"An evolved hospital". This is how they refer to the new Michele and Pietro Ferrero hospital of Verduno on the title. You can find the entire article on the web page of ABITARE. Here you have the direct link, don't miss it!
Over the course of his travels for the last ten years Tiane Doan na Champassak has been collecting Thai erotic magazines dating back to the 1960s and 1970s. With representations of nudity banned at the time, the magazines’ censorship was applied with great creativity and care. For the creation of this project, Censored, the artist selected from his collection of over 4000 photographic details, exploring the themes of censorship and eroticism. All his self-published books are released under the label Siam’s Guy Books and are part of important private and public collections such as MoMA, Getty Research Institute, ICP, Centre Pompidou, MEP, Tate etc.
This is the project n. 5 offered by FFLAG, this time in collaboration with RVB Books. Check the dedicated page on thislink, and come visit us!
The new Michele e Pietro Ferrero Hospital was shortlisted by The Plan for the 2020 Award, do you remember? Finally, we are happy to announce that the Hospital received the Honourable Mention by the jury of The Plan for the category "Health". Discover the project on The Plan website !
The new Pietro e Michele Ferrero Hospital has been shortlisted by The Plan for the 2020 Award, in the category "Health" . Take a look at the website The Plan ! And don't forget to check the new pictures posted on our website, at the page Projects! Stay tuned!
PTM is the fourth project organized by Fflag. Come to see - and touch! You have time until November the 30th. PUSH TURN MOVE looks at how people interact with electronic musical instruments. It dives into the history, present, and future of electronic music machines. The project began life in 2017 as a beautiful illustrated book, a creation of Danish author Kim Bjørn. Now, PUSH TURN MOVE comes to you as an interactive hand-on exhibition. Come to play with some of these remarkable instruments, and have fun learning about ideas that we usually don’t think about in our daily lives.
Open every day, from Monday to Friday, from 10 to 7. Open on week ends by appointment.
Find us in via Reggio 13.
For more information, visit Fflag.
It’s the third project organized by FFLAG. Until the 6th of June 2019, we are glad to have you for the Turin episode of the Stratigraphie project, the 4th after those held in Nancy (2012), Strasbourg (2013) and Le Havre (2014). The name of our international guest is Helmo, a graphic design duo, composed by Thomas Couderc and Clément Vauchez. Headquartered in Montreuil since 2003, they design posters, visual identities, books and fonts and often collaborate with photographers, designers and craftsmen to break down the boundaries of graphic design and build an original language. Stratigraphie is Helmo’s permanent graphic and plastic device. Come to visit it!
Same place: via Reggio 13. Same time: monday to friday, 10 am to 7 pm.
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Since 1996, we are fully convinced that BIM planning is the process that has to involve every actor in the development of the construction field. For that reason, our projects are made, from the concept to the building site, using the Archicad program. It makes us capable to keep a high level of design, offering a competitive service in terms of time and costs. You can find our interview and some images of one of our recent projects on Weisoft website. For the complete interview: archiproduct.
Lost in the silent hills of the Roero area, in this cold december, the construction site for a new small house is starting. The building will “grow” in the middle of the magnificent panaorama of Montaldo Roero. Stay tuned!
Archicura is eager to experiment new technologies and started studying hard. We are preparing something new that involves the use of wood in every part of the building: from the facade to the structure. We are talking about a tecnhnology to be employed on an entire block, on 5 floors buildings for apartments.
Breaking news very soon!
“Play With Identities” – Architects meet in Selinunte 2018
P1 July 2018
“Everything is history, everything is conteporary”. This year, for the second time, Archicura has been invited to the Architect meeting that took part, for its 8th edition, at the Parco Archeologico di Selinunte, organized by the Associazione Italiana Architettura e Critica – presS/Tfactory, where architects, designers and specialists discussed about different topics. At the exhibition, we presented the project of the Cascina Adelaide winery, in Barolo.
21st, 22nd, 23rd of June 2018
Parco Archeologico di Selinunte
Castelvetrano – Selinunte (TP)
What is Fflag? Fflag is a multidisciplinary space hosting four units and producing communication, art and architecture. We are Flag too, with Bellissimo and the Beast, WNA architects and Almanac Inn. What they say about us? You can read us on some articles: La Repubblica (the 28th of July, Olga Gambari), La Stampa (the 6th of June, Ilaria Dotta) or, if you need to see to believe, come visit us! We are located in via Reggio 13 since the first of January. And if you hurry you will enjoy the ongoing exhibition: Fabulous Failures – by Erik Kessels (for details: Fabulous Failures).
We have a website too: FFLAG. And a facebook page: Facebook - FFLAG
"The book inspects the story of architecture of parish complexes in the years between the Second Vatican Council and the beginning of the new Millennium, through the analysis of thirty italian cases study”
Between the selected projects, there is also our Church of Transfiguration, built in Mussotto d’Alba, as a representative social product in which the Community operates and reflects itself.
The book emphasizes the importance of the Parish and its interpretation of the architectural work, the relationship between architectural process and ecclesistical practices, the improvements and the modifications generated on the so-called “never finished construction sites”: churches.
(Storie di chiese Storie di comunità, progetti cantieri architetture, Andrea Longhi, Gangemi Editore, Roma, 2017)
Pulpit Rock Church – International ideas competition of architecture – Norway
P8 July 2017
We tell you a story...
We leave the calm fjiord and we rise towards a meditative path.
The way evolves through small trails with small vegetation, lost in the greatness of the fjord.
The tiny bushes thin out while we move forward, leaving place to irregular and hard stones, until we get to the “Pulpit of Preikostelen”.
We get to the summit tired and astonished and exited, dazzled by the light and the wind, in the infinity of the fjord.
In such an exposed place, we look for a moment of calmness, for a shelter.
A small building stands from the side of the mountain, grasped to the rocky wall; the light shows the entrance and emphasizes the structure of two overlapping surfaces that define the shelter.
We enter in a measured and comfortable space that takes us back to our dimension and tells us something immense through the use of light.
In this new state of serenity we come back to thought of the everyday life, as if it was just a repeatable flux of events.
Ideas competition proposed by AWRcompetition – Architecture Workshop in Rome
Archicura takes part in “co//ateral” – Architects meet in Selinunte 2017
P1 July 2017
Archicura has been invited to take part in the study days organised at the Parco Archeologico di Selinunte by the Associazione Italiana Architettura e Critica – presS/Tfactory, where architects, designers and specialists discussed about different topics, like “building and rebuilding on the pre-existence”. In our speech, we presented the recently concluded works for the new Sancassiano S.p.a. offices, in Roddi (CN).
29th June – 1st July 2017
Parco Archeologico di Selinunte
Castelvetrano – Selinunte (TP)
Adapting to new dynamics, modifing the space, creating new connections. To take active part in the existing urban fabric is a real anthropological practice.
This project proposal is the proof of what just said: time passes, generations grow and buildings transform, modeling the interiors depending on needs and trends.
We aim to give an extra possibility to the architectural space, by introducing the idea of transformation in the project concept: a dynamic and interacting pop up surface, capable to modify the space depending on uses and to include all the service rooms which guarantee the confort.
Recently we are practicing in pleasant exercises of experimentation: functions, purposes, passions and different needs contribute to the definition of the residential space.
In this atmosphere, our new investigation takes place: the project for a rehearsal studio inside an existing building.
Materials and reshaped volumes contribute to the construction of our sound, Stay tuned!
Archicura participates in the contest for the liturgical adjustment and the design of the sacred space of the Cathedral of S. Maria del Bosco in Cuneo with a multidisciplinary team composed by architects, historians, young artists and liturgists.
The contest has been published by the Diocesi di Cuneo in agreement with the Parish and the Chapter of the S. Maria del Bosco Cathedral, in collaboration with the Ufficio Beni Culturali Ecclesiastici ed Edilizia per il Culto diocesano.
The biggest complication has been the approach to the many historical pre-existing layers. The plan of the Cathedral is circular, with a central dome. Therefore, we proposed to move the Sacred Space, or Communio, (today collocated in the presbytery) to the center of the dome projection. This choice is justified by the the original form of the church. Consequently, the assembly of believers is set around the altar. This solution realizes the idea of the active participation of the believers to a shared identity.
A project that gets bigger in order to follow the needs of an activity that grows. We took the opportunity of the Cascina Adelaide enlargement to add some details to the ancient farm, by redecorating its facades. At the entrance: a new shelter protects the workers arrival and a portal is ready to bring them to an other dimension, the dimension of wine with its fragile transformation processes and silent aging.
An upgrading project that speeks about us, about our passions and our territories.
Archicura srengthens its experience in the land of good wine, by proposing a project of enlargement and renovation, strongly connected the the surrounding place.
A new wine cellar and new processing and storage areas are designed for an ancient farm located in the heart of the Langhe hills area.
First, the concept focuses on the upgrading of the existing buildings, related to the tradition, with a technical adaptation to contemporary requirements. Then, new highly efficient and dynamic spaces are carefully introduced in this unique environment.
The collaboration with BPChina continues. This time, we have been invited to participate in a contest for the design of the image, and particularly the interiors, of a new shopping mall: the Qianlong Financial Center Mall, in Changsha. Once having examinated the context, we decided to give a strong character to the entire commercial complex, by hazarding a concept able to strengthen the identity from the outside.
