If you are planning a trip to Florence, you will be amazed how many things you will want to do and see in this city. It's difficult to decide either to start with the Brunelleschi’s Dome, Ponte Vecchio, a huge dish of fiorentina steak or the Uffizi Gallery. Yes, Uffizi! And you cannot skip this latter one because we all love and need outstanding Italian art.
Sometimes, size really doesn’t matter. Designed by Osamu Nishida and Erika Nakagawa from ON Design & Partners, the Yokohama Apartment complex features four micro residential units measuring around 215 square feet each. Despite such reduced dimensions, clever design ensures the small spaces feel expansive and livable. Magic especially resides in a shared open-air courtyard conceived as a living-room and a kitchen that doubles as an art gallery for the four artists living upstairs.
Did you know that Milan has a special day for setting up Christmas decorations? While the rest of the world does it somewhere in late November or early December, northern Italians have the feast of Saint Ambrose, when they pull out Santa, garlands and other winter toys from their dusty boxes. Each year on December 7, Milan’s main Christmas tree switches on along with other thousands of cozy city Christmas lights and tiny home nativity scenes (presepe) that every Italian family gets ready for the Eve.
After having spent some time with your head in the clouds at the Swiss Pavilion, spying on Japanese tiny houses and getting dazzled under the artificial sunrays of Lightscapes, don’t forget to feel right at home in the Slovenian Pavilion at the 15th annual Venice Architecture Biennale.
Each time it is very hard to say what was the best exhibition of Milan Design Week. However, there are always some single exhibitions that make our hearts beat faster and make us think that a three-zeroes cost of a single piece of design is a reasonable price.
Looking back at the MDW-2017 it is, no doubt, Local Design’s show in 5VIE design district located in the historical center of Milan that left one of the brightest memories of the week.
Here’s something we’ve never seen before: a structure made entirely of pants! Starchitects Diller Scofidio+ Renfro just unveiled a sprawling pavilion made from 300 pairs of blue jeans in Milan. The installation is called Linking Minds, and it re-interprets the idea of using ready-made modules (in this case pants) in architecture. The surreal jean canopy soars over the historic Palazzo Litta in Milan. While the individual pairs of pants represent the human scale of urban life, the meshed twisted structure points to a sense of community and the collective nature of architecture.
Today Milan Design Week 2017 has officially started. A great event for designers but also a unique opportunity for travelers to visit the most exclusive historical places of the city. Usually such precious locations are closed for public. However, in occasion of the MDW many of them open doors hosting collections of contemporary design.
Milan Design Week is not for everybody? You are wrong. Even kids are welcome here. Still don’t believe it? Then visit La Triennale’s Giro Giro Tondo to discover the most baby friendly design museum ever.
If you still haven’t visit the 15th Venice Biennale, you are running out of time. Only few days are left before the world’s most important 6-months long architectural exhibition will be ended. Opened on May, 28 it has been a great venue to see and get inspired. Missed it? No worries! Check our gallery below and step into the most exciting installations of the Venice Architectural Biennale 2016.
This gorgeous new building undergoes a dramatic transformation each night when the sun goes down. At dusk, the new Louis Vuitton Matsuya boutique located in Ginza, a popular upscale shopping area of Tokyo, lights up like a giant lantern. Designed by the Japanese architect Jun Aoki, the store features the brand's iconic Damier Canvas pattern with a super-thin skin integrated with hundreds of LED lights.
Have you ever thought about a perfect place to live in? Contemporary Italian architects constantly search for the answer trying to imagine a domestic environment that would fully meet modern lifestyles and one’s individual expectation. Sometimes, these ideas look rather like an abstract world of dazzling perspectives. Sometimes, they are visionary geometries and sometimes, pragmatic living solutions considering present-day difficulties of cohabitation typical of dense urban contexts. Or, in other cases again, spaces based on acoustic, tactile and other non-visional perceptions and ever-changing conditions. In few words, each of these tiny rooms is a surprising universe reflecting the past decades of an intense research on interior architecture that goes far beyond conventional practices.
Although Gucci seems like a serious luxury brand, it knows when and how to downplay its unapproachable reputation. In an effort to become closer with "terrestrial life," the label created a free art installation inside its Ginza boutique in Tokyo. The Herbarium Room is an eerie work of art curated by Chiharu Shiota comprising a simple room entangled in blood-red yarn.
This year's Nordic Pavilion at Venice Biennale went far beyond the classic protocol. Its interior, which was conceived as an extension of Giardini’s verdant public space, is a step-pyramid that reaches for the ceiling. Called “In Therapy” and curated by David Basulto, Archdaily’s founder and editor in chief, this informal wooden amphitheater is designed to create the perfect environment in which to have the ever so critical debate about how architecture can progress without disrupting the legacy of the past.
Here's a story that gives new meaning to the expression "head in the clouds." The Swiss Pavilion curated by Sandra Oehy and commissioned by the Swiss arts council pro helvetia for the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture features a breathtaking inhabitable "cloud." Designed by the Zurich-based architect Christian Kerez, the Incidental space is an enigmatic object created to investigate the margin between the technical feasibility of architecture and the limits of an architect’s imagination. Resembling a huge cloud from outside, the pavilion has a cave-like interior that one enters through a tiny opening.
If you always dreamed of living in a forest villa with a view of the Eiffel Tower, you might be in luck. Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto with Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects, Mille Arbres, or the Thousand Trees, is a 9-story reverse pyramid in Paris designed to free the ground for a park while creating a vibrant green community in the sky.
Would you ever believe that somebody could drill a hole in the centuries-old roof of Venice Biennale’s Arsenale in order to host a temporary installation? No way! And yet the stunning Lightscapes set up and its solar rays seeping through the ceiling are somehow there and sending a very strong message.
Did you know that the introductory rooms of the 2016 Biennale Architettura were built with 100 tons of material generated by the dismantling of the previous Biennale? 10,000 sq.m of plaster board and 14 km of metal studs: this is what the visitor will see stepping inside of Biennale’s Arsenale hall this year.
Japan’s national participation at “Reporting From The Front” in Venice looks as an out of scale built tiny town showcasing some of the most intriguing architectural designs recently realized in the country. Semi-public shared space is the key feature of each project. Indeed, sharing is what the Japanese Pavilion at the Architectural Venice Biennale 2016 wants to speak about. Sharing of values, lifestyle and, of course, of architecture. Topic crucial enough to win a special mention in National Participations.
This year Venice Biennale brings you to cloud nine. Literally!
Designed by the Zurich-based architect Christian Kerez, the Switzerland Pavilion offers a unique experience of stepping into a real cloud. Realized as an ultra slim shell in fibre-cement, this pavilion is an inhabitable sculpture. Take off your shoes and sneak in it through a tiny hole. Bumpy, wavy and rough interior that you will find inside looks like a real cave. Though it features a very small room, its infinite complexity and unexpected puzzling shapes will make you want to climb it all in order to explore it up to the smallest detail.
Can you imagine a vault made of rock that stands strong without any mortar? If not, than go to Venice Biennale’s incredible installation known as Armadillo Vault, developed by ETH Zurich holds hundreds of limestone slabs with no glue.
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How often did you hear that we are not supposed to touch anything in a museum? Do not do this, do not do that, just keep away, observe and do it in silence. Well, this is something you won’t hear visiting “City After the City” exhibition at La Triennale di Milano held at the former Expo Milan 2015 area. Encouraged to touch, sit, lay, try, feel intriguing pieces of design, visitors can fully experience the great selection of architectural furniture that mirrors changing lifestyle of big cities, and that goes beyond established limits and stereotypes regarding how a house is supposed to be.
Did you know that there are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide? Besides cultivated ones, there are about 200 wild species. So no worries if you have never heard about this purple skin and butter-colored flesh Japanese sweetpotatoes. Still trying to figure out what is the best way to cook it. Any suggestions?
Did you miss the 2015 Expo and decide non to wait in line for hours to visit the Italian Pavilion? No worries! Palazzo Italia is open again and completely free for everybody. Don’t miss your chance to see the number one venue of the Universal Exhibition held in Milan in 2015 now.
Milan is the capital of design. The most innovative and in-vogue designers come here to launch their most recent works. Milan, however, is also the capital of architecture and classic taste. So what happens when the two meet one another?
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