Marble Quarrying Looks Even More Awesome Than You Imagined

In this video from NOWNESS, an excerpt from Yuri Ancarani’s documentary “Il Capo” (The Chief), the filmmaker captures the mesmerizing business of Marble extraction in the hills of Northwest Italy. The prized delicacy of the Carrara stone’s surface is juxtaposed against the dramatic size and weight of the blocks they are removing, which eventually fall with an earth-shattering thud. Similarly the rugged power of the excavators is in marked contrast to the precise, understated gestures of the chief himself, who directs his workers with a complex series of predetermined hand signals.

“Marble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theaters or sets,” explains Yuri Ancarani. “I was so taken by the chief, watching him work. How he can move gigantic marble blocks using enormous excavators, but his own movements are light, precise and determined.”

C House in Vicenza / Vittorio Longheu

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Architects: Vittorio Longheu
Location: Vicenza VI, Italy
Architect In Charge: Francesco Durante, Paolo De Biasi, Elisabetta Roman
Photographs: Federica Bottoli

Milan Expo 2015: Herzog & de Meuron Designs Slow Food Pavilion for Carlo Petrini

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Herzog & de Meuron have unveiled the design for their Slow Food , due for completion by the 2015 Milan Expo in May. Showcasing the work of Carlo Petrini’s Slow Food organization, the pavilion promotes the global organization’s vision of universal access to “good, clean and fair food.”

Sited on a triangular piece of land in the Eastern end of the Expo’s central boulevard, the pavilion uses a a triangular configuration of tables to evoke what Herzog & de Meuron describe as “an atmosphere of refectory and market.”

D Opera / Studio Zero85

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Architects: Studio Zero85
Location: 65024 Manoppello PE,
Architects In Charge: Mirko Giardino, Mario Michetti, Giovanna Pizzella
Area: 260.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Sergio Camplone

Casa CM / Paolo Carlesso

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Architects: Paolo Carlesso
Location: Via Gorizia, 77, 21054 VA,
Area: 290.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Simone Bossi

Courmayeur Ski & Snowboard School / LEAPfactory

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Architects: LEAPfactory
Location: Courmayeur AO, Italy
Design Team: Stefano Testa, Luca Gentilcore, Stefano Girodo, Corrado Curti
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Francesco Mattuzzi

Arup Unveils Plans for New A.C. Milan Football Stadium

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Arup has unveiled a proposal to construct a new stadium for the Italian football club A.C. Milan in a central area of Milan. If built, the venue would integrate a “modern stage” for the team’s home matches with a hotel, sports college, restaurants, children’s playground and public open space.

“The project has been developed with a fully holistic and integrated approach where all the design components have been carefully balanced around the spectator’s experience,” stated Arup in a press release.

3 Vaults / R3architetti

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Architects: R3architetti
Location: , Italy
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jacopo Gallitto

Renzo Piano and G124 to Transform Italian Suburbs with Shipping Containers

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A group of six young architects under the leadership of Renzo Piano have been hard at work transforming unused spaces within Italy’s suburban framework. The team, known as G124, focuses its efforts on injecting life back into overlooked and forgotten areas of its built environment and stimulating the local economy through design. This most recently entailed transforming a long abandoned area under a viaduct in northeast Rome into a bustling cultural hot-spot.

Alps Villa / Camillo Botticini

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Architects: Camillo Botticini
Location: Passo del Cavallo, 25065 BS,
Area: 360.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nicolò Galeazzi

Curno Public Library and Auditorium / Archea Associati

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Architects: Archea Associati
Location: Via IV Novembre, 24128 Bergamo BG, Italy
Area: 1960.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli

INTECS SPA Headquarters / Modostudio + Studio Cattinari

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Architects: Modostudio,
Location: Rome, Italy
Area: 3500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Lanoo, Courtesy of Modostudio, Solange Ermelinda

Residential Wood Building in Selvino / Camillo Botticini

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

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

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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  Biennale.

Envisioned by the architects as a “simple yet confident, memorable garden pavilion… timeless but with vitality, tactility and materiality that [invites] curiosity and engagement,” the project is located in the historic Giardini, and is Venice’s only waterfront pavilion. Replacing Philip Cox‘s 1988 temporary structure, the pavilion features a white interior exhibition space allowing art to be the main focal point, and in which the work of Australian photographic artist Fiona Hall will be displayed upon the pavilion’s opening in May. View previous coverage of the pavilion here.

Day Centre and Housing for the Disabled / Archea Associati

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Architects: Archea Associati
Location: Seregno MB,
Architects In Charge: Laura Andreini, Marco Casamonti, Silvia Fabi, Giovanni Polazzi
Area: 1875.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marco Casamonti

Camper Store Milano / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Via Monte Napoleone, 6, 20121 , Italy
Area: 52.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zeno Zotti

OMA Nears Completion of Fondazione Prada’s New Milan Venue

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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”

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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.