Dolce&Gabbana Office Building / Piuarch

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Architects: Piuarch
Location: Milan,
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, , Italy
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

Light Loft / LPzR architetti associati

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Architects: LPzR architetti associati
Location: Marghera 32, Milano, Italy
Architect In Charge: Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria
Design Team: Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Luca Gobbo, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria, Federico Reyneri
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria, Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria

ADR18 Housing / LPzR architetti associati

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Architects: LPzR architetti associati
Location: Andreoli 18, Milano,
Architect In Charge: Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria
Design Team: Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Luca Gobbo, Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria
Year: 2007
Photographs: Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria, Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria

‘The Slabs’ – Italian Pavilion Expo 2015 Proposal / MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect

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MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect shared with us their proposal for the Italian Pavilion Expo 2015. Titled ‘The Slabs’, their design consists of a light cage where the technical innovation is embedded within the structure: revolutionary glass columns sustain traditional slabs clad in marble. Simple and elegant in its structural system, marble and glass are intertwined to express the Italian architectural tradition of proportion and elegance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Best Architect-Designed Products of Milan Design Week 2013

Tools for Life / OMA © Ilan Rubin

This week at the 52nd edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in , over 2,500 exhibitors showcased an endless collection of the latest international products and home-furnishing designs. Among them included a variety of elegant and intelligently designed items envisioned by some of our favorite architects. Continue after the break to scroll through a list of the best architect-designed products featured at the .

INVERSION Installation at INTERNI Magazine’s Hybrid Architecture Exhibition

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As part of INTERNI’s Hybrid Architecture Exhibition event, Steven Holl Architects will be opening their ‘INVERSION’ tomorrow, April 9th, in Milan. In addition, Steven Holl will deliver a lecture in the Aula Magna of the Università degli Studi di Milano at 10am. Shown in the Cortile 700 of the Università degli Studi di Milano, the installation features six void-cut, 21 million year old limestone blocks, which frame a sheet of water. The process, beginning with a 5”x7” watercolor sketch in New York City, which is transformed into a 3D file and then sent to Lecce, required no working drawings. More information on their installation after the break.

Steven Holl in Milan

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On April 9, Steven Holl Architects is preparing to open the INVERSION, presented as part of Interni’s Hybrid Architecture exhibition event organized on occasion of the FuoriSalone 2013, during Design Week in .

Milano EXPO 2015 Info Point Winning Proposal / Scandurrastudio

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The winning proposal in the Info Point competition at Milano EXPO 2015 by Scandurrastudio aims to be an impressive void; a square and two pavilions. Featuring a great open space, a central square between two booth-like pavilions, the gate to EXPO 2015 will offer an ideal opportunity to talk about growth and evolution, while marking the time before the opening event. More images and architects’ description after the break.

La Forgiatura / Giuseppe Tortato

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Architects: Giuseppe Tortato
Location: ,
Project Manager: Marco Bettalli
Design Team: Marco Bettalli, Giorgia Celli, Barbara Storchi, Antonio Urru
Project Executive: A&I progetti, Stefano Niccoli
Area: 24,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stefano Topuntoli

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 – Daniel Libeskind. 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…

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: ,
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

Refurbishment of “La Serenissima” Office Building / Park Associati

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Architects: Park Associati
Location: Via dei Cavalieri del Santo Sepolcro, Milan,
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

Despite Controversy, Herzog & de Meuron’s Porta Volta Breaks Ground

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After two years in waiting, Porta Volta, the project by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron to redevelop ’s north-western Spanish gate, has finally broken ground. The project, which spurred some controversy when architect and critic Vittorio Gregotti accused the Swiss-led project of being an act of “architectural colonialism,” is nevertheless scheduled to be completed in 2015.

According to Herzog, the 2,500 sqm project, which consists of Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli’s 7,500 sqm Headquarters and 15,000 sqm of greenery, is “intrinsically” Milanese, having been inspired by “the Gothic tradition that is expressed in important buildings in the city of Milan [and the] farms that dot the landscape of slender Lombardy.”

Story via Herzog & de Meuron 

SANAA Unveils Their Plans for Bocconi University Campus

The new Bocconi University campus by . Photo via Domus.

SANAA has just unveiled their plans for the Bocconi University Campus in , Italy. The design features various undulating structures, forming connective inner courtyards, that wind their way across a 17,500 square meter green space open to both students and neighborhood residents.

According to Paola Nicolin, a professor at Bocconi and writer for Domus, the University is a “playground” for the imagination, using “non-hierarchic compositional elements” to establish a relationship between the campus’ organic forms and the human lives which inhabit it. In Nicolin’s words, the project “speaks of transparency, empathy for nature, and far-sightedness.”

More images and info on the project, after the break…

AD Architecture College Guide: Domus Academy

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If there is one characteristic that defines “architecture” it is innovation. And if by innovative, you think responsive, then Domus Academy certainly qualifies. It was started by Maria Grazia Mazzocchi, daughter of Domus Magazine founder, Gianni Mazzocchi after people kept writing letters asking her to start a design school. And in 1983, she did just that.

For the basics, the school is very clear. Your accreditation comes from an affiliation with the University of Wales, in Cardiff, UK, which is awarded upon completing 180 Master’s level credits. And you also receive a Diploma Supplement from them which proves that you have a degree that is equivalent to major universities across the globe. And it’s sited in , which if one is interested in Italian design, is an ideal locale. It’s a one year program, so it doesn’t require the extensive 2- and 3-year commitments that many programs across the world demand. It will cost a similar amount, however, at €23,790 Euro. But the best aspect of that admittedly large tuition fee is that it is for a single year—11 months to be exact. That means one can immediately begin searching for a job to pay off what is, after all is said and done, a relatively small student loan compared to average ones that are three times that size. There are also unrestricted scholarships available that defray costs from between 20%-50%. And in case you’re wondering, classes are taught in English.

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