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Exhibition “Robb.. de matt! Gli oggetti raccontano Enzo Jannacci”

Thursday, July 5th, 2018










The project is an exhibition about Enzo Jannacci, a singer, actor and comedian from Milan, that tells and breaks up the character throught the object than he uses in his song, objects of daily life that became protagonist and recurring metaphors, using in the space the idea of ordered chaos typical of Jannacci. Concept of free space is in the freedom of exhibition itinerary and in the adaptability of the project in other context, the exhibition is divided in zones but in the interior you can chose to follow a theme, thanks to the floor infographic, without lose thread of the exphosition. Everything starts with an introduction about talking objects, here you can listen dialogues between Jannacci and the objects and see on the bright rotating panels 4 stories of the objects of his song that in the interior create the theme, marginalization for tennis shoes, illusion for light pole, music for record player and separation for airplane. Inside from an interactive map of Milan starts the thematic line that goes inside the object warehouse. At the entrance visitors can take a catalog of the objects and can search it in grid warehouse that orders each topic with different exposition and interaction with the objects. In the emargination, protagonist’s personal objects, are surrounded with imagines and videos about stories. In the illusion, on rotating cubes containing light that turn on and off, you can read serious texts about illusion, in contrast with the comic gestures of the artist. In music, when visitors walk through, the instruments speak with them and some, play video with touch. In separation, the objects speak with each other and turn off the line that connects them at the end of conversation. Out of the warehouse, the floor infographic goes on a panel with all the works of Jannacci and connects them with the discs that contain songs. At the end, visitors can listen to the song of the object exposed, on the benches with headphones and see in the box, videos and interviews with greater knowledge adquired during the exhibition.

Silvia Di Mauro

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Luis Barragàn Archive

Thursday, July 5th, 2018








Located just behind the perimeter wall of Barragàn’s house, the Archive is meant to reattach in two different ways the presence of the architect to the present.

First of all it recreates the way to reconnect phisically the house and the gardens previously projected by the architect wich are now belonging to the neighborhwood, second, ideally the function of the archive is the means to renew the memory on Luis Barragàn’s work.

Following a path that brings from the original house to the extention, the visitor is invited to get confident with the refined and complex conception of Architecture of Luis Barragàn to achive to a simple case made of concrete that hosts his heritage. The resonance of Barragan’s Architecture is provided by a carefull modulation of the light and by the negation of the facade wich is again as plane and simple as possible with just three thin cuts that simultaneusly bring the water away from the building and adorne the concrete surface with unpredictable stains.

The building is two-story, on the ground leve,l aside of the reseption,  the core of the Archive is hidden by an equipped wall that includes a shelf for models and book stocking and extractable tables and seats. A skylight system together with a body of water on the south side provides a diffused but not boring illumination that  reconfigure the perseption of the interiors hour by hour on the second floor, where the consultation function is provided.

A fundamental aspect is finally the connection, not direct and immediate, with the environment; the building infact can be considered as a wall that from one side has to introduce itself discreetly to the facade of Barragàn house and on the other side to establish contact with the lush and almost wild garden of the neighborhood.

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Thursday, July 5th, 2018



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Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Balloons’ sky

Thursday, July 5th, 2018



This project is called “Balloons’ sky”, it was developed during the course of Interior Architecture in the “Politecnico di Milano”. It is an example of architectural temporary installation, it consists in creating an artificial coloured roof on a square in order to give people a new enjoyable space to rest and live in.

The concept is simple, it is all about a plastic net hooked up to trees or ledges by plastic ropes at the borders and in the centre, just to lift the net up to prevent the exit of the balloons, which will be already inflated. In fact, They will be provided to passers-by who will be actively involved in this architectural creation. The new roof will be done quickly.

The aim of this project is to let the citizens create their own architecture, giving the possibility to adults and children to collaborate to create something that could temporary change a part of the city, providing it a new face. Thanks to this kind of simple transformation we could obtain new spaces, completely different from what we had before the installation. Inside the space created people can find a colourful, safe and relaxing environment, far from the incessant and frenetic rhythm of the city, more private, able to give shelter in sunny days, becoming a nice and particular stopping point for everyone.

In general, an area to be defined a gift for the entire population has to be a place in which people love to stay and live. From a little modification it can produce sensitive changes to everyday life, making the city more human and livable.

First of all citizenship needs spaces that they can understand, which they can use in the way they want.

This architectural game is made for everyone, easy to build and enjoy, it is able to give the society a renewed place open to countless new uses, from the children’s play to the older’s rest.

Alessio Genna



Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Cultural Center in Tarifa

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

The aim of the design studio was to create a cultural center for immigration in the southest point of Spain, in Tarifa. The project started with few indications from a geographical point. We have reported the measures of the triangle area, the orientation and the presence of an infrastructure and a mountain in the northern part. We started to design a building with a clear functional program but ignored the area and its morphological and climatic features. Then, after a study trip to Tarifa and in Andalusia, it was possible to get in close contact with the project area, the place and the culture of the place. This moment rapresented a turning point for whole project. We became aware of the problems that the preliminary project had. Upon returning from Spain, the project was modified and adapted according to the new directives that had been imposed by the nature of the place and tue spanish culture. The project that I design is intended as a monolithic element in the city. The triangular shape, dictated by the shape of the lot, aims to be a sort of recognizable element from the city and the African continent, only 14km away. The south elevations are free and open towards the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean while the one towards the north is partly sunk by the mountain relief that makes the sensation of monoliths perched on the ground even stronger. The concept provides that the building is composed of two elements: the first that acts as a base and is the most solid on the ground and on the hill. The second element, trapezoidal shaped, has a reticular structure and represents the true monolithic and impacting element. The two elements are firmly connected by a ramp that runs through the entire building and connects it from the basement to the third exhibition floor. The base accommodates more public functions such as a café, a restaurant, and classrooms for workshops and open spaces for aggregation. The upper element, on the other hand,host the two floors of exhibition space with ticket office and bookshop.

Design by Giovanni Dello Ioio

Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: INSIDE/OUTSIDE

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

The name of the project is “inside/outside”, the project is located in Dalmine in the province of Bergamo, the goal of the project is to return to the city spaces not used by industry, the project wants to reuse an industrial tower, it will become an exhibition space and an event space that develops on different levels, so space and function for the city, in the basement of the tower there are technical spaces, on the ground floor there is the access, first and second floor will be exhibition spaces, at the last level at a height of about 60 m there is a nice viewpoint space above the city and a lounge bar, the cover is in glass and steel, these levels cover a portion of the tower leaving free much of the vertical wall of the tower on which you can make a full video projection to 180 degrees, the park at the base of the tower will be public and not private as today, There are walkways between the trees of the park, the project area is closed by the railway line used by the industry so the project involves the construction of a passage above the railway line that allows people to reach the park and the tower, so a union between city and park, the passage is also connected with an underground parking place below another unused area of ??industry, the roof of the passage is supported by inclined elements that recall the architecture of the tower. The maquette is made with two different colors, the dark brown represents the city, the light brown represents the industry, the city enters inside the industrial area and make a “freespace”, are two main references of the project, the first is the “Gasometer of Oberhausen”, Austria, the second is the “Pirelli tower” by Vittorio Gregotti in bicocca, Milan.                                [Gionni Morrone]


Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Inside In Sight

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Albert Karam

Inside In Sight

The small village of Vescasa Bassa is a unique place in the high mountains, it is located near Ponte di Legno but suffers nowadays from a lack of inhabitants especially in winter times when thick and heavy snow covers the region.

The proposal aims to take advantage of the site by using the area around the old ruins creating 3 stargazing renting rooms each framing a different viewpoint followed by one main library space with a reception containing a fireplace and a large opening towards the valley below. In order to preserve the charm of the place, volumes are held by pilotis keeping in this way the ruins and landscape around intact and embracing  its natural beauty, new activities are generated within the site by using covered spaces under or near the volumes thus giving life back to the old village.

The project  is easy to realize as it is all based on prefabricated solutions and mass production, it uses advanced roofing, solar and water gathering systems to provide for the whole village. An addition that would improve the village s sustainability as well as its space, strongly focusing on architecture’s ability to provide free and additional spatial gifts to those who use it.


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Base Camp

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Base Camp 

by Nicholas Delle Donne and Matilde Accademia Del Pio

Base Camp is a floating architecture project that was designed to be based in a complex of floating architecture on Iseo Lake, close to the town of Sulzano, Italy. 

The idea of creating  a floating structure is due to reflect on the land consumption , an important issue of European Countries. 

It fulfils a space that is though for a family of four people, two adults with their own children as their holiday dwelling. The main concept of the work is  to recreate a kind of spring over the lake. Its develop is due to the landscape contest of the lake: the purpose was to create different breaks into the walls that could create amazing point of views over the contest. 

This architecture is divided in three main volumes that are assembled between each other.In the first volume are settled the living room, the dining room and the kitchen. This space is characterised by a double high that connects vertically the living room to the Base Camp. In the second one there is the “Base Camp”, a space that is dedicated to discover the beauty of the place and to approach to nature. This area is used to experience your own senses and it is a space where the whole family can have fun, relax and enjoy the sky through a skylight on the roof. In the third volume there are the two bedrooms. 

We can see this architecture also as a telescope where the lens is individuated in the main window wall of the facade which is characterised by some pillars that create a kind of diaphragm and by pivot hinge windows that can be opened or closed according to the needs of the family, joining the living room to the terrace outside. The other windows of the architecture are created in the breaks due to the separation of the three volumes, leaving all the main facades as a continuous wall. 

Important aspects of the structure are that it is realised in X-lam and it is based on a Flex base, a technology that is used for floating structures. 

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Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Il filtro

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

The idea behind the project of my group and I was to think about the prison area as not an area closed and not linked to the city but integrated with the society itself. In fact, our main idea has, since the start, focused on the big, almost abandoned, central area of the prison. On this way, we divided the public space into two different function: one opened to the people coming to see the people living within the prison, and the other part for the inhabitants themselves. How to separate this space but at the main time link them together in an only project? Thinking about a building that could become a space where to study, playing and see theatre exhibition all at the same time. A space that not only will link two new public space but also the female to the male department, in order to implement social interaction and sensibility among people. To conclude our project has been thinking about social interaction, formal problem of the prison itself and the importance of public space in people life.

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Serge Chermayeff’s House Expansion

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

This is the house that the architect Serge Chermayeff designed for himself, near the University of New Haven, where he taught for some years.

The building is divided in two kind of spaces: a long and narrow corridor, the serving space, that leads to the three main spaces of the house: the living room, the bedroom and a small dependance for guests.

These three spaces, separated from each other and connected to the corridor, always keep a visive contact among themselves through the aligned glass windows.

The disposition of the main spaces creates two patios in the garden, a green interval between the rooms, that can be admired thanks to the big sliding windows we mentioned before.

The garden, which relates with the house, adds quality to the main spaces, because it’s always visible thanks to the aligned windows, that underline a continuous visive contact among the spaces.

The house is one floor height, except for the living room, that has a double volume on the roof portion which faces the garden, with a serie of windows that allow a diffuse light to enter the space and light what, in architect’s opinion, was the heart of the house.

This space closes itself towards the outside through a high fence and the absence of glass doors or windows on all the sides, except the ones facing the garden.

To remedy the illumination problems in the corridor and its related spaces, Chermayeff puts some small square skylight over the kitchen – filter between the guests and hosts’s spaces – and the two bathrooms.

The singular “comb-shape” builds a space that is very introvert and wants to look only at itself, precluding everything that is external to this system.


Our project consists of an extension of our assigned case study, which is Architect Chermayeff’s house, in New Haven.

We decided to realize a workspace and exhibition hall, that was a lacking space in the house.

The main feature of this projects is his relationship between light and structure and the relationship with the outside, as is in the existing house thought the aligned windows.

We have used these big vertical skylight, the one in front of the other, that characterize the main section, to underline the tables dedicated for working and the entrance room, which is designed as a “calling card” for the architect, a place where he can exhibit his works, visible even from the outside thanks to the connection created with the glass window.

The interior space communicates with the garden through two small patios, the first in the entrance and the second at the bottom of the building. When the pivoting windows are opened, interior and exterior become a single space, to recreate the important union between architecture and context.

The interior space is very simple, long and narrow, closed towards the outside except for the windows we talked about before, because we wanted the light to enter most from the roof through the skylights.

The west side leans on the existing fence, which was inclined. This inclination led us to identify a visual cone, that is narrow at the entrance and enlarges towards the glass windows at the south side, giving the idea of a dilated space, despite his small size.

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Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: UniAtelier

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

“And all around… trees.”

The UniAtelier consists in the planning of a residential building, with wooden constructive system X-LAM. The typology is of a single-family dwelling for an use of 4 people in an extra-urban context, located in Sulzano, Province of Brescia. It is residence that is though of for artist couples, for a weekend away or a long vacation. Elegance, symmetry, tall energetic performances are the key words in the project. The UniAtelier is divided in two floors: the ample zone day develops in the ground floor while the zone night to the first floor. A large living room in the ground floor with high glazed windows meant to capture the maximum sunlight possible , then two bedrooms on the upper floor, each bedroom with a large window to be able to enjoy at most the surrounding landscape and assuring high energy performances. The terrace on the first floor gives the appreciation of nature closely. Even the kitchen, is irradiated by natural light from a door that is in connection with the outside where there is the outside table and the garden. The stairway looks lighter with its glass balustrade and wooden steps, and the same wood used for the floor in the night zone and day zone to create continuity of the flooring from one room to the other. Space is optimized in the most beneficial way possible: like the staircase to be used as a wall closet and there are other spaces for closets in bedrooms and for cupboards in the kitchen. Space is optimized in the most beneficial way possible: like the staircase to be used as a wall closet and there are other spaces for closets in bedrooms and for cupboards in the kitchen. This house will exploit the covering in wood to preserve the native construction from the atmospheric environments in each season of the year; it will also exploit a plant of mechanical ventilation checked with recovery of heat. In the interiors the lines and spaces are clean. Great glass door positioned around four angles to exploit at the most the solar radiation. On the outside there is a small art studio for the artists to do their art; it has wide slide glass doors with the view of the lake Iseo. The large patio with smoothed cement paving emphasizes the link created with a beautiful green lawn and olive trees in the surroundings.


Gianna Bucco



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Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Reshape contemporary dwelling in Grattacielo Baselli

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

The Grattacielo Baselli in Milan, Italy, is a symbol of reconstruction after the second world war and this building becomes the scenario for our project about reshaping contemporary way of living.

By studying in detail different unconventional housing conditions, we choose some families and people who live in a “non standard situation” and put them in a project of co-living in which these different families are aggregated together and share the same dwelling. In that way we make possible for different tenants to have their own private space and to have a shared space that meet their needs and passions. With this co-living we improve the life conditions of our unconventional families and gave to them the possibility to share their interests together (for example we make two aggregations and in the first one the common living room could also be used as a dancing room, while in the second one there’s a shared laboratory for tenants who love to make design objects, mosaics and work with the iron).

We reset the first attic of the tower in order to create a common space for all the tenant of the floor that is made by: a vegetable garden, a small laundry and a common balcony. Communal facilities conceived to enhance the vitality and energy of shared experience. But we have to face the problem of an existing structure made by pillars and the façade and for that reason we use only fixed furniture alligned with pillars to create the space and we added panels and sliding doors instead of standard doors.

In the aggregation each single nucleus has his own bedroom/ bednish, bathroom and a small space for socialization (or a spare room) and shared space are strategically located to allow tenants to spontaneously encounter each other and to socialize.

Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: The carpets garden

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Our project aims is to intervene in the space of the Garden of the Arts in Milan, through the use of a symbolic and spatial element extrapolated from the world of the Interior, the carpet, since even the garden can be considered as an interior. The carpet, being a deep structure, full of symbols and spatial possibilities, frees itself of its “two-dimensional image” and manifests itself, in the project, in its deepest conceptual nature, that is a device capable of generating multiple activities around itself, hosting collective and individual moments that belong to the daily life of a metropolitan and cosmopolitan city like Milan.
Starting from the study of the carpet and its various declinations in ancient civilizations, we have designed three spaces inspired by many types of traditional carpets. The material chosen for this operation is cement. In its “brutality”, in fact, cement has a high capacity to be contaminated with nature: it lets itself be penetrated by greenery and takes on unexpected nuances. It can be seen as an extremely artificial and natural material at the same time.
The first carpet is placed at the entrance to the garden and marks the threshold of the garden in a strong way. It looks like a long runner, whose decorative texture is inspired by the geometric abstraction of the Berber carpets.
The second carpet is inspired by the traditional Persian carpet, as the central fulcrum of being together as a family. The large rectangular cement surface, which we designed, incorporates the formal and symbolic characteristics of the traditional carpet: the perimeter frame, the central medallion and the fringes. In the center is placed a fountain that recalls the central courts of oriental palaces, to which many carpets are inspired.
For the third apparatus we were inspired by the individual experience related to the Muslim prayer carpet, the Mirhab, whose “solitary” character is expressed in its directional decorative texture. We have arranged six single carpets addressed towards Mecca, to guarantee the possibility of prayer to people of Muslim faith and the moments of practice of other laic cult activities related to the body, such as sport or meditation.

Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: The Politeama in Como

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

The Politeama in Como, Italy, was built in 1909. At that time, it was a popular theatre in the city. It was not until 2005 that it finally closed down because of years of renunciation.The theme of this project is shaping the Politeama into an auditorium,which aimed to the public or only students.  we decided to create a more freedom space which is mainly for students .

The core of this building is the auditorium hall which also can be used for reading and communication . We add several different shapes of blocks with different colors in order to create an interesting atmosphere for the users, which can be suitable for different function and also used for different occasions when there are performances, all the audience can seat on the steps which a relaxing mind. The combination of blocks and stage ensured that everyone has a good view for the performance without worry for the mater of blocking sight. They can easily go to the first floor because of the block which can connect to the first two auditorium can the easily accommodate around 550audiences, because we keep the seats on the first and second floor and also add steps on their side of first floor.

In addition, we also create the space for technology room ,dressing room and so on by reuse the lower part of theses steps. When there is no performance, the auditorium hall can be used for communication and reading with exhibition and out platform, which is opened for all the public. As for the first and second floor, we just add some space for classroom and office. What’s more, students can go to the third floor also roof platform through the stairs on the north of the third floor which they can also could also provide a good view of the auditorium hall. On the third floor, we add a reading room with hexagonal rooms, also provide a space for people relaxing and enjoy good days.


Biennale Sessions 2018: 6-8 JUL

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Politecnico di Milano
School of Architecture
Architecture-Built Environment-Interiors

06-08 JUL 2018
@ Biennale di Venezia

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