The project embraces a conversion of an existing old house from the 14th century in Puglia, south Italy. The house was part of a so called “masseria”, a traditional farmhouse to be found in the countryside of Puglia and usually built in tufo, a local sandstone. In the past 500 years the masseria has been the center of production of apulian agricultural economy where most people lived and worked in the countryside producing wheat, almonds, wine, olive oil, milk and cheese.
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Architects: Peter Pichler Architects
Location: Santa Maria al Bagno, Puglia, Italy
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architects
The installation of Emergency Exit, the Polish Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, by artist Agnieszka Kurant and architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska, seeks to go beyond the logic of urban reality through the creation of ‘urban portable holes’: in-between spaces, places of uncertainty and doubt, of time-space discontinuity, such as abandoned or unfinished buildings, sites of catastrophe or accidents, illegal markets, rooftops and tunnels. The title refers ironically to the health and safety regulations in buildings and urban space that seek to plan, control risk and eliminate the accidental and unexpected. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Architects: AMA – Albera Monti & Associati
Location: Milan, Italy
Architectural Project Team: Giovanni Albera [Principal in Charge], Mirjana Rikalo (Project Director), Nicolas Monti [Principal], Luciano Miano, Marilena Giupponi, Roberta Bettinzoli, Claudia Cimadori, Valentina Nardini
M.E.P. Design: Varese Controlli (Dario Bellocchio, Carlo Ascoli)
Structural Design: Corrado Danzo
Developer and asst manager: InPartner
General Contractor: Cile
Project area: 20,000 sqm
Project year: 2008 – 2009
Photographs: Beppe Raso
In their entry for the Solar Park South Competition, the Colombian design team, Jaramillo-Azuero Arquitectos proposed education as the means of sustainability for the future and the result of their submission was being awarded third place in the international competition. Additional images of Jaramillo-Azuero Arquitectos submission and their project concept after the break.
Kindergarten Terenten, designed by feld72, is located in Terenten, a mountain village in the Val Pusteria in South Tyrol, Italy. South Tyrol is a border region, a territory which is defined by the overlapping of three cultures, visual expressed through architecture. Therefore, this new building acts as a mediator between these worlds, starting from the context but transcending it.
The site location is dominated by its topography, and the architects thoughtfully designed a building that would integrate with its environment. The kindergarten emerges from the ground, on one side a clear building, on the other side already integral part of the landscape. The scale relates to the surrounding village, and also takes the perspective of the children into account. Using traditional architectural elements of the context the building successfully translates them into a contemporary form.
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Location: Terenten, Southtyrol, Italy
Structure Consultant: Obrist & Partner
Energy Consultant: energytech gmbh
Project Area: 1,045 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus
Design team: 5+1AA, area_progetti srl, Buonomoveglia srl, Studio Palterer
Location: Cormano, Milan, Italy
Structural engineering: Area_Progetti srl, Buonomoveglia srl
Mechanical & Electrical engineering: 2C Ingeneria srl, Torino
Contractor: Cooperativa di Costruzioni Lavoranti Muratori
Project area: 2,450 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2010
Photographs: Laura Ceccarelli, Valentina Esposito
ALA-Assoarchitetti is an Italian Association aimed to represent and promote rights and professional, economic and cultural interests of self employed architects and engineers. The most important activity that ALA promotes, Dedalo Minosse Prize for Commisioning a Building, has been opened since October 11 and will close January 11, 2011.
This competition is unique among international awards programs for honouring the client’s role in the design process. The prize recognizes the contribution of the client’s vision, openess, flexibility, and commitment to good design. After just seven editions, the Dedalo Minosse Prize for Commisioning a Building has already become one of the most important architectural awards in the world. In this moment they are working for the 8th edition that will be awarded on June 24th, 2011 in Vicenza, Italy where there will be four main prizes and other several awards according to the rules of the Prize.
More information is provided on their website.
The guiding principle behind Schiavello Architects’ design for the Starfish Square in Tropea, Calabria, Italy was to create a symbolic focal point for the city that could bring social groups together. The project uses a starfish as the base form for the design.
More images and information after the break.
In the last week of the largest architectural event in the world (running through Sunday, November 21st), here is a video compilation of the 12th International Architecture Biennale of Venice 2010. Featuring such prominent architects as Dominique Perrault (DPA), Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Tony Fretton (TFA), and Christian Kerez, this video is definetly worth a look.
With the title People mee in architecture, Biennale director Kazuyo Sejima believes that, “the 2010 Architecture Biennale should be a reflection on architecture. The twenty-first century has just started. Many radical changes are taking place. In such a rapid-changing context, can architecture clarify new values and a new lifestyle for the present? Hopefully, this show will be a chance to experience the manifold possibilities of architecture, as well as to account for its plurality of approaches, each one of them being a different way of living”. ”In the end, we would be happy if, thanks to this exhibition, we could feel where our society might be going, what dreams the future might hold for us.” ”The idea is to help people relate to architecture, to help architecture relate to people, and to help people relate to themselves”
We have many previously published articles about the Biennale of Venice, and you can start by look here.
Video: Studio Banana TV
The Piranesi Prix de Rome 2010 International Prize has been awarded to the Musealization of the Archaeological Site of Praça Nova of São Jorge Castle designed by architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça of JLCG Arquitectos.
The jury was chaired by Angelo Torricelli and included Francesco Dal Co, Amedeo Schiattarella, Luca Basso Peressut, Romolo Martemucci, Lucio Altarelli, Luigi Spinelli and Pier Federico Caliari.
This project was selected among 18 nominations, works of Rafael Moneo, Gigon & Guyer, Vasquez Consuegra, Paredes & Pedrosa. The architect successfully recognized a need for “proving an enormous clearness in the quality of the adopted solution, both in the physical relation between architecture and archaeology and in the relation between volumetric intervention and the landscape”.
The Piranesi Prix de Rome selects the architectural design that is at the forefront of contemporary solutions, focusing on the principle of archaeological heritage. It also tries to highlight the emergent nature of project research, based in the physical relation between archaeology and the contemporary landscape.
Carrilho da Graça will receive this prize on December 1st.
Location: Cremona, Italy
Design team: Ergian Alberg and Laura Aquili with Alessio Pucci, Alexandros Franzolini, Christian Ronchi
Structural engineer: Studio Polis
Consultants: Studio Polis, Alessandro Stroligo
Client: Private investor
Project area: 1000 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of AquiliAlberg
Architects: Studio Macola
Location: Caorle VE, Italy
Project Team: Giorgio Macola with Adolfo Zanetti, Luca Rota, Nicoletta Macola, Carlo Dario, Manolo Lazzaro
Civil Engineers: Piero Mazzanti
Mechanical Electrical Engineers: Tecnoprogetti. Glauco Fontanive
Clients: Caorle Patrimonio
Project Area: 8,600 sqm
Budget: € 5.550.000,00
Project Year: 2002-2009
Photographs: Marco Zanta