Locanda Rossa, Capalbio

Living in London, we’re lucky that the rest of Europe is within easy reach. One of the main reasons we chose Locanda Rossa for our second holiday with Isabelle (now […]

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The Four Phrases To Know When Visiting Italy

      Agghhh Italy .. one of my favourite countries in the world… the gelato is cold, the weather is mostly warm and the locals are kind and funny.  I strongly recommend that you pack your suitcase and elasticated shorts for this sunny and romantic location and be prepared to fall in love ..

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Cinque Terre

Inspiration Gallery Cinq Terre: Monterosso, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Riomaggiore, ITALY, September 2018

Dual Citizen

Like most people, I always catch myself saying, ‘if only I had more time on my hands’.  In the holistic sense of the meaning, this kind of challenge would only be counteracted by cutting back on the amount of hours I work, which would not seem like a practical solution, or let’s be honest a fun

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Sensation

If only we were currently swimming in the fresh blue waters in the heart of Italy right now.   Alas the fantasy it is not so, and as the reality of mountains of editing from my latest shoot (which I cannot wait to show you my lovely friends) literally ‘sinks’ in I can only dream

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Pierre Augustin Rose

  Pierre Augustin Rose’s showroom images have been floating around my feed for sometime now, the intriguing yet simple design furnisher has made its way to the top of my to furnishing wish list. This collection has been described as timeless aestheticism, with very clean lines and finishes of uncompromising demand… And that it is.

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Venice Film Festival With Vogue Australia

It only feels like yesterday but last September during a run of perfect italian autumn days, I was lucky enough to attend the Venice Film Festival as a guest of the beautiful Jaeger-LeCoultre. An invitation to travel to a dream city for an adventure such as this was of course accepted with endless amounts of grateful enthusiasm…

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Sunday Sanctuary: Union

Familiar to the union of old and new, ancient and modern this Sunday Sanctuary dates back to the 17th century. An old oil mill in Soglinao Cavour, a small village in the province of Lecce, Italy. The raw spirit of the home is still intact where ancient stone floors, walls are arches speak. The old

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Travel Guide: 3 Days In Venice

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve drifted off into a day dream and found myself wandering through the streets of Venice… Venice has always been right at the top of my list, but somehow I’ve never quite made it. … When I was a little girl my grandparents returned from a cruise through

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Creature Comforts

Just out of shot there was a curious crowd assembling… Tourists and Venetians alike walking along the canal wondering what kind of creature was creeping along their walkway, or perhaps they were asking themselves why that person was acting in such a way? Well, there may be no particular rhyme or reason for this behaviour […]

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Shiseido Spa Milan

I had a deep cleansing facial at the Shiseido Spa Milan before leaving for London.

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Hotel Magna Pars Suites Milano

A light bright hotel that combines beautiful Italian design with elegant fragrances.

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Milan City Break Style

Early in September I headed out to Milan for a few days. I had mixed expectations about this particular Italian city but came back with plans to return.
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Florence to adopt Stefano Boeri’s “anti-terror” planters proposal

Stefano Boeri’s proposal to use trees and planters to protect against terror attacks instead of “ugly” military-style barriers is to be implemented in Florence, mayor Dario Nardella has announced. The Italian architect voiced his concerns about the negative impact of the barriers being installed in European cities following the recent vehicle-led terror attacks in Barcelona, London, Nice and

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Rural Italian residence combines traditional stone exterior with contemporary details

Italian studio GGA Architects has transformed the site of an old hilltop settlement in the country’s Marche region into a contemporary house comprising stone structures perched on a pigmented concrete plinth. AP House is situated on top of one of the highest hills in the area around the ancient walled city of Urbino, in the

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Pedevilla Architects adds angular blackened-larch extension to hotel in South Tyrol

Italian studio Pedevilla Architects has completed an extension to a traditional Alpine hotel, comprising a monolithic blackened-timber volume with windows that jut from the walls and roof to optimise mountain views. Pedevilla Architects developed the six-storey extension for the Bühelwirt hotel, which is situated in the Ahrntal commune of northern Italy, just three kilometres from the Klausberg ski area.

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Florence Travel Story

Florence Travel Story Jiawa wears: Hunting World NYC 2 Way Draw String & Mini Duffle Bags; Kurt wears: Hunting World NYC Carry All Bag I wonder if the secret to Florence’s enduring beauty, its undisturbed Renaissance architecture, and its tiny cobbled streets that so far escaped the threat of urbanisation, owes partly to the fact that, apart from a particular week twice a year, it’s often overlooked as an Italian destination. But that one week, how everything changes. The showings, the parties, and the throngs of competitively well dressed men that overflow the terraces of Caffé Gilli, where cocktails and candy are served side by side. That it was Pitti Uomo once again (or simply ‘Pitti’, as affectionately know by the regular crowd) is obvious from the diminishing taxi availability and even more than usual sightings of coats worn as capes in the vicinity of Santa Maria Novella station. You may be forgiven for assuming that Pitti is a men’s street style event, rather than a men’s fashion industry trade show. It certainly does seem to the outsider that more people have come all over the world for the former rather than the latter. While all this will make a fascinating gander for […]

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Plasma Studio’s copper-clad apartment block has huge windows facing the Dolomites

Floor-to-ceiling windows allow guests to wake up to views of the Dolomites at this complex of copper-clad holiday apartments in northern Italy by Plasma Studio. Architecture practice Plasma Studio designed the two-storey apartment block to provide six holiday homes accompanying an existing holiday residence. The two structures are joined by a single-storey volume, which hosts a communal area. Called Villa

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Carlo Ratti to transform Italian military barracks into open-source architecture laboratory

Architect Carlo Ratti has revealed plans to transform a former 19th-century military complex in Turin, Italy, into a campus where students, workers and makers can set up their own labs and studios. Carlo Ratti Associati will transform the 20,000 square-metre Caserma Lamarmora barracks into “a testing ground for an open-source approach to architecture”. Using the barracks’ modular structure as a base, the Italian firm wants to open the building up

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Burano

After arriving in Venice and dropping off our luggage at LaGare Hotel in Murano, we spend the morning hours in Burano. We made hundreds of pictures here and I’m sure… Read More

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to Rome by train

Instead of doing the typical Summer holiday (rd. spending a week at the beach, sipping cocktails) we decided to visit three of Italy’s most popular and prettiest cities. I think… Read More

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All four seasons coexist in Milan garden proposed by Carlo Ratti

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has revealed plans for a covered garden in Milan, which would use climate-control technology to allow visitors to experience spring, summer, autumn and winter at any time of year. Carlo Ratti Associati designed The Garden of the Four Seasons to offer city-dwellers a closer glimpse of nature’s cycles. Summer, winter, autumn and spring are represented by four

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Drone footage captures Zaha Hadid’s mountaintop museum in South Tyrol

This video shot by drone captures the late Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum, which is half buried into the peak of an Alpine mountain in Italy. The footage offers a drone’s eye view of the large volumes of the museum, which appear to burst through the rockface of Mount Kronplatz at 2,275 metres above sea level. Dezeen commissioned videographer Alaïa Fonk to

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Vertically sliding walls open Bergmeisterwolf’s Italian villa extension to the garden

Architecture studio Bergmeisterwolf has completed an extension to a house on the shores of Italy’s Lake Garda, featuring glazed walls that disappear into the ground to open the living area up to the garden. The client for the project – an economist from Vienna – wanted an addition that would add value to and improve

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1h. in Murano

During our trip in Venice, we slept in Hotel LaGare, which is located in Murano. A small island between Venice and Burano and known for its glass making. If you… Read More

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36h. in Venice

Our ten-day-long trip kicked off in Venice. I’ve been in town only once before, when I was about twelve years old. I didn’t remember much of it, so it was… Read More

