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A2 House / VPS Architetti

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

  • Location

    53020 Castelmuzio Siena, Italy
  • Collaborators

    Gianluca Anolfo, Luigi Depperu, Marco Pittaluga
  • Area

    540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

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

San Mauro Torinese Cemetery Extension / Raimondo Guidacci

01:00 - 29 May, 2014
San Mauro Torinese Cemetery Extension / Raimondo Guidacci, © 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
Milan Expo 2015: Libeskind Reimagines the Chinese “Shitang” for Vanke, © 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

  • 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
Milan Expo 2015: Nemesi & Partners Reveal Smog-Eating Pavilion for Italy, 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
Gucci Headquarters / Genius Loci Architettura, © 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 +22

Citadel of Construction / HOFLAB+HOFPRO

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Citadel of Construction / HOFLAB+HOFPRO, © 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
Milan Expo 2015: Austria's Winning Pavilion to Simulate Native Climate , 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
Reinier de Graaf, Ma Yansong to Speak at Biennale's Greenhouse Talk, 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
Temporary School Gymnasium / MIDE architetti  + Paolo Didonè, © 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
Milan Expo 2015: OBA Unveils Designs for Thai Pavilion, © 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
Milan Expo 2015: X-TU Designs Latticed “Fertile Market” for French Pavilion , © 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
Wine Tasting Room Le Monde / Alessandro Isola, © 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 +20

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

00:00 - 29 April, 2014
Does Italy Have Way Too Many Architects? (The Ratio of Architects to Inhabitants Around the World), 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
QKING / Modourbano Architettura, © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

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

Competition Entry: Romanian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Collective East Architects

01:00 - 13 April, 2014
Competition Entry: Romanian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Collective East Architects, © Collective East Architects
© Collective East Architects

Placing sixth in the competition to design the Romanian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, Collective East Architects offered a “simple and powerful landmark” that focuses on the history of Romania’s agriculture. Serving as an “attractor and orientation mark,” the structure was conceived by repeating a traditional Romanian pattern that “transformed the pavilion into a sculptural object with a powerful national identify.” From a distance, the facade appears “introverted and impenetrable;” as viewers move closer, the building begins to expose its contents, revealing a level of detail one would expect in a “jewelry museum.”  

Learning Center FLA / Studio Marinoni

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
© Giovanni Chiaramonte
© Giovanni Chiaramonte

© Giovanni Chiaramonte © Giovanni Chiaramonte © Giovanni Chiaramonte © Giovanni Chiaramonte +30

Woods Bagot Unveils Colosseum-Inspired Stadium for AS Roma

00:00 - 28 March, 2014
Woods Bagot Unveils Colosseum-Inspired Stadium for AS Roma , Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Global firm Woods Bagot has unveiled designs for the Italian Serie A soccer club AS Roma’s new stadium: Stadio della Roma. Planned for completion by the 2016-17 season on the outskirts of Rome, the colosseum-inspired stadium will be capable of hosting more than 52,000 fans and designed to be easily configured to accommodate multiple sporting and entertainment events. 

“The design draws visual cues from the world’s most historic spectator venue, the Roman Colosseum,” says Woods Bagot Sport Design Leader, Dan Meis. “The design features a state-of-the-art steel and concrete seating bowl wrapped in a ‘floating’ stone scrim, evocative of the rhythmic facade of the famous arena; with polycarbonate clad roof is reminiscent in form of the historic retractable fabric canopy that once covered the upper tiers of the Colosseum.”