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Herzog & de Meuron’s grid-geared Feltrinelli Porta Volta opened in Milan

berrin chatzi chousein • January 17, 2017 • 38

A geared looking form, numerous grided glazing facade rises between Milan's historic buildings with an elongated and figurative roof, which can bee seen as a very modern intervention in the city's Porta Volta district. Designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, the new office building, encompassing 15,797 square-metre total site area, stretches out at site like a sharp knife both horizontal level and vertical level.Named Feltrinelli Porta Volta, the building includes offices, (...)

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara named as Curators of Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

WA Contents • January 17, 2017 • 203

The Board of Venice Architecture Biennale has announced that Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have been named as Curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in 2018. Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, co-founders of Grafton Architects, work and live in Dublin, where they graduated from the School of Architecture of University College. The famous team founded Grafton Architects in 1977 and the audio is famous for their University Buildings across the world including Unive (...)

NOA’s Hubertus Hotel in Italy features cantilevering pool looking natural topography of the town

WA Contents • January 11, 2017 • 507

Network of Architecture-NOA has completed Hubertus Hotel located in Valdaora, Italy at the foot of the famous ski and hiking area Kronplatz in the Puster Valley at an altitude of about 1350 m. The family establishment was generously enhanced and enlarged with16 new suites, a new kitchen with restaurants and 'Stuben', an entrance area with lobby, reception and wine cellar and a fitness and a relaxation room with panoramic terraces. The new 25m long pool, functioning as a (...)

Rocco Borromini renovates SV House by using remains of Italy’s old rustic

WA Contents • January 10, 2017 • 1146

Rocco Borromini, an Italian architect, has renovated a house by using remains of old rustic of the region Albosaggia in Italy. The lot, on the coast of Orobic Alps, enjoys a very beautiful view that you can enjoy from the large windows of the west front.The stained glass windows, partly fixed and partly that open, contribute to the dialogue between the interior and the valley. The structure is very simple, two stone walls connected by a reinforced concrete slab while the second floor, roof and f (...)

Is low-tech Philippe Starck the ‘Robin Hood’ of design?

WA Contents • January 5, 2017 • 500

[....]For the 67-year-old, the experience is more than just the look, feel, taste, touch or smell of something. To achieve that full sensory experience Starck packs his design with triggers. “All of my restaurants are full of magic things, what I call ‘fertile surprises’ and mental games. They are a global experience to open the mind,” says Starck, who has a house on the Venetian island of Burano and has been a “Venetian for 30 years”.Starck has designed prett (...)

Parisotto+Formenton’s fully mirrored pavilion inspired by an emblematic scene of La Notte film

WA Contents • January 2, 2017 • 724

Inspired by the images of an emblematic scene in the film La Notte (1961) by Michelangelo Antonioni, Aldo Parisotto and Massimo Formenton have designed a pavilion that evokes, through micro-architecture, the extraordinary ability of the filmmaker to dematerialized places, creating a sense of disorientation and surprise that prompts reflection.The installation is based on a famous exchange between Marcello Mastroianni and Monica Vitti (the scene “Giovanni between presence and absence&r (...)

Italian designer Lella Vignelli dies at 82

WA Contents • December 29, 2016 • 1200

Lella Vignelli, a designer who, with her husband, Massimo Vignelli, introduced a spare, elegant style to a wide range of products and corporate brands, attracting an international clientele, died on Dec. 22 at her home in Manhattan. She was 82. The cause was dementia, her son, Luca, said.Ms. Vignelli, an architect by training, brought a three-dimensional imagination to her husband’s graphic-design sensibility. Together, they were a two-person design army with a shared aesthetic — sle (...)

Lamborghini Road Monument Competition Winners Are Announced

WA Contents • December 22, 2016 • 1286

Young Architects Competitions has announced the winners of Lamborghini Road Monument Competition, which were selected from Italy, USA and Cyprus. Since the submissions proved a high-quality standard, Automobili Lamborghini decided to award two projects with the first prize with a cash prize of €12,000 to each team and the realization of both installations that will become the landmarks of Sant'Agata Bolognese, where Lamborghini's plants are located.The international comp (...)

Barbara Jatta appointed as first female director of Vatican Museums

WA Contents • December 21, 2016 • 528

On Tuesday, Pope Francis announced that the new director of the Vatican Museums will be the Italian art historian Barbara Jatta. This is a momentous occasion as it marks the first time in history that a woman will helm the art institution, one of the most important in the art world.The new director will take up the post in January 1, 2017, succeeding Antonio Paolucci, an art historian and former Italian culture minister who’s held the position since 2007. Previously to this appointment, Ja (...)

People experience new ways to shopping in the Carlo Ratti-designed Supermarket opens in Italy

WA Contents • December 14, 2016 • 1438

Interactive food tables, smart shelves and real time data visualisations are all taking part in the newly-completed Supermarket Coop Italia, Italy’s largest supermarket chain. Designed by Carlo Ratti Associati, the new Supermarket was first presented in a prototypical version at Milan’s World Expo 2015, in the framework of Coop Italia’s Future Food District pavilion. The futuristic Supermarket now opens to the public this week in Milan, Italy to experience interactive ways (...)