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Ditta Artigianale

What started as a competition representing Italy in the coffee world, ended in an established coffeebrand. After winning the award, barista Francesco Sanapo wanted to do something more for his… Read More

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La Ménagère

La Ménagère is a flowershop, restaurant and coffeehouse in one, located close to the Duomo. It’s so pretty! Our favorite place to have breakfast. They have great coffee and the… Read More

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Zaha Hadid Architects completes first phase of high-speed rail station in Naples

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed the first section of a new high-speed train station on the outskirts of southern Italian city Naples, which is set to open this weekend. Napoli-Afragola High Speed Train Station was conceived as a bridge, with the concourse elevated above the train tracks. London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) envisions that it will be

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Monolithic concrete house by Bergmeisterwolf emerges from an Alpine hillside

This bunker-like house in South Tyrol by local studio Bergmeisterwolf features an angular cutout that shelters a balcony overlooking the nearby valley. The house is situated next to a farmhouse occupied by the owner’s parents on a sloping site near the village of Neustift and close to the border with Austria. The building rises above

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Bergmeisterwolf reinterprets the traditional log cabin with Twisted House apartments

Architecture studio Bergmeisterwolf has applied vernacular log cladding to this group of holiday apartments, which extend around a courtyard in the Italian alps. Contained within angular volumes, the Twisted House apartments were designed for a hillside site in South Tyrol, close to Bergmeisterwolf’s studio in the town of Brixen. Five accommodation units are contained within a

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Andreas Gruber embeds minimal concrete house into Tyrolean hillside

A three-storey house made entirely of concrete has been set into the steep slope of the Eisack Valley in South Tyrol by local architect Andreas Gruber. The mountainous setting in northern Italy came with a number of restrictions and regulations, which called for an innovative design that was sympathetic to its Alpine surroundings. “The special climatic conditions in

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Trio of broken arches house ossuaries in northern Italian cemetery

CN10 Architetti has built a trio of white concrete and marble funerary arches with space to host ossuaries and cinerary urns for a cemetery in the northern Italian city of Bergamo. CN10 Architetti formed the arches from six separate pieces, which are arranged in pairs to create a processional pathway for visitors to walk through the 75-square-metre mausoleum. The curved concrete

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Cities are “deeply tragic” says Rem Koolhaas

Architects have lost control of city design according to Rem Koolhaas, who says the gap between the profession’s rhetoric and the reality is wider in Italy than anywhere else. Speaking at a conference during Milan design week, the OMA founder said that Italy was “tortured” by this situation. “The architecture profession thought not so long ago that it knew how

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MAD and Stefano Boeri propose crinkled towers and vertical forests for Milan’s disused railway yards

MAD, Stefano Boeri Architetti and Mecanoo are among five architecture studios to unveil proposals to completely transform unused railways across Milan, creating high-density housing and swaths of greenery. Milanese practice Cino Zucchi Architetti and Barcelona studio EMBT Miralles Tagliabue also developed ideas to reinvigorate the seven disused railway yards. The five proposals emerged from a workshop held in December 2016, which invited architects to reimagine

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Glass walls frame vineyard views from Modostudio’s mountain retreat

An abundance of gridded glazing aims to make the most of the spectacular views over Italy’s Adige Valley from this secluded mountain cabin by Modostudio. Italian architects Modostudio designed the 141-square-metre Mountain Retreat for a site close to Bozen in the Alps of South Tyrol. The two-storey dwelling features an inverted pitched roof. It also abuts an old stone

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BIG wins contest for San Pellegrino bottling factory in Italy

Bjarke Ingels has been announced the winner of a competition to design a new headquarters and bottling plant for the soft drinks company San Pellegrino in northern Italy. BIG was announced the winner of the San Pellegrino Flagship Factory contest at an event held in the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan earlier

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Retractable “scallop shell” roof could be built over Verona’s Roman arena

The 2,000-year-old amphitheatre in Verona, Italy, could be transformed into an indoor stadium with this competition-winning proposal by German firms GMP and SBP. Architecture office GMP and engineering firm SBP won an international contest seeking ideas for a roof over the Roman arena, which was built in the first century but is still in use today as a major opera

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Three blackened-wood huts cantilever from mountain restaurant by Peter Pichler and Pavol Mikolajcak

A trio of glass-fronted gables project from this mountain restaurant that architects Peter Pichler and Pavol Mikolajcak have designed for skiers in the South Tyrolean Dolomites. Italian architects Pichler and Mikolajcak designed the Oberholz Mountain Hut restaurant for the Oberholz ski resort. Set on a small mound, it has its own direct connection to the ski slope. Located at 2000 metres in

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Nhow Milan

Milan, italian capital of fashion and design. ENG What a better accommodation to stop over while you are in town than a modern design hotel located in one of the… Read More

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Making the best of time when travelling

Making the best of time when travelling This editorial features: Cluse La Bohème classit watch in 38mm gold face and black stainless steel mesh band These the first weeks of 2017, I write to you, gloves and earmuffs at the ready, from a well-chilled Europe. My time piece choice of the moment, Cluse La Bohème with modern black stainless steel mesh band, befits perfectly the start of my fashion month travels from Pitti Uomo in Florence to Milano Moda Uomo (Milan Men’s Fashion Week). Stepping out bravely onto the road again leaves me facing the same licorice allsorts of delightful pleasures and trivial adversities that come with (at least my kind of) travel. Without fail, I set out with grand sweeping plans of doing all there is to do during a single trip. And therefore, I’m one for whom a regret for the misuse of time results in a different kind of morning-after-remorse altogether. But after many stress-filled trips of the past, fuelled by the fear of missing out, I am unfortunately no closer to the magical formula for making the best of travel time. However, there are three little strategies that I have come to trust to, if not save […]

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The Pyjama Traveler in Milan

The Pyjama Traveler in Milan Though to step out in one’s pyjamas is very un-Italian indeed. This editorial features: Silk Pyjama Shirt and Pant by Grana (use my code “JIAWAxGRANA” for 10% off, plus free shipping world wide) For a good many reasons, I always pack a pair (or two) of luxe silk pyjamas when I travel. On the one hand, it is for the simple practicality of sleeping with the softness of silk against the skin, and, on another – more supercilious – hand, to throw on for an impromptu photo-op in a luxurious interior, where a certain state of undress is warranted. Then, of course, there is the morning after the night before, where, in that very Italian way, the deliciously lengthy process of aperitif, dinner, and then drinks after (occasionally with a party in between) had progressed into the small hours, and one simply does not want to get dressed at all. However, the rub of it all is that, despite such elaborate evening activities, to step out in one’s pyjamas the next day, is very un-Italian indeed. The Milanese woman is closer to the patriarchal old world than many of their more progressive European counterparts (demonstrated also in […]

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Studio Fuksas suspends cloud-like auditorium inside Rome convention centre

Studio Fuksas has completed a convention centre and hotel complex in Rome, featuring an auditorium in a translucent fibreglass “cloud”, suspended within a huge glass box. According to the studio, which is led by Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, the New Rome/EUR Convention Hall and Hotel is the largest building completed in the Italian capital in over

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Lorenzo Guzzini references Japanese tea houses with simple home in Italian alps

The pyramidal roof of this house near Italy’s Lake Como takes cues from traditional Japanese tea houses, and is slanted to allow low winter sun to reach the rustic interior. The property is situated on a small hillside plot surrounded by woodland on the edge of the village of Dizzasco, from which it overlooks a

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Glass-bottomed pool by NOA projects out from Alpine hotel

A glazed panel in the base of this cantilevered swimming pool by architecture studio NOA gives bathers dramatic views of the South Tyrolean Dolomites. NOA created the 25-metre-long pool for Hotel Hubertus, a holiday resort for skiers and hikers in the Italian province of South Tyrol. It is located at the foot of Kronplatz mountain with impressive views of the surrounding Dolomites

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Call for entries to Experiential Beer Garden competition 2016

Dezeen promotion: entries are now open for architects and designers to submit ideas to transform a 16th-century Italian villa into a beer brewery. The Young Architects Competitions (YAC) has teamed up Unindustria – the Italian Association of Industrials – to create the Experiential Beer Garden for Italian brewery Villa Zarri. The competition invites applicants to suggest ways to transform the abandoned villa, located in the Emilian

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Holiday Blues

I was away quite a bit this summer and I loved every minute. I’m so lucky to live in London but to travel is a dream. And, I appreciate London all the more for having left it. Early in the summer we spent a weekend in Lucca, Italy and shot this classic look whilst there. I’m always mixing blue shirts […]

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Herzog & de Meuron completes gabled Feltrinelli Porta Volta building in Milan

A grid of glazing covers the long, gabled form of this Milan building designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron to host a research centre and offices. The Feltrinelli Porta Volta building occupies a plot of land in the city’s Porta Volta district – named after a gate in the 16th-century walls that once surrounded the city. Its elongated and pointed volume is carved up

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The Applesauna By Noa* Network

noa* network of architecture built a sauna for the ‘Apfelhotel Torgglerhof’ in Northern Italy that melts with the nature it is surrounded by. Like the hotel’s name “Apfelhotel” which means ‘apple hotel’ in German, the guiding them…

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Mobile meditation pavilion by Giovanni Wegher stands on a lake shore in northern Italy

This tiny slatted timber pavilion is intended as a space for contemplation, and was designed by Milanese architect Giovanni Wegher to tour Italy’s largest national park (+ slideshow). The structure named Riondolo has a floor plan of just seven square metres and is five metres tall, allowing just a few people to use the space at any one time. More

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BIG, MVRDV and Snøhetta unveil competing designs for San Pellegrino headquarters

Architecture studios BIG, MVRDV, Snøhetta and Architetto Michele De Lucchi have all unveiled proposals for the new San Pellegrino Flagship Factory in northern Italy (+ slideshow). The four firms were shortlisted to design a new home for the Italian soft drinks company San Pellegrino in July 2016. But their proposals have just been revealed, ahead of a winner being announced later this More

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Renzo Piano to lead recovery plan following Italian earthquake

Architect Renzo Piano has been called upon to lead reconstruction efforts in towns left devastated by the earthquake that struck central Italy last week, and to mitigate against future disasters. Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi asked Piano, 78, to play a leading role in the reconstruction of the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, after they were hit More

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Colors of Italy

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A Weekend In Lucca

  Before our wedding in France we spent a wonderful weekend in Italy. Two very good friends of ours had chosen to get married there in a little town just outside Lucca in Tuscany. I need no excuse to go to Italy, it’s a country I love very much, but their wedding was a fantastic reason to […]

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Pedevilla Architects creates rose-hued fire station for an Alpine village

Italian studio Pedevilla Architects has used red pigmented concrete to give an Alpine fire station in South Tyrol a muted yet distinctive colouring (+ slideshow). The building’s pigmented concrete shell is intended as a twist on the fire station’s traditional blazing red colouring, and a spiralling staircase replaces the customary fireman’s pole. “All surfaces have been realised with pigmented More

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Videodiary / Italy

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Walking around Milan

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OMA completes restoration of Venice’s Fondaco dei Tedeschi

Dutch architecture firm OMA has restored the historic Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice, adding new entrances and wood-panelled escalators to turn the 16th-century building into a department store (+ slideshow). The architects, led by Rem Koolhaas, have handed over the 9,000-square-metre building to new tenants DFS of Hong Kong for retail fit out. OMA was More

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Forests of Venice pavilion offers a peaceful retreat from the Biennale crowds

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Swedish studios Kjellander + Sjöberg and Folhem have installed a wooden pavilion between the Venice Biennale venues, in tribute to the 10 million trees used to build the city’s foundations. The Forests of Venice pavilion stands alongside a 19th century greenhouse, between the Giardini and Arsenale venues, offering a secluded retreat for Biennale visitors. Kjellander + Sjöberg and Folhem More

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Lakeside theatre designed by Bargone Associati to look like huge rocks

Four pebble-shaped volumes form this cultural centre completed by Bargone Architetti Associati on the stoney shoreline of Lake Maggiore, Italy (+ slideshow). The Centro Eventi Multifunzionale (CEM) hosts a pair of theatres for audiences of 500 and 200, as well as a rehearsal space, and a foyer for events and exhibitions. A restaurant, cafe and ancillary spaces including offices are More

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Zaha Hadid Architects completes “oyster-like” ferry terminal in Salerno

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its first completed building since the death of its founder, a new maritime terminal for ferries and cruise liners in Salerno, Italy (+ slideshow). Described by the London-based firm as being “like an oyster”, the Salerno Maritime Terminal features an undulating concrete outer shell and an interior formed of gently sloping ramps. “Like an More

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Officina29 Architetti builds garden living room without cutting down any trees

Towering oak trees surround this addition to a family residence in Sardinia, which is raised up on concrete feet to minimise its impact on the wild landscape (+ slideshow). Officina29 Architetti designed the small building as an annex to a house in Sassari, the second-largest city on the Italian island. It can function as an More

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Kéré Architecture creates African-influenced Courtyard Village at Baroque palazzo in Milan

Milan 2016: an installation modelled on a typical African village has been built at Milan’s Palazzo Litta by Berlin architect Diébédo Francis Kéré (+ slideshow). Situated in the courtyard of the Baroque building, Kéré Architecture’s project is designed as a space for visitors to meet and interact. Kéré grew up in Burkino Faso, and took More

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A Hotel Combining Tradition With Modern Design

In the village Kastelruth next to the Dolomities’ Seiser Alm, noa* gave the traditional hotel Valentinerhof a new finish.
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Giuseppe Gurrieri’s Eco bar features tables that fold up from the walls

Wall panels fold up to create tables for this cafe in Sicily, which Italian architect Giuseppe Gurrieri created by converting the old ticket office of a sports arena (+ slideshow). Although originally designed as a ticket office, the shed-like structure had sat derelict for several years, so the local council invited different investors to propose More

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Enzo Eusebi builds sunken prosciutto factory in the Italian countryside

Haunches of ham are displayed in rows behind the glazed facade of this semi-underground prosciutto factory, which sits beneath a grassy roof in Italy’s hilly Umbrian countryside (+ slideshow). Italian architect Enzo Eusebi wanted the Opificio Salpi prosciutto production facility to fit “intelligently in the panorama” so he partially submerged the bulk of the 7,000-square-metre building in the terrain. The green roof More

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2016 Travel Bucket List

Every January I tell myself that I will travel more, I don’t seem to ever be as happy as when I’m exploring a new place, whether that’s a city, mountain, ocean or island. I love doing the research before I go, often searching Instagram and Pinterest for the places others have been, seeking out the best local cafés and […]

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SET Architects installs towering steel Holocaust memorial in a Bologna square

The space at the heart of this rusting steel memorial narrows to a width of just 80 centimetres, designed to make visitors empathise with the “feeling of oppression” experienced by Holocaust victims (+ slideshow). Designed by Rome-based office SET Architects, the Bologna Shoah Memorial is located on a city square in Bologna, Italy, close to the newly installed high-speed train station. More

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Corrugated copper villa by Camillo Botticini Architetto frames Alpine views

A panoramic window surrounded by a faceted wood and corrugated copper frame dominates the facade of this Alpine residence by Camillo Botticini Architetto (+ slideshow). Set in a clearing near the Passo del Cavallo, a high Alpine pass in Italy’s Brescia province, Alps Villa is framed by a open valley to the south and the peaks of the Alps to the north. The More

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