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Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: FlexiHouse

Friday, July 6th, 2018

The storical San Siro neighborhood is located near many strategic points of Milan and for this reason It could be a new reference forum for the city, intended for different temporary users that the city hosts. Currently its potential is not enhanced due to the difficult integration of its inhabitants and due to the lack of services that promote public life and cultural exchange. The goal is to reconcile the private dimension of living with the collective one at the base of which stands values ??such as sharing and sociability, all intended in a cohousing logic. The idea of ??flexi house stems comes from the desire to activate a network of services within each home, thus reinterpreting the private space. This model guarantees greater flexibility of the interior spaces based on the multiple needs of the tenants.


Biennale-sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Recomposing city fragments

Friday, July 6th, 2018
  1. The analysis that we have conducted on the city of Dalmine, deepened by an ethnographic work, has brought out the presence of a series of consolidated and separate centralities within it, each with its own identity. Our strategy aims to connect these polarities to each
    other using interstitial green spaces as a connective element, to obtain a new urban identity that takes in consideration the polycentrism of the city, but at the same time consolidating the lost centrality of the municipality . We have given the green spaces the
    role of an attracting element that traces a new urban matrix, outlining and reinforcing the already existing signs of urbanization giving it, at the same time, a new and clearer hierarchy and establishing new relations between spaces. In this way even the green
    residue of urban transformations returns to have a new social and aesthetic value. The intent is therefore to create a strong mix between the built and green surfaces, between
    the private and public spaces, through the moving garden system: a space that man can use but in which his intervention is minimal. There will therefore be semi-permanent
    spaces, which can be modified over time while awaiting a final arrangement. The space within this green mosaic, will be the home of several temporary activities, while a series of multi-functional aggregation spaces will be located in the center of the Greppiana city.


Recomposing city fragments

Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: BOX[insidethe]BOX

Friday, July 6th, 2018
  • The aim of our project is the upgrading of the Colonia Montana of Renesso, giving it new life and new functions. The fascist colony has a rigid structure made by an overlapping of closed horizontal levels that gives no interaction between spaces. Maintaining the structural elements of the building and its external envelope like a box, we create an empty volume where spaces are all in communication. In this space we Design other small boxes floating in the void completely changing the original image of the building. The first impression you have watching the building from the outside is the same that you could have seeing a fascist architecture cause we made no changes in the elevations, but when you come inside an other world opens to your eyes. This rooms are physically linked one to each other with pathways and from a box you can see what happens in the entire building through a visual connection made by cuts. Going one more time against the design of the building that is made in concrete, our intervention is composed by wood elements that makes clear the differences with the original elements.
    The wood finish of the interiors and the size of the space related to the human dimension gives to the room a cosy and intimate Aspect that perfectly welcome child, the ones for who the building is designed.
    The furniture is made by a white metal modular grid closed by wooden panels for support elements and vertical closers. The grid is composed by the sum of cubic elements that remind the shapes of the boxes. In particular the maquette represents the dance room, one of the artistic boxes, in fact two of the vertical wall are covered by mirrors and the other two by wood. The entrance is defined by the pressure of the pathway in the direction of the boxes, creating a deformed shape of the wall where the furniture are placed. In conclusion the external finish of the entrance is colored with different nuances for distinguishing the functions inside the boxes.



Friday, July 6th, 2018

The aim of this project was to design a sports complex in Bovisa Politecnico di Milano campus. The area is situated between Politecnico University and student’s residance, so it is a perfect place for implementing sport facilities and creating unique and continuos complex. Apart from other sports facilities, main accent is put on the swimming pool which was chosen to be the center of activities and gaining of the youth.
Swimming pool is located in a way to provide certain privacy to the swimmers but also to create pleasent atmosphere and view towards the complex and greenery.
Considering the span of the building it was a challange to design a structure, both strong enough to sustain the weight but also light and elegant in terms of aesthetics. Glulam wafle structure was chosen as a perfect answer to such a challenge. Structural net made out of numerous beams creates perfectly sustainable structure in terms of statics while timber as a material helps in acheaving more warm and domestic atmosphere inside the building. Designed as a single cureved structure and avoiding rough edges the effect of fluency and elegancy can be senced observing both from inside and outside. Voids between joimed veams are covered in timber or glass. This muxture of materials helps in creating dynamic interior in terms of light. Glass panels provide with big amount of light while timber panels protect from overheating. This also creates an interesting play of shadows and lights creating different ambient during the day acording to the weather and sun position.
It is important also to mention three main characteristics of the designed structure: modularity, reversibility and seasonability.
This kind of structure helps creating more stable system with reduced dimensions of structural elements, which means that all beams could be designed as elegant and light as possible. All these elements are modular, which means that they can be prefabricated and easily transported to the site, where they can be connected and lifted. If needed, structure can also be easily deconstructed and transported to another location. Mechanically openable roof panels, make the structure seasonable, which means that during the warm days 90 percent of the roof panels could be open and can create the effect of semi open space. Using both glass and timber for these panels, sunlight that can enter the building is controlled avoiding the overheating of the building.

Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Black Box

Friday, July 6th, 2018

The main idea of our project is to put a stage inside the core of the former Castellavazzo cement factory complex, which are the three giant, concrete, cylindrical storage silos nine metres in diameter twenty metres high. We cut them horizontally to put the stage in it. The cuts were made in the way, that parts of the theatre were provided with a different perspective view following the lines of sight of the auditorium. We mostly deleted all the other existing buildings to focus on this part of the building. Emphasizing this with a new structure called Black Box covering the main architecture and shelter the most important part inside. The third important part is the mentioned audience space, from where the spectators are able to watch to both stages of the project. Entering through the gate of complex, the first element that attracts the audience`s attention is a manifesto of the building: the concrete tubes used to produce the concrete mixture. Walking forward they will enter in a little hall with the ticket office and the bar on the right. At this point they are free to choose either to enter inside the Black Box or going outside of the building to reach the outside stage with a water surface. The Black Box is the coffer of the actors’ house and the performance space. It stands for the conceptual idea of the exhibition space: when the light is off you are standing in the dark and you cannot understand what happens around you. This magical moment precedes every performance. Than some lights turn on and you start to draw in your mind the kind of space that it could be. The metal curtains are additions to the subtraction of the parts of the silos. They are the dynamic element of the stage area, complementary to the static essence of the silos. The curtains work also with the feelings of the audience trying to put uncertainty and misunderstanding on the performance space. They do not allow you to measure the dimension of the space and they create a continuous vortex around the silos as well as new forms of stage situations. The stages are fixed onto the surface of the silos creating minimal space for performance. They are designed with the intention to emphasise the height of the silos and concentrate the action space in a small portion to give more tension to the acting moment. The actors can move freely inside the Black Box. The shows can take place at the same time in different places: on the stages, on the stairs, inside the scaffolding and outside the Black Box in the water. These infinite possibilities for the acting allows infinite variations to the same scene. A forth “silo” is the staircase, connecting the whole living space. The living space, designed on the west side, starts from the first floor where there is the changing room and arrives to the fifth floor with the bedroom. The “outside stair” is the only opportunity to reach the different levels, putting the actors directly on stage during their private life. The whole living space is a continuous passage from a more public to a private space. Actors have the possibility to move directly inside the scaffolding, in the audience space and use it as an addition space. The windows are completely integrated to the Black Box. When they are closed they create a unique facade, but when they are open they are showing life of the actors outside and bringing the architecture to life. There are also opening in the wall that stands between the silos and the living space to create a strong connection among these two spaces.


Marisa Spieker

Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Through the scenic body. Mariangela Melato. Without words.

Friday, July 6th, 2018

In the “Architecture of interiors design studio” it has been developed an exhibition about the Milanese actress Mariangela Melato, best known for her parts in several Lina Wertmuller’s movies.
We decided to show the artist through the non verbal communication, essential aspect for an actor which make her one of a kind. In fact, she transformed a necessary communicative instrument in a device to make her characters and herself unique, able, with gestures and movements, to create parallelism with art history and classical standards of beauty.
Working on an abandoned industrial building, we projected a five rooms space trying to tell a story leading nowhere. We aimed to create a word-free history, in which we told five speechless languages: posture, gesture, facial expressions, body movement and look.
We gave the visitor the freedom to put the pieces of this puzzle together, thinking about a free and spontaneous itinerary. The exhibition path is generated from the simple curiosity which draws the attention towards what is behind.
The rooms are thought as they are nucleuses with a double meaning. One the one hand the actress with her non verbal communication, on the other hand what we culturally recognize as a standard of beauty, to which we give social values and connections with the past history.
The itinerary through the boxes intersects with the biographical storytelling of Mariangela Melato’s life and the possibility to play with non verbal communications. Interactive and learning devices are located along the walls of the preexisting building and of the five rooms.
The visit ends inside a box we called “through the scenic body”, place where we suppose to recreate the figure of the actress after being known step by step. Her pieces are then collected with her voice which get in there for the first time after a silent visit without words.

Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: elementSansiro

Friday, July 6th, 2018

During the Interior Design Studio held by professors Rizzi and Sarto, ended some days
ago, we focused on the regeneration of the popular neighbourhood of San Siro in Milan.
We designed a masterplan in order to make the area more attractive and functional both to
the inhabitants and to the citizens in general and then we focused on the interior design of
some buildings of the neighbourhood. For example, regarding the topic of freespace as a
free and additional space given to the users in order to answer to their unspoken wishes,
we decided to provide each apartment with a particular service stripe. We started from the
statement that one of the most popular problems for poor inhabitants is usually the lack of
possibility to buy kitchen, bathroom and wardrobe furniture. These interior devices are
essential in order to have a decent life and they are also connected with the ones of the
other apartments for engineering problems. For these reasons, we decided to provide
users with these devices, designing a service stripe which becomes a recognisable interior
mark in each apartment. The service stripe is deep 1.90m, the minimum in order to have a
comfortable bathroom and a bookshelf for the living room, and it has a height of 2.70m,
while the other spaces are 3.00m high: the device of the suspended ceiling also allowed
us to concentrate there the plant design, without stealing space to the main rooms of the
apartment. Moreover, in order to differentiate this service stripe from the other parts of the
house, we decided to use the common pietra terrazzo as pavement, while the other spaces
have parquet, and to characterise the furniture with a matt grey surface. In this way, the
new inhabitants of these popular houses in San Siro on their arrivals find this fixed service
stripe with all the expensive needed devices and they are free to decorate the other free
spaces of the house in the way they prefer with their favourite furniture.

Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Lotto Gotico: “In Between”

Friday, July 6th, 2018

The “Lotto Gotico” is a type of medieval buildig which is squezed between two other units. This means that there is a short side that is strongly inferior at the expense of the long side ( where we can find shared walls of the other houses). The light can shine trough only from the free sides; the solution to be able to have more light is to create a courtyard.
Solution adopeted even for this project. The buiding is therefor divided in three vertical stripes, putting at the center the vertical connection, bringing the light from above. The entrance and the living room are to be found on the right strip, proceding we can find the stairs that dived us from the kitchen and dining room in the courtyard. The stair is composed by a series of ramps and connects the lateral floors ( where we can find the two bedrooms and two bathrooms), up to the study room located at the top of the house, with a terrace and panoramic view.
All the house enveroinments are organised by a study of the fluxes in the insede of the building. At first sight, entering the building, we can find the shared spaces (living room, dining room and kitchen) iluminated by the light that shines from the opposites end sides of the house. The bathroom is based ubove the kitchen so that it can be easly accesed from the living room and sleeping room. Meanwhile the bedrooms are situated up stairs, just like in ancient houses ( main floor and obove). The study room is located on the top floor, to be far away from others so tha we are able to think hard and freely while admiring the view from the balcony.
This project was made to fix the problems of the “Lotto Gotico” (poor light, tight spaces) creating a peaceful enveroiment whilst remaning “in between” buildings and streets.

Biennale Sessions 2018_Frammenti ricuciti

Friday, July 6th, 2018

This project is about the requalification of the “Quartiere Adriano” in the north-east of Milan and is included in the most wide project of “Ri-formare Milano” The question of suburbs is a theme that interests different areas of the Metropolitan City, the school of architecture at Politecnico di Milano wants to analyse and to experiment many solutions in order to measure with the complexity, the articulation and the potentiality of this problematic zones that nowadays following remain unresolved. In particular this project works on the “corridoio verde”, a green area that cross from east to west the neighbourhood and that is now occupied by the transmission line. In a future forecast of bury this electric system the project wants to return this void space to the community, to the people who lives in this area, with three different layer of intervention. The first is the layer of the street. A new infrastructure to connect the “quartiere Andriano” with the nearby underground station of Cascina Gobba and tangenziale est, that wants to be a secondary road, less traffic, and easily crossed by pedestrians and bicyclists with also a new tram line. The second layer is the green linear park, that cross all the area and is designed in order to have different type of spaces, with trees, flowers and also an urban garden available from citizens. The last layer is the equipment one, that wants to giving the chance to practice a lot of different outdoor activities, there are for example some play fields, playgrounds and also an equipped area where organised conventions, expositions or also parties. All the interventions wants to give a new life to this free space that now doesn’t reflect the needs of this neighbourhood. The project ends with two new buildings that host the library and other connected activities that create a final point for this multifunctional space and connect the linear park to the canal of Martesana and to the system of “parco Lambro”.

Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Inclusive Environments – Housing for all generations

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

“One function of architecture is to create spaces to intensify the drama of living” – is a quote from an urban design book, and by holding on to this, this housing project presents the ways architecture as function, as form and as program can improve lives of people inhabiting it. Having approached the design process with a seriousness of considering social sciences readings and successful examples of hybrid buildings working as a small city in a neighborhood, this project contains the study of two important and yet distant generations of our society – elderly and students. This collision of experiences is what makes the community grow even beyond the neighborhood and throughout the city.
Elderly are one of the most fragile and precious people of our society, they pass their experience to future generations not only through their words, but for those who are lucky enough to grow around them, also through their style of living and the small ordinary routines. One can learn a certain philosophy of living only by observing an aged man live his day, handle their problems and celebrate their joys.
Likewise, one of their priorities in life is to see youth development and improvement, to see their hard work on cultivating principles be paid off. This project attempts to promote this co-living among generations and different profiles of people by creating open, free spaces to live in.
This freeness is translated through fluid and gradually changing shapes of the building, having open and enclosed corners of the same floors, community and intimate choices.
For the people inhabiting the site to be considered as a part of a larger community within the city, the project proposes open public spaces on the ground floor and community gardens taken care of by dwellers themselves. Through prompting different communal activities, a certain interaction is developed and to anyone it feels like home.

Elmedinë Morina

Niente Da Nascondere- Conceptual Exhibition Center

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Eugenio Montale, famous Italian poet and writer who was born in Genoa admires the conflict of the sea and high rise mountains facing each other in Genova and how it is similar to the facts of human individual life and society, also on the other hand in this project we are dealing with two buildings which both of them dates back to fascism area in 20th century with stifling and dark atmosphere. Considering the fact that we are in the 21st century with the motto of democracy and freedom and according to all of these paradoxes in our way of design, we came to a concept of showing the narrow line between lighting and darkness. To reach this aim, two buildings and their mountainous connection are considered as a substrate for an exact story with its timeline to bring people to a journey with a new experience of art. Each building plays its own role depends on its features and specialities.


With a look to all interior and exterior features and functions of existing building, it is significant that it has almost all the fascism signs such as symmetry, rationality, simplicity and the sense of invitation. so we decided to represent this monument through different exhibitions which are emphasizing The paradoxes mentioned above. We started with bricking the straight pathway to the building which is placing in the domain of the mountain and we made a long journey made of abstract and conceptual elements which are presenting different fascism features of the building with the contrast of freedom and light (thanks to the free and light nature of Savignone).

In the next step we define the right side the building as a sign of fascism and the left side of it as a sign of democracy and freedom and we developed our design in the way to let the visitors experience a journey from darkness to the pure light .we added two main volumes to the building which are 2 ramps passing vertically in two wings of the building, the one on the right is struggling with the structure inside the building and tries to pass through it without any touch, the ramp is like a closed box which visitors can feel the stifling and dark atmosphere inside it and in some parts we made it open to show them the various features of existing building and the end ramp lead the visitors to the resulting room which is exhibited as an installation and each of them can have their own perceptions. In each floor between two ramps we designed different installation, the visitors can experience the journey from darkness to lighting, closed to open and roughness to softness. Finally, they will go through the other ramp which penetrates the facade of the building and its flying through nature and light and gives the visitors the best result of freedom.

