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Architecture in Italy

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Italian Architecture. We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across Italy. The focus is on contemporary Italian buildings but information on traditional Italian buildings is also welcome.

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We have 5 pages of Italian Architecture selections.

Italian Architecture in major cities : news + key projects (this page)

Italian Architecture Designs in major cities : A-F

Italian Building Developments in major cities : G-P

Italian Building Designs in major cities : Q-Z

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Architecture Tours in Italy

Palermo Architecture Walking Tours, Italy – latest architectural walks launched by e-architect
Our 55th city around the world – experienced building guides
Palermo Architecture Tour
image : HOK
Palermo is the capital city of the island of Sicily, in southern Italy. The city has around 855,000 inhabitants and is over 2,700 years old. Key contemporary Sicily buildings include the Ri.MED Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center and the Villa GM in Marina di Ragusa by Architrend Architecture.

Venice Architecture Walking Tours, Italy – latest architectural walks launched by e-architect
Our 53rd city around the world – experienced building guides
Venetian Panorama
image © Adrian Welch
Venice has 270,000 inhabitants, but it feels small parly due to the high density.
Key contemporary Venice buildings include LCV Law Court Offices and the Jesolo Lido Village Condominium. A significant new structure is the Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande – a bridge over the Grand Canal by Santiago Calatrava. Famous architects with buildings in the city include Richard Meier & Partners Architects and OMA.

Architecture in Italy – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

UniCredit Tower, Milan, northern Italy – 30 Sep 2013
UniCredit Tower Building
photo : Giovanni Zanghi
Italy’s tallest building can be seen from up to six miles away. The tower is topped by a structural stainless steel spire. The tower, its sister buildings Porta Nuova Garibaldi Tower B and Porta Nuova Garibaldi Tower C and their podium make up the largest components of Porta Nuova Garibaldi, a mixed-use development north of the city centre.

House in Miglionico, Basilicata, Italy – 16 Aug 2013
Design: OSA Architettura E Paesaggio
House in Miglionico Italy
photo : Massimo Acito

The strict geometries of the plant give rise to warm, inner domestic spaces; the volumes of services (bathrooms, storerooms, kitchen, laundry)define the rooms of the house that are arranged in succession along a linear path. All rooms enjoy a panoramic view over the lake below. The distribution spaces are articulated in the rear area, mediating the relationship with the courtyards. Wide windows frame the landscape alternating with blind walls.

A New Way of Camping, Cavallino Treporti near Venice, north east Italy – 1 Aug 2013
Design: Matteo Thun & Partners
A New Way of Camping Venice
photo from architect

Matteo Thun & Partners has signed the Masterplan for 6.400 m2 of the renowned Marina di Venezia Camping, located in front of Venice. A group of 32 small patio houses, called “Garden Villas”, offer a contemporary interpretation of camping bungalows providing both comfort and a close contact with nature.

Velodrome Maspes – Vigorelli, Architecture Competition Milan, north west Italy – 1 Aug 2013
‘Petition: Let’s renew the Vigorelli of Milan, for all sports and for all citizens’
Velodrome Maspes Milan
image © Vittorio Grassi Architetto

The Velodrome Maspes – Vigorelli is a building with a glorious history, however, it is currently underused due to congenital problems of poor functional flexibility and the inadequacy to current sporting and safety regulations. The design competition, launched by the Milan Municipality at the end of 2012, wanted to remedy this unstoppable deterioration looking for solutions that would bring the building to a new life through greater usability and economic sustainability that would not weigh on the pockets of the community.
The competition, which ended on April 19 this year, has enjoyed great success and the participation of 103 design groups, several of which internationally renowned.

Prato Affordable Housing, Tuscany, central Italy – 19 Jul 2013
Design: studiostudio architettiurbanisti
Prato Affordable Housing
photo : Bruno Pelucca
The design of the settlement layout is based on the recognition of landform. The project re-proposes latent settlement rules, yet consolidated, able to recover the structuring capacity of the layout and its landscape value.

Hotel Pupp, Brixen, northern Italy
Design: bergmeisterwolf architekten
Hotel Pupp Brixen
photo : Jürgen Eheim

Hotel Pupp – 1 Jul 2013
A withdrawal in the middle of the city, away from the hustle and bustle, is made possible. From the outside the tripartite interlocked structure is supplied with a special plaster (in German called “Besenputz”), like the residences close to the city, but is pushed to the fore with the colour pure white. The building comes to life with its cantilevers, with its shadow play in the façade. In the interior the colour white runs through, but this time coarse-grained, tough, cave-like, and can be found in the illuminated spaces and paths as well as in the rooms.

Oficina Vidre Negre, Piedmont, Northern Italy
Design: Damilanostudio Architects
Oficina Vidre Negre Italy
photo : Andrea Martiradonna

In a context of peripheral node of the motorway, the building is set within a park, planted with native species, in which a sort of town square accompanied to the entrance. The surface of the building is 1400 sqm, while the surface of the site is 25500 sqm. The dynamism of the client is shown in architecture, volume changing, a prism completely covered in black glass faceted and integrated photovoltaic panels.

Jesolo Lido Village Condominium, north east Italy
Design: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Jesolo Lido Village Condominium
photo : Roland Halbe
Jesolo Lido Village Condominium – 12 Jun 2013
Richard Meier & Partners Completes 5th completed project in Italy. The new project is a beautiful condominium next to the water and it is part of a complex comprised of the Jesolo Lido Village, completed by Richard Meier & Partners in 2007, and the Jesolo Lido Hotel. This project has also been recently awarded the 2013 AIANY Architecture Award. The building is part of a complex comprised of the Jesolo Lido Village, completed by Richard Meier & Partners in 2007, and the Jesolo Lido Hotel.

Hotel Panorama, South Tyrol, northern Italy
Design: *noa Network of Architecture
Hotel Panorama Building
photo : Martina Jaider

Hotel Panorama – 4 Jun 2013
A reworking of a traditional hotel – but has the redevelopment gone far enough? Once could imagine a more dynamic intervention, but here is what the architects say: “…the intervention is a constructive gesture using the contrasts of the existing. Inspiration and commitment resulted from strong links between tradition and modernity, inside and outside, cold and hot, before and after…we worked like archaelogists by interweaving old and new in a very dynamic way.”

House in Bozen, North Italy
Design: monovolume architecture+design
House in Bozen
photo © M&H Photostudio

House in Bozen – 19 May 2013
The project M2 at Bozen-Moritzing is a Klimahouse A which hosts two accommodations on separate floors. Because of his punctuated facade in the north and the east it seems closed to the access road. The plastered basement serves as pedestal for the smaller upper floor, which is covered by cladding sheets. To the garden – towards the south and the west – the house opens because of a generous glass façade.

House in Meran, North Italy
Design: monovolume architecture+design
House in Meran
photo © M&H Photostudio

House in Meran – 19 May 2013
The project M, a residential building in the centre of Meran, is embedded in the quiet area of Obermais. The concept of the design was it to play with transparent and solid surfaces what fallows fascinating insights and outlooks. The interior melts together with the outside space. The terrain flows through the building and finds his renewal in the pool- and meadow area. Because of a refined external design and the arrangement of the pool, lawn, garden and house the whole concept seems like a unity with seamless transition.

ENI Exploration and Production Headquarters, Milan, north west Italy
Design: Andrea Maffei Architects
ENI Exploration and Production Headquarters Milan
image : Miller Hare Limited

ENI Exploration and Production Headquarters – 24 Apr 2013
The site is located in area of’ ex-industrial complex in Metanopoli, the first settlement ENI created in San Donato Milanese, near Milan. With this new project is desired for a character functional, dynamic, communicative and identity, which encompasses the values and potentials of ENI.

New Maranello Library, Emilia-Romagna, Northern Italy
Design: Andrea Maffei Architects
New Maranello Library Italy
photo : Alessandra Chemollo

New Maranello Library – 23 Apr + 4 Apr 2013
MABIC, situated in 850 sqm area, is located inside a well-established residential context in Maranello and the library replaces an ex industrial warehouse maintaining the perimeter walls. The typical idea of the classic library is changed in an organic transparent shape put inside the original perimeter of the industrial building.

Ceno House, Brindisi, south east Italy
Design: Daniele Corsaro
Brindisi House
photo : Dario Mialet

House in Brindisi – 12 Apr 2013
Casa Ceno is a single-family house (300sq/mts) designed in a strict relationship with the surrounding environment and an almost obsessive research not to alter the landscape. In the present case this is done breaking it into three homes. On the one hand there is a building for sleeping area and on the other there are two: one for the living room/dining area and a dependance.

Italcementi i.lab, Bergamo, north west Italy
Design: Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
Italcementi i.lab building Italy
photograph courtesy of Scott Frances – OTTO

Italcementi i.lab – 23 Jan 2013
The new building is the research and development center for Italcementi and it is intended to reflect the company’s position of leadership, technological advancement and commitment to research in the use of concrete.

Dolomitenblick, Sesto, Province of Florence, Tuscany, central Italy
Plasma Studio
Dolomitenblick Italy
photo : Hertha Hurnaus

Dolomitenblick – 14 Jan 2013
The building hosts 6 generous holiday homes, all directed to the sun and the panoramic view of the Dolomites. Each private unite is designed to get a maximum of privacy: through the division of the whole building volume into 2 parts, through the stepped balustrades which avoid insight from the above unit and from the passing by street.

La Serenissima Office, Turati, Milan, north west Italy
Park Associati
La Serenissima Building
photo : Andrea Martiradonna

La Serenissima Office – 7 Jan 2013
When this building was built, it was considered to be modern and technologically advanced, even experimental. Today however, many of its undeniably attractive aspects have become outdated with regards to current standards of building construction. For this reason the new owner, aware of its quality and evocative presence, decided to bring in architects to redesign the complex.

Hotel Valentinerhof, Kastelruth, northern Italy
noa*
Hotel Valentinerhof
photo : Daniele Iodice / Lorenz Sternbach

Hotel Valentinerhof – 4 Jan 2013
The hotel is located in the village of Kastelruth next to the well-known Seiser Alm at approx. 1200 meters above sea level. The family establishment was enhanced and enlarged with a new wellness area and a new lobby with attached bar and restaurant.

Benetton Nursery, Treviso, north east Italy – added
Alberto Campo Baeza
Benetton Nursery Building
photo from architect

Benetton Nursery – 19 Nov 2012
This square structure is inscribed within a larger, circular enclosure made up of double circular walls. Open to the sky, four courtyards are created that suggest the four elements: air, earth, fire and water.

Italian Building – Recent Designs

Church Complex Pescara, eastern Italy
Architetto Angelo Campo
Pescara Church Building
photograph from architect

Church Complex Pescara – 6 Jul 2012
The mid-Adriatic sprawling city is made up of a cluster of houses laid on the ground as in a domino disposition: the open issue for its new urban dimension is to point out new central areas from a planning point of view and realize them; the priority may be represented by public spaces and/or buildings.

Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari, Modena
Future Systems
Enzo Ferrari Museum Modena
photo © Andrea Morgante

Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari – 20 Mar 2012
The Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena was designed by Jan Kaplický at Future Systems.

Shift Housing, Cremona, northern Italy
AquiliAlberg
Cremona Building
photograph : Fabrizio Marchesi

Cremona Housing – added 1 Mar 2012
The proposed typology renews the “rank houses” which are manipulated and reinterpreted by the Milan Office to improve at best the site characteristics and the context, which is the natural park of Serio River.

San Pardo Architecture Competition, Matera, southern Italy
International architectural competition – a project for the improvement of a residential and commercial area located in “San Pardo” district in Matera, Italy : ‘Contest for design ideas’
Italian Architecture Competition

Buildings in Italy – by city

Bergamo Buildings
Florentine Buildings
Genoa Architecture
Milan Buildings
Reggio Emilia Developments
Rimini Architecture
Rome Buildings
Turin Architecture
Urbino Developments
Venetian Buildings
Veronese Architecture

Italian Architecture – Major Buildings

Italian Buildings arranged by city alphabetically:

Ara Pacis Museum, Rome
Richard Meier Architects
Ara Pacis Museum
photo © Adrian Welch

Ara Pacis Museum
Art Museum Strongoli
COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
Calabrian architecture
image from architect

Calabrian architecture
British Embassy Building, Rome
Basil Spence
British Embassy Rome
picture © Adrian Welch

British Embassy Rome
Domus Technica, Brescello, Reggio Emilia
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Domus Technica Brescello
photo : Roland Halbe
Italian Building
Jesolo Magica complex, Venice
Zaha Hadid Architects
Jesolo Magica
image from architect

Jesolo Magica Venice Buildings
MAXXI, Rome
Zaha Hadid Architects
Maxxi Rome
photo : Roland Halbe

Maxxi
Milanofiori Housing, Milan
OBR Open Building Research
Italian Housing
render from architect

Italian Housing
Monte S Angelo Metro entrances + link
Amanda Levete Architects + Anish Kapoor
Naples Subway Building
image from architect

Naples Subway Building
Music Auditoria, Rome
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Music Complex Rome
photograph © Adrian Welch

Music Complex Rome
New Trade Fair Building
Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas Architects
New Trade Fair Milan
photo © Archivio Fuksas

New Trade Fair Milan
Nuragic and Contemporary Art Museum
Zaha Hadid Architects
Nuragic and Contemporary Art Museum
picture from ZHA

New Italian Architecture, Cagliari, Sardinia
Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome
Pier Luigi Nervi
Palazzetto dello Sport
picture © Adrian Welch

Palazzetto dello Sport
Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande, Venice
Santiago Calatrava
Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande Venice
www.palladium.de, Barbara Burg/Oliver Schuh

Grand Canal Bridge Venice
University Luigi Bocconi, Milan
Grafton Architects
University Luigi Bocconi
photograph : Federico Brunetti

University Luigi Bocconi

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Cava de'Tirreni Competition
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