ArchDaily has teamed up with Portugal’s Canal 180 to bring you their series I LIKE. Check out episode 8, I LIKE Red, which features stARTT‘s Whatami, Carlos Martinez and Pipilotti Rist‘s City Lounge, Rojkind Arquitectos Nestlé Chocolate Museum and two other vermilion-hued projects.

I LIKE is an original series on architecture and spatial intervention, developed in a collaboration between Canal 180 and LIKEarchitects atelier. Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto have created a chromatic experiment and spatial exercise—organized by color—that reveals some of the most amazing architectural interventions in the world.

Next week ArchDaily will premier the ninth installment of I LIKE. Stay tuned!

Previous episodes in the I LIKE series:

Episode 1 – I LIKE Black
Episode 2 – I LIKE Pink
Episode 3 – I LIKE Purple
Episode 4 – I LIKE Multicolor
Episode 5 – I LIKE Blue
Episode 6 – I LIKE Yellow
Episode 7 – I LIKE Green

Semper Kaleidoscope / sTARTT


Our friends from Italian design firm sTARTT have shared their most recent restoration project which transforms an abandoned warehouse into a spatial urban kaleidoscope.  Situated in the historic center in Porfiri of the Latina Province, the area is marked by architectonic elements from the city’s earliest foundation that now co‐exist with “inconsistent” contemporary parts of the center.  In that sense, the project seeks to bring a continuity to the context, as sTARTT has envisioned a way to allow users to appreciate the historic roots of their city within a contemporary atmosphere.

More about the project after the break.

WHATAMI, winner of the 2011 Young Architects Program at MAXXI / stARTT

© Courtesy of stARTT

A few days ago we featured, in progress, the WHATAMI project, winner of the 2011 Young Architect Program at the MAXXI. We are excited to announce that we have just received material from the finished project.

Architect: stARTT / Simone Capra, Claudio Castaldo, Francesco Colangeli, Andrea Valentini
Location: Rome,
Project Year: 2011
Client: MAXXI Foundation and
Project Area: 600 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of stARTT

This pavilion will be open to public from June 23rd to October 16th, housing some events you can check in MAXXI foundation’s website.

In Progress: sTARTT “WHATAMI” at the MAXXI

Courtesy of sTARTT

“WHATAMI”, winner of the 2011 Young Architect Program at the MAXXI, is beginning to take shape. This summer installation is situated within the exterior spaces of the museum and is the result of a partnership between MoMA’s and the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in . Simultaneously Interboro Partners‘ “Holding Pattern” will on display at the MoMA in New York and sTARTT’s winning design “WHATAMI” at Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI.

Update: “WHATAMI” by sTARTT, winner of the 2011 YAP at the MAXXI


As we told you on a previous article, Italian firm sTARTT has been selected as the winner of the YAP summer installation at the MAXXI museum in , as the result of a partnership with the and the P.S.1.

sTARTT’s entry WHATAMI is based on the manufacturing of an artificial archipelago-hill, generating smaller green areas in the garden and potentially outside the museum. The hill works as a garden, injecting “green” into the concrete plateau of the museum’s outdoor space, allowing it to serve as a stage and/or parterre for concerts and other events, or as a space to rest and look at the museum itself.

The artificial landscape will be punctuated by large “flowers” providing light, shadow, water, and sound. The materials proposed for the installation involve a two-fold recycling process, the supplying of the materials for the construction (straw, geo-textile, plastic) and the dismantling of the “hill” (turf, lighting).


stARTT is the brainchild of Simone Capra and Claudio Castaldo, a practice with interesting projects that move between landscape, city, infrastructure, and context. On this project they worked with Francesco Colangeli, Andrea Valentini and Massimo Brizzarielli worked  as green consultants.

More details after the break.

MAXXI Joins Young Architects Program

© Alan R Tansey

The annual make-over of PS1′s courtyard is one of our favorite summertime events, as the competition brings fresh, crazy and creative proposals to the table.  The NYTimes recently shared that the MoMA and PS1 have asked MAXXI – the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome – to be the third partner in their Young Architects Program.   MAXXI will take part in transforming the Long Island City site, but there will also be a separate installation displayed in Rome.

Logistically, a New York jury and a Rome jury will chose the winning architects in February.  The short list for MAXXI includes and Valentina Mandalari of Palermo, Ghigos Ideas of Lissone and stARTT of Rome, Asif Khan of London and Langarita Navarro Arquitectos of Madrid (we’ve covered several Langarita Navarro works previously on AD here).

As we featured several weeks ago, the MoMA/MoMA PS1 finalists include Interboro Partners of Brooklyn, Matter Architecture Practice of Brooklyn, and FormlessFinder also of Brooklyn, MASS Design Group in Boston and IJP Corporation Architects of London.

You can expect full coverage of this exciting new partnership, especially the new proposals for the summer.  We are looking forward to seeing if these proposals top last summer’s ideas.