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'Never Say the Eye Is Rigid: Architectural Drawings of Daniel Libeskind' Exhibition

Opening March 11, and on view until April 30, Rome’s Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery (Via del Portico d'Ottavia 7) will offer Never Say the Eye Is Rigid:Architectural Drawings of Daniel Libeskind, the city’s first exhibition of architectural drawings by the world-renowned architect. The exhibition includes 52 original drawings from eight diverse Libeskind projects in Germany, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States, including the architect’s signature work, the Jewish Museum Berlin (2001), and Memory Foundations, Ground Zero (2003), the master plan for the World Trade Center site. More information on the exhibition after the break.

'Gondwana' Installation / Orizzontale

Orizzontale was recently invited by GATR to take part in the 2012 edition of the architectural festival Festarch.lab with a project which imagines and builds upon an architectural installation for the main square of Terni, a town in the center of Italy. With the challenge to design a multifunctional stage, the result was ‘Gondwana’, a mobile archipelago of wooden platforms, which comes in different shapes, dimensions and colors, and invades the square with endless configurations. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Renzo Piano Designs a Flat-Pack Auditorium for L'Aquila

From the architect. In April 2009, the central Italian city of L’Aquila was devastated by a crippling earthquake, claiming lives and causing extensive damage to thousands of buildings, including the leveling of the city’s main auditorium venue. Nearing the four anniversary of this tragic disaster, the Italian city of Trento has donated a Renzo Piano-designed auditorium, which was inaugurated in October, in an effort to aid the reconstruction of the medieval city. 

Creating an illusion of instability, the auditorium is formed by three interconnected cubes made entirely of wood (1.165 cubic meters in total) that ironically appears as they had “haphazardly tumbled down” and came to rest upon each other. The entire structure was prefabricated and then assembled onsite by Log Engineering, who pieced it together with 800,000 nails, 100,000 screws and 10,000 brackets.

More after the break...

© Marco Caselli Nirmal © Marco Caselli Nirmal © Marco Caselli Nirmal © Marco Caselli Nirmal

Bocconi Urban Campus / OMA

Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

Looking to redefine the relationship between students, buildings and the city of Milan, Bocconi University challenged architects world-wide to design a “campus for the third millennium”. Although first prize was awarded to SANAA’s courtyard-centric complex formed by a series of undulating figures, OMA’s proposal provides an interesting twist to intercity university campuses. 

Formulating a composition of objects that “represents a three-dimensional re-learning of humanistic values”, OMA’s Bocconi Urban Campus proposal sets the stage for Homo Economicus. Two clusters of independent buildings - an “extroverted” new school of management and the “introverted” a-frame student housing tower - are centered around a public amphitheater topped by a canopy of “architectural” umbrellas. While the thirteen story tower shelters the more intimate campus programs and acts as a backdrop to the boisterous new school, all spaces remain permeable to the activities of the surrounding city and establish the most appropriate and stimulating connection.  

More photos of OMA's proposal after the break...

Microsoft Milan / Flores & Prats

© Filippo Romano © Filippo Romano © Enzo Barraco © Enzo Barraco

Italcementi i.lab / Richard Meier & Partners

From the architect. Our friends at Richard Meier & Partners have shared with us their latest completed project: Italcementi i.lab in Bergamo, Italy. The building, a new research and development center for Italcementi, one of the top five cement manufacturers in the world, is a showcase for sustainable design, already attaining one of the first LEED Platinum accreditations in Italy.  

According to the firm, Italcementi i.lab reflects not only the company’s commitment to sustainability but also “the company’s position of leadership, technological advancement and commitment to research and innovation in the use of concrete.”

In the Press Release, Dukho Yeon, Design Partner-in-charge, describes the project: “i.lab is our firm’s most sustainable building to date embodied in sculptural and dramatic, but simple forms showcasing the possibilities of concrete in perfect balance with the technical purpose of the building.”

Read more about Richard Meier & Partners’ latest, after the break...

RGR House / archiNOW!

