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AD Classics: Pirelli Tower / Gio Ponti, Pier Luigi Nervi

In contrast with its traditional Milanese surroundings, the Pirelli Tower is one of the earliest examples of Modern skyscrapers in Italy.  Affectionately called "Il Pirellone” (The Big Pirelli), the 127 meter tower stood as Italy’s tallest building from 1958 to 1995.  The design of the structure, led by architect/designer Gio Ponti and engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, featured a tapered plan—as opposed to the conventional rectilinear volume which was prevalent in America—encouraging greater creative freedom during a time when skyscrapers typically lacked experimentation.

Interior. Image Courtesy of Università Iuav di Venezia - SBD, Archivio Progetti, Giorgio Casali's archive Courtesy of Università Iuav di Venezia - SBD, Archivio Progetti, Giorgio Casali's archive © Wikipedia Commons user LapoLuchini © Flickr user mava

Sauna Huginn & Muninn / AtelierFORTE

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Rubens Luciano / Simone Micheli

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VIDEO: Solving the Mysteries of Brunelleschi's Dome

A new hour long documentary for PBS' series, Building the Great Cathedrals, explores the mystery of how, in the 15th century, Florentine architect Filippo Brunelleschi constructed one of the largest domes the world had ever seen. Winning what could be considered one of the earliest architectural competitions, Brunelleschi developed a unique system that allowed construction on the dome to occur while services were being conducted in the cathedral 100 metres below. The team in this episode model this freestanding structure in an attempt to understand just how Brunelleschi achieved such a feat of Renaissance engineering.

You can find out more about the film here. Please note that the film is only viewable through PBS within the USA. For those of you outside the USA, you can watch the 30 second preview above; for those in the USA, see the full video after the break...

Primary School Extension / GSMM Architetti

  • Architects: GSMM Architetti
  • Location: Senago Milan, Italy
  • Architects In Charge: Giorgio Santagostino, Monica Margarido
  • Area: 1220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Michele Gusmeri

© Michele Gusmeri © Michele Gusmeri © Michele Gusmeri © Michele Gusmeri

Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome / Studio Odile Decq

  • Architects: Studio Odile Decq
  • Location: Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4, 00153 Rome, Italy
  • Area: 12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Odile Decq - L. Filetici, Odile Decq - G. Fessy

© Odile Decq - L. Filetici © Odile Decq - G. Fessy © Odile Decq - L. Filetici © Odile Decq - G. Fessy

AM House / Giampaolo Mazzon

  • Architects: Giampaolo Mazzon
  • Location: Via G.L. Bernini, 3, 31100 Treviso TV, Italy
  • Area: 151.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Francesco Castagna

© Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna

Z. House in Mantova / Vittorio Longheu

A917 Corporate Headquarters In Pisa / nuvolaB architetti associati

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The Number 6 / Building

© Piero Ottaviano
© Piero Ottaviano
  • Architects: Building
  • Location: Via Alfieri, 6, 10121 Torino, Italy
  • Design Team: Building Engineering
  • Area: 9500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Piero Ottaviano

© Piero Ottaviano © Piero Ottaviano © Piero Ottaviano © Piero Ottaviano

Competition Entry: Russian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Architects of Invention

London-Moscow-Tbilisi-based practice Architects of Invention has completed a proposal for the Russian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo as a part of the Expo’s Herzog  & de Meuron-designed masterplan. Designed to evoke the connotation that Russia is one of the biggest agriculture exporters in the world, the pavilion “Russia: The Fields of Growth” will contribute to the Expo’s theme of “Feeding the Planet”, and at the same time introduce a dynamic and powerful image of the modern Russia that originates in the country’s great past.

PLASMA Studio Wins Competition to Relocate and Enhance Italian Railway Station

PLASMA Studio, in collaboration with Groundlab, won first prize in an international competition to masterplan the relocation of the Innichen/San Candido train station in North Italy. The project, now under construction, forms a new "Mobile Centre" that integrates a new public plaza, skate park, youth centre and more into a streamlined rail station that enhances connectivity throughout the town. 

More information, after the break...

Olgiata Sporting Club / LAD

  • Architects: LAD
  • Location: Via Antonio Conti, 00123 Rome, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Francesco Napolitano
  • Design Team: Michelangelo Sabuzi Giuliani, Maria Carla Lini, Marcello Amalfitano
  • Interior Design: Simone Lanaro
  • Area: 7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Francesco Napolitano, Cornelia Suhan

© Francesco Napolitano © Cornelia Suhan © Cornelia Suhan © Cornelia Suhan

"Post-Quake Visions" Young Architects Competition Results Announced

The results for the latest Young Architects Competition (YAC), Post-Quake Visions, have been announced. The competition aimed to discover innovative ways to overcome the effects of a seismic catastrophe over a medieval Mediterranean town. Participants were encouraged to rethink and redesign the quake-inflicted gaps left inside ancient urban tissues. With 356 enrolled teams comprising of 808 designers, see the winning results and Gold Mentions after the break.

Milan Expo 2015: NJP, LAD Win Competition for Iranian Pavilion

Naqsh,E,Jahan-Pars (NJP), in collaboration with the Laboratorio di Architettura e Design (LAD), has been named winner of an international competition for the Iranian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Based on “a living process narrative in the central plateau of Iran,” the winning scheme responds to the Expo’s “Feeding the Planet” theme by exposing the underground channels of water that give life to Iran’s many desert cities.