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals new golden B.zero 1 ring for Bulgari inspired by Colosseum

WA Contents • December 9, 2016 • 1650

B.zero 1 ring is a new bold, golden -goddess and elegant accessory designed by Zaha Hadid for an Italian jewelry and luxury goods brand Bulgari. Bulgari’s original B.zero 1 collection was utterly redesigned with Roman attitude inspired by the Colosseum, which embodied the city’s individual sense of style in a bold, sensual and exuberant.Bulgari created a new collection to celebrate the new millennium, the B.zero 1 collection has been reinterpreted over the years, (...)

OMA announced as Creative Mediator for Manifesta 12 Palermo

WA Contents • November 24, 2016 • 1061

Manifesta 12 Palermo selects OMA team to mediate the complex architectural and urban structure of the city of Palermo for 2018. Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, partner at OMA, will work with Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of the City of Palermo and Hedwig Fijen, Director of Manifesta as the Creative Mediator to investigate the role of city governance and address how contemporary cities are affected by tourism, gentrification, migration and climate change.The OMA team, led by partner I (...)

Studio Fuksas completes cloud-formed New Rome-Eur Convention Centre and Hotel in Italy

WA Contents • November 9, 2016 • 1493

Studio Fuksas, led by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, completed new Convention Centre and Hotel complex in Rome, Italy. A sinuous-formed building is located in a strategic area of the historic quarter Eur with a total building area of 55,000 square meter. The design concept is defined by three elements: the "Theca", the "Cloud" and the "blade" of the Hotel.The "Theca", longitudinally oriented, is the container, with a steel structure and double-glass façade, that encloses the Cloud. The (...)

Call for submissions: Contemporary Venice – It’s Liquid International Art Show

WA Contents • November 7, 2016 • 1715

It’s Liquid Group, in collaboration with Valorizzazioni Culturali | Art-Events, is selecting all interesting architectural projects, photos, paintings, video art, installations/sculptures and performance art works to include in the next event: Contemporary Venice  – It’s Liquid International Art Show, international exhibition of architecture, photography, painting, video art, installation and performance art, will be held in Venice, in the prestigious Palazzo Flangini (...)

Call for submissions: Venice International Experimental Art Festival | Out Of Borders

WA Contents • November 7, 2016 • 2128

It’s Liquid Group, in collaboration with Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, is selecting all interesting photo, painting, design/architecture projects, video-art, installation/sculpture and performance art works to include in the next exhibition: Venice International Experimental Art Festival | Out Of Borders that will be hosted in Venice, at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, from December 16, 2016 to January 16, 2017.Selection is open to all artworks of design/architecture projects, video art, photograp (...)

Last Call for Fairy Tales 2017 +presents its first annual Night of Fairy Tales event at NBM

WA Contents • October 27, 2016 • 1119

This is the last call for Fairy Tales 2017 competition and ending on November 2nd, 2016. The regular registration for Fairy Tales 2017 will be ended on Wednesday, November 2nd and the final submission deadline is on December 9th.The competition now celebrates its fourth edition and invites all architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives to submit their own unique architectural fairy tales. A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with 5 image (...)

Blank Space launches fourth annual fairy tales competition

WA Contents • October 27, 2016 • 2089

After the record breaking success of last year's competition which drew over 1,500 participants from 67 countries, Blank Space announced that the fourth edition is open for registration. Now in its fourth year, Fairy Tales is the largest annual architecture competition in the world.Blank Space is proud to partner with the National Building Museum and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) along with Archdaily, Archinect, Bustler and Design-Milk. The competition will be (...)

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas design a polygonal mobile house for Revolution Precrafted

WA Contents • October 25, 2016 • 1911

The Matilda Home, a special mobile living unit that can be placed in everywhere designed by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, founder and principals of Studio Fuksas, for Revolution Precrafted house series. Fuksas' design can be conceived as a smallest living unit in the world, consisting of three-storey with a maximum comfort. The Matilda Home is a polygonal structure that can also be reproducible by adding new modules, to be adaptable for every region. The design is comprised of two t (...)

Venice Biennale and Google release the 15th International Architecture Exhibition as online catalog

WA Contents • October 14, 2016 • 1906

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 and Google have collaborated to make the 15th International Architecture Exhibition “Reporting From The Front”, curated by Alejandro Aravena, fully available on Google Arts and Culture, along with a selection of National Participations and Collateral Events.Following last year’s project, which brought Biennale Arte 2015 online, La Biennale di Venezia and Google Arts and Culture are now launching a new initiative to broaden the ways in (...)

Conversations at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale: Architecture and Change/October 1, 2016

berrin chatzi chousein • September 29, 2016 • 1351

Conversations at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale continue with prestigious architects, curators, academia and global leaders and the Biennale presents a United States Pavilion event, in cooperation with the Nordic Pavilion, 'Architecture and Change' will be held on October 1, 2016 at  Nordic Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, Giardini. How does architecture foster social and political change? Can architecture be a catalyst for real change in today’s cities? How doe (...)