  • Architects: archiNOW!
  • Location: Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Alessandro Gazzoni
  • Design Team: Stella Andriani, Marcello Dellarosa, Luca Foschi
  • Contractor: Gaetano Battistoni
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

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

Dolomitenblick / PLASMA Studio

  • Architects: PLASMA Studio
  • Location: 39030 Sesto, South Tyrol, Italy
  • Design Team: Nicoletta Gerevini, Peter Pichler, Daniela Walder, Maya Shopova, Libny Pacheco
  • Area: 1,050 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus

AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni

© Guillermo Hevia García
© Guillermo Hevia García

Casa del Fascio which sits in front of Como Cathedral is the work of the Italian Fascist architect Giuseppe Terragni. Built as the headquarters of the local Fascist Party, it was renamed Casa del Popolo after the war and has since served a number of civic agencies, including a Caribinieri station and a tax office.

© Guillermo Hevia García © Guillermo Hevia García © Guillermo Hevia García © Guillermo Hevia García

Refurbishment of “La Serenissima” Office Building / Park Associati

  • Architects: Park Associati
  • Location: Via dei Cavalieri del Santo Sepolcro, 4, 20121 Milan, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Marco Panzeri
  • Design Team: Alice Cuteri, Andrea Dalpasso, Marinella Ferrari, Stefano Lanotte, Marco Siciliano, Paolo Uboldi, Fabio Calciati
  • Area: 7,988.84 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna, Courtesy of Park Associati

© Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna

Cranes of Palermo Proposal / De Fournier & Associados

The architectural proposal for the Cranes of Palermo is based on the relationship between the intervention image and the rich local history of Sicily, particularly its Baroque of scenographic and ornamented elements. Designed by De Fournier & Associados, the new proposal has as reference the poorly moderated characteristics of the Baroque, the surprise that the expression of its image causes when perceived. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Residential building “Brancacci” / Alessandro Luigini

The building is in an upgrading area by replacing unqualified and obsolete construction. The size of the project, however, and its location on a side street than the major artery of Viale G. Bovio, urban section of the SS16 Adriatica, confer to this building a exclusively architectonic role, with no possibility of influencing the city around, if not its presence qualifying. In this scenario we have set ourselves the goal of developing a compositive program intentionally in self-referential mode, but that would meet the contingencies of the site, the demands of clients and, more importantly, he had the strength and clarity of a statement of intent: so we wanted to decline, with a didascalic irreverence, the Vitruvian triad Firmitas, Utilitas and Venustas in three separate volumes that the predominant feature descend directly from one single entry in the triad. So the concrete basement, for Firmitas, the stone sharded cube, for the Utilitas, and the Apollonian cube in white plaster, for Venustas, forming three portions of the building making it articulated from the volumetric and material point, and then, rich in continuously changing views: actually there is no surface portion of the building that can be flanked by similarity to another and all the elements that compose this articulated ensamble follow one another as in a film storyreel. Harmonic sequences of perspectives in succession.

Prato Lofts / MDU Architetti

© Pietro Savorelli
© Pietro Savorelli
  • Architects: MDU Architetti
  • Location: Prato, Province of Prato, Italy
  • Design Team: Valerio Barberis, Alessandro Corradini, Cristiano Cosi, Marcello Marchesini
  • Collaborators: Nicola Becagli, Michele Fiesoli
  • Structural Engineer: Venturi & Motta
  • Building Cost: € 750,000
  • Client: CDM immobiliare
  • Area: 703.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Pietro Savorelli, Courtesy of MDU Architetti

© Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli

Casillo Headquarters in Corato / Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

  • Architects: Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners
  • Location: 70033 Corato, Province of Bari, Italy
  • Design Team: Massimo Alvisi, Junko Kirimoto, Alessandra Spiezia, Arabella Rocca
  • Collaborators: Leonardo Lorusso, Enrico Pisani, Sara Averardi
  • Structural Engineering: Giovanni Loiudice
  • Mechanical And Electrical Engineering: Mario Semproni
  • Client: Molino Casillo
  • Area: 4,500 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Anna Galante

© Anna Galante © Anna Galante © Anna Galante © Anna Galante

Bargellino Plug & Play Winning Proposal / Ciclostile Architettura

The Bargellino Plug & Play proposal for the urban regeneration of the Bargellino area acts as a set of management software from which the user can draw upon and benefit from an integrated system of logistics, service and quality. Designed by Ciclostile Architettura, the expression “plug and play” is used in programming language with reference to technologies that can be put into use in an hardware system without any specific installation procedure by the user. More images and architects’ description after the break.