Palace of Labour / Alberto Apostoli

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Architects: Alberto Apostoli
Location: L’Aquila,
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tommaso Cassinis

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.

Piazza d’Armi Urban Park / modostudio

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Designed by modostudio, the proposal for the Piazza d’Armi Urban Park aims to create a thematic interaction between the competition area and the adjacent existing urban tissue. The architects accomplish this by means of creating a park for this city that is decontextualized from the neighboring urban space and, at the same time, directly related to the skyline of the nearby mountains. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Techno Box / LED Architecture Studio

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The Techno Box by LED Architecture Studio is a habitat structure designed to perform in emergency situations.  The elements are modules that can be aggregated to serve different functions.  Each unit is designed for a maximum of 5/6 people and is conceived to serve temporary housing problems for people facing natural disasters.

Read on for more on this project after the break.