BIG reveals visuals of gateway building for Milan’s CityLife district

BIG has unveiled visuals of The Portico that will mark the entrance to CityLife, a district in Milan that has buildings deigned by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Arata Isozaki. Distinguished by its giant sweeping rooftop, The Portico will fill the final two plots of the residential and commercial development that is located on the site […]

Marcante-Testa uses marble to merge living spaces in Teorema Milanese apartment

Veiny slabs of green and grey marble help visually tie together living spaces within this Milan apartment, which has been overhauled by design studio Marcante-Testa. Previously described as a “typical bourgeois home”, Teorema Milanese has been redesigned by Turin-based Marcante-Testa to feature a rich mix of materials and colours. The studio was keen to maintain […]

Bêka & Lemoine’s latest film shows Venice’s worst flood in half a century

Architectural filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have released footage from a film, showing the impact of flooding in Venice. The duo, known for films including Koolhaas Houselife and Moriyama-San, have released a two-minute trailer for their latest movie. It contains recent footage showing the streets of Venice under water, including the whole of Piazza San Marco. […]

Prison inmates help build cracked-open Church of the Penitent Thief in Italy

The Church of the Penitent Thief in Bologna, Italy, is housed in a gabled white volume cleaved in two by a glazed crack and was built with the help of inmates of La Dozza prison. INOUTarchitettura, LADO architetti and LAMBER + LAMBER were part of the architecture team that designed the church. Called Chiesa del […]

Cc-tapis’ latest rugs are made to resemble Faye Toogood’s doodles

Scribbles and paint-like splotches appear on this range of rugs that designer Faye Toogood has created in collaboration with Cc-tapis, currently being presented within the brand’s new Milan showroom. The Doodles collection by Cc-tapis is comprised of six rugs, each crafted to resemble textural artworks that Faye Toogood has created over the past 18 months. […]

Stefano Boeri designs elevated walkway to be built under Renzo Piano Genoa bridge

Stefano Boeri has unveiled the design of a circular elevated walkway that will be built below Renzo Piano’s replacement for the collapsed Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy. Developed by his eponymous studio Stefano Boeri Architetti, working with Metrogramma and Inside Outside, the walkway forms part of the Polcevera Park and The Red Circle masterplan, which has been designed to […]

Edoardo Tresoldi creates ethereal wire mesh sculpture at Arte Sella

Artist Edoardo Tresoldi has partially filled the walls of Simbiosi – a ghostly wire-mesh sculpture on a hillside at the Arte Sella open-air museum in Italy – with rocks. Located in Trentino Valley, the museum and sculpture park was hit with an unprecedented storm in October 2018, resulting in the destruction of various artworks and […]

Simone Subissati Architects creates linear Italian country home

A fragmented frame disrupts the linear form of this Italian house in Le Marche, which Simone Subissati Architects has designed to immerse its occupants in the landscape. Named Casa di Confine, which translates as Border Crossing House, it was built by Simone Subissati Architects for a family that wanted a dwelling in “an open, panoramic […]

Bottle recycling scheme in Rome exchanges plastic waste for metro rides

Rome is trialling a scheme where people can recycle plastic bottles in return for free rides on the city’s public transport system. Called + Ricicli + Viaggi, or + Recycle + Travel, the recycling scheme accepts PET plastic bottles which are collected and sent for processing. Machines at three metro stations in the city exchange […]

Bergmeisterwolf tops 12th-century wine cellar with bronze funnel

Architecture studio Bergmeisterwolf has added a bronze funnel that appears to erupt from the ground above the 12th-century Pacherhof wine cellar in Italy. Modern wine production and tasting facilities are contained within the tower, which connects to the existing cellar via an underground passage. Bergmeisterwolf Architekten‘s extension to the Pacherhof wine cellar in South Tyrol […]

Superstudio co-founder Cristiano Toraldo di Francia dies aged 78

Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, the Italian architect who co-founded the radical design collective Superstudio, has died at the age of 78. Di Francia started the radical design collective Superstudio in 1966 with Adolfo Natalini while studying at the University of Florence. They were subsequently joined by Gian Piero Frassinelli, Alessandro and Roberto Magris, and Alessandro […]

Gabriele Salini transforms historic palazzo into G-Rough hotel in Rome

Mirrored tiles, patina walls, contemporary art and modernist Italian furniture make up this hotel within a 17th-century palazzo in Rome, which was formerly the family home of the owner. Gabriele Salini has transformed the historic property, which was his family’s home for hundreds of years, into a boutique hotel called G-Rough. He designed the five-storey hotel in the heart […]

Marazzi designs Milan showroom as cabinet of curiosity

Dezeen promotion: Italian ceramics manufacturer Marazzi has opened a new showroom in Milan, which architects Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel have made to resemble a collector’s library. The Marazzi showroom is situated at the heart of the city’s Durini design district. It has been designed by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, who together run Milan-based […]

Di Gregorio Associati surrounds rural Italian house with planted concrete pergolas

Overgrown concrete pergolas have been installed around Monticello, a brick house restored by Di Gregorio Associati Architetti in northern Italy. Di Gregorio Associati Architetti has restored and extended the rural house surrounded by vineyards, opening up its interiors to terraces surrounded by large concrete frames. Leaving the original house’s structure largely intact, the architecture studio surrounded […]

Studio Andrew Trotter models Villa Cardo on traditional houses in Puglia

A series of minimal white blocks interlock to form this holiday home by Studio Andrew Trotter, which takes cues from local architecture in Puglia. Named Villa Cardo, the four-bedroom dwelling is designed for a couple who wanted a peaceful summer retreat amidst olive groves in Carovigno, a town in the south of Italy. Studio Andrew Trotter […]

Hesselbrand transforms stables into additional rooms at Tuscany’s Villa Lena

A former horse stables on the grounds of Tuscan art retreat Villa Lena has been renovated by architecture studio Hesselbrand to accommodate a series of rustic guest suites. Villa Lena is situated in the heart of Tuscany on a sprawling, 500-hectare wooded estate dotted with vineyards and olive groves. During the 19th and early 20th-century […]

Ultravioletto’s Neural Mirror shows audiences an AI reflection of themselves

Visitors to a former church in the Italian city of Spoleto will encounter a mirror that uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition to build an otherworldly image of themselves. Italian design studio Ultravioletto created the Neural Mirror installation to give audiences a chance to contemplate the controversial technologies in an artistic setting. The ghostly, rainbow-coloured […]

Geza designs gabled home to frame views of Alpine village

Architecture studio Geza has wrapped a skin of sun-shading angled larch slats around this large gabled house on a steep Alpine slope in Italy. Located close to a small town in Camporosso,  Z House is designed to capture panoramic views of the nearby valley and mountains. Larch slats that surround both of the house’s volumes […]

Two buildings in Rome merge to form boutique hotel Condominio Monti

Italian architecture firm Studio Tamat and designer Sabina Guidotti have merged and overhauled two buildings to create this boutique hotel in Rome, Italy. The 900-square-metre hotel, called Condominio Monti, is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Kaja Osinski and Filippo Ribacchi. The duo sought to merge two properties city’s Monti neighbourhood to create new boutique accommodation. Studio […]

Untitled Architecture completes overhaul of attic apartment in Milan

A metal beam, cylindrical staircase and narrow partitions are the simple solutions that Untitled Architecture has used to configure this small apartment in Milan. Occupying the attic of a residential building, the apartment’s formerly dark and cramped interior has been rationalised by Untitled Architecture to feature just a couple of structural elements. “The project was […]

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