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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

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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. 

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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

Cascina Merlata Residential Development / Mario Cucinella Architects

  • Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Design Team: Mario Cucinella, David Hirsch, Marco Dell’Agli, Luca Stramigioli, Giuliana Maggio, Yuri Costantini
  • Area: 14000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Guido Maria Isolabella, Euromilano

© Guido Maria Isolabella © Guido Maria Isolabella © Euromilano © Euromilano

UV House / OASI architects

  • Architects: OASI architects
  • Location: Varese VA, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Pietro Ferrario, Francesco Enea Castellanza
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Stefania Matteo

© Stefania Matteo © Stefania Matteo © Stefania Matteo © Stefania Matteo

Milan Expo 2015: EMBT Designs Dome for COPAGRI

“The splendor of the Italian cities are beautifully represented by their domes,” says Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. Embracing this notion, EMBT has designed a wooden dome for COPAGRI, a confederation of agricultural producers that brings together hundreds of Italian farmers, to showcase their products at the 2015 Milan Expo. 

Milan Expo 2015: Photographic Updates Of The Pavilions In Progress

This tour - made possible through the Expo's Instagram account - gives us fresh insight into the development of projects like Daniel Libeskind's pavilion for Vanke, which is clad in a self-cleaning, air purifying, metalised tile, to Nemesi's 'smog-eating pavilion' for Italy. With the opening of the 2015 Universal Exposition set to take place in a little over one month's time Milan, for a six month period, will become a global showcase for the thematic study of food. With over 140 participating nations tackling the question of "how to be able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium," new innovations in architecture, engineering and material design will be central to the exhibitions.

Nuova Sede Banca Credito Cooperativo di Caraglio / Studio Kuadra

  • Architects: Studio Kuadra
  • Location: 12023 Caraglio CN, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Andrea GROTTAROLI, Roberto OPERTI
  • Design Team: Manuel GIULIANO, Giorgia ANGONOVA MENARDI, Ivan SORDELLO, Claudio MARTINI, Andrea CARLEVARIS, Gianpiero TUOZZO, Mattia GALLIANO, Francesco ROVERA, Werner KRIPPES
  • Area: 6570.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Alberto PIOVANO

© Alberto PIOVANO © Alberto PIOVANO © Alberto PIOVANO © Alberto PIOVANO

Città della Scienza Masterplan Predicts Future of Self-Sustaining Cities

Developed for an international planning and architectural competition, this proposed masterplan for the Città della Scienza by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, coffice - studio di architettura e urbanistica, and Studio d'Architettura Briguglio Morales fuses sustainability with history to propose a self-sufficient urban ecosystem in Italy. Operating on the principle of living facades, the Città della Scienza revitalizes the forgotten military district into a vibrant, continually regenerating living city.

Read on after the break for a closer look at the plan.

Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Residential. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture View toward Hotel. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture