Milan Expo 2015: b720 Designs Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion for Spain

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
© b720 Arquitectos
© b720 Arquitectos

Barcelona’s b720 arquitectos has designed a greenhouse-inspired pavilion to represent Spain at the 2015 Milan Expo. Representing a “fusion” of Spain’s gastronomic tradition and innovation, the portico-like structure will be divided into two halves and united by a repetitious form.

Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
© Gustav Willeit
© Gustav Willeit

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How Did Filippo Brunelleschi Construct the World's Largest Masonry Dome?

00:00 - 9 September, 2014

More than 500 years after it was built, Filippo Brunelleschi's dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, remains the largest masonry dome ever built. Leaving no plans or sketches behind, some of the secrets of its construction that Brunelleschi pioneered are still an enigma today. This short animation, presented by National Geographic and created by Fernando Baptista and Matthew Twombly, gives an idea of how the dome of the Duomo might have been built. Demonstrating the complexity of the task, made harder due to poor construction prior to Brunelleschi's commission, this film serves as a reminder of just how long it can take to create something timeless.

Casa RG / ES-arch

01:00 - 6 September, 2014
© Marcello Mariana
© Marcello Mariana

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Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
© Peppe Maisto
© Peppe Maisto

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FCN 2009 / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
© Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

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Rome Invites Ideas For Reuse of Europe's Biggest Landfill Site

01:00 - 24 August, 2014

A major competition for reuse has just been announced for the Malagrotta Landfill, one of the European Union's biggest landfill sites. After Malagrotta was closed in August 2013 due to its controversial size and negative impact on the surrounding community, the Municipality of Rome began a process of redevelopment through community engagement. Multi-displinary teams are tasked with a creating a proposal to reinvent the sprawling 240-hectare property while considering its original purpose. The competition is designed to begin a conversation on the long-term vision for the property.

Port Control Tower / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
© Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet
  • Architects

    Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo
  • Location

    Marina di Ragusa, Ragusa, Italy
  • Definitive Design

    Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, Salvatore Ingrao
  • Area

    130.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

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R+O House / Bianco + Gotti Architetti

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
© Luca Santiago Mora
© Luca Santiago Mora

© Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora +24

McDowell + Benedetti's Footbridge and Rail Station Underway in Terni

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti
Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti

London based firm McDowell+Benedetti has recently announced that their design for a new 180 metre footbridge and improved rail station in Terni, Italy, has begun work on the site. A future landmark for the town, the £3.5 million (€4.4 million) project promises to provide an expanded commuter hub for the area with connections to fast trains to Rome. Learn more about this project after the break.

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The Whale Primary School / Studio di Architettura Andrea Milani

01:00 - 15 August, 2014
© Pietro Savorelli
© Pietro Savorelli

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AD Classics: Casa "Il Girasole" / Luigi Moretti

01:00 - 7 August, 2014
© Gabriele Basilico
© Gabriele Basilico

As one architectural scholar described it, Luigi Moretti’s 1950 Casa “Il Girasole” is “a bit of madness on the solidity of Roman walls.” [1] Yet, this clever apartment building in the heart of Rome is far from the work of a madman. Its subtle historical allusions and deliberately ambiguous composition betray the genius of the architect’s creative and analytical mind. Moretti, whose notable commissions include Villa La Saracena (1957), Montreal’s Stock Exchange Tower (1964), and the Watergate Complex (1971), achieves a complexity of form and materiality in “Il Girasole” that distinguishes the project from its mid-century contemporaries and has earned it recognition as one of the earliest forerunners of postmodern design.

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Casa FM / ES.arch + Consalez Rossi Architetti Associati

01:00 - 7 August, 2014
© Marcello Mariana
© Marcello Mariana

© Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana +26

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

01:00 - 3 August, 2014
© Ernesta Caviola
© Ernesta Caviola
  • Architects

  • 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

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

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
© Ernesta Caviola
© Ernesta Caviola
  • Architects

  • 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

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

01:00 - 28 July, 2014
© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
  • Architects

  • 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 · Photographer Profile, Ernesta Caviola, Brivio

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

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
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

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 +27

IULM_Milan / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
© Ernesta Caviola
© Ernesta Caviola
  • Architects

  • 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

© Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola +22