The design of the residential complex seeks a symbiosis between architecture and landscape, where the synthesis of artificial and natural elements is allowed to define the quality of life and the sense of belonging of the inhabitants.
The interface between building and garden becomes the field where interaction between people and environment takes place.
In line with ever changing developments in contemporary living, this porosity makes the 107-unit residential complex an evolving organism in perpetual change, stimulating the dynamic exchange between architecture and nature.
The architecture of the museum aims to create a new landscape morphologically rooted to the ground, through a partially
hypo-epigean space that integrates the museum into the hill through continuous coverage with the existing topography.
The relationship between architecture and landscape is emphasized in the interior spaces of the foyer and the cafeteria framing the view outside, as if seen through a telescope. An inner spiral as a promenade architecturale accompanies visitors fluidly to the roof top, which is conceived as a belvedere overlooking the park and the city. Throughout the museum, the boundaries delimiting exhibition-plaza-garden will be defined by their final users.
The project foresees the regeneration of an historical residential building situated alongside Clapham Common Park in London. The approach has required a critical revision of the historical building that was originally created for a very different way of life, with sensitivity to and respect for Victorian features and methods of construction, enhancing the relation between the internal space and the existing gardens.
The design approach for the Nuovo Ospedale dei Bambini di Parma synthesizes health and functional needs with perceptual and psychological issues. The strategic choice was to recognize some spaces of the internal distribution as "Space Joints" between the inside and the outside. These Space Joints offer the opportunity for visual exchange with the outside through the perception of change of natural phenomena.
The renovation of the former Cinema Roma was designed by re-setting the existing building in the context, searching continuity with the adjacent trees that characterize the urban axis of Via Tanara and Viale Barilla and the nearby Falcone and Borsellino Park.
This approach has defined a type of organic façade where the plant material becomes a “natural sunscreen” that consists of a system of steel ribs that overlaps the building.
The project provides for the transfer of the Galleria Sabauda (now located above the Egyptian Museum in the Palazzo Accademia della Scienza in Turin) to the Manica Nuova of the Royal Palace, amining at generating new interest in Turin on the international cultural tourism circuit.
Hong Kong, Monday 18th November, Chinese University of Hong Kong CUHK.
Tommaso Principi lecturing "Work in Process". An analysis on how Architecture can be more oriented in investigating a design process that could lead to different and unexpected formal results, rather than being chained to a linguistic and iconic self-referential attitude.
Istanbul, Monday 18th November at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.
Paolo Brescia lecturing at “Crossing the Bridge: between Tradition and Vision” during Ecoweek 2013. Does architecture have the power for a new social sustainability? Ecoweek is an international non-governmental non-profit organization initiated by Elias Messinas and organized by Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.
Shanghai, “Small Utopias” exhibition from 30th October to 13th December 2013 at Tongji University. Italian architecture of the third millennium between history, research and innovation. The show is the exploration of the most vital “new” Italian architecture, developed through a process based on three parallel directions: the authors, the projects, the topics, catching a glimpse of the horizon of a world in rapid evolution. Designers: bam!, Matilde Cassani, Elasticospa, Grasso Cannizzo, Labics, Modus, OBR, Umberto Riva, stARTT, Cino Zucchi. In collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Accra, Tuesday 22nd October
18:00 – 20:00 at ISSER Conference Room, University of Ghana.
Open Building Research - Right to the City. Rural and Urban Landscapes: An Italian contribution to the Debate in Ghana. How the “Right to the City” can be developed in Africa and Ghana in particular, how to identify possible ways of sustainable development, how to promote a sense of community and individual identity through Architecture and Urban Design.
Rome, Thursday 10th October, 18:00 – 20:00 at MAXXI. The Energy of the Road: New urban scenarios in the post-oil era. Speakers: Pippo Ciorra, Margherita Guccione, Peter Murray, Paolo Brescia, Tommaso Principi and Federico Parolotto. City managers, mobility experts, urban planners and designers will share their own experience to investigate new forms of production, transformation and exchange of energy, which will be freer and globally accessible.
Pescara. OBR wins the Ad'A award 2013 for Italian Architecture with Pythagoras Museum. The project is the result of the international design competition held by Crotone Council with funding from the European Community in its role of encouraging development of urban community projects.
Milan. OBR is to reveal its new concept Cellulae at Euroluce 2013, the international lighting sector exhibition held during the International Furniture Fair in Milan, 9-14 April 2013. Cellulae is a living structure able to produce, exchange and transform energy and has been created for leading Italian manufacturer Danese. An open system, built on a series of modules, Cellulae creates energy and captures it locally, absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.
Rome. ENERGY exhibition at MAXXI in Rome, OBR presents “Right to Energy”. The project investigates the space where energy exchanges take place, from extra urban to urban, from collective to individual, with the objective of enhancing the landscape and promote a renewed sense of community. We imagine a new form of democratization of energy. Everybody can transform and exchange energy, which will be finally accessible to all.
Accra. Launch of HOPE city project designed by OBR and promoted by Roland Agambire, chairman of RLG Communications. HOPE city is focused on Information Communication Technology as part of the national development policy framework turning Ghana into an active player in the international scenario. The project aims to promote the sense of community, sharing common values in common space, connecting social and environmental sustainability.
OBR, Paolo Brescia, Tommaso Principi with Güldeniz Dagdelen and Güzin Konuk, Seher Demet Yücel, Sezer İnan win the design competition for Cesme Waterfront, Turkey. The project aims to revitalize the city of Cesme,
re-naturalising the coast and enhancing or the benefits of the natural phenomena: wind, sea and sun.
The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design has announced OBR as 2012 Green Good Design Award winner for the Milanofiori Housing Complex. Green Good Design - founded in Chicago in 1950 - identifies the world's most important examples of sustainable design developing a public awareness program.
OBR, Margherita Del Grosso, Openfabric, Marco Manzitti, Buro Happold, D'Appolonia and Doro Dietz win the international design competition for Via XX Settembre in Genoa. The project is the occasion for Genoa to create new spaces to live "the city within the city",generating urban gravitational attractors for the inhabitants.