Biennale-Sessions_20186-8JUL: Co-working and Co-living Building

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

The building is a place for co-working and co-living.
The load-bearing structure of the building is composed of the inside bearing walls and the four outside pillars standing at the two diagonal corners where the beams are free-standing. Two couples of bearing walls stand at the other two diagonal corners on the outline of the structure grid, and the other bearing walls stand at the inner corner of the grid facing the outside pillars. In this way, the two corners where outside stand the pillars are freed from the structure and are guaranteed a good view.
The interior partitions are connected at the inner corner of the grid and detached from the exterior walls. Therefore, every rectangular space within the grid becomes a “room” and connected to the neighboring space through the gap between the walls. The rooms are directly connected to each other without corridors, even there can be no interior doors for the rooms because the function of the rooms is carefully arranged and the privacy can be guaranteed by the blocking of the furniture. The whole space is separated from the outside by glazing and the bearing walls at the corner while the interior space can still stay as a whole surrounded by the connections between the rooms. And the building stands on a sunken pedestal and surrounded by a sunken garden as if the whole building is separated from exterior environment.
For each room, except for the toilets on the corners, the function can be changed freely from a bedroom to a work space, for instance, two neighboring bedrooms, or two neighboring work space, or one bedroom connected with a work space. On each floor, there are two balconies at a big scale extended from the interior public space. As the axial directions of the floors are interlaced, at the balcony, the space is double-heighted and open to strengthen the feeling of the excellent view. The sunken garden is connected to a underground parking lot and some ancillary rooms.

Mass and void

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

The project is inspired by Palladian Villas. Initially, the spaces of the villa were perceived as completely free and open spaces that are shaped by the presence of walls. These free space – regardless of their function – have been ordered and organized by the presence of these walls. Conceptualy we see the space as a “void” and walls as a “mass”.

A conceptual model emphasizes the invert power which “void” has , and in this case it is the mass.

As an architects we always deal with the mass which modulate the space. Mass can direct or stop people movement, and void is giving a freedom to interact with the space. With this physical representation the aim is to show the size and the power of the free space in our project, but also to show its limits. Another interesting point we can see, is the form of the free space and how it takes shape of the limits that we put.
We can say that these two elements, mass and void, are the important points in designing. It is a gift to provide people with practical movement through space, especially when it comes to free spaces then the walls get more meaning because they are the less.

Dina Sretenovic

Palladian interpretation_breaking in simplicity

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

The model represents modern version of villas designed by Andrea Palladio. By working with spatial principles of Palladio we created conpemorary villa for cohousing and coworking. One of the four principles, was introducing central space in the object, which would connect and unify the heirarchy of subspaces created inside. Inner intersection, overlapping and overall dynamic of volume is in the contrast with plane and simple form of the building’s exterior. The central space, is in this case, slightly moved from its geometrical center, but kept emphasized, via cut in the form, visible in the structure, in the facade and experienced in the inner organization. Second microelement, taken from Palladian villas, was presence of water, which back in the days was surrounding buildings. This element is introduced in form of a elongated pool, connecting the building with lake in front of it. Water now becomes at the same time element of interior and of the landscape and creates a dialog between inside and outside. In the context of landscape, pool with its shape, gives the villa monumentality, in a way that, villas of Palladio were uniqly positioned and heighlighted by their context.

Surrounded by nature, which came through water element up to the building, breaking it and leaving a mark the villa. Therefore the villa itself becomes a space where water starts , while lake as a place where it ends, or starts again.

Ivana Dzida

Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: ZERO-CENTO

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

The project is located in a space donated to the public. Initially used as an anti-aircraft shelter now it has given back as a memory of itself and as an opportunity for reflection and confrontation between past and present.

The exercise consists in creating an exhibition on the contrasts.
The set-up takes shape from the juxtaposition of two temporal perceptions that, albeit different, tell the same theme: the Terror, yesterday (the Wars,) and today (the terrorist attacks).

ZERO-CENTO was born as a result of the inspection carried out inside the ex-refuge anti-aircraft 87 in Milan. The space still tells the events that happened almost a hundred years ago: Terror, Fear and Dismay, were the feelings felt when the alarm sounded. Then, the running to the shelter where many people crammed into a just 30 square meters room. People remained seated for an indefinite lapse of time. They waited helplessly for the slow and inexorable passage of time. A time that by its nature during the waiting times dilates so slow, to be defined as 0.
Here is the contrast.
Today the terror is no longer lived with the sound of a siren, you can not even realize what is happening. There are the attacks and there are only the screams, the races and the time sped up, so accelerated that almost does not exist. The TIME 100.

Rooms were then created in which the exhibition takes shape, in particular the room of time dilated, the time 0, which wants to give a sense of oppression in a first phase, and a sense of timelessness and spacelessness in a second phase.
We find then a filter room, the numbers room, which represents all the numerology concerning wars and terrorist attacks.
The last room instead characterizes the time 100, the contract time, represented as a distortion of the user through a myriad of screens representing videos with pieces of news that overlap each other.
The last part, in the corridor, was thought as participatory wall, where people can leave a thought about the two sentences: ‘’I’m afraid of..’’ and ‘’I whish that..’’