Competition Entry: Studio Ricatti Wins Second Prize for Arcispedale Sant’Anna University Proposal

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Studio Ricatti has revealed their design for a new university in the Arcispedale San’Anna in Cona- Italy. In a competition hosted by the University of , the firm was awarded second place for the proposal, which was characterized by clarity of form, efficient flow, and a balance between intimate and social spaces.

More about the winning entry, after the break.

Elemental, Arup, and Studio Tamassociati Win Zumtobel Awards for Innovation

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Jury chairman Winy Maas has announced three projects by Arup, Studio Tamassociati and Elemental as winners of the 2014 Zumtobel Group Awards. With a goal to promote innovations for and humanity in the built environment, the awards represent three categories: Applied Innovations, Buildings and Urban Developments & Initiatives. This year’s winners were selected from 15 nominees, shortlisted from a competitive pool of 356 submissions. 

The winning projects are marked by their innovative and ground-breaking character: “The voting to find the number one project was very close in all three categories, because in each case we were able to choose from among a large number of heterogeneous projects of high quality,” Described Maas. “One key criterion for the jury this year was the innovation factor, both in a technical sense and with a view to planning and participation processes as well as ecological and social challenges.”

See the winning projects, after the break.

Milan Expo 2015: Knafo Klimor-Design Pavilion to Represent Israel

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Knafo Klimor Architects have been chosen to represent Israel at the 2015 Milan Expo with their “Fields of Tomorrow” pavilion. The elongated pavilion, stretching 70 meters across and rising 12 meters high, will act as a “living” billboard revealing Israel’s past and present successes in modern agriculture.

More images and video, after the break.

Bernard Tschumi Presents Final Design for Grottammare Cultural Center

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In preparation for groundbreaking, Bernard Tschumi Architects have released the final design for the ANIMA (Arts, Nature, Ideas, Music, Action) cultural center in (Ascoli Piceno, Italy). The 30-meter “perfect square” will offer the Piceno region and the Adriatic coast a public centre for collecting and cultivating the broadest manifestations of artistic, creative and productive culture. 

An animation, the architect’s description and more images after the break.

European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced

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The Holcim Foundation has announced the European winners of its 2014 Holcim Awards for exemplary sustainable design and construction. In light of the complex and interdisciplinary challenges facing the building industry today, the Jury identified target issues of environmental, social, and economical performance alongside architectural excellence and high transferability as intrinsic objectives in the winning projects.

Teams from Italy, France, and Austria were all selected for approaching the challenges of sustainable construction with innovative creativity and social ethos. Each will share over $300,000 in prize money and will be considered for the global .

Read more about the winning schemes after the break…

Casa Fiera / Massimo Galeotti Architetto

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Architects: Massimo Galeotti Architetto
Location: Treviso,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Francesco Castagna

Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool

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Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects have revealed their winning design for the Pavilion of the Czech Republic at the 2015 Milan Expo. Responding to the Expo’s food theme, the pavilion is centered around the Czech Republic’s unique relationship to water, featuring a public swimming pool at the center of the design and presenting the latest progress in nanotechnology for water purification.

Rodeneck School / pedevilla architekten

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Architects: pedevilla architekten
Location: , Bolzano,
Partners In Charge: Alexander Pedevilla, Armin Pedevilla
Year: 2012
Photographs: Gustav Willeit

Rodeneck Kindergarden / pedevilla architekten

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Architects: pedevilla architekten
Location: , Bolzano, Italy
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gustav Willeit

Milan Expo 2015: b720 Designs Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion for Spain

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Barcelona’s b720 arquitectos has designed a greenhouse-inspired pavilion to represent Spain at the 2015 Milan Expo. Representing a “fusion” of Spain’s gastronomic tradition and innovation, the portico-like structure will be divided into two halves and united by a repetitious form.

Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten

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Architects: pedevilla architekten
Location: Strada Pliscia, 13, 39030 Bolzano, Italy
Partners In Charge: Alexander Pedevilla, Armin Pedevilla
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gustav Willeit

How Did Filippo Brunelleschi Construct the World’s Largest Masonry Dome?

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More than 500 years after it was built, Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome of in Florence, Italy, remains the largest masonry dome ever built. Leaving no plans or sketches behind, some of the secrets of its construction that Brunelleschi pioneered are still an enigma today. This short animation, presented by National Geographic and created by Fernando Baptista and Matthew Twombly, gives an idea of how the dome of the Duomo might have been built. Demonstrating the complexity of the task, made harder due to poor construction prior to Brunelleschi’s commission, this film serves as a reminder of just how long it can take to create something timeless.

Casa RG / ES-arch

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Architects: ES-arch
Location: 23024 Sondrio, Italy
Architect In Charge: Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
Design Team: Luca Trussoni, Francesco Manzoni
Construction: Giancarlo Rigamonti
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: Piazza Garibaldi, 80142 ,
Area: 21000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peppe Maisto , Courtesy of DPA / Adagp

FCN 2009 / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

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Architects:
Location: 96017 Noto Syracuse,
Area: 115.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hélène Binet

Rome Invites Ideas For Reuse of Europe’s Biggest Landfill Site

A major competition for reuse has just been announced for the Malagrotta Landfill, one of the European Union’s biggest landfill sites. After Malagrotta was closed in August 2013 due to its controversial size and negative impact on the surrounding community, the Municipality of Rome began a process of redevelopment through community engagement. Multi-displinary teams are tasked with a creating a proposal to reinvent the sprawling 240-hectare property while considering its original purpose. The competition is designed to begin a conversation on the long-term vision for the property.

Port Control Tower / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

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Architects:
Location: , Ragusa, Italy
Definitive Design : Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, Salvatore Ingrao
Area: 130.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Hélène Binet

R+O House / Bianco + Gotti Architetti

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Architects: Bianco + Gotti Architetti
Location: 24030 Bergamo, Italy
Project Team: Angelo Bianco, Mara Gotti
Area: 1598.0 sqm
Year: 2005
Photographs: Luca Santiago Mora