They appreciated the hazzard and we have been selected as one of the two finalist of the contest. We come back home with a silver medal, leaving the doors open for future collaborations.
A small house that wanted to be in shape again. Customers had asked us a proposal for a new layout, a total redistribution of the spaces to ensure that the building would fit all the new requirements. But then the desire has increased, and in the wake of a new interior, got the urge for a new exterior, a new skin, a new look, a new contemporary (and also, why not? More space!). And so begins the construction site for a superelevation, and all that it implies. Beautiful and spacious inside but also outside ...!
The adventure we had expected, began with the publication of Archicura on the October issue of magazine of the SIFE 2015, really materialized, and led us to expose a new object, a new concept of sleep and a new concept for the bedroom of children: “the magic forest”. The project was created by the intersection of two concepts that we wanted to emphasize from the beginning: the first was to create a particular object, made of fairy tales and exploration of magic and dreams. The second was to translate, in a contemporary way, the Chinese tradition, with its features and colors, inside our design. Here, from this intersection, was born “the magic forest”, the game / dream.
LOOK FURTHER: the new construction site for the four houses has just started
P8 February 2015
The construction site for the four houses has just started! The four houses looking away, with their prospects, the intrados, the green areas and the volumes! Here's a new and exciting adventure has just began. Excavations, demolitions, constructions, materials, full volumes and volumes suspended. It starts!
Archicura resumes its ongoing activities in Corso Canale, this time under the flag of... green! It starts the the construction site for Mollo f.lli that, like the previous one, will be a building site with a strong color connotation. This time, however, the color will be unique for the entire lot, not uniform, but one. It will be a green, fresh and new. A new metal grid will cover existing the buildings that will be completely refurbished. And these will give a new strong and compact face.
With this publication begins the adventure of Archicura to another part of the world: China. In collaboration with BPChina, Archicura was selected to participate in the SIFE 2015 (Shenzhen International Furniture Exhibition). For now a publication ... short details on the future collaboration!
We are happy to announce that we have been assigned to design the new headquaters for Egea, company among the most important energy suppliers in Italy. Our project reflects the company's core values: Innovation, environment, trasparency.
In San Cassiano near Alba (CN) a small complex will rise, consisting of four single-family houses. Exploiting the land as best as possible, we placed the houses so that they look further despite the density of the neighborhood. Large openings overlook different views and are accented by deep eaves. The project has just been approved by the commission and, finally we have our building permit!
It 'started the construction site that will give a new face to the beating heart of Aurora (leading Italian manufacurer of pens): the Se.Pro. (the planning and design department).
The project takes shape from the volumetric joint of three architectural concepts, closely related to recurring graphic elements. The three concepts are: the Red Treasure Chest, the Beating Heart and the Chamber of Secrets.
Accurate and timely interventions that bring to life elements created ad hoc, where the signs of writing, the lines of the design of the pen and color philosophy are intertwined creating a path of introduction. A journey through space, a journey through writing and its secrets.
Soon we will reveal the three concepts in their complete architectural achievement!
HOUSE BETWEEN HOUSES | Architecture of churches in Torino
P3 December 2013
The construction of new parish centers in the Torino of Cardinal Pellegrino (1965-1977) is an understudied chapter of holy architecture in Italy. Cornerstones of this story are the work of father Michele Pellegrino, the protagonist of the Second Vatican Council, then archbishop of Torino, and Toino itself, capital of Piedmont in the years of its climax of industrialization and urban expansion. The quantitative phenomenon, location and urgency of design of religious complexes are a consequence of the policy of city planning. They are places of worship whose morphology is not only the result of an architectural project, but the result of a comparison between the ecclesiastical and liturgical renewal with changes in the secular world. The book tells a story based not only on graphic and narrative evidences. The churches themselves are material evidence of a story that is repeated several times in the outskirts of Turin, and they are a mirror of the phenomenon of industrializationand urbanization manifest in the city of Torino in the ‘60 and ‘70 of the twentieth century.
The presentation of the book CASA TRA LE CASE | Architettura di chiese a Torino durante l'episcopato del cardinale Michele Pellegrino (1965-1977) (HOUSE BETWEEN HOUSES | Architecture of churches in Torino during the episcopate of Cardinal Michele Pellegrino (1965-1977), editor's note) will be held on Thursday december 5th, at 6.00 pm, and among the host that will debate after the presentation (Carla Zito, architect, authoress, Giuseppe Varaldo, architect, don Paolo Tomatis, Director of the Liturgical Office, Archdiocese of Torino) there will be also Paolo Dellapiana, architect, ARCHICURA(https://www.urbancenter.to.it)
It 'been a long process that, since 1998, the year when the design team for the new hospital in Alba-Bra has been formed, characterized the birth and development of the project and the construction site.
To be honest, the idea of a new hospital between Alba and Bra is not recent, it has almost 20 years, because the analysis of the health situation required a strengthening and integration of existing structures. In this view has been advanced the hypothesis of a unique hospital for Alba and Bra, in a central position between the two cities.
In 1999, it has been approved the preliminary draft developed by a design group whose team leader was Arch. Aymeric Zublena of the Studio SCAU of Paris and the local contacts were the Studio Dellapiana of Torino and the Studio Camerino of Venice.
Today, with great difficulty, in the construction site of Verduno, the realized part is about 55% of the total, and finally, after a 18-months-stop and a variety of problems, works are resumed and the completion date is scheduled for September 2015.
Finally, because the project, which the design team, including ARCHICURA, has followed with difficulty and effort, is a high-level design.
The organization and atmosphere of the rooms has been particularly studied to obtain the maximum comfort for the patients and to offer a continuous contact with the outdoor landscape.
Particular attention has been paid to materials (glass broad and transparent, copper and wood that contribute to creating living and cozy spaces).
It 's time to see the closure of the session, both for those who have worked with passion to the project, both for those who will benefit because it will, without a doubt, a hospital where you will be fine.
Green archicura: Award for eco-sustainability of the Banca Sella Board of Directors
P3 July 2013
“The Banca Sella has received a certificate of distinction within the award «Green Globe Banking Award» for the modern criteria of environmental sustainability and reducing environmental impact with which was designed and built (by the office ARCHICURA) the new central headquarters, opened in 2010. The certificate was awarded to the bank for the category "Direct impacts", regarding projects aimed to reduce fuel consumption and environmental waste, directly linked to the performance and features of the bank itself.
(...) The Green Globe Banking Award, now in its sixth year, aims to reward projects and initiatives in the banking and financial sectors that aim to influence the behaviour of the community towards environmentally friendly practices. The award, sponsored by Globiz, a company specialized in business strategy and marketing projects, is sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and by the Milan department of the European Commission.”
Image by Barbara Corsico
(excerpt of the press release of the Gruppo Banca Sella, Biella, July, 3rd 2013)
A unique space, with an incredible view, where you can enjoy the culinary excellence of the Langhe and taste the finest wines that have made Piedmont famous in the world.
The design office ARCHICURA has built a space of glass and natural materials to offer a unique sensory experience.
The blades of wood hanging from the ceiling recall to the movement of the soft and sinuous rows in the vineyards, in a game that will put you in touch with the surrounding nature.
By day you can see the hills and the towers of Alba, and at night, the Langhe and Roero lit.
At 30 meters from the ground there is a restaurant suspended just waiting you.
Finally the opening…
(https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hotel-i-Castelli/187924057903661?ref=ts, June 10th 2013)
Juice -Apple Premium Reseller-, arrives in Turin on Saturday, May 4th and it will open its new store in the 8Gallery Lingotto Mall. The project, directed by Turin office ARCHICURA, albeit having to move within minimal and very strict guidelines imposed by the parent Apple, aims to provide an exciting and comfortable space, for customers who want to get closer to the Apple platform, through a deep work of staging of the global space. The key idea is to create a space used as a front sales / showroom, behind which, hidden, you will have more rooms reserved for professionals. Particular attention has been also paid to lighting, both as regards to the creation of the atmosphere of the shop, both for the illumination of the different single Apple devices. The study allows creating an environment that is able to provide the best possible experience for customers as well as a comfortable and suitable working environment for the leaders themselves.
In an unconventional corner, at the Lingotto, more precisely inside the 8Gallery mall, we are @work! Today we started a new construction site, a new little challenge, a race against time. We run, we are alert, we design, build and demolish. For what? Surprise...
In this mild February, we finally begin our new adventure: a splendid site on the hotel terrace "I Castelli" in Alba!
Up, Up, Archicura is ready to create a new restaurant, in a line that is halfway between the earth and the sky, rigid volumes and soft shapes (which we will soon reveal), between combinations of wood and glass, we are ready for getting dirty hands again and ... We look forward to dinner!
