“Living the City in the City” / Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi + Margherita Del Grosso + Openfabric

Courtesy of Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi, Margherita Del Grosso, Openfabric, Marco Manzitti, Buro Happold, D’Appolonia, Doro Dietz

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 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.

Villa Urbana Domus Radicalis / Metrogramma

© Metrogramma with Paola De Pedri

Architects: Metrogramma
Location: ,
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

Nardini Grappa Distillery “Bolle” / Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

© Matteo Danesin

The Nardini Grappa Distillary was completed in 2004, designed by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas in , Vicenza, – 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.

Update: Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi Museum faces Closure

© Mark Hogan

Two weeks ago, we reported that 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.

C House / ES-arch

© Marcello Mariana

Architects: ES-arch – Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
Location: ,
Completion: 2011
Budget: 35,000 €
Area: 350 sqm
Project Team: Arch. Luca Trussoni, Arch. Vanessa Villa
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

   

Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi Museum faces Closure

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Just two years after its opening, the Maxxi Museum in 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.

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas Wins Competition To Create ‘Greenest City in Italy’

Courtesy of Studio Fuksas

Projects like the High LineBloomingdale 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 and how it might be resolved after the break…

Citylife Tower / Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei

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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.

Open House Rome 2012

Courtesy of Open House Roma

The free event that has unveiled secret places in the most beautiful cities all over the world is, for the first time ever, in 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.

Competition Proposal for the Architecture Service Expo 2015 / Ternulomello + Nuno Marcos

© Paolo Maselli

Inspired by the theme of Expo 2015 – “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” – the idea behind the design by Ternulomello + of recreating a greenhouse for the Service Areas seemed natural and spontaneous This construction method reminded them of the Crystal Palace, designed and built for the 1851 Universal Exhibition in London. The intervention is based on the application of passive technologies, to achieve a complete identification between energetic device and structure. Thermo-hygrometric comfort is achieved through natural ventilation, natural lighting and selective shading. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wardrobe / ES-arch

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Architects: ES-arch – Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
Location: ,
Client: Private
Completion: 2010
Budget: 25,000 €
Area: 35 sqm
Project Team: Arch. Cristina Pusterla, Arch. Luca Trussoni, Studio Ingg. Bianco & Mastai (structural engineering)
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

Nido Caribimbi / ZPZ Partners

Courtesy of ZPZ Partners

Architects: ZPZ Partners
Location: Cavagnari, ,
Design Team: Michele Zini, Claudia Zoboli, Sara Michelini, Sara Callioni
Pedagogical Consultancy: Elisa Bulgheroni
Client: Gruppo Cariparma Crédit Agricole
Built Area: 3,530 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of ZPZ Partners

UP House / ES-arch

© Marcello Mariana

Architects: ES-arch – Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
Location: ,
Client: Private
Completion: 2011
Area: 145 sqm
Project Team: Arch. Daniela Riva, Arch. Luca Trussoni
Structural Engineering: Ing. Christian Panzeri
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

Tadao Ando Architecture Exhibition

Courtesy of Duvetica

Curated by the Tadao Ando Architect & Associates studio, an exhibition dedicated to Tadao Ando’s last ten museum projects will be held at the Duvetica Store and Showroom in Milan April 17-22. The projects, realized between Europe and Japan over a period stretching from the mid-1990s until 2010, will be presented through a large selection of drawings, models, videos and photos. The event will be held in the building that was the Japanese architect’s latest project in Europe, the Duvetica Store and Showroom in Milan, opened in October 2011 and comprising a vast open space and a showroom below the store, both measuring 220 square meters. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Duvetica Milano Shop / Tadao Ando Architect & Associates

© Thomas Mayer

Architects: Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
Location: Via Santo Spirito 22, Centro Storico, , Italy
Client: Duvetica Industrie S.p.A.
Coordinator: Equilibri s.r.l. (Eugenio Tranquilli, Verdiana Durand de la Penne)
Project Execution Team: Luigi Cocco (Structure), Guido Stella (Architectural drawings), Sergio Rigato (Electrical).
Consultant: Erco Illuminazione s.r.l. (Lighting System)
Completion: 2011
Floor Area: 350 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Occhio / Emilio Ambasz

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Architects: Emilio Ambasz
Location: Venice,
Photographs: Emilio Ambasz

MedaTeca / Alterstudio Partners

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Architects: Alterstudio Partners
Location: ,
Area: 1,910 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Alterstudio Partners

 

Zumbini / Binocle

© Giovanna Silva

After co-founding studiometricoItalian architect, Lorenzo Bini, has recently opened a new architectural firm in entitled Binocle.    Bini takes his creativity displayed in his Bastard flagship store in Milan (the converted cinema received the coveted ArchDaily Building of the Year Award for Interiors in 2009), to a different level with this transformed reuse project for offices in Via Zumbini, Milan.  The project includes a complete overhaul of an existing industrial building from the 1930s and the construction of a new entity to create 17 units of 100 and 150 sqm available for small practices in search of a workplace.

Architectural design: / Lorenzo Bini
Collaborators: Claudia Brunelli, Valentina Cocco, Michela Fancello, Sandro Riscino
Consultants: Gennaro Postiglione
Location: Via Bonaventura Zumbini 29, Milan
Year: 2008-2011
Client: Immobiliare del Nord S.p.a.
Structural design: Atleier LC
Lighting design: Rossi Bianchi Lighting Design
Project area: 1.350 sqm
GSA: 1.900 sqm
Photographs: Giovanna Silva
On-site photographers: Iacopo Boccalari, Francesca Pozzi, Carla Vitali