New Global Hub for Biomedical Research / HOK

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HOK was recently selected as lead architect for the Ri.MED Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC) near Palermo, in Southern Italy. The $269 million world-class research facility at 334,000-square-feet will be a global hub for biomedical research and development. The ultimate goal is to prevent or cure diseases while improving the quality of life and life expectancy of patients. More images and architects’ description after the break.

OMA designs stage set for ancient Greek theatre in Syracuse

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On May 11, 2011, the performance of Aeschylus’s Prometheus Unbound premiered on OMA‘s (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) stage set for the Greek Theatre in , Sicily.  The design consists of three transformable architectural devices that can be reinterpreted among the different spaces of the theater.  These devices date back to 5th century BCE.

More after the break.

‘Grenade’ Inflatable Pavilion Proposal / SITBON Architectes

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Grenade, the proposal for the CityVision Inflatable Pavilion competition, by SITBON Architectes aims to create a relation with its environment. The theme of the pavilion is to think of the city as an immense architecture in constant mobility, by the transformation of its town planning, of the wanderings of its inhabitants, etc. The time dimension becomes essential in this management of the living area. By lauding the mobility, they question the vision of the architecture as a motionless element to in-vest it with another appropriate life, which allows each one to grow, to be transformed and to move. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Villa GM / Architrend Architecture

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Architect: Architrend Architecture
Location: , Sicily,
Project Team: Gaetano Manganello & Carmelo Tumino
Collaborators: Patrizia Anfuso, Marco Garfì
Project Area: 1.250 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Moreno Maggi

Calcara House / Modulor Progettazioni + Vincenzo Zito

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Architect: Modulor Progettazioni (Gaspare Titone) +
Location: Selinunte, Sicily, Italy
Engineers: Azzarito & Calamia Ingegneri associati
Project Area: 103,20 smq
Project Year: 2007 – 2009
Photographs: Vincenzo Maria Corseri, Giuseppe Arnone

Dario Cottone’s Ribbon Unites Caltanissetta

Under the direction of architect Dario Cottone, the young Italian firm recently won an international competition in the historical center of Caltanissetta, .  Cottone’s project focuses on a red ribbon that aims to link the older historic parts of the 16,000 square meter site with the emerging contemporary areas.

Further project description and more images after the break.