Renzo Piano Designs a Flat-Pack Auditorium for L’Aquila

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In April 2009, the central Italian city of L’Aquila was devastated by a crippling earthquake, claiming lives and causing extensive damage to thousands of buildings, including the leveling of the city’s main auditorium venue. Nearing the fourth anniversary of this tragic disaster, the Italian city of Trento has donated a -designed auditorium, which was inaugurated in October, in an effort to aid the reconstruction of this medieval city.

Creating an illusion of instability, the auditorium is formed by three interconnected cubes made entirely of wood (1.165 cubic meters in total) that ironically appears as they had “haphazardly tumbled down” and came to rest upon each other. The entire structure was prefabricated and then assembled onsite by Log Engineering, who pieced it together with 800,000 nails, 100,000 screws and 10,000 brackets.

Bocconi Urban Campus / OMA

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Looking to redefine the relationship between students, buildings and the city of , Bocconi University challenged architects world-wide to design a “campus for the third millennium”. Although first prize was awarded to SANAA’s courtyard-centric complex formed by a series of undulating figures, OMA’s proposal provides an interesting twist to intercity university campuses.

Formulating a composition of objects that “represents a three-dimensional re-learning of humanistic values”, OMA’s Bocconi Urban Campus proposal sets the stage for Homo Economicus. Two clusters of independent buildings – an “extroverted” new school of management and the “introverted” a-frame student housing tower – are centered around a public amphitheater topped by a canopy of “architectural” umbrellas. While the thirteen story tower shelters the more intimate campus programs and acts as a backdrop to the boisterous new school, all spaces remain permeable to the activities of the surrounding city and establish the most appropriate and stimulating connection.

More photos of OMA’s proposal after the break…

Microsoft Milan / Flores Prats

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Architects: Flores Prats
Location: Milan, Italy
Developer: Microsoft Italia + Vitali Spa
Engineering: Studio MPartner Srl
Botanical Advisory: Luigino Pirola
Interior: ReValue
Area: 150,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Flores Prats, Filippo Romano, Enzo Barraco

Italcementi i.lab / Richard Meier & Partners

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Our friends at Richard Meier & Partners have shared with us their latest completed project: Italcementi i.lab in , . The building, a new research and development center for Italcementi, one of the top five cement manufacturers in the world, is a showcase for sustainable design, already attaining one of the first LEED Platinum accreditations in .

According to the firm, Italcementi i.lab reflects not only the company’s commitment to sustainability but also “the company’s position of leadership, technological advancement and commitment to research and innovation in the use of concrete.”

In the Press Release, Dukho Yeon, Design Partner-in-charge, describes the project: “i.lab is our firm’s most sustainable building to date embodied in sculptural and dramatic, but simple forms showcasing the possibilities of concrete in perfect balance with the technical purpose of the building.”

Read more about Richard Meier & Partners’ latest, after the break…

RGR House / archiNOW!

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Architects: archiNOW!
Location: , Emilia-Romagna,
Architect In Charge: Alessandro Gazzoni
Design Team: Stella Andriani, Marcello Dellarosa, Luca Foschi
Contractor: Gaetano Battistoni
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

Technogym Village / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners

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Architects: Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners
Location: , Italy
Team: Augusto Barichello, Fabrizio Ferranti, Elenora Grassi, Barbara Soro, Andrea Ravogli, Stefan Kastner
General Contractor: Maire Tecnimont S.p.A.
Client: Technogym
Area: 54,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Eggimann, © Vitra, Leo Torri, Courtesy of Technogym

Dolomitenblick / PLASMA Studio

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Architects: PLASMA Studio
Location: , South Tyrol, Italy
Project Architect: David Preindl
Design Team: Nicoletta Gerevini, Peter Pichler, Daniela Walder, Maya Shopova, Libny Pacheco
Area: 1,050 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus / hurnaus.com

Refurbishment of “La Serenissima” Office Building / Park Associati

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Architects: Park Associati
Location: Via dei Cavalieri del Santo Sepolcro, ,
Architect In Charge: Marco Panzeri
Design Team: Alice Cuteri, Andrea Dalpasso, Marinella Ferrari, Stefano Lanotte, Marco Siciliano, Paolo Uboldi, Fabio Calciati
Site Supervision, Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering: General Planning
Area: 7,988.84 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna, Courtesy of Park Associati

Municipal Library of Greve / MDU Architetti

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Architects: MDU Architetti
Location: Greve In Chianti Province of Florence,
Design Team: Valerio Barberis, Alessandro Corradini, Cristiano Cosi, Marcello Marchesini
Structural Engineer: Alessandro Incerpi
Mechanical And Electrical Engineer: Gianluca Gori
Building Cost: € 739,000
Client: Municipality of Greve in Chianti
Area: 420 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli

Cranes of Palermo Proposal / De Fournier & Associados

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The architectural proposal for the Cranes of is based on the relationship between the intervention image and the rich local history of Sicily, particularly its Baroque of scenographic and ornamented elements. Designed by De Fournier & Associados, the new proposal has as reference the poorly moderated characteristics of the Baroque, the surprise that the expression of its image causes when perceived. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Renovation and Reconstruction of the Castle of Novara / Studio Zermani e Associati

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Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
Location: , Province of ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mauro Davoli

Casillo Headquarters in Corato / Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners

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Architects: Alvisi Kirimoto + Partners
Location: Corato, Province of Bari,
Design Team: Massimo Alvisi, Junko Kirimoto, Alessandra Spiezia, Arabella Rocca
Area: 4,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anna Galante

Prato Lofts / MDU Architetti

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Architects: MDU Architetti
Location: , Province of , Italy
Design Team: Valerio Barberis, Alessandro Corradini, Cristiano Cosi, Marcello Marchesini
Collaborators: Nicola Becagli, Michele Fiesoli
Structural Engineer: Venturi & Motta
Building Cost: € 750,000
Client: CDM immobiliare
Area: 703 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli, Courtesy of

Residential Building “Brancacci” / Alessandro Luigini

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Architects: Alessandro Luigini
Location: , Province of ,
Architect In Charge: Alessandro Luigini
Collaborators: Luigi Valentino Losciale, Fabrizio Susi, Nicola D’Alessandro
Area: 560 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Camplone, Alessandro Luigini

Bargellino Plug & Play Winning Proposal / Ciclostile Architettura

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The Bargellino Plug & Play proposal for the urban regeneration of the Bargellino area acts as a set of management software from which the user can draw upon and benefit from an integrated system of logistics, service and quality. Designed by Ciclostile Architettura, the expression “plug and play” is used in programming language with reference to technologies that can be put into use in an hardware system without any specific installation procedure by the user. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Playmaker Showroom / DRA&U

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Architects: DRA&U
Location: ,
Team Project : Giorgio Pini, Simone Luciani, Livia Campana
Structural Engineering: Giuseppe Picchi
Executive Project: Annapina Di Filippo
Geodesic Engineering: Simone Luciani, Yana Ivanova
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fabio Paperetti

Sansepolcro Cemetery / Studio Zermani e Associati

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Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
Location: , Province of , Italy
Architect In Charge: Paolo Zermani
Design Team: Siro Veri, Mauro Alpini
Collaborators: Giovanna Maini, Tomohiro Takao
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mauro Davoli

Crematory In Parma / Studio Zermani e Associati

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Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
Location: , Province of ,
Architect In Charge: Paolo Zermani
Design Team: Eugenio Tessoni
Collaborators: Roberto Panara
Year: 2009
Photographs: Mauro Davoli