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Visitors share their impressions of “interesting and courageous” Venice Architecture Biennale

May 25, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Venice Architecture Biennale 2021

With the Venice Architecture Biennale now open to the public, attendees have given their verdict on the first major cultural event to take place since the pandemic began. “It was interesting and very courageous,” architect Stefano Boeri told Dezeen. “And how important it is for Venice to say that the biennale is still alive. It

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The pandemic has “re-imagined how we can exhibit” says Venice Architecture Biennale curator Hashim Sarkis

May 19, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
Venice Architecture Biennale curator Hashim Sarkis

Installing the Venice Architecture Biennale, which opens 22 May, during the pandemic has forced participating architects to work in a more collaborative and sustainable way, according to curator Hashim Sarkis. “It has definitely affected, in a creative way, the question of efficiency and how we can reduce our carbon footprint,” he told Dezeen. “Many teams

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Plans revealed for Colosseum amphitheatre’s retractable floor

May 11, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Colosseum's retractable floor by Milan Ingegneria

The Italian government has approved plans designed by engineering firm Milan Ingegneria to create a remote-controlled, retractable floor within the Colosseum arena in Rome. The retractable floor will replace the arena’s original floor, which was removed in the 19th century to restore the vision of “ancient times”. “Realisation of the arena resumes the thread of time,

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Tecla house 3D-printed from locally sourced clay

April 23, 2021 James Parkes 0
3D-printed clay house

Bologna-based architecture studio Mario Cucinella Architects and 3D printing specialists WASP have collaborated to create a low-carbon housing prototype that is 3D printed using clay. Named Tecla, a combination of the words technology and clay, the home was designed by Mario Cucinella Architects and was constructed and engineered by Wasp using clay sourced from a nearby

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Venice Architecture Biennale pavilions set to hold “silent openings” without visitors

April 14, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Venice Architecture Biennale pavilions set to hold "silent openings" without visitors

The organisers of national pavilions of the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale are planning to open without guests next month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With Italy currently in a lockdown to battle a “third wave” of cases and travel in Europe still restricted, several national pavilions at the world’s most prestigious architecture biennale have

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MoDus Architects brings new logic to mid-century Cusanus Academy

April 12, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Main hall at Cusanus Academy renovation by MoDus Architects

A 1960s hall with a barrel-vaulted concrete ceiling gave MoDus Architects the design cues for this refurbishment of an education centre in South Tyrol. The locally based studio has renovated and extended Cusanus Academy, a learning and conference facility in Bressanone that aims to bring together religious and secular ideologies. The project involved reorganising spaces inside all three

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Dodi Moss designs multi-level loft inside 300-year-old Genoa building

April 7, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Slate staircase in House for a Sea Dog in Genoa by Dodi Moss

Italian architecture studio Dodi Moss has created the characterful and space-efficient House for a Sea Dog loft apartment on the upper floors of a 17th-century building in Genoa. The studio, which has offices in Genoa and Pisa, designed the apartment for a young naval engineer who spends long periods away from home, often in very confined

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UNA2 covers Italian public square with bright-red loggia

April 1, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
A cyclist beside a red pavilion

Red aluminium slats form an angular canopy atop a structure designed by Italian architecture office UNA2 to shelter part of a public square in the town of Rosignano Marittimo, Italy. UNA2, which is based in nearby Genoa, was commissioned by the local authority to oversee the redevelopment of the Piazza della Repubblica into a versatile,

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Alvisi Kirimoto designs affordable housing complex with perforated metal balconies

March 8, 2021 James Parkes 0

Rome-based studio Alvisi Kirimoto has created an affordable housing complex with a brick facade and perforated metal balconies to help regenerate a neighbourhood in Barletta, Puglia. Named Viale Giulini, the C-shaped building wraps around a courtyard and comprises 50 residential units, an underground car park and commercial units built across six floors. Located in northern

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Casa ai Bailucchi is a two-level apartment overlooking Genoa port

March 4, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Bedroom in Casa ai Bailucchi by llabb

Italian studio Llabb has combined two apartments in Genoa, creating a quirky home that combines nautical references with contemporary art. Casa ai Bailucchi is the home of a young creative couple – one is a gallery owner and music lover, the other is a freelance graphic designer. The two-level, 135-square-metre apartment is located on the

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