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Gucci Headquarters / Genius Loci Architettura

  • Architects: Genius Loci Architettura
  • Location: Via Don Lorenzo Perosi, 6, 50018 Scandicci Florence, Italy
  • Architects in Charge: Stefano Boninsegna, Andrea Grassi, Enrico Santi, Silvia Trentanove
  • Design Team: Antonio Romano, Filippo M. Messeri, Paola Portone, Michele Zanella
  • Area: 9000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Pietro Savorelli

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Milan Expo 2015: Austria's Winning Pavilion to Simulate Native Climate

The winning design for the Austrian pavilion of the 2015 Milan Expo has been announced. Following the Expo’s theme of “Energy for Life,” team.breathe.austria's winning proposal focuses on social change for environmental protection. The enclosed, rectangular pavilion will be planted with an abundance of native Austrian vegetation. Titled “breathe,” the project will produce enough oxygen to sustain 18,000 people by the hour and advocates for a healthier bond between the urban and natural environment.

Reinier de Graaf, Ma Yansong to Speak at Biennale's Greenhouse Talk

Greenhouse Talks, an auxiliary public lecture series to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, will take place on Thursday, June 5th and Friday, June 6th between 9:00 and 11:00am. During each session, an international panel of professionals - including the founder of MAD Architects, Ma Yansong, and the director of AMO, Reinier de Graaf - will discuss a topic pertaining to Rem Koolhaas' chosen theme for the Biennale: Fundamentals. The first day of discourse will focus on the future of the architectural profession, investigating the potential influence of the market crisis and the intersection of architecture with other disciplines. The second will reflect on the representation of architecture, considering the Western practice of exhibiting architecture projects in museums, institutes, and biennial events and what this practice's adoption might mean for the East. For the full list of panel members and event details, read on after the break.

Temporary School Gymnasium / MIDE architetti + Paolo Didonè

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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

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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.  

The graphic shows that Italy has a shockingly high percentage of architects in its population: for every 414 Italians, one is an architect. According to the graphic, Portugal, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Greece all have ratios of less than 1,000 to one. Of course, there are plenty of other architect-heavy places missing from the list; not even mentioned in the graphic is Chile, a country that - according to its latest census - has one architect per 667 inhabitants, nor Mexico which has about 724 inhabitants per architect. On the other end of the spectrum, China has only one architect for every 40,000 persons. 

QKING / Modourbano Architettura

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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

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

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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

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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

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Botta Cripta / Gianluca Gelmini

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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.