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Affordable Housing in Prato / studiostudio architetti urbanisti

© Bruno Pelucca
© Bruno Pelucca
  • Architects: studiostudio architetti urbanisti
  • Location: Prato, Province of Prato, Italy
  • Architects In Charge: Elisa Palazzo, Bruno Pelucca
  • Client: Edilizia Pubblica Pratese
  • Area: 3,211 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bruno Pelucca, Giovanni Fornaciari, Margherita Stacchi

© Bruno Pelucca © Bruno Pelucca © Margherita Stacchi © Margherita Stacchi

Films & Architecture: "Contempt"

In collaboration with Carlo Ponti, Jean-Luc Godard, one of the main representatives of the 60′s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague, adapted the Alberto Moravia novel Il disprezzo (A Ghost at Noon), written almost 10 years before, into Contempt. The result is a film where each scene is a composition in terms of colour, proportion, and contrast. And as an extra gift for us architects, most of the story takes place in and around the Villa Malaparte in Capri island, a stunning house on a rocky coast.

We invite you to enjoy this classic and let us know your ideas about the movie, this amazing house and the relationship with the surrounding landscape. More after the break.

San Giovanni Church / Studio Zermani e Associati

© Mauro Davoli
© Mauro Davoli
  • Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
  • Location: Perugia, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Paolo Zermani
  • Design Team: Mauro Alpini, Fabio Capanni, Giacomo Pirazzoli, Fabrizio Rossi Prodi
  • Collaborators: Giovanna Maini, Tomohiro Takao
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Mauro Davoli

© Mauro Davoli © Mauro Davoli © Mauro Davoli © Mauro Davoli

Despite Controversy, Herzog & de Meuron's Porta Volta Breaks Ground

Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

After two years in waiting, Porta Volta, the project by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron to redevelop Milan's north-western Spanish gate, has finally broken ground. The project, which spurred some controversy when architect and critic Vittorio Gregotti accused the Swiss-led project of being an act of “architectural colonialism,” is nevertheless scheduled to be completed in 2015

Pencil Box / Paolo Didonè, Sergio De Gioia and Fabrizio Michielon

© Claudia Nalesso
© Claudia Nalesso
  • Architects: Paolo Didonè, Sergio De Gioia, Fabrizio Michielon
  • Location: Modena, Province of Modena, Italy
  • Architects: Paolo Didonè, Sergio de Gioia, Fabrizio Michielon
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Claudia Nalesso

© Claudia Nalesso © Claudia Nalesso © Claudia Nalesso © Claudia Nalesso

St. Martin Library Competition Entry / AZPA

The main aim of AZPA in their design for the New Library of St. Martin in Passiria was to create an envelope that is not only functional but also representative of the local and global contents of a cultural institution found in a library. This design would have the architectural potential to transcend the specificities of the place to reach a global character. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Villa Garavaglia / Buratti+Battiston Architects

© Marcello Mariana
© Marcello Mariana

© Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana

Domus Vitae Winning Proposal / Tomas Ghisellini Architects

Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects
Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects

Designed by Tomas Ghisellini Architects, the first prize winning proposal for the Domus Vitae, a new city morgue and social facilities complex, is aimed at being a new architectural presence with a continuous but porous body. The design includes balconies, porches, patios, terraces, overhangs and suspended volumes which capture, tame or magnify natural light. These features create spaces for which the atmospheric quality is supposed to be a decisive added value. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House M / monovolume architecture + design

  • Architects: monovolume architecture + design
  • Location: Meran (BZ)
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

St. Horto Winning Proposal / OFL Architecture

Courtesy of OFL Architecture
Courtesy of OFL Architecture

Stemming from the idea of creating a perfect synergy between architecture, nature and social technologies, the competition winning proposal for the St. Horto project by OFL Architecture fits perfectly within the project area in Rome. By redefining the boundaries through a game of compressions and expansions, the architects create a dynamic and attractive space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Materiale Edili Garavaglia / Buratti+Battiston Architects

© Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana

New Global Hub for Biomedical Research / HOK

HOK was recently selected as lead architect for the Ri.MED Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC) near Palermo, Sicily in Southern Italy. The $269 million world-class research facility at 334,000-square-feet will be a global hub for biomedical research and development. The ultimate goal is to prevent or cure diseases while improving the quality of life and life expectancy of patients. More images and architects’ description after the break.

3m Italia Headquarters / Mario Cucinella Architects

  • Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects
  • Location: Pioltello, Milan, Italy
  • Project Team: Mario Cucinella, David Hirsch, Luca Bertacchi, Julissa Guttara, Michele Olivieri, Linda Larice, Luca Stramigioli
  • Area: 11300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

© Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali

SANAA Unveils Their Plans for Bocconi University Campus

The new Bocconi University campus by SANAA. Photo via Domus.
The new Bocconi University campus by SANAA. Photo via Domus.

SANAA has just unveiled their plans for the Bocconi University Campus in Milan, Italy. The design features various undulating structures, forming connective inner courtyards, that wind their way across a 17,500 square meter green space open to both students and neighborhood residents.

According to Paola Nicolin, a professor at Bocconi and writer for Domus, the University is a "playground" for the imagination, using "non-hierarchic compositional elements" to establish a relationship between the campus' organic forms and the human lives which inhabit it. In Nicolin's words, the project "speaks of transparency, empathy for nature, and far-sightedness."

More images and info on the project, after the break...