British architect, David Chipperfield, will curate the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Chipperfield will have only eight months to decide on a theme and prepare to curate the world’s largest architecture exhibition. He will become the first British architect to curate the event.
The newly appointed dean of architecture at the RCA, Alex de Rijke stated, “Someone of his intellectual calibre will rise to the challenge,” he said. “He’s not going to use it as an opportunity to promote his own architecture. He is going to frame an issue, treat it as research and ask people to contribute.”
The future potential to build and realize the concepts of the human mind lie just there, within the potential of the human mind. For years the architectural world has been struggling to keep up with the ability of pen-to-paper and the recent advents in NURB surface computer modeling, algorithmic and parametric architecture. This in-return has led to the building and technology industry playing catch-up with the recent advances in 3D architectural visualizations. In fact, as computer-aided design invaded these practices in the 1980s, radically transforming their generative foundations and productive capacities, architecture found itself most out-of-step and least alert, immersed in ideological and tautological debates and adrift in a realm of referents severed from material production.
Architecture: monovolume architecture + design (Arch. Patrik Pedó_Arch. Juri Pobitzer)
Location: Kaltern (BZ)
Architectural staff: Arch. Simon Constantini / Arch.Thomas Garasi / Arch. Barbara Waldboth
Structural engineers: Baucon Bozen (Ing. Neulichedl Simon)
Client: Giacomuzzi limited partnership
Program: commercial building
Volume: 4.200 m³
Building area: 1.300 sqm
Photographer: Simon Constantini
Conceived and promoted by the Ferrara Faculty of Architecture, Italy, with the financial support of the Fassa Bortolo company, the aim of the International Award for Sustainable Architecture, now in its ninth edition, is to contribute to the research of a system of development in the building sector. This represents one of the fields of human activity with the greatest impact on the environment, that is more sustainable than our current model, which has lead to a state of deterioration and pollution, bringing us to the verge of a global crisis of the Earth’s entire ecological system.
The 2012 jury members include Thomas Herzog – Herozg & Partner (Italy), Peter Rich – Peter Rich Architects (South Africa), LI Xiaodong – School of Architecture, Tsinghua University of Beijing (China), Nicola Marzot – Ferrara Faculty of Architecture (Italy), and Gianluca Minguzzi – Prize’ Secretary (Italy). The deadline for on-line registration is December 31st 2011 while the deadline for materials shipping is January 31st 2012. Registration details and further information can be found on their website here.
Yesterday Richard Meier & Partners announced the design of a new Italian residence, Villa Gardone. The home is part of a complex in Gardone Riviera that is to be designed by a number of illustrious architecture firms from Europe and the U.S and completed by 2014.
Continue reading from more information on the Villa Gardone.
Architects: 3S studio + voarino cairo voarino
Location: Albisola Superiore (SV), Italy
Project Team: 3S studio Silvia Dagna, Serena Galassi, Simona Maurone associated architects + voarino cairo voarino, + CAIRE cooperative architects and engineers, L. Villa
Client: Albisola Superiore (Savona)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Daniele Voarino
Architect: Cino Zucchi Architetti and Park Associati
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Project Team: Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi, Cino Zucchi, with Elisa Taddei (project architect), Alice Cuteri, Lorenzo Merloni, Marco Panzeri, Davide Pojaga, Alessandro Rossi, Giada Torchiana, Fabio Calciati (rendering)
Structural Engineer: Kauer & Kauer Ingenieure, Bolzano Ing. Georg Kauer, Ing. Ulrich Kauer
Electrical Engineer: Energytech Ingegneri S.r.l., Bolzano Ing. Gabriele Frasnelli
Mechanical Engineer: Energytech Ingegneri S.r.l., Bolzano Ing. Georg Felderer
Site Supervision: Plan Team GmbH, Bolzano Ing. Johann Röck, Ing. Rupert Cristofoletti
Climbing Wall Consultant: Ralf Preindl, Bressanone
Artistic Intervention: Margit Klammer
Client: Salewa SpA, Bolzano
Cost/General investment: € 40 Mln.
Project Area: 30,595 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Cino Zucchi and Park Associati
Architects: JM Architecture / Jacopo Mascheroni
Location: Castelfranco Veneto, Italy
Design Team: Paolo Basco (Project Manager), Fabrizio Demma, Jansen Lara
Structural Engineering: Ing. Giulio Bergamin, San Martino di Lupari (PD)
Mechanical Engineering: Studio Tre Progettazione, Castelfranco Veneto (TV)
General Contractor: Metris GmbH / Srl, Molini di Tures (BZ)
Electrical Engineering: Elektro Ewald, Falzes (BZ)
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jacopo Mascheroni
Architects: Markus Scherer
Location: Nals, Bozen, Italy
Client: Kellerei Nals-Margreid
Construction Supervisor: Markus Scherer, Büro Weiss
Collaborator: Heike Kirnbauer
Structural Engineering: Büro Weiss
Safety Coordinator: Büro Weiss
Electrical and Domestic Engineering: Energytech
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Bruno Klomfar
C+S Associati shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the competition for Area Parolini in Bassano Del Grappa, Italy. The project was done in association with landscape architects Land Srl. Every project needs to cope with the characteristics and values which are deposited in the specific site: particularly each project needs to look at these values as potentialities to be brought into the contemporary. In this way the park they designed has a strategic value, both in environmental terms and in terms of potentiality: the park is, in fact, conceived as part of a larger system ‘the green ring’, originated by the historic void spaces of the three beautiful squares of Bassano city centre. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Designed by ETB Studio, the multifunctional center, which won the first prize in a competition, is part of the eastern edge of the village Bach, in the the ancient village of Sappada, Italy. Combined with the ratio measured with the scale of the village, and the relationship with the valley and mountain ranges, a powerful scenery of the intervention is created. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architect: EXiT architetti associati
Location: Oderzo, Treviso, Italy
Project Team: Francesco Loschi (Project Manager), Giuseppe Pagano, Paolo Panetto
Structural Project: Alberto Soligo
Technical Plant Design: Mauro Benozzi
Text: EXiT architetti associati
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1200 sqm
Photographs: Silvia Longhi
Architects: C+S Associati / Carlo Cappai, Maria Alessandra Segantini
Location: Venice, Italy
Client: Magistrato alle Acque di Venezia tramite il suo concessionario Consorzio Venezia
General Design, Structures and Installations: Thetis S.p.A.
Site Supervision: Giovanni Zarotti, Thetis S.p.A.
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli
The aim of the sustainable residential complex, designed by Morfearch, is not only the production of new buildings able to satisfy living space requests, but the will to offer public services to the new settlement and open to the “outer” population. The project area, crossed north to south by divergent paths, generates trapezoidal spaces that become the generating principle of the different parts of the whole complex: every secondary parcel is indeed composed by different size tanks, 30 to 120cm high, open to different uses, materials, and patterns: green areas, water, paved spaces, vegetation and gardens, available for residents with a leisure, but also social, function. More images and architects’ description after the break.