Abitare 620 in edicola

Abitare 620 in edicola


Abitare, at the newsstands from tomorrow 30 November, features an apartment in Melbourne renovated with a touch of 1970s glamour by Rodney Eggleston and Anne-Laure Cavigneaux of March Studio; the public park by MASU Planning landscape architects for the Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark, intended to stir wonder; the OCT Art Center in Zibo, an adroit composition of four stone and concrete volumes surrounded by water designed by Zhu Pei; the meditation retreat suspended above the dense vegetation of the island of Awaji, in front of Osaka, by architect Shigeru Ban; the first Stone Island store realized in Chicago by AMO doing unusual things with materials. Interview with Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, who explains the multidisciplinary approach from the Snøhetta studio. The houses: the penthouse of a 1970s apartment building in the Alpine landscape of Champoluc is brought back to life by Icona Architetti Associati; a villa of neomodernist character in Casablanca by architect Crina Arghirescu Rogard; Silvia Fabi‘s contemporary home on the top floor of a historic palazzo in the Oltrarno district of Florence; the small shelter designed by Portuguese architect João Mendes Ribeiro embracing a century-old tree. Special on new-generation lighting appliances that conceal their technological elements to give free rein to creativity, and on plates: the new styles and technological features of control panels.

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COVER STORY
Urban Kaleidoscope
by Giuseppe Santonocito, photos by Dan PrestonCoup de théâtre: the mirror ceiling, which brings the city inside. The idea comes from Rodney Eggleston and Anne-Laure Cavigneaux of March Studio, who have renovated an apartment in Melbourne in which they used to live, giving it a touch of 1970s glamour

Materioteca
curated by Benedetto Marzullo
Sheets of gold and coloured slats to embellish wall and floor surfaces. Creating contrasts with traditional

PROJECTS
Contemporary Pagodas
by Matteo Zambelli, photos by Jin Weiqi
The OCT Art Center in Zibo, an adroit composition of four stone and concrete volumes surrounded by water, recalls the forms of traditional Chinese constructions. “Architecture is not just visual, it is also about touching,” explains Zhu Pei, designer of the centre

A Fairy-tale Garden
by Luca Trombetta, photos by Rasmus Hjortshøj
Labyrinths of hedges and green paths on several levels. At Odense, in Denmark, the landscape designers of MASU Planning have completed the Andersen Museum with a public park that connects two areas of the city. Intended to stir wonder

James Wines
by Michele Calzavara
Ninety years old, and still with a pencil in his hand and his eyes fixed on the present. Happy birthday to the founder of the New York studio SITE, who for half a century has been criticizing modernity and turning conventions on their head. In a light-hearted way

The Call of the Forest
by Sara Banti, photos by Hiroyuki Hirai
Suspended above the dense vegetation of the island of Awaji, in front of Osaka, the architect Shigeru Ban’s meditation retreat is a platform almost 100 metres long. But all you can perceive from its deck are the wind and the sounds of the forest

Experimenting with Materials
by Chiara Somajni, photos by Marco Cappelletti
From steel to cork and compressed paper. For the first Stone Island store in Chicago, AMO director Samir Bantal does unusual things with materials. The result is a flexible space that will also host exhibitions and events

A New Chapter
by Luca Trombetta
A glass hospitality pavilion of modernist inspiration in a leafy setting. Belgian architect and creative director Vincent Van Duysen designs an extension to the Molteni&C headquarters in Giussano

THE INTERVIEW
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen
by Valentina Noce
The multi-disciplinary approach from the Snøhetta studio

INTERIORS
The Chalet under the Roof
by Valentina Villa, photos by Monica Spezia
In the Alpine setting of Champoluc, the penthouse of a 1970s condominium is brought back to life by Icona Architetti Associati’s redesign. The spaces are now better organised and the extensive use of larch wood throughout gives it the feel of a mountain retreat

Unseen Casablanca
by Paolo Lavezzari, photos by Isabel Parra
Spatial sequences inspired by the masters of the 20th century, icons of design and local craftsmanship. With great expressive freedom, the architect Crina Arghirescu Rogard has redesigned the interiors of a villa of neomodernist character

Bohemian Chic
by Susanna Paparatti, photos by Pietro Savorelli
In the Oltrarno district of Florence, the architect Silvia Fabi has turned the attic of a historic palazzo into a contemporary refuge full of atmosphere. Amongst ultra-soft padded furniture and lights hanging from the ceiling like lianas

Smart Ideas Surprising and
functional solutions for small spacesby Chiara Maranzana

Around the Tree
by Elisa Pegorin, photos by José Campos
Constructing with the landscape, and not against it. The Portuguese architect João Mendes Ribeiro has started out from this premise in his design of a small shelter. Embracing a century-old tree

DESIGN
Focus On
Wall Lighting
by Daria Pandolfi, photos by Omar Sartor

Lighting Design Special
by di Chiara Maranzana, captions Alessia Pincini
New-generation lighting appliances conceal their technological elements to give free rein to creativity. Visually striking chandeliers, rechargeable lanterns and slender floor lamps that move through space

Plates Special
curated by Benedetto Marzullo
Digital displays with home automation functions, but also sophisticated geometric or industrial-style switches. The new styles and technological features of control panels


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