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Denton Corker Marshall's Australian Pavilion to Debut at the 56th Venice Biennale

The first building to be constructed in Venice in the past two decades, Denton Corker Marshall's Australian Pavilion will welcome its first visitors on May 9, as part of the 56th Venice Biennale. 

Residential Wood Building in Selvino / Camillo Botticini

  • Architects: Camillo Botticini
  • Location: 24020 Selvino BG, Italy
  • Architectural Design: ABDArchitetti botticini
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Luca Santiago Mora

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

Paolo Venturella-Designed Office Building to Feature Rotating Parametric Pixels

Paolo Venturella Architecture has been commissioned to design a proposal for an Italian office building. The inventive structure uses existing contextual information, such as the grid of the city and an abandoned soccer field on which it sits, to drive its parametric design. The resulting building not only makes use of an otherwise forgotten plot of land, but fits precisely into the urban fabric of the existing city layout, using its grid to shape the building. 

Camper Store Milano / Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Zeno Zotti
© Zeno Zotti

© Zeno Zotti © Zeno Zotti © Zeno Zotti © Zeno Zotti

OMA Nears Completion of Fondazione Prada’s New Milan Venue

© OMA and Fondazione Prada
© OMA and Fondazione Prada

When first commissioned by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli to design Fondazione Prada’s new space in Largo Asarco, OMA set out to “expand the repertoire of spatial typologies in which art can be exhibited and shared with the public.” The result, an “unusually diverse environment” staged within a historic 20th-century distillery south of Milan’s city center that goes beyond the traditional white museum box. 

Prada Launches FW2015 Menswear in OMA/AMO's "Infinite Palace"

On Sunday, Prada ditched the classic runway to kickoff their 2015 Fall/Winter menswear line in a “disorienting landscape” designed by OMA’s research counterpart AMO. The partitioned catwalk transformed an exiting room inside the Fondazione Prada at Via Fogazzaro 36 in Milan into an intimate series of interconnected spaces affectionately referred to as “The Infinite Palace.”

“The existing room is disguised into a classic enfilade of rooms, gradually changing proportions as in an abstract mannerist perspective. As opposed to a single stage, the new sequence of spaces multiplies and fragments the show into a series of intimate moments,” described AMO.

Expo Gate / Scandurrastudio Architettura

  • Architects: Scandurrastudio Architettura
  • Location: Via Luca Beltrami, 20121 Milano, Italy
  • Architect in Charge: Alessandro Scandurra
  • Design Team: Nicola Bianchi, Davide Sala, Giovanni Nardin, Poé Matteo George
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Filippo Romano

© Filippo Romano © Filippo Romano © Filippo Romano © Filippo Romano

Renzo Piano On 'Civic Duty' In Our Cities

In The New Yorker's latest Postcard from Rome Elizabeth Kolbert talks to Renzo Piano in his Senate Office at the Palazzo Giustiniani, just around the corner from the Pantheon. Piano, who was named a Senator for Life by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in September 2013 (when he was 75 years of age), immediately "handed over the office, along with his government salary, to six much younger architects." He then "asked them to come up with ways to improve the periferie - the often run-down neighborhoods that ring Rome and Italy’s other major cities." Kolbert attests to Piano's belief in the power of museums and libraries and concert halls. For him, "they become places where people share values [and] where they stay together." "This is what I call the civic role of architecture."

Competition Entry: Tomas Ghisellini Proposes "Supernova" School of Music for Bressanone

Two-Level Urban Patio. Image © Tomas Ghisellini Arcitects
Two-Level Urban Patio. Image © Tomas Ghisellini Arcitects

The city of Bressanone, Italy, is looking for a new School of Music, and Tomas Ghisellini Architects have won a recognition of honor for their proposal. Taking inspiration from the loggias, piazzas and cloisters of the surrounding city, their school design creates a “landscape within a landscape” in which students may study and practice music. Called “Supernova,” the design includes a rehearsal hall, classrooms, and plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces that act as transitional space between the city fabric and the abutting parkland. Learn more, after the break.

City Gate Square. Image © Tomas Ghisellini Arcitects Hanging Gardens. Image © Tomas Ghisellini Arcitects Semi-Underground Rehearsal Hall. Image © Tomas Ghisellini Arcitects Classroom with Panoramic Loggia. Image © Tomas Ghisellini Arcitects

New Crematorium in Copparo / Patrimonio Copparo

Courtesy of Patrimonio Copparo Courtesy of Patrimonio Copparo Courtesy of Patrimonio Copparo Courtesy of Patrimonio Copparo

Progetto Flaminio Announces Competition for Rome's New City of Science District

The Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Investimenti Sgr has recently acquired the former Precision Electrical Components Factory in Flaminio, located between Via Guido Reni and Viale del Vignola, that will now be transformed into the new City of Science district.

BAG Transforms Wooden Pallets into Temporary Space Observatory

Rome-based firm Beyond Architecture Group (BAG) has designed “experimental furniture” - dubbed Looking (C)up - for the Frammenti Music Festival at the Archaeological Park in Tusculum, Italy. The firm, known for building houses with bales of straw, chose to craft an astronomical observatory with wooden pallets. 

Alessandro Mendini Awarded the European Prize for Architecture

Italian architect, philosopher, architectural theorist, visionary and design practitioner, Alessandro Mendini, has been selected to receive the 2014 European Prize for Architecture. Awarded annually by the European Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the European Prize for Architecture aims to recognize “influential architects that have changed and challenged the direction of contemporary architecture today and who have blazoned a more humane and intellectual approach to architecture.”

“Not since Frank Lloyd Wright has the world seen a more theory-driven and profound-thinking architect than Mendini,” said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, the Museum President of the Chicago Athenaeum, in a press release.

The Mirror Houses / Peter Pichler Architecture

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

Biomes and Biodiversity Feature in Azerbaijan's Pavilion for Milan 2015

Azerbaijan has recently unveiled the design of “Treasure of Biodiversity,” its dedicated pavilion for Expo Milano 2015, marking the first time the country has participated at a Universal Exposition. Designed by Italian firm Simmetrico Network, the pavilion aims to reflect the unique cultures and landscapes of Azerbaijan while acting as a model of sustainable design. Complete with biospheres and undulating walls, the pavilion’s unique form takes cues from the central Expo theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” and hopes to engage visitors with the values of protected biodiversity. 

Courtesy of Simmetrico Network Courtesy of Simmetrico Network Courtesy of Simmetrico Network Courtesy of Simmetrico Network

MAD's First European Project Wins Planning in Rome

Four years after winning a competition to rebuild 71 Via Boncompagni in the heart of Rome, MAD Architects has been awarded approval and will now enter the implementation phase of their first European project. This approval will allow the Chinese practice to transform an incongruous 1970s commercial courtyard building into a 145-unit residential complex that reutilizes the building’s “bookshelf” structure by stripping away its facade and inserting new living quarters, giving it an entirely new look and function.

View from Street. Image © MAD Architects © MAD Architects Interior. Image © MAD Architects Interior. Image © MAD Architects

Wilkinson Eyre Claim Plagiarism At 2015 Milan Expo Site

It seems as though the complex case of architectural copyright has been a major talking point of 2014. As the year begins to draw to a close, a fresh tension has risen between two European offices. British practice Wilkinson Eyre have claimed that a central structure at the site of the 2015 Milan Expo is direct plagiarism of their Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay project in Singapore, completed in 2012. According to an article in The Telegraph, the 'Tree of Life' will "form the centre-piece of the Italian pavilion" in Milan.