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Iris Ceramica Group’s Planet-Friendly Booth at Cersaie 2023: Sustainability and Innovation in Architecture

26-09-2023

Iris Ceramica Group’s Planet-Friendly Booth at Cersaie 2023: Sustainability and Innovation in Architecture

At Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings under way in Bologna until 29 September, Iris Ceramica Group presents the Planet-Friendly Booth, an avant-garde installation designed in partnership with Henoto. This extraordinary exhibition space incarnates Iris Ceramica Group’s commitment to environmental sustainability and innovation, proposing a new definition of the trade fair booth

Cersaie 2023: 40 years of Innovation and Architectural Space

22-09-2023

Cersaie 2023: 40 years of Innovation and Architectural Space

Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings coming up 25 through 29 September 2023 in Bologna, celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year, confirming its role as a global landmark for ceramics and bathroom furnishings professionals. The events in the cultural programme ‘Costruire Abitare Pensare’ (“Building, Dwelling, Thinking”) include a keynote address by Chinese architect Xu Tiantian, founder of DnA Design and Architecture of Beijing, and a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon (1973-2023)

The Hole with the House Around by ELASTICOFarm: Contemporary architecture that embraces the void

18-09-2023

The Hole with the House Around by ELASTICOFarm: Contemporary architecture that embraces the void

In the heart of a private park in the province of Turin, the ELASTICOFarm studio has designed an extraordinary contemporary residence. The studio directed by architect Stefano Pujatti has, in fact, boldly reinterpreted a residential building from the 1970s, challenging architectural conventions and offering a unique living experience

Architecture and materials

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Casa Encinos by APT, a fusion of form and function respectful of the local context

27-09-2023

Casa Encinos by APT, a fusion of form and function respectful of the local context

With Casa Encinos, Architect Lilian Rebollo from the APT arquitectura para todos studio has created a small architectural gem that respects the breathtaking natural context of the Santo Domingo Ocotitlán village situated in the El Tepozteco National Park, in Mexico. The use of local materials, techniques and labour makes the project particularly sustainable.

Ivrea reopens its doors: Welc-Home to my House 2023

13-09-2023

Ivrea reopens its doors: Welc-Home to my House 2023

Once again this year, Ivrea - the industrial city of the 20th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site - opens its doors for visitors to marvel at Olivetti’s architecture, with involvement from local citizens and a media partnership with Floornature. There are two weekends available - 23/24 September and 30 September/1 October - as well as days dedicated to photography and architecture on 22 and 30 September respectively.

Vuosaari Heat Pump Building, innovating sustainability

06-09-2023

Vuosaari Heat Pump Building, innovating sustainability

The architects of the Virkkunen & Co Architects Ltd. studio, in collaboration with the Helen Ltd. energy supplier, have designed the Vuosaari Heat Pump Building in Helsinki, a structure housing a power station as an integral element of Helsinki's transformation to carbon-neutral energy production by 2030.

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Design&Trends

Gio Ponti and the 1920s: the ‘ceramic’ debut of a genius

20-09-2023

Gio Ponti and the 1920s: the ‘ceramic’ debut of a genius

In 1923, a young Ponti was tasked with kickstarting the Richard-Ginori ceramics and porcelain factory.

THE ARCHITECTS SERIES

The Architects Series – A documentary on: Alison Brooks Architects

The Architects Series – A documentary on: Alison Brooks Architects

The 31st Architects Series will feature international architecture studio Alison Brooks Architects on Thursday, September 14, with a video screening followed by a lecture by Alison Brooks, studio principal and creative director. Scheduled for 6 pm...

PROJECTS

Founding a rural community in Yongchun County

06-07-2023

Projects

Founding a rural community in Yongchun County

What is happening in the Chinese countryside of Fujian province? The government has appointed ten architectural practices to come up with a pilot project for the development of pioneering residential neighbourhoods in rural areas.

Creative freedom and customised design: DYS - Design Your Slabs

27-12-2022

Inspiring Spaces

Creative freedom and customised design: DYS - Design Your Slabs

The latest new technological solutions and the versatility of ceramic materials have allowed decoration to return to a role of prominence in interior design.

The roots of a new housing model for Vietnam

22-06-2023

Projects

The roots of a new housing model for Vietnam

Just like a bird’s nest, a new prototype house for Vietnam’s cities - proposed by H&P Architects - is a model that prioritises protection and lightness, constructed by assembling traditional local bricks in an unprecedented way.

In search of Escher in Beijing

08-06-2023

Projects

In search of Escher in Beijing

In an adaptive reuse project aimed at creating the new ZIIN store in Beijing, Atelier tao+c explores the relationship between container and contents.

Aspiring to transparency by pivoting away from the past

25-05-2023

Projects

Aspiring to transparency by pivoting away from the past

It immediately stands out from the dense building curtain first and foremost because it allows room to breathe.

Aspiring to transparency by pivoting away from the past

25-05-2023

Projects

Aspiring to transparency by pivoting away from the past

It immediately stands out from the dense building curtain first and foremost because it allows room to breathe.

Sapienstone: design ideas for the kitchen of 2023

06-12-2022

Inspiring Spaces

Sapienstone: design ideas for the kitchen of 2023

Kitchens featuring black and white high-tech ceramic surfaces are setting the trend for the new year.

Biographies

Architect

Santiago Calatrava

Spanish-born, naturalized Swiss, architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava (1951) attended Valencia School of Art and graduated from the Polytechnic University, Valencia, in 1974. Subsequently he also graduated in Civil Engineering from the Federal Polytechnic School in Zürich. His engineering thesis entitled "Foldability of Space Frames”, focused on the compression of geometric models in space and marked a significant starting point in his career. He ....

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Architect

César Portela

Cesar Portela (1937) studied at the Higher School of Architecture in Madrid and Barcelona, where he graduated in 1966 and received his doctorate two years later. In the following decades, he has held seminars and lectures in many international universities and institutions, including schools of architecture in Pamplona, Nancy, Caracas, Naples, Lisbon and Weimar. His early works include the parish house in Marín (1968), a bold prism on a baroque church, and the housing for ....

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Architect

PROJECT ORANGE

The London-based architecture and design studio Project Orange (PO) was founded in 1997 by Christopher Ash and James Soane. Ash graduated from Cambridge in 1991 and then completed his training at several firms in London (including Michael Squire & Partners). Soane studied in Cambridge and graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture: until 2001, he worked in Sir Terence Conran’s design firms, where he carried out his vocational training and activities as a ....

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