Digital Entity Workspace / deamicisarchitetti

11:00 - 6 August, 2015
© Gabriele Leo
© Gabriele Leo

© Gabriele Leo © Gabriele Leo © Gabriele Leo © Gabriele Leo +13

Monte Specie 2305m a.s.l. Lookout / MESSNER Architects

02:00 - 6 August, 2015
Courtesy of MESSNER Architects
Courtesy of MESSNER Architects

Courtesy of MESSNER Architects Courtesy of MESSNER Architects Courtesy of MESSNER Architects Courtesy of MESSNER Architects +14

Children Park at EXPO 2015 / ZPZ Partners

09:00 - 5 August, 2015
Courtesy of ZPZ Partners
Courtesy of ZPZ Partners

The Children’s Park, a linear garden with eight attractions on raised platforms, has giant bobbin-shaped elements in wooden lattice sheltering the exhibits and children’s activities from rain and sun. Fragments of domesticated nature where the natural and artificial coexist, the exhibits were designed to privilege the organic language of nature as opposed to a more formal architectural vocabulary.

Examining OMA's Two Latest Venues for Contemporary Art

04:00 - 5 August, 2015
Fondazione Prada, Milan. Image © Bas Princen
Fondazione Prada, Milan. Image © Bas Princen

In an article for DesignCurial, Shumi Bose visits OMA's new galleries in Milan and Moscow: the Fondazione Prada and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Noting that "the mythologies [between OMA and Miuccia Prada] have become inextricably intertwined" over recent years, "the purpose of [the Fondazione Prada] was to produce a range of spaces for the creation, display of and engagement with art; what results is the built realisation of a particular ethos, affording the protean OMA a return to form. And it was always going to be stylish." Bose's flowing description of the building and its spaces, which she ultimately praises as "a place which will bear return," leads into an equally compelling description of Garage for which she recognises its clear "contribution [...] in supporting, indeed composing, the very narrative of Russian contemporary art."

Messner Mountain Museum Corones / Zaha Hadid Architects

03:00 - 4 August, 2015
© inexhibit.com
© inexhibit.com

© Werner Huthmacher © inexhibit.com © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +21

Winners of the 2015 AADIPA European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention Announced

06:00 - 3 August, 2015
E/C House /  SAMI-arquitectos. Image Courtesy of AADIPA 2015
E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos. Image Courtesy of AADIPA 2015

After reviewing 200 applications from 25 countries and 14 finalists, a library in Spain, housing in Portugal and a masterplan for an Italian city were among the winners of the second edition of the European Prize of Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA 2015 

The competition spanned four categories: intervention in built heritage; exterior spaces; urban planning and disclosure.

See all five winners, after the break.

Winners of Concordia Lighthouse Competition Announced

08:00 - 2 August, 2015
Concordia Lightscape. Image Courtesy of Gwizdala Andrzej and Adrien Mans
Concordia Lightscape. Image Courtesy of Gwizdala Andrzej and Adrien Mans

Open-idea competition platform matterbetter has announced the winners of its Concordia Lighthouse Competition, which sought to pay tribute to the Costa Concordia Disaster of 2012 when a cruise ship capsized off the coast of Tuscany, causing 33 deaths. Open to architectural students and young architectural professionals, participants were asked to “redefine contemporary lighthouse typology and take into consideration advances in technology, development of sustainable systems and its metaphorical value which has made it one of the most inspiring structures in the world.”

Out of 282 entries, first place was awarded to Gwizdala Andrzej and Adrien Mans for their Concordia Lightscape design, which disperses the idea of a lighthouse into thin lines that increase in density as they move closer to the sea.

House B / Unostudio Architetti associati

20:00 - 31 July, 2015
© Gianni Basso / vegamg
© Gianni Basso / vegamg

© Gianni Basso / vegamg © Gianni Basso / vegamg © Gianni Basso / vegamg © Gianni Basso / vegamg +42

Rem Koolhaas on Prada, Preservation, Art and Architecture

09:30 - 31 July, 2015
The Fondazione Prada in southern Milan houses the fashion brand’s namesake arts foundation, established by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli more than two decades ago. Opened in May, the walled-in compound is a small city of culture, with a series of revitalized industrial buildings linked by de Chirico–like “streets” and piazzettas. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada
The Fondazione Prada in southern Milan houses the fashion brand’s namesake arts foundation, established by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli more than two decades ago. Opened in May, the walled-in compound is a small city of culture, with a series of revitalized industrial buildings linked by de Chirico–like “streets” and piazzettas. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada

With the opening of the Fondazione Prada art galleries in May, OMA showed a different side to their practice, one focusing on preservation and assemblage rather than the iconography and diagrammatic layout that many associate with the firm. In this interview, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Koolhaas Talks Prada," Rem Koolhaas explains the reasoning behind this new approach, and how they attempted to avoid falling into the clichés of post-industrial art spaces.

