Spacelab Architects shortlisted for Compasso d’Oro ADI 2018

We are thrilled to announce that the award-winning Spacelab modular design introduced in M1 in 2010-2015 has been selected by the ADI Design Index 2016 among the best Italian design production of the year, and shortlisted for the prestigious Compasso d’Oro ADI prize 2018.

ADI Design Index is the publication of ADI, the Italian Association for industrial Design, that collects, year after year, the best of Italian design put in to production, picked by the ADI design permanent observatory.  Compasso d’Oro ADI is the most ancient and authoritative international design prize, a brainchild of Gio Ponti since 1954.

Rarely a building — in this case a standardized architecture system, designed and patented from scratch by Spacelab Architects —  receives an acknowledgment of this kind, usually dedicated to state of the art, mass produced industrial objects and tools: our efforts to overcome the limits of traditional buildings — usually one-offs, hence with defects typical of prototypes — filling the gap in efficiency between architecture and other advanced product design sectors, have been the cause of the jury’s particular attention.

Thanks to all the partners and the labbers who contributed at this special stage of our work.

But our research continues apace: this international recognition of excellence drives us to further push the boundaries of the standardized architecture theme, striving to seamlessly integrate a straightforward design research with the highest quality execution and sustainability. We still have many axes in the sleeve in this regard, and we look forward to show them to the public in the coming seasons, along with amazing, world-class technologic partners.

So, stay tuned, and keep being exceptional! ;)

 

P.S. : all the ADI Design Index 2016 selected works will be on show among a special exhibition in Milano, at Palazzo dei Giureconsulti (facing Piazza Duomo), starting from October 7th, 2016. Contact us if you want to drop in!

Tales of Exception

Tales of Exception is the final reel with selected contributions of State of Exception Instagram Call, screened onto the Corderie dell’Arsenale Stage D in occasion of the second day of the State of Exception Weekend Special, Monditalia, 14th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia (August 23-24 2014), on invitation by the artistic director Rem Koolhaas. (press release)

Live panelists in Corderie dell’Arsenale, Stage D:
Luca Silenzi – Rule, derogation and exception in architecture
Paolo Bettini – Preservation and tanathophobia
Fabrizio Gallanti – Usucapio | I fought the law and the law won
Joseph Grima – Italian exceptions
Manuel Orazi – Critical editions
Socks Studio (Mariabruna Fabrizi, Fosco Lucarelli) – The atemporal condition
Renata Codello – Dealing with architectural glassware
Lucia Allais – The Italo-globalization of preservation
Ippolito Pestellini + James Westcott (OMA/AMO) – RE-

Guest contributors:
Davide Tommaso FerrandoThe italianness of Italian landscape
Cruz Garcia – Nathalie Frankowski (WAI Think Tank)Manifesto Without Qualities
Cherubino GambardellaCrime in Casa Malaparte
SMALL (Rossella Ferorelli + Alessandro Cariello)Margherita. Story of a theatre whatever the coast
Carmelo Baglivo
Luca Galofaro
Evangelina Guerra Lujàn (TheNomad)
Luigi Manzione
Ethel Barahona Pohl

State of Exception is a project curated by Spacelab, with the art direction by Folder.

(image credits, when not specified, belong to the respective authors)

Breaking news: Spacelab will perform “State of Exception” in XIV Biennale di Architettura di Venezia 2014

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Spacelab is proud to announce to be involved in “Fundamentals“, the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, as part of the Monditalia international exhibition in the Corderie dell’Arsenale with the curatorial project “State of Exception”.

Special thanks to OMA, Fabrizia Vecchione and Ippolito Pestellini who invited us in this adventure, and thanks to all the amazing friends, institutions and partners that will take part in this project.

More details will be revealed in the following months. Stay tuned on the Spacelab Facebook Page for some sneak peeks!

Luca Silenzi: a prologue for WAI’s “Pure Hardcore Icons” manifesto

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Form, substance is the prologue written by Luca Silenzi for Pure Hardcore Icons (Artifice Books, London 2013), a manifesto on pure form in architecture conceived by the Beijing-Paris-based WAI Architecture Think Tank (Cruz Garcia+Nathalie Frankowski).

The text is a perspective on the dialectic between form and architecture, deepening the fascination of some primitive, timeless formal concepts inside the mind of designers, jury members and clients.

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Luca Silenzi featured in CLOG:RENDERING

We are honoured to announce that Luca Silenzi – Spacelab Architects co-founder and director – is featured as contributor in the fourth issue of CLOG, dedicated to the topic of “rendering”, with an essay entitled “Real VS Plausible”.

Here is the abstract of CLOG:RENDERING, in pre-order starting from today (the printed issue will be available for shipping and purchasing starting from mid october 2012):

As information is distributed and consumed at an increasingly rapid pace, one of the most effective (or at least pervasive) ways to communicate architectural ideas is through renderings. Typically a perspectival image that can be understood without any knowledge of architectural drawing conventions, the rendering derives power from its accessibility to a wide audience-hence its crucial role in design competitions, client presentations, press releases, and other such public forums.

