Arup Unveils Plans for New A.C. Milan Football Stadium

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Arup has unveiled a proposal to construct a new stadium for the Italian football club A.C. Milan in a central area of Milan. If built, the venue would integrate a “modern stage” for the team’s home matches with a hotel, sports college, restaurants, children’s playground and public open space.

“The project has been developed with a fully holistic and integrated approach where all the design components have been carefully balanced around the spectator’s experience,” stated Arup in a press release.

3 Vaults / R3architetti

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Architects: R3architetti
Location: Turin,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jacopo Gallitto

Renzo Piano and G124 to Transform Italian Suburbs with Shipping Containers

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A group of six young architects under the leadership of Renzo Piano have been hard at work transforming unused spaces within Italy’s suburban framework. The team, known as G124, focuses its efforts on injecting life back into overlooked and forgotten areas of its built environment and stimulating the local economy through design. This most recently entailed transforming a long abandoned area under a viaduct in northeast Rome into a bustling cultural hot-spot.

Alps Villa / Camillo Botticini

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Architects: Camillo Botticini
Location: Passo del Cavallo, 25065 Lumezzane BS,
Area: 360.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nicolò Galeazzi

Curno Public Library and Auditorium / Archea Associati

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Architects: Archea Associati
Location: Via IV Novembre, 24128 Bergamo BG,
Area: 1960.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli

INTECS SPA Headquarters / Modostudio + Studio Cattinari

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Architects: Modostudio, Studio Cattinari
Location: ,
Area: 3500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Lanoo, Courtesy of Modostudio, Solange Ermelinda

Residential Wood Building in Selvino / Camillo Botticini

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Architects: Camillo Botticini
Location: 24020 Selvino BG,
Architectural Design: ABDArchitetti botticini
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Luca Santiago Mora

Denton Corker Marshall’s Australian Pavilion to Debut at the 56th Venice Biennale

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The first building to be constructed in Venice in the past two decades, Denton Corker Marshall‘s Australian Pavilion will welcome its first visitors on May 9, as part of the 56th  Biennale.

Envisioned by the architects as a “simple yet confident, memorable garden … timeless but with vitality, tactility and materiality that [invites] curiosity and engagement,” the project is located in the historic Giardini, and is Venice’s only waterfront pavilion. Replacing Philip Cox‘s 1988 temporary structure, the pavilion features a white interior exhibition space allowing art to be the main focal point, and in which the work of Australian photographic artist Fiona Hall will be displayed upon the pavilion’s opening in May. View previous coverage of the pavilion here.

Day Centre and Housing for the Disabled / Archea Associati

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Architects: Archea Associati
Location: Seregno MB, Italy
Architects In Charge: Laura Andreini, Marco Casamonti, Silvia Fabi, Giovanni Polazzi
Area: 1875.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marco Casamonti

Camper Store Milano / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Via Monte Napoleone, 6, 20121 ,
Area: 52.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zeno Zotti

OMA Nears Completion of Fondazione Prada’s New Milan Venue

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When first commissioned by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli to design Fondazione Prada’s new space in Largo Asarco, OMA set out to “expand the repertoire of spatial typologies in which art can be exhibited and shared with the public.” The result, an “unusually diverse environment” staged within a historic 20th-century distillery south of Milan’s city center that goes beyond the traditional white museum box.

Prada Launches FW2015 Menswear in OMA/AMO’s “Infinite Palace”

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On Sunday, Prada ditched the classic runway to kickoff their 2015 Fall/Winter menswear line in a “disorienting landscape” designed by OMA’s research counterpart AMO. The partitioned catwalk transformed an exiting room inside the Fondazione Prada at Via Fogazzaro 36 in Milan into an intimate series of interconnected spaces affectionately referred to as “The Infinite Palace.”

“The existing room is disguised into a classic enfilade of rooms, gradually changing proportions as in an abstract mannerist perspective. As opposed to a single stage, the new sequence of spaces multiplies and fragments the show into a series of intimate moments,” described .

Expo Gate / Scandurrastudio Architettura

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Architects: Scandurrastudio Architettura
Location: Via Luca Beltrami, 20121 Milano, Italy
Architect In Charge: Alessandro Scandurra
Design Team: Nicola Bianchi, Davide Sala, Giovanni Nardin, Poé Matteo George
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Filippo Romano

Renzo Piano On ‘Civic Duty’ In Our Cities

President Giorgio Napolitano and (2012). Image Courtesy of La Repubblica

In ’s latest Postcard from Rome Elizabeth Kolbert talks to Renzo Piano in his Senate Office at the Palazzo Giustiniani, just around the corner from the Pantheon. Piano, who was named a Senator for Life by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in September 2013 (when he was 75 years of age), immediately “handed over the office, along with his government salary, to six much younger architects.” He then “asked them to come up with ways to improve the periferie - the often run-down neighborhoods that ring Rome and Italy’s other major cities.” Kolbert attests to Piano’s belief in the power of museums and libraries and concert halls. For him, ”they become places where people share values [and] where they stay together.” “This is what I call the civic role of architecture.”

Competition Entry: Tomas Ghisellini Proposes “Supernova” School of Music for Bressanone

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The city of Bressanone, Italy, is looking for a new School of Music, and Tomas Ghisellini Architects have won a recognition of honor for their proposal. Taking inspiration from the loggias, piazzas and cloisters of the surrounding city, their school design creates a “landscape within a landscape” in which students may study and practice music. Called “Supernova,” the design includes a rehearsal hall, classrooms, and plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces that act as transitional space between the city fabric and the abutting parkland. Learn more, after the break.

New Crematorium in Copparo / Patrimonio Copparo

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Architects: Patrimonio Copparo
Location: 44034 Copparo FE, Italy
Architect In Charge: Mauro Crepaldi
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Patrimonio Copparo

Progetto Flaminio Announces Competition for Rome’s New City of Science District

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The Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Investimenti Sgr has recently acquired the former Precision Electrical Components Factory in Flaminio, located between Via Guido Reni and Viale del Vignola, that will now be transformed into the new City of Science district.

Signaling the debut of a course of urban developments near Rome’s historic neighborhoods, the area is marked by such iconic landmarks as Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI Museum, Renzo Piano’s Parco della Musica, and the Foro Italico and Olympic Village of 1960. The calls for a master plan for a neighborhood “integrated within the context of contemporary Rome.” Covering an area of 5.1 hectares, the neighborhood should work in tandem with the City of Science, and feature landscaping, public areas that attract local residents as well as outside visitors, and residential spaces (including apartments and social housing) serving 1,500 to 2,000 people. Six participants will be chosen to move onto the second phase of the .

BAG Transforms Wooden Pallets into Temporary Space Observatory

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Rome-based firm Beyond Architecture Group (BAG) has designed “experimental furniture” – dubbed Looking (C)up – for the Frammenti Music Festival at the Archaeological Park in Tusculum, . The firm, known for building houses with bales of straw, chose to craft an astronomical observatory with wooden pallets.