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 […]

LCA Architetti models “primitive” House of the Archeologist on fossils

Fluted concrete walls punctured by stone entrances and window frames characterise this minimal Italian house, which LCA Architetti has completed for an archeologist in Varese, Italy. Described by local studio LCA Architetti as “primitive”, the family home has a deliberately simple, rectangular form to create a monolithic aesthetic that evokes the owner’s collection of fossils. […]

Dolce & Gabbana’s Rome store features a digital fresco

A digitalised fresco depicting soaring cherubs and angered Greek gods is the focal point of luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana‘s latest store in Rome, which has been created by architecture studio Carbondale. Set within a 16th-century palazzo in renowned Roman square Piazza di Spagna, the Dolce & Gabbana store has been decadently designed by […]

John Pawson completes gallery-style interiors for Milan’s Valextra store

Simple plaster surfaces and grey stone floors help create a gallery-like setting inside the Valextra store in Milan, which has been overhauled by British designer John Pawson. One of several high-end fashion boutiques on Via Manzoni, the Valextra store is designed by Pawson to merge “minimalism, clean elegance and restrained luxury”. “The space appears rigorous, monumental; […]

Curving terraces surround Villa Mosca Bianca by Design Haus Liberty

Design Haus Liberty has built a lake house in Italy with a series of living spaces connected to rounded terraces that extend out like petals from a flower. The studio, led by architect and Dezeen Awards judge for 2018 Dara Huang, designed Villa Mosca Bianca as a holiday home for a retired couple who wanted a place […]

Tom Dixon’s The Manzoni is a restaurant where “everything is for sale”

Diners can shop from their table at The Manzoni, a new Milan restaurant by Tom Dixon that doubles as a furniture showroom and the designer’s European headquarters. The opening of The Manzoni follows Tom Dixon’s move last year from west London to the Coal Office in King’s Cross, where the brand’s main offices are situated, along with a […]

OMA and Laboratorio Permanente to transform two Milanese railway yards into “ecological filters”

OMA and Laboratorio Permanente’s Agenti Climatici masterplan will turn two abandoned goods yards in Milan into public parks to filter the city’s air and water pollution. The Agenti Climatic masterplan will see the transformation of the Scalo Farini and Scalo San Cristoforo railway yards on the outskirts of the Italian city. OMA and Laboratorio Permanente plan to turn the former […]

The Sister Hotel in Milan sits inside an ancient convent

A former nunnery in Milan‘s city centre is now home to The Sister Hotel, which creatives Samuele Savio, David Lopez Quincoces and Fanny Bauer Grung have completed with eclectic interiors. Occupying a 16th-century building that once served as a convent, The Sister Hotel has been decadently dressed with a mix of old and new furnishings […]

David Chipperfield to convert old barracks into University of Padua campus

David Chipperfield‘s Milan office has won a contest to design a new campus for one of the world’s oldest surviving universities. David Chipperfield Architects and engineering company Steam were selected to design a campus of social and economic sciences for the University of Padua, which is the fifth-oldest surviving university on the globe. They were chosen ahead […]

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