While these architectural visualizations are certainly nothing new, advances in software and hardware have enabled renderings to be made faster and more realistic than ever before. This presents both an opportunity and a challenge. On the one hand, design concepts can now be tested and conveyed with an unprecedented degree of visual accuracy. Conversely, whether through omission, extreme dramatization, or even intentional fakery, architects now have the ability to realistically depict the impossible. Furthermore, both clients and public are beginning to expect photorealistic imagery even at the earliest stages of a project, when supposed ‘realism’ can oftentimes belie the fundamentally speculative nature of design. Given the importance of these images in mediating between architects and the people they ultimately serve, CLOG will critically assess the state of renderings today.

CLOG:RENDERING CONTRIBUTORS

Michael Abrahamson, Bertrand Benoit, Rachel Berger, Jon Brouchoud, Eric de Broche des Combes, Ilana Cohen, Margot Connor, Victoria Easton, Scott Farrar, Kurt W. Forster, Kevin Frank, Fabrizio Gallanti, Pablo Gallego-Picard, Donald P. Greenberg, Trond Greve Andersen, Benjamin Halpern, Kevin Hayes, John Hill, Julia van den Hout, Incorporated, Alfie Koetter, Labtop, LTL Architects, Nancy Lin, Carl Lostritto, Thomas Lozada, The Functionality – Andrew Lyon, Mansilla Y Tunon Arquitectos, Kyle May, Adam Nathaniel Mayer, Elizabeth Mcdonald, Samuel Medina, Mockitecture, The Office of PlayLab, Inc., Becky Quintal, Deepa Ramaswamy, Andrew Rasner, Jacob Reidel, Sam Roche, Philipp Schaerer, Julia Dorothea Schlegel, Dominik Sigg, Luca Silenzi, Aaron Craig Smith, Ben Strak, John Szot, Victor Tsu, Francisco Villeda, Joel Wenzel, Human Wu, and Christian Zollner.

“Know your [archi-]meme”: Luca Silenzi featured on Domus #956, now on newstands

We are proud to announce that Luca Silenzi, Spacelab Architects founder and director, is featured on the March issue of Domus – the prestigious international architecture and design magazine edited by Joseph Grima – with a paper on “architectural memes”.

“We think we’re original, but in reality we are carriers of, and work on, the ideas of others. Luca Silenzi borrows a concept from evolutionary theory to describe the processes involved in the communication and transfer of forms in contemporary architecture” (Domus 956, March 2012)

Compared to the article “Architectural memes” published in our Imho Blog in March 2011, the Domus essay introduces new perspectives and a working hypothesis for a taxonomy of architectural language (we’re working hard on it, stay tuned!).
The paper (here is the link to the Op-Ed/text-only format in Domusweb) is complemented by a complex infographic curated by Density Design.

@spacelab_it @lucasilenzi

[PS: Special thanks to Joseph Grima, Zoè Chantall Monterubbiano, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Marco Ferrari, Azzurra Pini, Laura Bossi: each one knows why].

Our “Heracles gets smarter” on display in The Gopher Hole gallery, London


Heracles gets smarter, our entry for the “Project Heracles” call for ideas organized by Domus last weeks will be on display inside the exhibition ‘Project Heracles: 300 ideas on a Euroafrican connection‘ in the Gopher Hole Gallery, London.

The exhibition is the result of a project initiated by Domus magazine, who in turn were inspired by the Arab Spring to invite architects and designers to take vast leaps of geopolitical imagination and create a physical link between Europe and Africa over the Gilbraltar Strait
Hundreds of designs from around the world were sent to Domus & The Gopher Hole as postcards: here is ours (http://spacelab.it/heracles), designed – and internationally patented – by Spacelab Architects featuring Agency Architecture.

Take a look and let us know what you think about it…

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Bonus track: as part of the exhibition Project Heracles: 200 Postcards from the Eurafrican Border, launching this Thursday 19 July at London’s The Gopher Hole, Bjarke Ingels/BIG makes a unique contribution: Ingels created two designs for banknotes commemorating the speculative yet all-too-overdue Eurafrican connection that Domus has dubbed Project Heracles. The highest denomination so far of the Euro—the €1,000 note—accompanies a projected new money, the Afro, depicting Egyptian activist and Arab Spring organizer Wael Ghonim. Like the new Euro bill, this imaginary pan-African currency commemorates the construction of the Eurafrican bridge. Learn more in Domusweb.

30S in the Nordic Pavilion: Spacelab gatecrashes the 2010 Venice Biennale

Spacelab is featured in a thirty seconds video in the 2010 Venice Biennale, inside the stunning Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion.

“30S” is a crowdsourced video installation project by AGENCY, selected to exhibit at the Nordic Pavilion, acting as ambassadors for SUPERFRONT-NY in collaboration with At Work With.

Thanks to the AGENCY founders Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, who kindly invited us to contribute, we are in pole position in the continuous, looping Youtube playlist: a still-life of our workspace during last weeks (“Purple Haze” in the background was an unexpected – and uncut – phone call during the filming of the video…). In the words of Ersela Kripa: “The idea is to highlight the every day, mundane, and quotidian of architecture, and what it takes to make architecture”.

The installation will be exhibited inside the Nordic Pavilion fromOct 19 to Nov 22 2010. Enjoy!