AD Classics: Pirelli Tower / Gio Ponti, Pier Luigi Nervi

05:00 - 27 February, 2014
AD Classics: Pirelli Tower / Gio Ponti, Pier Luigi Nervi, © Flickr user IK's World Trip
© Flickr user IK's World Trip

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 +14

Sauna Huginn & Muninn / AtelierFORTE

01:00 - 27 February, 2014
Sauna Huginn & Muninn / AtelierFORTE, Courtesy of AtelierFORTE
Courtesy of AtelierFORTE

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Inside the Landscape / Studio x Architettura

01:00 - 25 February, 2014
Inside the Landscape / Studio x Architettura, © Raffaele Cetto
© Raffaele Cetto

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Rubens Luciano / Simone Micheli

10:00 - 24 February, 2014
Rubens Luciano / Simone Micheli, © Juergen Eheim
© Juergen Eheim

© Juergen Eheim © Juergen Eheim © Juergen Eheim © Juergen Eheim +29

VIDEO: Solving the Mysteries of Brunelleschi's Dome

00:00 - 23 February, 2014

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

10:00 - 21 February, 2014
Primary School Extension / GSMM Architetti, © Michele Gusmeri
© Michele Gusmeri
  • Architects

  • 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 +13

Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome / Studio Odile Decq

01:00 - 19 February, 2014
Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome / Studio Odile Decq, © Odile Decq - L. Filetici
© Odile Decq - L. Filetici

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AM House / Giampaolo Mazzon

01:00 - 18 February, 2014
AM House / Giampaolo Mazzon, © Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

© Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna +23

Z. House in Mantova / Vittorio Longheu

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Z. House in Mantova / Vittorio Longheu, © Federica Bottoli
© Federica Bottoli

A917 Corporate Headquarters In Pisa / nuvolaB architetti associati

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
A917 Corporate Headquarters In Pisa / nuvolaB architetti associati, Courtesy of nuvolaB architetti associati
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Camping Luca Vuerich / Giovanni Pesamosca Architetto

01:00 - 1 February, 2014

The Number 6 / Building

01:00 - 31 January, 2014
© Piero Ottaviano
© Piero Ottaviano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Alfieri, 6, 10121 Torino, Italy
  • Design Team

    Building Engineering
  • Area

    9500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Piero Ottaviano © Piero Ottaviano © Piero Ottaviano © Piero Ottaviano +53

Competition Entry: Russian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Architects of Invention

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
Competition Entry: Russian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Architects of Invention, Courtesy of Architects of Invention
Courtesy of Architects of Invention

London-Moscow-Tbilisi-based practice Architects of Invention has completed a proposal for the Russian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo as a part of the Expo’s Herzog  & de Meuron-designed masterplan. Designed to evoke the connotation that Russia is one of the biggest agriculture exporters in the world, the pavilion “Russia: The Fields of Growth” will contribute to the Expo’s theme of “Feeding the Planet”, and at the same time introduce a dynamic and powerful image of the modern Russia that originates in the country’s great past.

PLASMA Studio Wins Competition to Relocate and Enhance Italian Railway Station

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
PLASMA Studio Wins Competition to Relocate and Enhance Italian Railway Station, Render. Image Courtesy of Groundlab
Render. Image Courtesy of Groundlab

PLASMA Studio, in collaboration with Groundlab, won first prize in an international competition to masterplan the relocation of the Innichen/San Candido train station in North Italy. The project, now under construction, forms a new "Mobile Centre" that integrates a new public plaza, skate park, youth centre and more into a streamlined rail station that enhances connectivity throughout the town. 

More information, after the break...

Olgiata Sporting Club / LAD

01:00 - 24 January, 2014
Olgiata Sporting Club  / LAD, © Francesco Napolitano
© Francesco Napolitano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Antonio Conti, 00123 Rome, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Francesco Napolitano
  • Design Team

    Michelangelo Sabuzi Giuliani, Maria Carla Lini, Marcello Amalfitano
  • Interior Design

    Simone Lanaro
  • Area

    7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Francesco Napolitano © Cornelia Suhan © Cornelia Suhan © Cornelia Suhan +28

Atelier Kitchen Haidacher / Lukas Mayr Architekt

01:00 - 21 January, 2014
Atelier Kitchen Haidacher / Lukas Mayr Architekt , © Marion Lafogler
© Marion Lafogler

© Marion Lafogler © Marion Lafogler © Marion Lafogler © Marion Lafogler +22

"Post-Quake Visions" Young Architects Competition Results Announced

00:00 - 20 January, 2014
"Post-Quake Visions" Young Architects Competition Results Announced, First Place / Caterina Spadoni, Valentina Brunetti. Image Courtesy of YAC
First Place / Caterina Spadoni, Valentina Brunetti. Image Courtesy of YAC

The results for the latest Young Architects Competition (YAC), Post-Quake Visions, have been announced. The competition aimed to discover innovative ways to overcome the effects of a seismic catastrophe over a medieval Mediterranean town. Participants were encouraged to rethink and redesign the quake-inflicted gaps left inside ancient urban tissues. With 356 enrolled teams comprising of 808 designers, see the winning results and Gold Mentions after the break.

Milan Expo 2015: NJP, LAD Win Competition for Iranian Pavilion

01:00 - 19 January, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: NJP, LAD Win Competition for Iranian Pavilion , © NJP, LAD
© NJP, LAD

Naqsh,E,Jahan-Pars (NJP), in collaboration with the Laboratorio di Architettura e Design (LAD), has been named winner of an international competition for the Iranian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Based on “a living process narrative in the central plateau of Iran,” the winning scheme responds to the Expo’s “Feeding the Planet” theme by exposing the underground channels of water that give life to Iran’s many desert cities.