Sauna Huginn & Muninn / AtelierFORTE

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Architects: AtelierFORTE
Location: Piacenza,
Architect In Charge: Duilio Forte
Area: 25.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of AtelierFORTE

AD Classics: Pirelli Tower / Gio Ponti, Pier Luigi Nervi

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In contrast with its traditional Milanese surroundings, the Pirelli Tower is one of the earliest examples of Modern skyscrapers in Italy.  Affectionately called “Il Pirellone” (The Big Pirelli), the 127 meter tower stood as ’s tallest building from 1958 to 1995.  The design of the structure, led by architect/designer Gio Ponti and engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, featured a tapered plan—as opposed to the conventional rectilinear volume which was prevalent in America—encouraging greater creative freedom during a time when skyscrapers typically lacked experimentation.

Inside the Landscape / Studio x Architettura

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Architects: Studio x Architettura
Location: ,
Design Team: Luca Valentini, Raffaele Cetto, Mattia Giuliani
Year: 2011
Photographs: Raffaele Cetto

Rubens Luciano / Simone Micheli

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Architects: Simone Micheli
Location: Venice, Italy
Area: 760.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Juergen Eheim

VIDEO: Solving the Mysteries of Brunelleschi’s Dome

A new hour long documentary for ’ series, Building the Great Cathedrals, explores the mystery of how, in the 15th century, Florentine architect Filippo Brunelleschi constructed one of the largest domes the world had ever seen. Winning what could be considered one of the earliest architectural competitions, Brunelleschi developed a unique system that allowed construction on the dome to occur while services were being conducted in the cathedral 100 metres below. The team in this episode model this freestanding structure in an attempt to understand just how Brunelleschi achieved such a feat of Renaissance engineering.

You can find out more about the film here. Please note that the film is only viewable through PBS within the USA. For those of you outside the USA, you can watch the 30 second preview above; for those in the USA, see the full video after the break…

Primary School Extension / GSMM Architetti

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Architects: GSMM Architetti
Location: Senago Milan,
Architects In Charge: Giorgio Santagostino, Monica Margarido
Area: 1220.0 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Michele Gusmeri

Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome / Studio Odile Decq

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Architects: Studio Odile Decq
Location: Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4, 00153 , Italy
Area: 12000.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Odile Decq – L. Filetici, Odile Decq – G. Fessy

A917 Corporate Headquarters In Pisa / nuvolaB architetti associati

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Architects: nuvolaB architetti associati
Location: Via San Frediano, Pisa,
Architect In Charge: Nicola Lariccia
Area: 135 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of nuvolaB architetti associati

Camping Luca Vuerich / Giovanni Pesamosca Architetto

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Architects:
Location:
Photographs: Flavio Pesamosca

The Number 6 / Building

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Architects: Building
Location: ,
Design Team: Building Engineering
Area: 9500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Piero Ottaviano

Competition Entry: Russian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Architects of Invention

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London-Moscow-Tbilisi-based practice Architects of Invention has completed a proposal for the Russian Pavilion at the 2015 Expo as a part of the Expo’s Herzog  & de Meuron-designed masterplan. Designed to evoke the connotation that Russia is one of the biggest agriculture exporters in the world, the pavilion “Russia: The Fields of Growth” will contribute to the Expo’s theme of “Feeding the Planet”, and at the same time introduce a dynamic and powerful image of the modern Russia that originates in the country’s great past.

PLASMA Studio and Groundlab Win Competition to Relocate and Enhance Italian Railway Station

Render. Image Courtesy of Groundlab

PLASMA Studio, in collaboration with Groundlab, won first prize in an international competition to masterplan the relocation of the Innichen/ train station in North Italy. The project, now under construction, forms a new “Mobile Centre” that integrates a new public plaza, skate park, youth centre and more into a streamlined rail station that enhances connectivity throughout the town.

More information, after the break…

Olgiata Sporting Club / LAD

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Architects: LAD
Location: Via Antonio Conti, 00123 ,
Architect In Charge: Francesco Napolitano
Design Team: Michelangelo Sabuzi Giuliani, Maria Carla Lini, Marcello Amalfitano
Interior Design: Simone Lanaro
Area: 7500.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Francesco Napolitano, Cornelia Suhan

Atelier Kitchen Haidacher / Lukas Mayr Architekt

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Architects: Lukas Mayr Architekt
Location: 39030 Bolzano, Italy
Client: Haidacher (www.haidacher.it)
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marion Lafogler

“Post-Quake Visions” Young Architects Competition Results Announced

First Place / Caterina Spadoni, Valentina Brunetti. Image Courtesy of YAC

The results for the latest Young Architects Competition (YAC), Post-Quake Visions, have been announced. The competition aimed to discover innovative ways to overcome the effects of a seismic catastrophe over a medieval Mediterranean town. Participants were encouraged to rethink and redesign the quake-inflicted gaps left inside ancient urban tissues. With 356 enrolled teams comprising of 808 designers, see the winning results and Gold Mentions after the break.

Milan Expo 2015: NJP, LAD Win Competition for Iranian Pavilion

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Naqsh,E,Jahan-Pars (NJP), in collaboration with the Laboratorio di Architettura e Design (LAD), has been named winner of an international competition for the Iranian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Based on “a living process narrative in the central plateau of Iran,” the winning scheme responds to the Expo’s “Feeding the Planet” theme by exposing the underground channels of water that give life to Iran’s many desert cities. 

Competition Entry: Austrian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Bence Pap | Mario Gasser

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This proposal by architects Bence Pap and Mario Gasser of Studio Greg Lynn / University of Applied Arts Vienna has been ranked fourth in an international competition for the Austrian Pavilion at the 2015 Expo. Inspired by the Expo’s theme, “We feed the World – Energy for Life,” the pavilion aims to highlight Austria’s rich culture of craft and agriculture by offering a two-story experience that exhibits goods unique to the country.

Milan Expo 2015: Foster Unveils Design for UAE Pavilion

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Foster + Partners have unveiled the design for the United Arab Emirates pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Designed to evoke the experience of walking through UAE’s ancient communities, the elongated site will be transformed into a contemporary reinterpretation of a desert city. Passive principles, such as rainwater harvesting and the integration of photovoltaic cells, are targeted to achieve LEED Platinum certification. These strategies are all designed to support the pavilion’s many dining areas, which embrace the Expo’s overarching theme “Feeding the Planet” by serving a taste of modern Emirarti cuisine. 

“We are very proud to be chosen again to create the national pavilion for the UAE,” stated Norman Foster. “Our challenge has been to design for two climates – to create a naturally cool, comfortable space for visitors in Milan, while considering the pavilion’s ultimate reconstruction in the Emirates, where there is a need to provide shade from the intense sun.”