Residential Building in Via Bellincione / DAP Studio

02:00 - 24 January, 2016
© Barbara Corsico
© Barbara Corsico

© Barbara Corsico © Barbara Corsico © Barbara Corsico © Barbara Corsico +26

Bosco Verticale / Boeri Studio

03:00 - 23 November, 2015
© Paolo Rosselli
© Paolo Rosselli

© Paolo Rosselli © Paolo Rosselli © Paolo Rosselli © Paolo Rosselli +24

ALLIANZ Tower / Arata Isozaki + Andrea Maffei

03:00 - 16 November, 2015
© Alessandra Chemollo
© Alessandra Chemollo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Milan, Italy
  • Client

    Citylife S.p.A. / Armando Borghi, Marco Beccati - project director, Roberta Pasinetti - technical director, Roberto Russo, Andrea Zerbini, Gianni Armas, Martino Negri,
  • Area

    81615.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Alessandra Chemollo

© Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo +26

Open Call: EXHIB-IT! Florim Architectural Installation in Milan

18:00 - 27 October, 2015
Courtesy of Young Architects Competitions
Courtesy of Young Architects Competitions

Florim has launched a competition to design a temporary architectural installation that showcases images from relevant architectural works built with ceramics. This event will take place during the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition in the very centre of Milan and the competition is open to designers, architects and creative communities worldwide. Learn more about the competition after the break.

Montegrappa Building Renovation / Westway Architects

09:00 - 26 October, 2015
© Moreno Maggi
© Moreno Maggi

© Moreno Maggi © Moreno Maggi © Moreno Maggi © Moreno Maggi +29

Dolce&Gabbana Office / Piuarch

02:00 - 5 October, 2015
© Andrea Martiradonna
© Andrea Martiradonna
  • Architects

  • Location

    Viale Piave, 20129 Milano, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini, Monica Tricario
  • Design Team

    Luca Lazzerotti and Micaela Bonomessi, Silvia Calzetti, Laura Cassani, Gabriele Coi, Marco Dragoni, Davide Fascione, Suewoo Kim, Magali Roig Liverato, Michele Megna, Elena Migliorati, Gianni Mollo, Andrea Palaia, Salvatore Seggio.
  • Structural Design

    FV Progetti S.n.c.
  • Lighting Design

    Rossi Bianchi Lighting Design
  • M and E Design

    GTEC S.a.s, Andrea Zanotti
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna +13

Batipin Flat / studioWOK

09:00 - 28 September, 2015
© Federico Villa
© Federico Villa

© Federico Villa © Federico Villa © Federico Villa © Federico Villa +21

Polish Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / 2pm Architekci

02:00 - 27 August, 2015
Courtesy of 2pm Architekci
Courtesy of 2pm Architekci

The idea behind the project for the Polish Pavilion at EXPO 2015 in Milan refers to Polish orchards and horticulture, very significant to the Polish landscape and economy. It is being realized through the use of a motif of a wooden apple box, normally used in shipment as a packaging for fruits and vegetables.

Monocle 24 Visits Some of the World's 'Second Cities'

08:00 - 22 August, 2015

For this week's edition of The Urbanist, Monocle's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team explore why being 'number two' is not always a bad thing in an episode about second cities and the ways in which they step out of their capital's shadow. From Milan to Melbourne, the team examine how and why some cities are carving their own niche in the international business and tourism markets. They also interview the Mayor of Aarhus about the challenges – and advantages – of governing Denmark’s second city.

A Bold Proposal for Revitalization Wins Third Place in Milan's Piazza della Scala Competition

06:00 - 10 August, 2015
Courtesy of UNDURRAGA DEVES ARQUITECTOS
Courtesy of UNDURRAGA DEVES ARQUITECTOS

The City of Milan has announced the winners of a competition to redesign the Piazza della Scala, with a bold idea to reconfigure the Piazza similarly to its arrangement in the 19th Century taking third place. Designed by Chilean architect Cristian Undurraga in collaboration with Laura Signorelli, Stefano Rolla, Sebastián Mallea, Soledad Fernandez, Michele Zambetti, Max Daiber and Leonardo Valdés, the proposal begins with the demolition of the medieval block separating the Teatro alla Scala and the Palacio Marino, developing visual continuity to catalyze construction and improve existing spaces. Read more about the proposal after the break.

Digital Entity Workspace / deamicisarchitetti

11:00 - 6 August, 2015
© Gabriele Leo
© Gabriele Leo

© Gabriele Leo © Gabriele Leo © Gabriele Leo © Gabriele Leo +13

Examining OMA's Two Latest Venues for Contemporary Art

04:00 - 5 August, 2015
Fondazione Prada, Milan. Image © Bas Princen
Fondazione Prada, Milan. Image © Bas Princen

In an article for DesignCurial, Shumi Bose visits OMA's new galleries in Milan and Moscow: the Fondazione Prada and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Noting that "the mythologies [between OMA and Miuccia Prada] have become inextricably intertwined" over recent years, "the purpose of [the Fondazione Prada] was to produce a range of spaces for the creation, display of and engagement with art; what results is the built realisation of a particular ethos, affording the protean OMA a return to form. And it was always going to be stylish." Bose's flowing description of the building and its spaces, which she ultimately praises as "a place which will bear return," leads into an equally compelling description of Garage for which she recognises its clear "contribution [...] in supporting, indeed composing, the very narrative of Russian contemporary art."

Rem Koolhaas on Prada, Preservation, Art and Architecture

09:30 - 31 July, 2015
The Fondazione Prada in southern Milan houses the fashion brand’s namesake arts foundation, established by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli more than two decades ago. Opened in May, the walled-in compound is a small city of culture, with a series of revitalized industrial buildings linked by de Chirico–like “streets” and piazzettas. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada
The Fondazione Prada in southern Milan houses the fashion brand’s namesake arts foundation, established by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli more than two decades ago. Opened in May, the walled-in compound is a small city of culture, with a series of revitalized industrial buildings linked by de Chirico–like “streets” and piazzettas. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada

With the opening of the Fondazione Prada art galleries in May, OMA showed a different side to their practice, one focusing on preservation and assemblage rather than the iconography and diagrammatic layout that many associate with the firm. In this interview, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Koolhaas Talks Prada," Rem Koolhaas explains the reasoning behind this new approach, and how they attempted to avoid falling into the clichés of post-industrial art spaces.

When the Fondazione Prada opened its doors to a new permanent home in Milan dedicated to contemporary culture, it not only placed the Italian city firmly at the forefront of today’s global art world, but also introduced an ambitious new way of thinking about the relationship between architecture and art. The location—an original 1910 distillery in a distinctly gritty part of the city—comprised seven spaces including warehouses and three enormous brewing cisterns with a raw industrial quality that the architects, Dutch firm OMA, retained while adding three new buildings made of glass, white concrete, and aluminum foam. One, the centrally located Podium, is intended for temporary shows, while another—still under construction—is a nine-story tower that will house the foundation’s archives, art installations, and a restaurant. The third, a theater with a mirrored facade, features folding walls that allow the building to open onto a courtyard. In total, the collection of buildings provides nearly 120,000 square feet of exhibition space, more than twice that of the new Whitney Museum of American Art. Metropolis correspondent Catherine Shaw visited the site with Pritzker Prize–winning architect Rem Koolhaas to find out more about the challenges of creating a new cultural paradigm.

OMA’s approach to the exhibition pavilions is eclectic, though undeniably modern. (Note the Miesian detail of the vertical beam affixed to the building envelope). Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada The Fondazione’s inaugural exhibition, the Serial Classic, explores questions of authenticity and imitation in classical antiquity. The lifesize sculptures are mounted on an intricate flooring system designed for the exhibition and composed of travertine, brushed aluminum, and perspex—all exposed along the edges. Image © Attilio Maranzano The gilded exhibition hall is the central focal point of the Fondazione. Called the Haunted House, the structure’s blank utilitarian features are draped in gold leaf, an ostensibly spontaneous extravagance that Koolhaas post-rationalizes on functionalist grounds. The building towers above the rest of the campus’s open-air spaces and warehouses, which all can be taken in from the Haunted House’s balconies. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada The Fondazione encompasses a veritable townscape consisting of warehouse hangars interwoven with the new buildings. The former are subtly spruced up, indicated by the linear orange markings repeated on their exterior. Elevation changes in the ground variegate the pedestrian’s experience of the compound while demarcating the Fondazione’s important nodes, such as the cinema clad in a mirrored veneer. Touches likes this lend the complex a haunting, almost surrealist dimension. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada +9

Milan Restores Famous Rainbow Tower Tiles

08:00 - 30 July, 2015
Courtesy of Studio Original Designers 6R5 Network
Courtesy of Studio Original Designers 6R5 Network

The Milan City Council, in partnership with the Rete Ferroviaria Italiana Gruppo FS Italiane railway authorities, has completed the restoration of the famous Torre Arcobaleno (Rainbow Tower) at Porto Garibaldi. 

ENEL Pavilion / Piuarch

01:00 - 18 July, 2015
© Andrea Martiradonna
© Andrea Martiradonna
  • Architects

  • Location

    Expo Gate, Via Luca Beltrami, 20121 Milano, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Francesco Fresa, Germàn Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini, Monica Tricario
  • Design Team

    Gianni Mollo, Marco Dragoni, Davide Fascione, Enrico Pellegrini, Jenny Spagnolatti, Gianluca Iannotta, Alessandro Leanti, Santiago Trujillo, Anna Zauli
  • Area

    900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna +20

One Photographer's Definitive Guide to the Pavilions of the 2015 World Expo

04:00 - 16 July, 2015
2015 World Expo Milan: 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life'. Image © Darren Bradley
2015 World Expo Milan: 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life'. Image © Darren Bradley

Darren Bradley, an architectural photographer and Instagrammer (@modarchitecture) based in San Diego, has shared a definitive collection of photographs from the 2015 World Expo. Each pavilion in the 1.1million square metre exhibition area, located just outside of Milan, is showcasing the best of their technology which offer "a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium."

Dome Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / Studio Mosae

04:00 - 11 July, 2015
© Filippo Poli
© Filippo Poli

The “madonnina” in Expo brings the centuries-old history of the construction of the Duomo, one of the greatest gothic cathedral in Europe, milan heritage for humanity, a symbol of christian devotion and commitment. Not only a christian symbol but a laic one too for the entire city of Milan, that represents all the cultures that make Milan alive.

Gino Valle Square / Valle Architetti Associati

15:00 - 23 June, 2015
Courtesy of Valle Architetti Associati
Courtesy of Valle Architetti Associati

© Giuseppe Dall'Arche (courtesy Valle Architetti Associati) © Hanns Joostens (courtesy Topotek 1) © Giuseppe Dall'Arche (courtesy Valle Architetti Associati) Courtesy of Valle Architetti Associati +24