When the Fondazione Prada opened its doors to a new permanent home in Milan dedicated to contemporary culture, it not only placed the Italian city firmly at the forefront of today’s global art world, but also introduced an ambitious new way of thinking about the relationship between architecture and art. The location—an original 1910 distillery in a distinctly gritty part of the city—comprised seven spaces including warehouses and three enormous brewing cisterns with a raw industrial quality that the architects, Dutch firm OMA, retained while adding three new buildings made of glass, white concrete, and aluminum foam. One, the centrally located Podium, is intended for temporary shows, while another—still under construction—is a nine-story tower that will house the foundation’s archives, art installations, and a restaurant. The third, a theater with a mirrored facade, features folding walls that allow the building to open onto a courtyard. In total, the collection of buildings provides nearly 120,000 square feet of exhibition space, more than twice that of the new Whitney Museum of American Art. Metropolis correspondent Catherine Shaw visited the site with Pritzker Prize–winning architect Rem Koolhaas to find out more about the challenges of creating a new cultural paradigm.

OMA’s approach to the exhibition pavilions is eclectic, though undeniably modern. (Note the Miesian detail of the vertical beam affixed to the building envelope). Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada The Fondazione’s inaugural exhibition, the Serial Classic, explores questions of authenticity and imitation in classical antiquity. The lifesize sculptures are mounted on an intricate flooring system designed for the exhibition and composed of travertine, brushed aluminum, and perspex—all exposed along the edges. Image © Attilio Maranzano The gilded exhibition hall is the central focal point of the Fondazione. Called the Haunted House, the structure’s blank utilitarian features are draped in gold leaf, an ostensibly spontaneous extravagance that Koolhaas post-rationalizes on functionalist grounds. The building towers above the rest of the campus’s open-air spaces and warehouses, which all can be taken in from the Haunted House’s balconies. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada The Fondazione encompasses a veritable townscape consisting of warehouse hangars interwoven with the new buildings. The former are subtly spruced up, indicated by the linear orange markings repeated on their exterior. Elevation changes in the ground variegate the pedestrian’s experience of the compound while demarcating the Fondazione’s important nodes, such as the cinema clad in a mirrored veneer. Touches likes this lend the complex a haunting, almost surrealist dimension. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada +9

Camera Obscura / Mariano Dallago

05:00 - 31 July, 2015
Courtesy of Mariano Dallago
Courtesy of Mariano Dallago

Courtesy of Mariano Dallago Courtesy of Mariano Dallago Courtesy of Mariano Dallago Camera Obscura  / Mariano Dallago +20

Milan Restores Famous Rainbow Tower Tiles

08:00 - 30 July, 2015
Courtesy of Studio Original Designers 6R5 Network
Courtesy of Studio Original Designers 6R5 Network

The Milan City Council, in partnership with the Rete Ferroviaria Italiana Gruppo FS Italiane railway authorities, has completed the restoration of the famous Torre Arcobaleno (Rainbow Tower) at Porto Garibaldi. 

Once an anonymous water reservoir in the 1960s, the tower was renovated for the 1990 World Cup as part of an initiative in Italy to “turn downtrodden public works into highly recognizable urban beacons.” At this time, the tower was a piece of the Wonderline project, which connected art and architectural initiatives to themes of color, designed to express “the desire to inhabit our planet intelligently, creating a harmony between technology, nature, innovation, and tradition.”

Villaggio Save The Children / Argot ou La Maison Mobile

15:00 - 29 July, 2015
© Delfino Sisto Legnani
© Delfino Sisto Legnani

On the occasion of Expo2015, Save the Children Italia Onlus presents  a Pavilion that culd be better defined as a proper “village”, a domestic and welcoming environment which designs the space of an ideal place of the world where the Ong usually operates.

Gallery: Palladio in Vicenza

04:15 - 29 July, 2015
© Phillip Bond
© Phillip Bond

Phillip Bond, an architectural photographer based in the US, recently made a trip back to the city of his birth: Vicenza. While there he took the opportunity to photograph a series of Andrea Palladio's most famous works, from the Palazzo Chiericati and the Basilica Palladiana, to the Palazzo del Capitaniato. The vast majority of Palladio's built works exist in the Veneto region of Italy in cities such as Padua, Verona, and Venice with the highest concentration in Vicenza, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

See the gallery in full after the break.

Palladio in Vincenza. Image © Phillip Bond Palazzo Chiericati. Image © Phillip Bond © Phillip Bond © Phillip Bond +29

Kristalia New Headquarters / Sandro Burigana

15:00 - 28 July, 2015
© Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl
© Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl

© Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl © Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl © Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl © Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl +29

Casa Crotta / Massimo Galeotti Architetto

11:00 - 28 July, 2015
© Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

© Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna +26

Moroccan Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / OUALALOU+CHOI

05:00 - 28 July, 2015
© ​Luc Boegly
© ​Luc Boegly

Responding to the Expo’s theme, « Feeding the Planet, » Morocco‘s pavilion for the world exposition focuses on the notion of rurality and the diversity and richness of its territories.  

LEGO@ Villa Pennisi in Musica

19:30 - 24 July, 2015
Press Pictures - photo by Tiziana Portera and Daniele Lancia - LEGO models by Gridshell.it
Press Pictures - photo by Tiziana Portera and Daniele Lancia - LEGO models by Gridshell.it

A theatre destroyed by a fire, a unique architecture workshop, a classical music festival and a creative challenge. Can architects design a structure to amplify the sound and put the music back in the theatre? LEGO Architecture Studio is helping out.

Sicillian Farm Renovation / ACA Amore Campione Architettura

02:00 - 24 July, 2015

© Sebastiano Amore © Sebastiano Amore © Sebastiano Amore © Sebastiano Amore +43