Our friends from Italian design firm sTARTT have shared their most recent restoration project which transforms an abandoned warehouse into a spatial urban kaleidoscope. Situated in the historic center in Porfiri of the Latina Province, the area is marked by architectonic elements from the city’s earliest foundation that now co‐exist with “inconsistent” contemporary parts of the center. In that sense, the project seeks to bring a continuity to the context, as sTARTT has envisioned a way to allow users to appreciate the historic roots of their city within a contemporary atmosphere.
More about the project after the break.
Located in Naples, the Piazza Garibaldi, designed by Dominique Perrault Architecture, is one of the most important and complex transportation hubs in the Neapolitan transportation system. This infrastructure project, which includes a metro station, offers the opportunity to upgrade this lively urban space bustling with activity. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: BoA Studio Architetti – Martina Cafaro, Carlo Zavan
Location: Treviso, Italy
Concept: 1st Phase mzc+ (Mario Marchetti, Fabio Zampiero, Giuseppe Cangialosi) 2nd Phase: Amaca Architetti Associati (Carlo Zavan, Monica Bosio, Martina Cafaro, Marco Ferrari)
Executive Design and Supervision: Amaca architetti Associati , BoA Studio Architetti: Martina Cafaro e Carlo Zavan/Remo Maitan-Incontri s.r.l.
Project Team: Carlo Zavan, Martina Cafaro, Serena Guadagnini, Elena Cecchetto
Photographs: Marco Zanta
Architects: Park Associati - Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi
Location: Via Piave, Azzate (Varese), Italy
Client: FIM Group SpA, Varese
Design team: Danilo Annoscia, Andrea Dalpasso, Marinella Ferrari, Marco Neri, Pietro Pezzani, Paolo Uboldi
Site Area: 8,935 sqm
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna, Leo Torri
On May 11, 2011, the performance of Aeschylus’s Prometheus Unbound premiered on OMA‘s (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) stage set for the Greek Theatre in Syracuse, Sicily. The design consists of three transformable architectural devices that can be reinterpreted among the different spaces of the theater. These devices date back to 5th century BCE.
More after the break.
The architectural design for the U27 Office building, by Park Associati, is based on an analytical approach to the articulated system of access to the Milanofiori Nord area in Assago, Italy. The pedestrian walkways and roads, climatic factors relating to the context and the goal of properly integrating the building into the overall masterplan are the main elements they focused on. Its position as a link to an area of forest towards the north led to the development of a complex that while being based on a closed courtyard layout, enables a visual permeability to be maintained in terms of the routes that surround the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.
“Living the City in the City” / Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi + Margherita Del Grosso + Openfabric
The project “Living in the City in the City” by the team composed by Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi (architecture), Margherita Del Grosso (architecture), Openfabric (landscape), Marco Manzitti (urban marketing), Buro Happold (energy and environmental strategies), D’Appolonia (infrastructures), and Doro Dietz (visualization) recenlty won the international design competition organized by the Municipality of Genoa for the enhancement of Via XX Settembre. The idea of the project promotes a strong sense of self-identification by the Genoese, recovering the essential meaning of living seen as taking care of their city. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Project Team: Andrea Boschetti, Alberto Francini, Enzo Fontana, Nicola Russi, Marco Corazza, Ekaterina Golovatiuk, Tom Hindryckx, Miriam Reuter
Structural Consultant: Stefano Moser
Technical Supplies: Milanoprogetti Spa
Construction Management: Renzo Boschetti, Rudi Lorenzi
Contractor: Prisma S.r.l.
Photos: Metrogramma, Paola De Pedri, Filippo Romano
The Nardini Grappa Distillary was completed in 2004, designed by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas in Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, Italy – the first impressions of the complex are two otherworldly inflated disks hover over a pool of water. Supported on stilts, the glass and steel envelope reflects the water below. Visitors stroll over paths that criss cross over the pool. A descending ramp leads into the 100-seat auditorium below, forming a natural canyon. Underwater lights illuminate the surface, creating a shimmer across the grounds of the distillery and reflected in the floating volumes above.
Come back after the break for more.
Two weeks ago, we reported that Zaha Hadid Architects famed Maxxi Museum may face closure, as the high-profile museum was placed under special administration after the government uncovered a €800,000 hole in Maxxi’s 2011 accounts. With major budget cuts in cultural funding slashing the museum’s €11 million budget to less than €2 million for 2012, the future of the Maxxi remains unknown. However, as reported on BD Online, Maxxi president Pio Baldi has resigned and Italian architect Antonia Pasqua Recchia has been appointed to take his place.
Recchia has announced that she will to do everything possible to keep the Maxxi afloat and preserve the museum’s prestigious reputation on the international stage. She plans seek corporate sponsorship and private funding to make up lost funds and save the museum from closure.
Just two years after its opening, the Maxxi Museum in Rome is threatened with closure. The country’s current economic crisis has resulted in major cuts in cultural funding, causing a great deal of stress on the arts. As BD reports, earlier this month the museum was told that the government’s contribution to its €11 million budget would fall to less than €2 million for 2012. Now, as the museum officials failed to set a budget for 2013, the government has reportedly begun proceedings to put the high-profile museum under special administration.
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the 2010 Stirling Prize winning national art and architecture museum has attracted more than 450,000 visitors per year. Hadid has described the museum’s success as “remarkable”, as it quickly built a prestigious, international reputation within the world of contemporary art.
Projects like the High Line, Bloomingdale Trail, and Allegheny Green Boulevard illustrate that disused, industrial infrastructure is rife with re-use potential and often can create new ways for a city to connect. However, what opportunities can this infrastructure present when it is still in use?
Read about the problem facing Bari and how it might be resolved after the break…
Designed by Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei, the Citylife Tower represents the future business and shopping district of CityLife in Milan (a subsidiary company of the Generali Group and in which Allianz has a shareholding), which is progressing quickly. By 2015 it will reach a height of 207 meters, with 50 floors of offices, and will be the tallest skyscraper in Italy. The foundation bed, which has just been built, is formed of a continuous block of concrete covering a total of 4,260 cubic meters and required 42 hours of continuous work. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The free event that has unveiled secret places in the most beautiful cities all over the world is, for the first time ever, in Rome the weekend of May 5-6. An idea both simple and revolutionary, Open House Rome 2012, which is open to the public, features the most interesting and inaccessible places in a city through completely free of charge guided tours including more than 80 sites from a wide variety of historical periods within the city as well as organized outdoor walking and cycling tours in 4 wide districts of Rome. For more information, please visit their official website here.