Playmaker Showroom / DRA&U

© Fabio Paperetti

Architects: DRA&U
Location: Rome,
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

© Mauro Davoli

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

© Mauro Davoli

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

DMB House / act_romegialli

© Filippo Simonetti

Architects: act_romegialli
Location: Montagna Province of Sondrio,
Design Team: Gianmatteo Romegialli, Angela Maria Romegialli, Erika Gaggia
Year: 2010
Photographs: Filippo Simonetti, Courtesy of act_romegialli

New Theatre in Montalto di Castro / MDU Architetti

© Pietro Savorelli

Architects: MDU Architetti
Location:  Province of Viterbo,
Design Team: Alessandro Corradini, Valerio Barberis, Marcello Marchesini, Cristiano Cosi
Collaborators: Nicola Becagli, Michele Fiesoli
Structural Engineers: ACS ingegneri
Mechanical And Electrical Engineer: Federico Boragine
Site Area: 10,888 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli, Lorenzo Boddi

‘TIP-TOP’ Competition Entry / Tomas Ghisellini Architetto

Courtesy of

Designed by Tomas Ghisellini Architetto, the proposal for the new “Malga Fosse” refuge, which won an honorable mention, chooses the language of the rough and simple local construction scattered among the mountains. In doing so, their design builds up the impression of an old archetypal building surrounded by valleys and peaks of great beauty. Aimed at being an unforgettable place right in the heart of the Dolomites, the old is here replaced by a fascinating and iconic architectural body. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chapel In The Woods / Studio Zermani e Associati

© Mauro Davoli

Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
Location: , Province of , Italy
Architect In Charge: Paolo Zermani
Design Team: Eugenio Tessoni
Collaborator: Emanuele Ghisi
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mauro Davoli

Indoor Rock Climbing / W. Meraner & Lanz + Mutschlechner

© G.R. Wett

Architects: W. Meraner & Lanz + Mutschlechner
Location: , South Tyrol, Italy
Year: 2012
Photographs: G.R. Wett

Hall Rowers Moto Guzzi / act_romegialli

© Marcello Mariana

Architects: act_romegialli
Location: Province of Lecco,
Design Team: Gianmatteo Romegialli, Angela Maria Romegialli, Erika Gaggia
Client: Mandello del Lario Town Council
Cost: 380,059.48 Euro
Area: 330 + 190 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

Affordable Housing in Prato / studiostudio architettiurbanisti

© Bruno Pelucca

Architects: studiostudio architettiurbanisti
Location: , Province of ,
Architects In Charge: Elisa Palazzo, Bruno Pelucca
Client: Edilizia Pubblica Pratese
Area: 3,211 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bruno Pelucca, Giovanni Fornaciari, Margherita Stacchi

San Giovanni Church / Studio Zermani e Associati

© Mauro Davoli

Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
Location: Perugia,
Architect In Charge: Paolo Zermani
Design Team: Mauro Alpini, Fabio Capanni, Giacomo Pirazzoli, Fabrizio Rossi Prodi
Collaborators: Giovanna Maini, Tomohiro Takao
Year: 2007
Photographs: Mauro Davoli

Films & Architecture: “Contempt”

In collaboration with Carlo Ponti, , one of the main representatives of the 60′s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague, adapted the Alberto Moravia novel Il disprezzo (A Ghost at Noon), written almost 10 years before, into Contempt. The result is a film where each scene is a composition in terms of colour, proportion, and contrast. And as an extra gift for us architects, most of the story takes place in and around the Villa Malaparte in island, a stunning house on a rocky coast.

We invite you to enjoy this classic and let us know your ideas about the movie, this amazing house and the relationship with the surrounding landscape. More after the break.

Despite Controversy, Herzog & de Meuron’s Porta Volta Breaks Ground

Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

After two years in waiting, Porta Volta, the project by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron to redevelop ’s north-western Spanish gate, has finally broken ground. The project, which spurred some controversy when architect and critic Vittorio Gregotti accused the Swiss-led project of being an act of “architectural colonialism,” is nevertheless scheduled to be completed in 2015.

According to Herzog, the 2,500 sqm project, which consists of Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli’s 7,500 sqm Headquarters and 15,000 sqm of greenery, is “intrinsically” Milanese, having been inspired by “the Gothic tradition that is expressed in important buildings in the city of Milan [and the] farms that dot the landscape of slender Lombardy.”

Story via Herzog & de Meuron 

Pencil Box / Paolo Didonè, Sergio De Gioia and Fabrizio Michielon

© Claudia Nalesso

Architects: Paolo Didonè, ,
Location: Modena, Province of Modena, Italy
Architects: Paolo Didonè, Sergio de Gioia, Fabrizio Michielon
Year: 2012
Photographs: Claudia Nalesso

Law-Court Offices in Venice / C+S Architects

Courtesy of C+S Architects

Architects: C+S Architects
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of C+S Architects

St. Martin Library Competition Entry / AZPA

Courtesy of

The main aim of AZPA in their design for the New Library of St. Martin in was to create an envelope that is not only functional but also representative of the local and global contents of a cultural institution found in a library. This design would have the architectural potential to transcend the specificities of the place to reach a global character. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Villa Garavaglia / Buratti+Battiston Architects

© Marcello Mariana

Architects: Buratti+Battiston Architects
Location: , Italy
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

Corten Apartments / 3ndy Studio

© FG+SG

Architects: 3ndy Studio
Location: Via Veneto 5d, 30030 Vigonovo ,
Design Team: Marco Mazzetto, Alessandro Lazzari, Massimiliano Martignon
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG