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 Pythagoras Museum is the result of an international design competition organized by the Crotone Council, which was funded by the European Council to encourage urban regeneration and community projects. The central theme of the competition was to create a science park dedicated to Pythagoras.
LH1 & LH2 is the regeneration of Victorian residential buildings situated alongside Clapham Common Park and Milner Street in London.
The objective for this project is to preserve and maintain the original features, materials and atmosphere of a Victorian House, while renovating them to meet the needs of contemporary living.
The design for the Children’s Hospital “Pietro Barilla” in Parma, completed in January 2013, was inspired by the criteria of humanisation and environmental psychology, reflecting the wishes of the doctors to create a place “designed around the children”, which was to be as homely as possible for the young patients.
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.
The design of the bridge over the Polcevera River connects local and regional roads with relevant effect on the urban traffic to and from the city, and at the same time contributes to the regeneration of the urban context at the mouth of the Polcevera River, still characterized by the former Ilva industrial area. The scenario of the future redevelopment of Cornigliano provides not only the high speed/capacity infrastructure, but also the new railway station and commercial, residential, cultural and sporting activities.
Terrazza Triennale Restaurant designed by OBR opens at La Triennale di Milano on the rooftop of Palazzo dell’Arte.
Conceived as a glass pavilion suspended above Parco Sempione and the skyline of Milano and Castello Sforzesco, the restaurant with a dining experience by the chef Stefano Cerveni, in combination with the ongoing Arts & Foods exhibition curated by Germano Celant, is a significant initiative of La Triennale di Milano as a curtain raiser to Expo2015.
"AFRICA. Big Change Big Chance" Exhibition at Triennale di Milano. The exhibition is devoted to Africa, a continent in which some of the most interesting phenomena of recent years are taking shape, ranging from great demographic to climate and social changes. A series of thematic sections examine the architecture and the great territorial changes affecting the African continent, including HOPE City by OBR.
Milano, Tuesday 30th September. OBR has been proclaimed by Triennale di Milano winner of the design competition for the restaurant on the roof top of the Palazzo dell'Arte. The concept of OBR provides a linear glass pavilion overviewing the skyline, Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione. Embraced by an aromatic garden and protected by a floating tent, the pavilion acts as a bio-climatic greenhouses with different self-thermal regulation scenarios during night/day and summer/winter. From outside the tent is the only visible architectural and ephemeral feature, which becomes the dynamic media for the urban events held by Triennale and Expo 2015.
Milan, Thursday 31st July. OBR Team with Antonio Perazzi, Maddalena D'Alfonso, Rossella Ferorelli, Rossella Menegazzo, Ingrid Paoletti, Giacomo Ardesio hold an open dialogue at the Expo Gate in Milan to share a vision for the future of Piazza Castello.
Piazza Castello has always been a point of reference for Milan and its residents. It is therefore essential to build a collective consciousness that defines a common ground on which to act.
A project by Triennale di Milano, Comune di Milano, Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici della Provincia di Milano, Expo Milano 2015.
Milan, Tuesday 22nd July at 7pm. OBR and Antonio Battaglia Gallery present Life Stripe by SPREAD, Hirokazu Kobayashi and Haruna Yamada. Some of the works exhibited in OBR were made during the session with students of Università degli Studi di Milano. We appreciate their research for the investigation on the sense of community through the individual identities. Private viewing in Via Ciovasso 4 at 7pm.
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.