Affordable Housing in Prato / studiostudio architettiurbanisti

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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

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Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
Location: ,
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

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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.”

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

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

Law-Court Offices in Venice / C+S Architects

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

St. Martin Library Competition Entry / AZPA

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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

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

Corten Apartments / 3ndy Studio

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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

Domus Civita / Studio F

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Architects: Studio F
Location: Civita di , Italy
Design Team: Patrizio Fradiani
Area: 3,500 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bob Coscarelli

House M / monovolume architecture + design

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Architects: monovolume architecture + design
Location: Meran,
Area: 360 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

Domus Vitae Winning Proposal / Tomas Ghisellini Architects

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Designed by Tomas Ghisellini Architects, the first prize winning proposal for the Domus Vitae, a new city morgue and social facilities complex, is aimed at being a new architectural presence with a continuous but porous body. The design includes balconies, porches, patios, terraces, overhangs and suspended volumes which capture, tame or magnify natural light. These features create spaces for which the atmospheric quality is supposed to be a decisive added value. More images and architects’ description after the break.

St. Horto Winning Proposal / OFL Architecture

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Stemming from the idea of creating a perfect synergy between architecture, nature and social technologies, the competition winning proposal for the St. Horto project by OFL Architecture fits perfectly within the project area in . By redefining the boundaries through a game of compressions and expansions, the architects create a dynamic and attractive space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Materiale Edili Garavaglia / Buratti+Battiston Architects

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

3M Italia Headquarters / Mario Cucinella Architects

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Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects
Location: Pioltello, , Italy
Project Team: Mario Cucinella, David Hirsch, Luca Bertacchi, Julissa Guttara, Michele Olivieri, Linda Larice, Luca Stramigioli
Area: 11,300 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

New Global Hub for Biomedical Research / HOK

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HOK was recently selected as lead architect for the Ri.MED Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC) near Palermo, Sicily in Southern . The $269 million world-class research facility at 334,000-square-feet will be a global hub for biomedical research and development. The ultimate goal is to prevent or cure diseases while improving the quality of life and life expectancy of patients. More images and architects’ description after the break.

SANAA Unveils Their Plans for Bocconi University Campus

The new Bocconi University campus by . Photo via Domus.

SANAA has just unveiled their plans for the Bocconi University Campus in , Italy. The design features various undulating structures, forming connective inner courtyards, that wind their way across a 17,500 square meter green space open to both students and neighborhood residents.

According to Paola Nicolin, a professor at Bocconi and writer for Domus, the University is a “playground” for the imagination, using “non-hierarchic compositional elements” to establish a relationship between the campus’ organic forms and the human lives which inhabit it. In Nicolin’s words, the project “speaks of transparency, empathy for nature, and far-sightedness.”

More images and info on the project, after the break…

Giordano / Binocle

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Architects: Binocle
Location: , Italy
Architect In Charge: Lorenzo Bini
Client: Laura and Luigi Giordano
Area: 90 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Giovanna Silva