Nuovo Palazzo Della Provincia di Bolzano by OFL architecture and rabatanalab was born out of the desire to establish an historical continuity between the present and the past in Bolzano, Italy. The study was carried out on the innovative facade system as a new organism that recalls the iconography of the symbols of the city, such as the Duomo, while using contemporary technology.
More on this project after the break.
This year, I Saloni of Milan will be celebrating its 50th year! The cultural institution has grown dramatically over the years from an initial 328 exhibitors featured in 11,000 square meters to over 2,500 in an area now measuring over 200,000 square meters. The Salone Internazionale del Mobile is almost here and several architects will be presenting new furniture. Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has shared three new seating designs that will be featured this month: My Lounge Chair for Walter Knoll, the New Amsterdam Chair for Wilde+Spieth and the SitTable for PROOFF. “The architectural approach to furniture is different from that of the industrial designer as the architect begins with the space and the environment that the chair will become a part of. All the details of the chair are considered for their spatial effects. This architectural approach to furniture is connected to a very personal ideology of space,” explained Ben van Berkel.
More about the chairs after the break.
Architects: MMAA (Studio Manfroni & Associati srl) – Mario Manfroni, Patrizia Burlando, Danilo Sergiampietri, Daniela Cappelletti
Location: La Spezia, Italy
Client: Centro Fieristico della Spezia
Structural engineering: Exa engineering srl
Contractor: Cometal spa, Parma, Italy
Project area: 5,500 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2007
Photographs: Roberto Buratta
Alter Studio Architetti Associati shared with us their design, which won second place, for the Tower House Competition for Treviso, Italy, which challenged architects to refurbish a twenty story landmark in the area. The proposal transforms the existing tower into 3 attached structures, each of which is designed with its own energy strategy. Photovoltaic panels on the roof and south façade provide 60 + 15 kw of power, which combined with bioclimatic devices brings the CO2 emissions down to zero. More images and architects’ description after the break.
BHDP Architecture, lead by Giancarlo Del Vita, Design Leader in the firm with offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Raleigh-Durham, and included Mike Schulte, and Chris Wiethe, was commissioned to design a foot-bridge in Lucca, Italy. The bridge was intended to solve pedestrian and vehicular access to the proposed mixed-use development of an abandoned industrial site, the Ex-OfficineLenzi.
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ferrarifrongia Architects recently participated in a competition for the Block 17 renovations in Macomer, Italy. Their proposal has been submitted for your viewing pleasure. The full press release of the project, complete with renderings and plans, after the break.
The Municipal Sports Centre in Ladispoli by Na3 Studio di Architettura is a building that aims to redevelop the site within which it is situated. Currently in disuse, the architects use a clear set of materials to establish an architectural presence for a public program that will give benefit to the entire city of Ladispoli with minimal environmental impact.
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City Vision announce the ideas competition about the city of Venice “Venice City Vision Competition”. Venice City Vision Competition is the second edition of the international competition series promoted by City Vision Mag. The purpose of Venice’s competition was to give the opportunity to architects, designers and students to activate their creativity to stimulate the contemporary potential of the city and besides wanting to enhance the historic texture of the city, sees on the aquatic identity of the lagoon a fundamental starting point to create new visions about a possible development of this component.
The imagination of the participants, the use of parametric software and eco technology will be the main driver of Venice’s visions and the proposals will shown how to create new digital landscape for a city so connected to classicism and tradition.
The Venice ideas will be judged by an international jury which will have as president Bjarke Ingels, founder of the Danish office BIG and Neri Oxman, Elena Manferdini, Maria Ludovica Tramontin and Bostjan Vuga, all of whom are distinguished by the large experimentation willingness in their work.
For complete information, visit the competition’s official website.