Our mill: the new home of the Banca Sella Business University
P9 April 2012
“The meeting on digital economy held few days ago has opened publicly the Business University of Gruppo Banca Sella, housed in the former woolen mill Maurizio Sella. The former factory, located on the left bank of the river Cervo, spread over an area of about 24 thousand square meters between the two bridges of Chiavazza and of Maddalena. The whole estate is a «cultural heritage», and is protected by the Board of Cultural Heritage Buildings of Piemonte. The part of the complex restored ad hoc for internal training is spread over a total space of 2,590 square meters and includes six training rooms, separated by changeable partitions that can be moved to obtain rooms of different sizes depending on the requirements, an assembly hall, the training offices of Gruppo Banca Sella, the technical rooms and service and technological stations, as well as a multipurpose hall that can accommodate up to 150 guests”.
(excerpt from the journal “Il giornale del Piemonte”, April 8th 2012)
The restoration was the result of a long process of studies carried out by ARCHICURA, and led to a project of extreme respect of the wonderful existing parts. Within the complex was also restored the so-called “Garden of Factories” converted to parking but that includes a green area designed in dialogue with the surrounding landscape of about 3,900 square meters. Of particular historical interest within the garden is also the restored ancient canal that adduced water derived from the river to the buildings and power station. ARCHICURA, with a close dialogue with the Client, has brought to life a symbolic element of the city, returning it in all its beauty.
Image by Barbara Corsico
The Artigianaprinting company, for 40 years on the market of printed communication, publishing, labels and packaging, always at the forefront in its field, now is at the forefront with its new architectural image. ARCHICURA has designed and built a new front offices building. The new building, adjacent to the existing one that contains the craft itself, is eye-catching and contemporary, architecturally and technically, thanks to its hull, covered with zinc sheets, which opens with large windows able to let light in new inside levels of the offices: open spaces, airy, flexible, continuous horizontally and vertically. The highlight, or rather, the last pearl in the head of the company's production chain.
Image by PEPE Fotografia
“From July 14th to 17th 2011 in Turin, and in fourteen municipalities of the province, art, cinema, theatre, dance, literature, photography, food and music will interact with the themes of architecture and design, of the city and the landscape through the proposal of more than fifty cultural entities operating in the area.
In the first edition of the Festival «Architettura in Città» (editor’s note: Architecture in the City) - promoted by the «Ordine degli Architetti PPC della Provincia di Torino»(editor’s note: Chamber of Architects) of Turin and the OAT Foundation (editor’s note: Foundation of Architects of Torino) - an extraordinary number of events: 25 exhibitions and exhibition moments and more than 20 meetings and seminars that complement openings, tours, architectural walks, shows, performances, screenings and workshops in a program open to all who wish to approach, experience and deepen architecture in a new and «informal» way.
(...) Scheduled for July 15th at 7 p.m. at the Bertalazone Palazzo of San Fermo, in S. Francesco d’Assisi street, the debate: Architecture Design / meeting comparison. Design questions: exchange TURN Torino Design Community, where five practices (Bee, ARCHICURA, Ata, Brh + Maat), with the participation of the public, will create an exciting exchange of views on architecture as a discipline of contact with the city context and with our daily potential”.
(excerpt of the press release of the Chamber of Architects of Torino and from the Foundation OAT, July 13th 2011)
KM011 – Fifteen years of artistic influences in Turin
P11 February 2011
KM011 is a project conceived by Luca Beatrice with the collaboration of the Piedmont Region, of the Teatro Stabile of Torino and of the Istituto Europeo di Design of Turin, and the patronage of the OAT - The Order of Architects of the Province of Turin - and FIP - Film Investment Piedmont.
The aim is to show the contamination between visual arts, architecture, cinema and literature that accompanied the transformation of Turin from 1995 to the present, from the city of the big industry to the capital city of contemporary culture. A journey that begins in the nineties, in one of the most difficult decades of its history, but at the same time a particularly creative and exciting: in those years Turin reinforced its identity as a city of laboratory and incubator of creative experimentation.
And so was born KM011, the exhibition-event that opens today February 11th in Turin: an exhibition “zero kilometre” - set up inside the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences - made with a total budget of 60 thousand euro: a “sustainable” cost, based on the quality within a virtuous economy. There are four main themes of KM011: visual arts, architecture, cinema and literature, with the addition of two special events dedicated to music and fashion.
In particular, the section of the exhibition dedicated to architecture, curated by Barbara Brondi and Marco Rainò, presents a review of studies and practitioners active in the 90s within the boundaries of the metropolitan area: ARCHICURA, Workshop Studio, Camerana & Partners, carlorattiassociati - Walter Nicolino & Carlo Ratti, Cliostraat, Elastico SPA, Frlan + Jansen architects, Raymond Guidacci maat architecture, MARC, Blue Store, Luciano Pia, Peak architects, Studioata, Studio Granma, UDA, Ventidieci associated architects.
The works will be visible until 15 March 2011.
Image by Stefano Fassone
The Banca Sella Group opens it new headquarters designed by Archicura
P18 September 2010
“It was opened today the new headquarters of the Banca Sella in Biella designed by ARCHICURA of Turin. Seven floors, about 13.000 square meters, 700 workstations, about 4.000 square meters of green outdoor areas, three-story of underground parking spaces with two hundred and sixty places for bicycles. At the disposal of employees there will soon be also a restaurant and a kindergarten. The new headquarters of the Group - the fourth in 124 years of history, always in Biella - is characterized by large external windows and large open-plan interiors, to easy the rapid and efficient interaction between the offices. The building was also inspired to modern standards of environmental sustainability and reducing environmental impact, thanks to photovoltaic systems, the use of groundwater and rainwater for toilets, the modern systems of insulation and thermal inertia and the automatic lighting system to ensure the quality of working life by reducing energy waste. The structure is designed without «hierarchies». The Management Group, chaired by Maurizio Sella and led by CEO Pietro Sella, is in fact exactly in the centre of the building, on the third floor, in close contact with the offices and in particular with the structures of the Bank that have a direct relationship with customers, such as the call centre (fourth floor). On the ground floor of the complex there is also an agency and a space with innovative telematic services available to clients and self-service areas, where it is possible to carry out particular operations independently.”
Image by Colombo, Impresa Costruzioni
(excerpt from the press release of Gruppo Banca Sella, Biella, September 28th 2010)
Archicura at the Biennale, namely: The wine cathedrals. Meeting between two cultures.
P25 August 2010
“The encounter of the architecture with the culture of wine has led to the realization of numerous cellars that nowadays are symbols. The comparison with the different contributions constructed in the national landscape will investigate the innovative path of transformation that these works have created in the enhancement of the places, culture or traditions. The Ordine degli Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori (editor’s note: chamber of Architects) of Rome and the National Institute of Architecture, as part of their institutional role as promoters of cultural debate and careful observers of the changes developed in the national culture, noticed how this encounter has led, over the last decade, to the realization of numerous wineries where the combination of the two components transformed the buildings into real architectural symbol. From this premise was born the desire to present the most significant projects, made in Italy, in the exhibition « The cathedrals of wine, the meeting of two cultures», collateral event of the 12. International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, with the aim of developing a cultural and scientific reflection on the themes of the wineries design and the wine production transformation. The exhibition will be an opportunity for comparison between the wide panorama national constructions and will be the first phase of a research that will lead to investigate the various areas of wine production. The designers selected, and their related works, are: Architect Renzo Piano | ARCHICURA - Dellapiana Bermond | Architect Walter Angonese | Architect Mario Botta | Studio Sartogo and Grenon | Cecchetto & Associates | Architect John Bo | Architect Gianni Arnaudo | Mr. Massimo Pagliari | Studio Valle Planners | Moretti Contract | Studio Archea | Architect Guido Boroli | Studio Ruffinoassociati | Cadeo Architecture | ARCHOS | Architect Werner Tscholl | Arch Fiorenzo Valbonesi | Zito + Mori | AT studio | Arch Agnese Mazzei | Studio Deabate | Architect Nicholas G. Tramanti | Abram & Schnabl Architekten”.
(excerpt from the press release prepared by the architect Paola Di Giuliomaria, curator of the event, August 28th - September 9th 2010, Hotel Danieli, Salons Marco Polo, Riva degli Schiavoni)
Superstars in the cellar – An exhibition of architecture and wine labels on the occasion of “Vinum” kermesse
P17 April 2010
"From the basement of his grandfather to the cathedrals of wine signed by Renzo Piano and Frank Gehry. Can you tell the story of Italian viticulture and winemaking through the evolution of architecture in the cellar? Can you say something about the changes of customs and agricultural landscapes, following a line from "infernot," dug into the tuff, leading up to Petra, the futuristic structure designed by Mario Botta in Suvereto, Tuscany?
Once upon, the hills of the wine, there were mostly row houses like those that draw children, and “L-shaped” farms with the arcades of the barn, the facades of stone and plaster, some porch and no decorum. Luigi Einaudi called them “farms of the details”: scattered houses, shrouded in mist in fall and lit by the sun in summer, where the work was hard and full of commitment, up and down the fields and vineyards.
In Langa, as in many other wine areas of Italy, has been so for centuries until the postwar period. Then, with wine, they got the money and the first changes. (...) Finally, with wealth, many farmers have become entrepreneurs and have begun to entrust their cellars in the hands of architects. And they designed the work to make it more functional, hospitality more welcoming, or just to impress.
A witness of this evolution is the exhibition «Architecture of wine», which will be opened today in Alba (Church of San Domenico), giving way to «Vinum», a big event dedicated to wine lovers.
(...) A broad overview of examples, very different in space, type, location, formal solutions: from small traditional wine cellar to the large and most industrialized production logic, from the cellar to the modern historical thought of as contemporary architectural sign, from formal restyling of existing buildings, the juxtaposition and dialogue between «old» and «new».
Here is the Cube tilted and transparent, with which the Ceretto brothers have marked the territory of Castiglione Falletto, and the grass on the roof, with whom Cascina Adelaide (ARCHICURA) and Cantina Ratti were camouflaged in Barolo and La Morra. The exhibition tells how the ancient Pio Cesare, in the historic center of Alba, was able to grow between the barrels preserving pieces of Roman and medieval walls and how, instead, in Spain, the Marques de Riscal gave its wine citadel in the hands of the visionary archistar Frank Gehry. But even as a bad shed along the way could have become a welcoming and low-impact space through the use of decorative materials and trees”.
(excerpt from La Stampa, April 16th 2010, Roberto Fiori, Alba)
Shortly off the event “One week with Eupalino”, a series of conferences, seminars, exhibitions and workshops: a week of action in the sign of the relationship between art and architecture. From November 23rd to 27th 2009 “One week with Eupalino” offers to students and interested parties a full program of events: a seminar, an art exhibition, a design workshop and a series of six lectures (five architects and artist) in the picturesque setting of the Valentino Castle.
In particular it will propose a one-week workshop in the name of the project in which the architect José Ignacio Linazasoro and some architectural firms of Turin as Studioata, MARC, elastic spa, ARCHICURA will join participants. The event, conceived and promoted by a group of PhD students of the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture in Turin, is open to all.
Archicura against the crisis / Attraversamenti – Biennale Diffusa di Architettura Contemporanea (Widespread Biennale of Contemporary Architecture)
P24 September 2009
“Opens today, September 24th 2009, the third edition ATTRAVERSAMENTI, Biennale diffusa di architettura contemporanea (Widespread Biennale of Contemporary Architecture), in between Trevi, Castel Ritaldi, Foligno, Spello and Spoleto.
The theme of the biennial starts from the cue that in contemporary society we have been accustomed to consider the states of «normal» as separate from the ones of «emergency» and crisis. The reason is certainly to be sought in a set of factors that have produced growth and well-being, creating «normal» conditions longer and longer over time, so that they were able to bring up the «emergencies» such as accidents along the way. The reality is very different; emergency today is a constant in our culture and the changes taking place in today's society, paradoxically triggered by the development, lead the community to deal with new categories of thought. With these assumptions opens ATTRAVERSAMENTI, the third edition of the Biennale of contemporary architecture spread in the landscape, offer as a theme CRISIS and ARCHITECTURE AS A WAY TO OVERCOME THE STATE OF EMERGENCY.
(…)Attraversamenti 09 will propose a rich platform for discussion and dialogue: on one hand it will be presented the «problem of the crisis», with questions and unusual looks on the world of architecture, and on the other it will show a range of project responding to these issues from Italian architects, such as: ARCHICURA, Atelier of Vegetables, Baukuh, Emilio Caravatti, CZ study, Andrea Dragoni, 2A + P / A, 2T_R architecture, 2xLRM, FAREstudio, HVA, LDA.iMdA, michielizanatta.net,
NOWA Marco Navarra, Danilo Palumbo, Radar, RBA, C & P Studio, Studio Castiglioni Nardi, Studio Dosi,
Studio tamassociati, Suburbia.mode, Pocket study, Tspoon, 1AX, Rome.”
The works will be on display until September 30th, 2009
(excerpt from the press release of the sponsoring institution Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary, TAMassociati office, alterstudio partners, September 24th 2009)
“That last Saturday celebration has been a great one and with a great participation of the community. The parish led by Fr Franco Gallo has warmly welcomed the inauguration of the Church of the Transfiguration, blessed by the Bishop Sebastiano Dho. Mussotto, a district in strong growth, needed a new worship place. The church, not quite finished, is now open and working because, representing the biblical tent, wants to remind the provisional nature of human life. The ceremony, among others, was attended by the mayor Giuseppe Rossetto and some representatives of the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio of Cuneo. Thursday, June 25th, at 9 p.m., in the church, on the occasion of the inauguration of the pavement, the prior of the monastic community of Bose, Enzo Bianchi, will present the painting of the face of Christ made by the French painter Arcabas.”
(excerpt from the journal “La Gazzetta d’Alba”, June 2nd 2009, n. 22)
The development of wine tourism and the transformation of the wineries in real objects, which are also tourist destination, push manufacturers to look for the most famous star-system architects to characterize their corporate image through architecture. Compared with the experiences of the eighties, that elaborate examples from the past but do not bring substantial changes in the system, the most recent realizations contain typological and formal innovations that match “different conceptual approaches, methodological and language”.
The cellars gradually undergo a reorganization of space, they become larger and more complex representative buildings, deeply tied to the land in which they find themselves. More and more, in recent years, they host seemingly unrelated functions from those that are production stages and more akin to wine tourism, in fact. These new requirements have called upon internationally renowned architects who have been confronted with a fascinating theme: the harmonious union of production requirements, technological innovation and communication of an image now completely new and more detailed.
Finally, these experiences have been collected in the series Architecture Tools, da edited by Motta, in a monograph dedicated, fresh from publication, entitled "Cantine" (editor’s note: “Cellars”).
Among the selected wineries: Sattlerhof - Gross - The Earth Song (ARCHICURA) - Terre da Vino - Ca 'Marcanda - La Brunella - Petra Winery - Col Solare - Cellar Perusini - Neumeister - Ysios Winery - Wineries Mezzocorona - Ceretto - Winecenter - Lemelson - Woollaston - Research and Multimedia Center Nardini - Hillinger "Hill" - Wellanschitz - Lopez de Heredia Vina Winery Tondonia - Evelyn County Estate - Loisium - Cantina Las Ninas - Fonterutoli - Collemassari - Cellar Bric - Christ Winery - La Rocca - Adega Mayor - Weingut Ploder-Rosenberg - Campodelsole - Quintessa.
("CANTINE", author: Veronica Pirazzini, Motta Architettura publisher, Milan, 2008)
We are running out, and finally, after almost an year (2008) spent in researches, composing, photographing and writings, goes to the national libraries the book “011 +. Architectures Made in Italy”. The book is a thoughtful overview on the new realities of the “made in Italy”, collecting testimonies of the processes undertaken so far by thirteen young Turin studies (ARCHICURA, Camerana & Partners, carlorattiassociati - Walter Nicolino & Carlo Ratti, Cliostraat, Elastic Spa, Frlan + Jansen architects, Raymond Guidacci, MARC, Peak architects, Studioata, Studio Granma, UDA), seen as participants and at the same time as well-wisher of the changing trends in town.
(“011+. Architetture Made in Torino”, author: Davide Tommaso Ferrando –a cura di-, edited by Electa, Milano, 2008)
Cellars, tasting locations and museums dedicated to wine, represent new opportunities for the best architects. The producers, in every part of the world, turn to them and, not infrequently, the images of their works have become the images of wine itself, transforming these same objects from secluded places into architectural objects in the landscape. But how do you harmonize these transformations, imposed by the dynamics of the market and the entrepreneurial creativity, with the fact that wine should continue to be produced and grown old without forgetting the tradition advises and teaches? This book answers this question and repeats this question again, because those who wrote it believes that between architecture and wine there is a hidden but strong analogy: every work of architecture, like wine, should be made to grow harmoniously. Not always, though, so it happens, but sometimes, as this book is about, so it happens.
This volume documents with images and drawings a selected series of wine architectures, wineries and wine museums made, among others, by Herzog & de Meuron, Mario Botta, Santiago Calatrava, Frank O. Gehry, Steven Holl, Renzo Piano, Gilles Perrodin, Boris Pedrecca, ARCHICURA.
(“ARCHITETTRA E VINO. Nuove cantine e gusto del vino”, author: Francesca Chiorino, Electa editore, Milano, 2007)
“The Mussotto district is in excitement for the not-to-be-missed appointment on Sunday 4th March. It will be the day that the «first stone» of the new church will be blessed, or rather, the memorial of the beginning of construcion.(...) The day will start at 10.30 in the current church, dedicated to the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with a Mass presided by Bishop Sebastiano Dho, during which the first stone will be blessed. At 11.30, the community will offer refreshments wishes”.
(extract from the journal “gazzetta d’Alba”, 27/02/2007, 9.)
In the forthcoming days, the Cascina Adelaide of Amabile Drocco, will definitely stand in “surface” with the final conclusion of the architectural design, building site and, finally, we will drink a toast to his inauguration.
The project carried out in detail by ARCHICURA is primarily an invitation to the future supported by a strong-suggestion-architecture, forged in the earth as a work of art, and gently leaned in close contact with the hills covered with vineyards. The project is articulated and complex, however, reveals that the object-cellar is not only architecture, but it is a dialogue with tradition, with landscape, with art, with future but especially with the hard and hidden work which transforms the grapes into sublime wine.
Image by Fiorenzo Calosso