TVZEB Zero Energy Building / Traverso Vighy

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Architects: Traverso Vighy
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Giovanni Traverso, Paola Vighy, Giulio Dalla Gassa, Elena Panza
Area: 190 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Alessandra Chemollo, Francesco Castagna

Pablo Castro Lecture: Hexameter

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As part of Cornell University‘s Rome 2013 Lecture Series, Pablo Castro, founder of OBRA Architects will be delivering the ‘Hexameter’ lecture this Thursday, March 7th, at the Palazzo Lazzaroni in Rome at 6:00pm. A 2012 Rome prize winner, Castro’s design direction at OBRA has produced a body of award-winning projects including four AIANY Design Awards and two Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards. He is also a 2006 NYFA Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures and a 2003 Society of Architectural Historians de Montëquin Senior Fellow, which are just some of the many awards received. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Autodesk Milano Offices / Goring & Straja Architects

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Architects: Goring & Straja Architects
Location: Via Tortona 37, ,
Design Team: André Straja, Giacomo Sicuro, Simone Marchiorato, Stefan Davidovici, Camilla Guerritore, Elisa Mori, Naohisa Hosoo, John North
Project Manager: Jones Lang Lasalle
Area: 850.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Boegly

In Progress: CityLife Milano / Zaha Hadid Architects

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CityLife Milano is an ambitious commercial and residential development on Milan’s historic former trade fair grounds: the Fiera Milano. On the surface, over half of CityLife Milano will be covered with upwards of 168,000 square meters of landscaped parkland dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles. This lush, pedestrianized space will be centered around a grand new piazza - named piazza delle tre torri’ - shaped by a trio of towers and surrounded by a cluster of residences, all designed by three world-renowned architects. As previously mentioned, Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei has contributed the Isozaki Tower, which is planned to become the tallest skyscraper in Italy at 202 meters and will be built alongside the curved, 150 meter Libeskind Tower by – you guess it – . To complete the triad, Zaha Hadid has designed a twisting, glazed tower, which will rise 170 meters into the skyline.

More on the Hadid Tower and surrounding development after the break…

Grottammare Cultural Center / Bernard Tschumi Architects

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This dynamic center in , Italy, will be Bernard Tschumi Architects’ first commission in Italy. Inspired by the city’s small medieval center, the roughly 7,000 square meter structure will house a variety of exhibitions, conferences and workshops in an effort to “strengthen people’s ties to the territory with which they identify” by exchanging information about the existing city and envision its possibilities for the future.

The architect’s description after the break…

‘Never Say the Eye Is Rigid: Architectural Drawings of Daniel Libeskind’ Exhibition

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Opening March 11, and on view until April 30, ’s Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery (Via del Portico d’Ottavia 7) will offer Never Say the Eye Is Rigid:Architectural Drawings of , the city’s first exhibition of architectural drawings by the world-renowned architect. The exhibition includes 52 original drawings from eight diverse Libeskind projects in Germany, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States, including the architect’s signature work, the Jewish Museum Berlin (2001), and Memory Foundations, Ground Zero (2003), the master plan for the World Trade Center site. More information on the exhibition after the break.

‘Gondwana’ Installation / Orizzontale

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Orizzontale was recently invited by GATR to take part in the 2012 edition of the architectural festival Festarch.lab with a project which imagines and builds upon an architectural installation for the main square of , a town in the center of Italy. With the challenge to design a multifunctional stage, the result was ‘Gondwana’, a mobile archipelago of wooden platforms, which comes in different shapes, dimensions and colors, and invades the square with endless configurations. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Renzo Piano Designs a Flat-Pack Auditorium for L’Aquila

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In April 2009, the central Italian city of L’Aquila was devastated by a crippling earthquake, claiming lives and causing extensive damage to thousands of buildings, including the leveling of the city’s main auditorium venue. Nearing the fourth anniversary of this tragic disaster, the Italian city of Trento has donated a -designed auditorium, which was inaugurated in October, in an effort to aid the reconstruction of this medieval city.

Creating an illusion of instability, the auditorium is formed by three interconnected cubes made entirely of wood (1.165 cubic meters in total) that ironically appears as they had “haphazardly tumbled down” and came to rest upon each other. The entire structure was prefabricated and then assembled onsite by Log Engineering, who pieced it together with 800,000 nails, 100,000 screws and 10,000 brackets.

Bocconi Urban Campus / OMA

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Looking to redefine the relationship between students, buildings and the city of , Bocconi University challenged architects world-wide to design a “campus for the third millennium”. Although first prize was awarded to SANAA’s courtyard-centric complex formed by a series of undulating figures, OMA’s proposal provides an interesting twist to intercity university campuses.

Formulating a composition of objects that “represents a three-dimensional re-learning of humanistic values”, OMA’s Bocconi Urban Campus proposal sets the stage for Homo Economicus. Two clusters of independent buildings – an “extroverted” new school of management and the “introverted” a-frame student housing tower – are centered around a public amphitheater topped by a canopy of “architectural” umbrellas. While the thirteen story tower shelters the more intimate campus programs and acts as a backdrop to the boisterous new school, all spaces remain permeable to the activities of the surrounding city and establish the most appropriate and stimulating connection.

More photos of OMA’s proposal after the break…

Microsoft Milan / Flores Prats

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Architects: Flores Prats
Location: Milan, Italy
Developer: Microsoft Italia + Vitali Spa
Engineering: Studio MPartner Srl
Botanical Advisory: Luigino Pirola
Interior: ReValue
Area: 150,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Flores Prats, Filippo Romano, Enzo Barraco

Italcementi i.lab / Richard Meier & Partners

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Our friends at Richard Meier & Partners have shared with us their latest completed project: Italcementi i.lab in , Italy. The building, a new research and development center for Italcementi, one of the top five cement manufacturers in the world, is a showcase for sustainable design, already attaining one of the first LEED Platinum accreditations in Italy.

According to the firm, Italcementi i.lab reflects not only the company’s commitment to sustainability but also “the company’s position of leadership, technological advancement and commitment to research and innovation in the use of concrete.”

In the Press Release, Dukho Yeon, Design Partner-in-charge, describes the project: “i.lab is our firm’s most sustainable building to date embodied in sculptural and dramatic, but simple forms showcasing the possibilities of concrete in perfect balance with the technical purpose of the building.”

Read more about ’ latest, after the break…

RGR House / archiNOW!

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Architects: archiNOW!
Location: Rimini, Emilia-Romagna,
Architect In Charge: Alessandro Gazzoni
Design Team: Stella Andriani, Marcello Dellarosa, Luca Foschi
Contractor: Gaetano Battistoni
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

Technogym Village / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners

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Architects: Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners
Location: Cesena,
Team: Augusto Barichello, Fabrizio Ferranti, Elenora Grassi, Barbara Soro, Andrea Ravogli, Stefan Kastner
General Contractor: Maire Tecnimont S.p.A.
Client: Technogym
Area: 54,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Eggimann, © Vitra, Leo Torri, Courtesy of Technogym

Dolomitenblick / PLASMA Studio

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Architects: PLASMA Studio
Location: , South Tyrol, Italy
Project Architect: David Preindl
Design Team: Nicoletta Gerevini, Peter Pichler, Daniela Walder, Maya Shopova, Libny Pacheco
Area: 1,050 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus / hurnaus.com

Refurbishment of “La Serenissima” Office Building / Park Associati

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Architects: Park Associati
Location: Via dei Cavalieri del Santo Sepolcro, , Italy
Architect In Charge: Marco Panzeri
Design Team: Alice Cuteri, Andrea Dalpasso, Marinella Ferrari, Stefano Lanotte, Marco Siciliano, Paolo Uboldi, Fabio Calciati
Site Supervision, Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering: General Planning
Area: 7,988.84 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna, Courtesy of

Municipal Library of Greve / MDU Architetti

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Architects: MDU Architetti
Location:  Province of Florence,
Design Team: Valerio Barberis, Alessandro Corradini, Cristiano Cosi, Marcello Marchesini
Structural Engineer: Alessandro Incerpi
Mechanical And Electrical Engineer: Gianluca Gori
Building Cost: € 739,000
Client: Municipality of Greve in Chianti
Area: 420 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli

Cranes of Palermo Proposal / De Fournier & Associados

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The architectural proposal for the Cranes of is based on the relationship between the intervention image and the rich local history of Sicily, particularly its Baroque of scenographic and ornamented elements. Designed by De Fournier & Associados, the new proposal has as reference the poorly moderated characteristics of the Baroque, the surprise that the expression of its image causes when perceived. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Renovation and Reconstruction of the Castle of Novara / Studio Zermani e Associati

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Architects: Studio Zermani e Associati
Location: , Province of ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mauro Davoli