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.

House in Milan / Rangr Studio + Charlet Design

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Architects: Rangr Studio + Charlet Design
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Jasmit Singh Rangr, Laurent Charlet
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mikiko Kikuyama

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 Milan 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.

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 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 ’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.”

Competition Entry: ‘My Iran’ (Expo Milan 2015) / Akaran Architects & IRANBON

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Akaran Architects, in collaboration with IRANBON, have been selected as one of four finalist for their proposal ‘My Iran,’ a pavilion representing the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Milan Expo 2015. The team will now join the other finalists to refine their ideas into a single proposal. The rectangular site (20 by 100 meters) is a ‘resonant landscape,’ aiming to showcase the central theme: feeding the planet, energy for life

RCS Building / Boeri Studio

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Architects: Boeri Studio
Location: Via Angelo Rizzoli, 8, 20132 , Italy
Architect In Charge: Boeri Studio
Design Team: Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra
Area: 22000.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Boeri Studio

La Corte Verde di Corso Como / Cino Zucchi Architetti

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Architects: Cino Zucchi Architetti
Location: Porta Nuova, Piazzale Principessa Clotilde, 20121 , Italy
Area: 4019.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Cino Zucchi Architetti

“Austria. Naturally Yours” Competition Entry / penda

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In an effort to “feed the world,” penda, in collaboration with Alex Daxboeck, has won first runner-up in the two-stage competition for the Austrian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Supporting the Expo’s theme, penda’s proposal plans to be designed and harvested by its visitors, who will plant herbs, vegetables and fruits all over it throughout the duration of the seven-month event. By the end of the Expo, the pavilion will be fully taken over by organic food, which will then be prepared by chefs and served back to the visitors in the Pavilion-Restaurant. 

Fluidity / gglab + Paulo Flores

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Architects: gglab + Paulo Flores
Location: Milan, Italy
Design Team: Andrés Arias, José Ramón Tramoyeres, Paulo Flores, Danilo Spiga, PovilasCepaitis Luis Enrique, Diego Ordóñez, Carlos Piles, Alberto Seller, Jaume Verdeguer, Miguel Rus, Arense Zaragoza.
Consultants: Cast on Cast (parametrization, optimization and digital manufacturing)
Ceramics: Ceracasa, Cerámica Decorativa, Cerámica Mayor, Natucer y Tau Cerámica.
Structure: Manolo García Carpintería Artística S.L.U.
Collaboration: Ceracasa Cerámica, Decorativa,Natucer, Tempio y Tau Cerámica.
Photographs: Courtesy of gglab + Paulo Flores

Residential and Tourist Facilities in Milan / aa-ls

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Architects: aa-ls
Location: , Italy
Architect In Charge: Luigi Serboli, Boschi+Serboli
Collaborators: Francesco Bardelli, Germana Gavazzoni, Luca Venturini, Federica Lorini, Andrea Busi
Area: 13,757.25 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Luigi Serboli, Mauro Zanardelli

Tortona 37 Multi-Purpose Complex / Matteo Thun & Partners

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Architects: Matteo Thun & Partners
Location: , Italy
Project Manager: Luca Colombo
Design Team: Tom Lacey, Francesco Isabella, Simone Alberi, Ilaria Brollo
Area: 39000.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Matteo Danesin, Daniele Domenicali

Request for Proposals: 2015 World Expo Pavilion

Italy’s 2015 Pavilion. Image © Nemesi Studio

The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) of the Department of State requests proposals from private U.S. individuals, firms, associations and organizations for the fundraising, construction, development, organization, and management, and disassembly and removal of a USA Pavilion/exhibition at Milan Expo 2015, which is set to open with an eco-themed fair on May 1, 2015. The USA Pavilion will be situated on a 2790 square meter plot with a building footprint no more than 70% of the plot size on a site northwest of , near the Massimiliano Fuksas-designed Fiera Milano convention center. Proposals are expected to include ‘a food demonstration or exhibition’ to emphasize the ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ theme. Submissions are due no later than September 15. For more detailed information, please visit here.

Humanitas / FTA Filippo Taidelli Architetto

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Architects: FTA Filippo Taidelli Architetto
Location: Milan,
Consultant: Rossi Bianchi Lightning Design, Terzini Ingegneria, Tecva Srl., Tecno Impianti 2000, Area 68, Metalsigma
Client: Humanitas
Area: 600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of FTA

Instant House @ School Winning Proposal / B2 Architecture

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Designed by B2 Architecture, their first prize winning design for the Instant House @ School Competition is an oasis for children that breaks down the rigorosity with the help of organic and playful shapes. Located in a strictly orthogonal urban context, in the street of Via Ugo Betti in Milan, the building and its surroundings will create a bridge between the neighborhood and the children by orienting itself to the main directions of the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dolce&Gabbana Office Building / Piuarch

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Architects: Piuarch
Location: ,
Architectural Design: Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini, Monica Tricario
Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna

Piazza Gae Aulenti / AECOM

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Architects: AECOM
Location: Piazza Gae Aulenti, ,
Lead Architects: Pelli Clarke Pelli
Project Architects: Adamson
Design Landscape Architects: James Haig Streeter, Claudio Zappia
Year: 2012
Photographs: AECOM / Robb Williamson, Claudio Zappia, Hines