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 . 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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 , 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

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Architects: Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
Location: Via Santo Spirito 22, Centro Storico, Milano, 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: , Italy
Area: 1,910 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Alterstudio Partners

 

Zumbini / Binocle

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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

 

Australian Pavilion for Venice Biennale Winning Proposal / Denton Corker Marshall

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Denton Corker Marshall recently won an international design competition to design the new Australian pavilion in Venice’s Giardini della Biennale, the heart of the prestigious Biennale events. The new pavilion will be the first of the 21st century contributions to the Giardini, which is undergoing revitalisation by the Biennale. It will replace Australia’s current pavilion, designed as a temporary structure by Philip Cox in 1988. Within a footprint of approximately 320m2, the two-level pavilion will provide a new flexible and adaptable exhibition space to showcase Australian visual arts and architecture to international audiences at annual biennales. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rifugio Monte Penna / Lucio Serpagli

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Architects: Lucio Serpagli
Location: Monte Penna,
Photographs: Olinto Malpeli

   

Tesa 105 Conversion / Estudio N

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Architect: Estudio N - Andrés Holguin, David R. Morales, Alvaro Solis
Location: Venice,
Structure: Thetis Spa, ing. Giovanni Zarotti
Completion: 2012
Area: 1,100 sqm
Photographs: Andrea Pertoldeo

   

A di Alcantara® / Migliore + Servetto Architetti Associati

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Architect: Migliore + Servetto Architetti Associati
Location: Fortezza Da Basso, Firenze, Italy
Client:  Alcantara®
Design Team: Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto
Date: January 2012
Photographs: Stefano Trovati © SGP

   

Vidre Negre Office Building / Damilano Studio Architects

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Architect: Damilano Studio Architects
Location: Cuneo, , Italy
Client: Porta Rossa s.p.a.
Leading Architect: Arch. Duilio Damilano
Surface area: 6,960 sqm
Surface building: 1,400 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographer: Andrea Martiradonna

   

New Headquarters and Production of Pratic / GEZA

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Architect: GEZA – Grie Zucchi Architetti Associati
Location: Fagagna Udine,
Design Team: Stefania Anzil, Fabio Passon
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

‘Grenade’ Inflatable Pavilion Proposal / SITBON Architectes

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Grenade, the proposal for the CityVision Inflatable Pavilion competition, by SITBON Architectes aims to create a relation with its environment. The theme of the pavilion is to think of the city as an immense architecture in constant mobility, by the transformation of its town planning, of the wanderings of its inhabitants, etc. The time dimension becomes essential in this management of the living area. By lauding the mobility, they question the vision of the architecture as a motionless element to in-vest it with another appropriate life, which allows each one to grow, to be transformed and to move. More images and architects’ description after the break.