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BIG breaks ground on building to unite Milan towers by Hadid, Libeskind and Isozaki

September 15, 2021 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
CityWave buildings by BIG in Milan

BIG has begun construction on its CityWave building, which will visually connect the towers of Milan’s CityLife development with a low swooping roof that doubles as one of Italy’s largest urban photovoltaic power stations. The Danish architecture studio has designed the fourth building for the site, which contains towers by Zaha Hadid Architects, Daniel Libeskind

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Carlana Mezzalira Pentimalli designs music school with patterned concrete walls

September 13, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
The concrete exterior of the Music School of Bressanone by Carlana Mezzalira Pentimalli

Architecture office Carlana Mezzalira Pentimalli has completed a music school in Bressanone, Italy, comprising monolithic concrete volumes decorated with a subtle hand-hammered pattern. Trevino-based Carlana Mezzalira Pentimalli designed the Music School of Bressanone, which was founded in 1961 and is one of the South Tyrol region’s most important cultural institutions. The music school is located

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Milan apartment block fire “closely recalled Grenfell Tower” says mayor

August 31, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
Torre del Moro fire

Milan’s mayor Beppe Sala has likened a fire in a tower block in Milan on Sunday to the Grenfell Tower fire in London due to the way the flames seemingly spread through its cladding. The fire in the Torre del Moro apartment block, an 18-storey residential building in Milan, started on the 15th floor and

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Arney Fender Katsalidis to transform Tuscolana railway site into low-carbon 15-minute city

August 19, 2021 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Campo Urbano masterplan for Rome by Arney Fender Katsalidis

Architect Arney Fender Katsalidis will transform a disused railway site in Rome into a low-carbon neighbourhood as part of the Reinventing Cities programme, which encourages cities to strive towards net-zero urban developments. The Campo Urbano proposal will see 24,000 square metres of former railway infrastructure around Rome’s Tuscolana station turned into a mixed-use development. The car-free

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Studio Wok designs cavernous pizza restaurant to recall rocky coves of Sardinia

August 12, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Myrto pizzeria by Studio Wok

Studio Wok has completed Myrto, a pizzeria on Sardinia that is designed to reflect the island’s earth tones and wind-swept granite rocks. Located in the town of Porto Cervo on the Costa Smeralda, the restaurant resembles a cave with curved, sandy pink plaster walls, cement floors and arched window openings. The interior is a “tribute

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COS reflects 18th-century frescoes in Bolzano store with mirrors and mesh

August 8, 2021 Ali Morris 0
COS Bolzano store

Fashion brand COS added an installation of mirrored plinths and display stands draped in layers of transparent mesh to enhance and contrast the interiors of the historic Palazzo Menz in Bolzano, Italy. COS’s in-house design team inserted the site-specific installation to showcase the brand’s latest collection in the opulent ballroom of the palazzo, which was built in

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SOM to design athletes’ village for 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Olympics

August 5, 2021 Dan Howarth 0
Aerial view of proposed 2026 Olympic Village

Architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill has been chosen to design a mass-timber Olympic Village with “minimal environmental impact” for the winter Olympic games hosted in Milano-Cortina. Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) was selected following an international competition to complete the village, which will form part of the redevelopment of rail yards in Milan’s Porta Romana area. The

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NOA transforms 17th-century monastery near Lake Garda into hotel and spa

August 5, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Monastero Arx Vivendi hotel

Network of Architecture has turned a former monastery in Italy into the Monastero Arx Vivendi hotel by conserving and refreshing the interiors, and inserting a series of glazed spa rooms into its gardens. Italian studio Network of Architecture (NOA) worked closely with the Trento Office of Cultural Heritage to transform half of the 17th-century complex in Arco, near

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Stefano Boeri completes new entrance and walkway at Rome’s Domus Aurea

July 30, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
A walkway inside Domus Aurea

Stefano Boeri Architetti has inserted an entrance kiosk and a pedestrian walkway that provides access to subterranean rooms within Rome’s historic Domus Aurea palace. The new entrance is situated within Oppian Hill Park and connects with the walkway that leads to the spectacular Octagonal Room almost six metres below. The palace built by Emperor Nero

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Bolza family turns 1,000-year-old Italian castle into Hotel Castello di Reschio

July 5, 2021 Dan Howarth 0
Palm Court at Hotel Castello di Reschio

A 10th-century castle in the Umbrian hills has been restored and transformed into a hotel by Count Benedikt Bolza and his family, who created custom furniture for its 36 suites, restaurant and spa. Welcoming its first guests in spring 2021, Hotel Castello di Reschio comprises 30 suites within the historic castle. The hotel sits within the

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