Nestlé Headquarters / Park Associati

01:00 - 3 June, 2014
© Andrea Martiradonna
© Andrea Martiradonna
  • Architects

  • 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 © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna +22

Venice Biennale 2014: "European-ness Porosity" Symposium

00:00 - 2 June, 2014
Courtesy of Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Courtesy of Fundació Mies van der Rohe

"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

00:00 - 2 June, 2014

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

01:00 - 31 May, 2014
© Pierluigi Dessì
© Pierluigi Dessì

© Pierluigi Dessì © Pierluigi Dessì © Pierluigi Dessì © Pierluigi Dessì +31

San Mauro Torinese Cemetery Extension / Raimondo Guidacci

01:00 - 29 May, 2014
© Beppe Giardino
© Beppe Giardino

© Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino +29

Milan Expo 2015: Libeskind Reimagines the Chinese “Shitang” for Vanke

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
© Vingtsix; Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
© Vingtsix; Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind has unveiled designs for Vanke’s first ever overseas pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo. Clad in a self-cleaning, air purifying, metalized tile, which was designed by Libeskind in collaboration with the Italian company Casalgrande Padan, the “red serpentine-like” structure reinterprets the traditional Chinese Shitang (dining hall). 

Bozen Waste to Energy Plant / Cl&aa Architects

01:00 - 19 May, 2014
© Alessandra Chemollo
© Alessandra Chemollo
  • Architects

    Cl&aa Architects
  • Location

    Bolzano, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Claudio Lucchin
  • Design Team

    Michele Carlini, Giovanni Carlini, Claudio Orlati, Reinhard Thaler, Primo De Biasi
  • Area

    24.932 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo +28

Milan Expo 2015: Nemesi & Partners Reveal Smog-Eating Pavilion for Italy

00:00 - 19 May, 2014
Main Entrance. Image © Nemesi & Partners
Main Entrance. Image © Nemesi & Partners

Roma-based Nemesi & Partners has designed a 13,000 square meter “urban forest” that will serve as the Italian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Enveloped within an intricate, branch-like skin, the six-story lattice structure will be made from 900 panels of “i.active BIODYNAMIC” cement that will “capture” air pollutants and convert them into inert salts. 

Gucci Headquarters / Genius Loci Architettura

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
© Pietro Savorelli
© Pietro Savorelli
  • Architects

  • 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

© Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli +22

Citadel of Construction / HOFLAB+HOFPRO

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
© Dario Diarena
© Dario Diarena
  • Architects

  • Location

    via tuzi 11, Via Pietro Tuzi, 11, 06128 Perugia, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    HOFLAB (Paolo Belardi, Carl Volckerts), HOFPRO (Alessio Burini), Valeria Menchetelli
  • Project Manager

    Massimo Marinelli
  • Area

    4600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Dario Diarena © Dario Diarena © Dario Diarena © Dario Diarena +40

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

00:00 - 10 May, 2014
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of team.breathe.austria
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of team.breathe.austria

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

00:00 - 6 May, 2014
Recent work from panel members. Image Courtesy of Greenhouse Talks
Recent work from panel members. Image Courtesy of Greenhouse Talks

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

01:00 - 3 May, 2014
© Alessandra Bello
© Alessandra Bello

© Alessandra Bello © Alessandra Bello © Alessandra Bello © Alessandra Bello +35

Milan Expo 2015: OBA Unveils Designs for Thai Pavilion

01:00 - 3 May, 2014
© OBA
© OBA

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

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
© X-TU
© X-TU

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

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
© Marco Alberi Auber
© Marco Alberi Auber
  • Architects

  • Location

    Prata di Pordenone Pordenone, Italy
  • Design Team

    Alessandro Isola, Peter Sawczuk
  • Area

    183.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Marco Alberi Auber

© Marco Alberi Auber © Marco Alberi Auber © Marco Alberi Auber © Marco Alberi Auber +20

Does Italy Have Way Too Many Architects? (The Ratio of Architects to Inhabitants Around the World)

00:00 - 29 April, 2014
Courtesy of Monditalia Twitter Page, https://twitter.com/monditalia
Courtesy of Monditalia Twitter Page, https://twitter.com/monditalia

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

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
© Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

© Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi +17