QKING / Modourbano Architettura

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Architects: Modourbano Architettura
Location: Via Giuseppe Tartini, , Italy
Year: 2014
Photographs: Simone Bossi

Competition Entry: Romanian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Collective East Architects

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Placing sixth in the competition to design the Romanian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, Collective East Architects offered a “simple and powerful landmark” that focuses on the history of Romania’s agriculture. Serving as an “attractor and orientation mark,” the structure was conceived by repeating a traditional Romanian pattern that “transformed the pavilion into a sculptural object with a powerful national identify.” From a distance, the facade appears “introverted and impenetrable;” as viewers move closer, the building begins to expose its contents, revealing a level of detail one would expect in a “jewelry museum.”  

Learning Center FLA / Studio Marinoni

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Architects: Studio Marinoni
Location: Corso Sempione, 36, 20154 ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Giovanni Chiaramonte

Wine Culture Centre Architectural Competition

The ability of fermenting grapes has transcended through the centuries to be an art which blends science, pleasure and aesthetics. Cantina Valpolicella Negrar (Verona) produces some of the most prestigious classical wine labels in the world – such as Valpolicella, Recioto, Ripasso and Amarone. In order to crown this excellence, the winery’s board of directors seek a design proposal able to match up to the prestige of its brand. The purpose is to rethink the “winery” under a contemporary perspective, transforming it from a simple storehouse / production facility into a catalyst for culture, tourism and research: what kind of architecture can be proposed?

This is the challenge YAC offers the designers, proposing to transform Valpolicella’s old winery into an architectural manifesto in which wine production has to become the pivotal feature to frame within the architectural design. The proposal shall comprehend a wide range of wine-related activities; spaces for wine tasting experiences / lectures / media showing / media listening / wine museum / hospitality resort / research centre / educational centre.

The jury includes Nicola Scaranaro, Alfonso Femia, Fiorenzo Valbonesi, Antonio Ravalli, and Markus Scherer. ‘Early Bird’ registration ends April 30 and the material submission deadline is July 7. For more information, please go to the competition’s official website.

Woods Bagot Unveils Colosseum-Inspired Stadium for AS Roma

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Global firm Woods Bagot has unveiled designs for the Italian Serie A soccer club AS Roma’s new stadium: Stadio della Roma. Planned for completion by the 2016-17 season on the outskirts of , the colosseum-inspired stadium will be capable of hosting more than 52,000 fans and designed to be easily configured to accommodate multiple sporting and entertainment events.

“The design draws visual cues from the world’s most historic spectator venue, the Roman Colosseum,” says Woods Bagot Sport Design Leader, Dan Meis. “The design features a state-of-the-art steel and concrete seating bowl wrapped in a ‘floating’ stone scrim, evocative of the rhythmic facade of the famous arena; with polycarbonate clad roof is reminiscent in form of the historic retractable fabric canopy that once covered the upper tiers of the Colosseum.”

Ferdeghini Sport Complex / Frigerio Design Group

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Architects: Frigerio Design Group
Location: ,
Design Team: E. Frigerio con D. Galletti, D. Bona, E. Masala, M. Torrigiani, M. Russotto, F. Valido e C. Ginocchio
Year: 2013
Photographs: Enrico Cano

Jesolo Lido Pool Villa / JM Architecture

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Architects: JM Architecture
Location: Venice, Italy
Architect In Charge: Jacopo Mascheroni
Project Manager: Diego Magrì
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jacopo Mascheroni

Parish Centre / Gianluca Gelmini

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Architects: Gianluca Gelmini
Location: Bergamo,
Co Workers : Claudia Pippo, Andrea Pressiani
Area: 1300.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna

Botta Cripta / Gianluca Gelmini

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Architects: Gianluca Gelmini
Location: Via Botta, 1, 24039 Pratolongo Bergamo,
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Gianluca Gelmini

Competition Entry: Austrian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Paolo Venturella

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Placing fifth in the international competition to design the Austrian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, Paolo Venturella’s concept is designed as an extruded version of the Austrian mountain house that connects two major programs: an exhibition space and “big green-house.” To the north, the elevated exhibition space is shielded by a fabric sheathing which diminishes as it moves towards the greenhouse, south, where visitors are presented with a fresh vegetable garden, bar and restaurant that serves traditional cuisine. 

White Wave / Piuarch

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Architects: Piuarch
Location: , Italy
Architect In Charge: Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini and Monica Tricario
Area: 22500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Piuarch

Milan Expo 2015: Tsinghua University with Studio Link-Arc to Design China Pavilion

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Tsinghua University, alongside New York-based Studio Link-Arc, has been announced as winners of a competition to design the Chinese Pavilion at the 2015 Expo. Expanding on the Expo’s overarching theme, “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life,” the pavilion’s “Land of Hope” is centered on the idea that “hope can be realized when nature and the city exist in harmony.”

Exhibition: Where Architects Live

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas’ Home / © Aki Furudate

A few days ago we showed you some great photos inside the homes of eight famous architects. “Where Architects Live”, will be held at Pavilion 9 at the Rho Fairgrounds as part of the in Milano.

“Where Architects Live” is an original installation, inspired by leading contemporary architects’ own concepts of the domestic space, devised especially for the 53rd edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile. The exhibition has been specially devised for the Salone, providing an exclusive glimpse into “rooms” designed by eight of the world’s most respected architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain/Studio Mumbai.

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Porta Susa TGV Station / Silvio D´Ascia

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Architects: Silvio D´Ascia
Location: , Italy
Area: 30,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michele D’Ottavio, Giovanni Fontana, Mathieu Vigneau

Little House on the House / Studio x Architettura

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Architects: Studio x Architettura
Location: Tenna Trentino,
Design Team: Luca Valentini, Raffaele Cetto, Mattia Giuliani
Year: 2011
Photographs: Raffaele Cetto

Sauna Huginn & Muninn / AtelierFORTE

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Architects: AtelierFORTE
Location: , Italy
Architect In Charge: Duilio Forte
Area: 25.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of AtelierFORTE

AD Classics: Pirelli Tower / Gio Ponti, Pier Luigi Nervi

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In contrast with its traditional Milanese surroundings, the Pirelli Tower is one of the earliest examples of Modern skyscrapers in Italy.  Affectionately called “Il Pirellone” (The Big Pirelli), the 127 meter tower stood as ’s tallest building from 1958 to 1995.  The design of the structure, led by architect/designer Gio Ponti and engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, featured a tapered plan—as opposed to the conventional rectilinear volume which was prevalent in America—encouraging greater creative freedom during a time when skyscrapers typically lacked experimentation.

Inside the Landscape / Studio x Architettura

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Architects: Studio x Architettura
Location: ,
Design Team: Luca Valentini, Raffaele Cetto, Mattia Giuliani
Year: 2011
Photographs: Raffaele Cetto