Walter Cola, Andrea Cristaldi, Vittorio Viganò, Claudio Bertagnolli, Manuel Schieder, Francesco Torchitti, Mario Pinoli, Giuseppe Zaffino
  • Area: 34092.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna, Simone Simone

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

Venice Biennale 2014: "European-ness Porosity" Symposium

"European-ness Porosity" is presented as part of “MADE IN EUROPE: 25 years of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.”

From the Organizers. Europe is currently experiencing a paradigm shift from national to urban identities. As its boundaries become increasingly blurred, each city is claiming an identity of its own. Europe is predominantly urban, and the condition of the European city is related to a stratification of architectures, functions and events which, palimpsest-like, shape a compact, complex understanding of the urban experience that embraces its architectonic heritage, industrial development, social housing, archaeological sites, modern infrastructure and the cities rebuilt after WW2.

The globalisation process began with the emigration of artists and architects during WW1, and continuing with the exodus due to the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany and the start of WW2. In this sense, Europe acted as a transmission device, the key node in a complex process of emission and assimilation. Today we live in a liquid reality whose theme is permeability, a reality in which professionals and intellectuals can move across porous borders.

House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes

House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes is the first public presentation of a multi-year research project conducted by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. Installed in the second-floor apartment of Columbia’s Casa Muraro in Venice and staged as an open house, the exhibition responds unsolicited to the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, curator of the 14th International Architecture exhibition, that architecture focus on its “fundamentals.” House Housing replies by considering architecture’s economic fundamentals, which locate housing at the center of the current economic regime, with the United States as an influential node in a transnational network. 

A2 House / VPS Architetti

© Pierluigi Dessì
© Pierluigi Dessì
  • Architects: VPS Architetti
  • Location: 53020 Castelmuzio Siena, Italy
  • Collaborators: Gianluca Anolfo, Luigi Depperu, Marco Pittaluga
  • Area: 540.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Pierluigi Dessì

© Pierluigi Dessì © Pierluigi Dessì © Pierluigi Dessì © Pierluigi Dessì