Nine Projects to be Highlighted in 'In Therapy', the Nordic Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 19 February, 2016
Nine Projects to be Highlighted in 'In Therapy', the Nordic Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale, RRA's National Tourist Route in Trollstigen is among nine selected projects which will be displayed in-depth. Image via RRA
RRA's National Tourist Route in Trollstigen is among nine selected projects which will be displayed in-depth. Image via RRA

The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design (ArkDes) have revealed that In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face—the exhibition for the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, curated by David Basulto—will partly comprise "a contemporary survey of Nordic architecture." 300 projects, drawn from over 500 submissions to a recent open call, will be complemented by an in-depth study of nine projects completed post-2008 by practices including Tham & Videgård, Reiulf Ramstad Architects, and Lahdelma & Mahlamäki.

"Just as Sverre Fehn’s pavilion is a crystallisation of Nordic architecture—embodying a precise and fluid articulation of structure, light, and nature—the nine we have chosen to focus in on as particularly representative of the contemporary scene have a similar gravitas and complexity – but with their own distinct identities" says Basulto, who has made the selection alongside James Taylor-Foster, Assistant Curator.

Tree Hotel / Tham & Videgård (Harads, Sweden). Image © Lindman Photography Finnish Nature Centre /Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects (Haltia, Finland). Image © Mika Huisman Puukuokka Housing Block / OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture (Jyväskylä, Finland). Image © Mikko Auerniitty Råå Daycare Center / Dorte Mandrup (Kustgaten, Sweden). Image © Adam Mørk +12

AD Classics: Palazzo Santa Sofia / The Ca d’Oro

04:00 - 15 February, 2016
AD Classics: Palazzo Santa Sofia / The Ca d’Oro, The Ca d'Oro from the Grand Canal. Image © Wolfgang Moroder
The Ca d'Oro from the Grand Canal. Image © Wolfgang Moroder

Sitting on the northern bank of Venice's Grand Canal is a great house whose ornately carved marble facade only hints at its original splendor. The Palazzo Santa Sofia—or the Ca D’Oro (House of Gold), as it is also known—is one of the most notable examples of late Venetian Gothic architecture, which combined the existing threads of Gothic, Moorish, and Byzantine architecture into a unique aesthetic that symbolized the Venetian Republic’s cosmopolitan mercantile empire. Built to serve as the grand residence of wealthy Venetian businessman and politician Marin Contarini, the palazzo has seen a number of owners and renovations over its lifetime before ultimately coming to serve as a museum for medieval painting and sculpture.[1]

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Working in the Nature / Luca Compri (LCArchitetti)

02:00 - 12 February, 2016
Working in the Nature / Luca Compri (LCArchitetti), © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi

© Marco Reggi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi +41

CASA Vi / EV+A Lab Atelier d'architettura

05:00 - 10 February, 2016
CASA Vi / EV+A Lab Atelier d'architettura, © Marcello Mariana
© Marcello Mariana

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8 House / KM 429 architecture

05:00 - 29 January, 2016
8 House / KM 429 architecture, © Simone Bossi photographer
© Simone Bossi photographer

© Simone Bossi photographer © Simone Bossi photographer © Simone Bossi photographer © Simone Bossi photographer +31

Varigrafica Printing Factory / Massimo Adario

05:00 - 28 January, 2016
Varigrafica Printing Factory / Massimo Adario, © Anna Positano
© Anna Positano

© Anna Positano © Anna Positano © Anna Positano © Anna Positano +16

Residential Building in Via Bellincione / DAP Studio

02:00 - 24 January, 2016
Residential Building in Via Bellincione / DAP Studio, © Barbara Corsico
© Barbara Corsico
  • Architects

  • Location

    Milan, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    ELENA SACCO, PAOLO DANELLI
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Barbara Corsico © Barbara Corsico © Barbara Corsico © Barbara Corsico +26

Wood and Iron Apartment / Luca Compri (LCArchitetti)

05:00 - 23 January, 2016

© Marco Reggi © Simone Bossi- Varese-Mendrisio © Simone Bossi- Varese-Mendrisio © Marco Reggi +21

Gentle Genius / GG-loop

20:00 - 21 January, 2016
Gentle Genius / GG-loop, © Michael Sieber
© Michael Sieber
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Alessandro Manzoni, 25, 70022 Altamura BA, Italy
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Michael Sieber © Michael Sieber © Michael Sieber © Michael Sieber +17

Villa La Mediterranee / Stefano Boeri Architetti

03:00 - 20 January, 2016
Villa La Mediterranee / Stefano Boeri Architetti, © Carlo Alberto Mari
© Carlo Alberto Mari
  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto Torres, IT - Marsiglia FR
  • Design Team

    Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra, Ivan di Pol, Jean Pierre Manfredi, Alain Goetschy, AR&C
  • Area

    8800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Carlo Alberto Mari © Carlo Alberto Mari © Carlo Alberto Mari © Carlo Alberto Mari +42

Casa FD / ES-arch

13:00 - 12 January, 2016
Casa FD / ES-arch, © Marcello Mariana
© Marcello Mariana
  • Architects

  • Location

    23024 Madesimo SO, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
  • Design Team

    Arch. Francesco Manzoni, Arch. Luca Trussoni
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana +30

Experimental Structure of Bent Wood Takes Shape in Genoa

14:00 - 4 January, 2016
Experimental Structure of Bent Wood Takes Shape in Genoa, © Anna Positano
© Anna Positano

Over a four day period during the New Generations Festival, curators Edouard Cabay (Appareil, ES) and Margherita Del Grosso (MaDGStudio, IT) led an experimental workshop within a shipyard at the Historical Center of Genoa that resulted in a "Bent" installation inspired by navel construction. 

"By bending wood into an (in)habitable structure reminiscent of naval craft, a dialogue was created between the medieval urban fabric of Genoa and its tradition as maritime city," says the curators. "Although is still at the heart of the city's economy, its industry has been relegated to the margins of Genoa, generating conflict and ambiguity between the shore and the urban fabric. The workshop provided an occasion to mend this detachment through an architectural installation that, rather than bringing the city towards the sea, brings the marine element back into the urban fabric."

Competition: Il Parco Centrale di Prato

07:39 - 4 January, 2016
Competition: Il Parco Centrale di Prato

At the beginning of January 2016 the Municipality of Prato, Italy, is launching an open, anonymous, international two-phase design competition for a new 3-hectare urban park in its historical city center. By the end of February, the international jury will select 10 finalist architects who will be invited to conceive a schematic design for the site. In June 2016 the winner will be awarded and commissioned to design the final project for the new Parco Centrale di Prato.

AD Classics: Villa Malaparte / Adalberto Libera

06:00 - 4 January, 2016
AD Classics: Villa Malaparte / Adalberto Libera, © Flickr User: Sean Munson
© Flickr User: Sean Munson

Villa Malaparte, built in 1938 by the Rationalist architect Adalberto Libera in Punta Massullo on the Isle of Capri, is considered to be one of the best examples of Modern Italian architecture. The house, a red structure with inverted pyramid stairs, sits 32 meters over a cliff on the Gulf of Salerno. It is completely isolated from civilization, only accessible by foot or by boat.

The house was commissioned by the Italian writer, Curzio Malaparte whose eccentric character eventually led him to dominate the design process, causing serious conflict with Libera. Malaparte wanted the house to reflect his own personal character and become a place for solitary contemplation and writing. He once said: "Now I live on an island, in an austere and melancholy house, which I built myself on a lonely cliff above the sea. [It is] the image of my desire."

© Gloria Saravia Ortiz. PhD Arquitecta UPC Barcelona España.  Académica Escuela de Arquitectura Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. © Gloria Saravia Ortiz. PhD Arquitecta UPC Barcelona España.  Académica Escuela de Arquitectura Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. © Karl Lagerfeld © Flickr User: John Athayde +15

P17 Housing in Milan / Modourbano

02:00 - 29 December, 2015
P17 Housing in Milan / Modourbano, © Simone Bossi
© Simone Bossi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Giulio Cesare Procaccini, 17, 20154 Milano, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Marco Zuttioni, Luca Romagnoli, Stefano Cergna
  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi +31

Borgo Merlassino / deamicisarchitetti

02:00 - 28 December, 2015
Borgo Merlassino / deamicisarchitetti, © Gabriele Leo
© Gabriele Leo

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Residential Building Refurbishment / Studio Macola

02:00 - 23 December, 2015
Residential Building Refurbishment / Studio Macola, © Marco Zanta
© Marco Zanta
  • Architects

  • Location

    Murano, 30141 Venice, Italy
  • Area

    3950.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Marco Zanta © Marco Zanta © Marco Zanta © Marco Zanta +35

Villa Brolo Saccomani Renovation / Bricolo Falsarella

03:00 - 22 December, 2015
Villa Brolo Saccomani Renovation / Bricolo Falsarella, © Nicolò Galeazzi
© Nicolò Galeazzi
  • Architects

  • Location

    37066 Sommacampagna VR, Italy
  • Design Team

    bricolofalsarella associati
  • Collaborators

    Francesca Falsarella, Elisa Bettinazzi, Nicolò Galeazzi, Simone Sala
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Nicolò Galeazzi © Nicolò Galeazzi © Nicolò Galeazzi © Nicolò Galeazzi +30