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.
Architects: MDU Architetti
Location: Montalto Province of Viterbo, Italy
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
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli, Lorenzo Boddi
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.
In collaboration with Carlo Ponti, Jean-Luc Godard, 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 Capri 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.
After two years in waiting, Porta Volta, the project by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron to redevelop Milan’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
The main aim of AZPA in their design for the New Library of St. Martin in Passiria 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.