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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. 

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

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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

© Studio Link-Arc
© Studio Link-Arc

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 Architecture

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo

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

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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