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, ). 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

Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation – Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea

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 awards.

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: Rodeneck, 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,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gustav Willeit

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


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 Plisa Bolzano,
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 Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, remains the largest masonry dome ever built. Leaving no plans or sketches behind, some of the secrets of its construction that pioneered are still an enigma today. This short animation, presented by 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 ’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 Naples,
Area: 21000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peppe Maisto , Courtesy of DPA / Adagp

FCN 2009 / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

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Architects: Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo
Location: 96017 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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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,
Project Team: Angelo Bianco, Mara Gotti
Area: 1598.0 sqm
Year: 2005
Photographs: Luca Santiago Mora

McDowell + Benedetti’s Footbridge and Rail Station Underway in Terni

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London based firm McDowell+Benedetti has recently announced that their design for a new 180 metre footbridge and improved rail station in Terni, Italy, has begun work on the site. A future landmark for the town, the £3.5 million (€4.4 million) project promises to provide an expanded commuter hub for the area with connections to fast trains to Rome. Learn more about this project after the break.

The Whale Primary School / Studio di Architettura Andrea Milani

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Architects: Studio di Architettura Andrea Milani
Location: Italy
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli