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Rodeneck Kindergarden / pedevilla architekten

© Gustav Willeit
© Gustav Willeit

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

Milan Expo 2015: b720 Designs Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion for Spain

Barcelona’s b720 arquitectos has designed a greenhouse-inspired pavilion to represent Spain at the 2015 Milan Expo. Representing a “fusion” of Spain’s gastronomic tradition and innovation, the portico-like structure will be divided into two halves and united by a repetitious form.

How Did Filippo Brunelleschi Construct the World's Largest Masonry Dome?

More than 500 years after it was built, Filippo Brunelleschi's dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, remains the largest masonry dome ever built. Leaving no plans or sketches behind, some of the secrets of its construction that Brunelleschi pioneered are still an enigma today. This short animation, presented by National Geographic and created by Fernando Baptista and Matthew Twombly, gives an idea of how the dome of the Duomo might have been built. Demonstrating the complexity of the task, made harder due to poor construction prior to Brunelleschi's commission, this film serves as a reminder of just how long it can take to create something timeless.

Casa RG / ES-arch

  • Architects: ES-arch
  • Location: 23024 Madesimo Sondrio, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
  • Design Team: Luca Trussoni, Francesco Manzoni
  • Construction: Giancarlo Rigamonti
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marcello Mariana

© Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana

FCN 2009 / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

  • Architects: Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo
  • Location: 96017 Noto Syracuse, Italy
  • Area: 115.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Hélène Binet

© Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet

Rome Invites Ideas For Reuse of Europe's Biggest Landfill Site

A major competition for reuse has just been announced for the Malagrotta Landfill, one of the European Union's biggest landfill sites. After Malagrotta was closed in August 2013 due to its controversial size and negative impact on the surrounding community, the Municipality of Rome began a process of redevelopment through community engagement. Multi-displinary teams are tasked with a creating a proposal to reinvent the sprawling 240-hectare property while considering its original purpose. The competition is designed to begin a conversation on the long-term vision for the property.

Port Control Tower / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

  • Architects: Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo
  • Location: Marina di Ragusa, Ragusa, Italy
  • Definitive Design : Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, Salvatore Ingrao
  • Area: 130.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Hélène Binet

© Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet

R+O House / Bianco + Gotti Architetti

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

McDowell + Benedetti's Footbridge and Rail Station Underway in Terni

London based firm McDowell+Benedetti has recently announced that their design for a new 180 metre footbridge and improved rail station in Terni, Italy, has begun work on the site. A future landmark for the town, the £3.5 million (€4.4 million) project promises to provide an expanded commuter hub for the area with connections to fast trains to Rome. Learn more about this project after the break.

Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti

The Whale Primary School / Studio di Architettura Andrea Milani

© Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli

AD Classics: Casa "Il Girasole" / Luigi Moretti

As one architectural scholar described it, Luigi Moretti’s 1950 Casa “Il Girasole” is “a bit of madness on the solidity of Roman walls.” [1] Yet, this clever apartment building in the heart of Rome is far from the work of a madman. Its subtle historical allusions and deliberately ambiguous composition betray the genius of the architect’s creative and analytical mind. Moretti, whose notable commissions include Villa La Saracena (1957), Montreal’s Stock Exchange Tower (1964), and the Watergate Complex (1971), achieves a complexity of form and materiality in “Il Girasole” that distinguishes the project from its mid-century contemporaries and has earned it recognition as one of the earliest forerunners of postmodern design.

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Casa FM / ES.arch + Consalez Rossi Architetti Associati

© Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana

New Zugliano School / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

  • Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
  • Location: 36030 Zugliano Vicenza, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo, Diego Peruzzo, Alessandro Cavaleri
  • Design Team: Alessandro Bellus, Luca Bonsignorio, Simonetta Cenci, Marco Corazza, Gabriele Filippi, Sara Gottardo, Sara Massa, Valeria Parodi, Nicola Spinetto, Sara Traverso
  • Area: 3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ernesta Caviola

© Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola

Villa Sottanis Library and Gamesroom / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

  • Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
  • Location: Via Annuti, 36, 16030 Casarza Ligure Genoa, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo
  • Design Team: Simonetta Cenci, Stefania Bracco, Luca Bonsignorio, Francesca R. Pirrello, Francesca Recagno, Ilaria Sisto, Sara Traverso
  • Collaborators: Francesca Ameglio, Cinzia Avanzi, Lorenza Barabino, Chiara Braida, Elena Frigo, Domenica Laface
  • Area: 581.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Ernesta Caviola, Courtesy of 5+1AA

© Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola

New Regolo Quarter / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

  • Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
  • Location: Brescia, Italy
  • Architectural And Landscape Design: Alfonso Femia, Simonetta Cenci
  • Design Team: Alessandro Bellus, Stefania Bracco, Caterina Fumagalli, Francesco Fusillo, Maria Cristina Giordani, Valentina Grimaldi Vincenzo Marcella, Sara Massa, Roberta Nardi, Michele Nicastro, Carola Picasso, Francesca Pirrello, Francesca Recagno, Arianna Ponzi, Giulia Tubelli
  • Area: 26492.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly, Ernesta Caviola, Brivio

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Ernesta Caviola

Inside the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Innesti/Grafting

The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale looks at the country’s architecture through the lens of  “grafting,” or the transferring of new ideas onto preexisting realities and structures.