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China Pavilion - Milan Expo 2015 / Tsinghua University + Studio Link-Arc

  • Architects: Tsinghua University, Studio Link-Arc
  • Location: Ingresso EXpo, Via Giorgio Stephenson, 107, 20157 Milano, Italy
  • Architect: Tsinghua University + Studio Link-Arc
  • Chief Architect: Yichen Lu (Tsinghua University + Studio Link-Arc)
  • Project Manager: Kenneth Namkung, Qinwen Cai (Studio Link-Arc)
  • Project Team: Alban Denic, Shuning Fan, Mario Bastianelli, Ching-Tsung Huang, Hyunjoo Lee, Dongyul Kim, Ivi Diamantopoulou, Wei Huang, Zachary Grzybowski, Elvira Hoxha, Aymar Mariño- Maza, Zoe Zhou (Studio Link-Arc)
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Sergio Grazia, Zheheng Hong

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

Camera Chiara / Annabel Karim Kassar

  • Architects: Annabel Karim Kassar
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Architects And Interiors: Annabel Karim Kassar architect, creative director/ Rabih Zeidan architect, project manager / Violaine Jeantet interior architect / 
Christophe Hascoet lighting designer / Caï light lighting designer / Alain Pin lighting designer terra cruda
  • Project: Sergio Sabbadini architect
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Nicoló Lanfranchi, Interni

© Nicoló Lanfranchi © Nicoló Lanfranchi © Interni © Interni

Bienenhaus #3 / Massimiliano Dell'Olivo

  • Architects: Massimiliano Dell'Olivo
  • Location: 32020 Canale d'Agordo BL, Italy
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Massimiliano Dell'Olivo

Courtesy of Massimiliano Dell'Olivo Courtesy of Massimiliano Dell'Olivo Courtesy of Massimiliano Dell'Olivo Courtesy of Massimiliano Dell'Olivo

Italian Architects to Build Tree-Inspired Lookout Tower in Bruneck

Italian architects Anton Pramstrahler and Alex Niederkofler plan to construct a "Lookout Tower" in a woodland near the town of Bruneck, Italy. Comprised almost entirely of wood, the twisting structure will provide a scenic space for respite and contemplation while blending into the surrounding growth with a fanned façade that mirrors the trees’ roots and canopies.

Take A Look At Milan Expo's 2015 Pavilions on Opening Day

Italy's global commercial fair, Milan Expo 2015 opened today. The six month event, expected to attract nearly 20 million visitors, is showcasing 54 national pavilions, among a number of corporate and multinational installations, all focused on "Feeding the Planet" and promoting their national cuisine. Pavilions by Foster + Partners, Herzog & de Meuron, SPEECHDaniel Libeskind and many others will remain on view through October 31. 

Take a look at some of the fair's most talked about pavilions on opening day, after the break. 

Faber Headquarters / GEZA

  • Architects: GEZA
  • Location: Via dell' Industria, 33043 Zona Industriale-artigianale UD, Italy
  • Design Team: Stefania Anzil, Chiara Marchetti, Tania Teixeira, Francesco Casella, Tina Carletti
  • Area: 3170.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Massimo Crivellari

© Massimo Crivellari © Massimo Crivellari © Massimo Crivellari © Massimo Crivellari

Bêka and Lemoine's Mini-Series Captures OMA's Final Month of Construction on Fondazione Prada

Building up to the May 9 opening of OMA's Fondazione Prada, Italian filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have released 15-video series that captures the rhythmic and somewhat "transient" nature of the project's last month of construction. Part of a long ongoing relationship between Prada and OMA, the highly anticipated venue will be an "unusually diverse environment" sculpted from a historic 20th-century distillery south of Milan's city center that will be used to exhibit art. 

Daniel Libeskind's "Future Flowers" Represent Oikos at Milan Design Week

Daniel Libeskind, together with Italian paint company Oikos, has transformed the Università Statale’s Pharmacy Courtyard into a garden of "Future Flowers" as part of the 2015 Milan Design Week. On view through May 24, the installation was inspired by one of Libeskind’s "Chamberwork" drawings. It features a series of intersecting red metal "blades" that represent a collection of Oikos paints developed by Libeskind. 

Zen Sushi Restaurant / Carlo Berarducci Architecture

  • Architects: Carlo Berarducci Architecture
  • Location: Via degli Scipioni, 243, 00192 Roma, Italy
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Pizzikotto / Andrea Langhi Design

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

Christo's Floating Piers Will Let You Walk on Water in Italy

By adjoining 200,000 fabric-lined floatable components, Christo hopes to allow the residents of two mainland towns in Italy's Lombardy region to walk on water for a duration of two weeks in June 2016. If approved, the "Floating Piers" would connect both towns with the Lake Iseo islands via an extended, brightly colored fabric dock that would stretch across two miles.

Residence Pfarrmessner Sterzing / Pedevilla Architects

© Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit

The Covered Garden / Laboratorio Permanente

  • Architects: Laboratorio Permanente
  • Location: 42015 Correggio RE, Italy
  • Architects In Charge: Nicola Russi, Angelica Sylos Labini, Pietro Ferrario
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Luca Santiago Mora

© Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora © Luca Santiago Mora

Museum of Cultures Completes in Milan

The Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures), or MUDEC, has completed in Milan. Overshadowed by controversy, the building has made headlines this week due to a disagreement over its "poor quality" flooring that has led its architect (David Chipperfield) to disassociate himself with the project. Despite this, MUDEC is moving forward with plans to open on April 26. Take a look inside the building, after the break. 

© Oskar Da Riz Fotografie © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie

The House on the House / Raimondo Guidacci

  • Architects: Raimondo Guidacci
  • Location: Trofarello TO, Italy
  • Area: 30.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Beppe Giardino

© Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino

David Chipperfield Disowns Milan's Museum of Culture Over "Floor War"

The poor quality and laying of stone flooring in Milan's newly completed Museum of Culture has led its architect, David Chipperfield to dissociate himself with the building. Blasting officials for skimping on materials, the British architect is demanding his name be removed from the project, claiming the building is now a "museum of horrors" and a "pathetic end to 15 years of work" due to the low quality flooring. 

On the contrary, Milan's council says the material decision was made in the "interests of the taxpayers," further claiming that, according to councillor Filippo del Corno, Chipperfield has been "unreasonable and impossible to please." 

caboto26 / Raimondo Guidacci

  • Architects: Raimondo Guidacci
  • Location: Turin, Italy
  • Collaborators: Roberto Spigarolo, Giancarlo Ambu, Paola Mare
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Beppe Giardino, Jana Sebestova

© Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino