Architecture

The new wing of the botanical garden

Padua | The Botanical Gardens

The oldest botanical garden in the world has had a makeover. Just a little nipping and tucking for the historical parts of the University of Padua's revered Orto Botanico, established 1545. The real transformation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site takes ... More

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Light and shade, Futurist and rationalist

Albissola Marina | Casa Mazzotti

Ceramiche Mazzotti is a pottery in the little coastal town of Albissola Marina, about 30 km west of Genoa. One of many, because Albissola has a long and proud artistic ceramics tradition. Mazzotti, though, has one up on the others: a famous son who became a ... More

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From Jain-Studio Mumbai ©Francesca Molteni

Milan | Design Week 2014

Design Week in Milan kicks off today! Six days of furnishing frenzy irrefutably bigger and better than ever, and that covers both the mainstream trade fair at its regular Rho Exhibition Centre venue and the cutting-edge design events and temporary spaces of the ... More

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BariCentrale of the future

Bari | BariCentrale by Fuksas

It could be a long wait before anything actually happens, down in Bari, but they do have a plan. A masterplan, in fact, to reconnect the parts of a city divided by the railway, masterfully drawn up by none less ... More

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One of the Fountain frogs

Rome | Quartiere Coppedè

Any off-piste architectural exploration of Rome has to include the weird and whimsical neighbourhood which centres on Piazza Mincio, out past Villa Borghese. Though not really a quarter at all, more a sort of residential compound, it's known as Quartiere Coppedè ... More

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Reflections on the Plessi Museum

Brenner Pass | Plessi Museum

A new motorway service station opened a few weeks ago on the A22, or Autostrada del Brennero, otherwise known as the Brennerautobahn (they're bilingual up there in the South Tyrol). No common-or-garden Autogrill, this one, but a futuristic structure designed by the ... More

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70s modernist Turin

Turin | IN Residence

Trawling for an alternative place to stay in Turin recently, Du Parc Suites beckoned. A stone's throw from the city's favourite public park - Parco del Valentino - on the west bank of the River Po, just about everything about this ... More

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KOOK details

Rome | KOOK

KOOK osteria and pizzeria in the swanky Olgiata district of Rome is, from an interior design point of view, the work of Mohamed Keilani and Luca Gasparini, otherwise known as Noses Architects.  What they'd achieved when the restaurant opened something over a year ago is a contemporary, loft-like ambiance ... More

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The exhibition at MAST

Bologna | Arte Fiera 2014 #2

Still reeling from those three intense days at Arte Fiera, a huge success. Around 8000 people turned up just for the vernissage, and it felt like I met every single one of them. The overall attendance figure at BolognaFiere was almost 50,000, way ... More

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The way forward?

Fontanellato | The Labyrinth

When Franco Maria Ricci finally left the helm of his extraordinary publishing house, he told the readers of FMR magazine, quoting Voltaire, 'Laissez-moi cultiver mon jardin.' And he has, spectacularly. What he's created is a monumental maze, far and away the ... More

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The contemporary extension

Lonate Ceppino | Worldly Wisdom

Every town should have a comely library. Curiously named Lonate Ceppino, a few kilometres south of Varese, now has a remarkable one in a former chapel. The Lombard municipality with fewer than 5000 inhabitants had already made the deconsecrated Oratorio San Michele its ... More

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Palazzo Lomellino

Genoa | @Home in the Rolli

Jogging alongside the locals on Corso Italia (the spectacular beachfront promenade lined with with Art Nouveau architecture), downtown aperitifs with the girls, dinner with Davide and the guys at Dindi in the cosy bay of Boccadasse; I was even caught eating fügassa with my ... More

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