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!

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!

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.

Next Tirane

Tirana Blocks, 3D simulation

Albania and its major cities are today under the spotlight of international interest in new urban development.

Spacelab Architects designed this building in the urban center of Tirane, to approach a different kind of intervention in the today otherwise anonymous city landscape.

The design take advantage of the entire volume available for the site: all the levels of the building are designed in order to occupy the maximum area planned by the so called “French Masterplan” for the urban center of Tirane, with subtle alignment variations in perimetral walls from one story to another. The first two storeys of the building host commercial function, with wide glasses allowing to look to the streets around. Through an inner green court, which can be closed to public during the night, four entrance blocks with independent stairs and elevators lead to offices and residential units above.

At the top of the building is a panoramic restaurant, with privileged sights on the Tirana skyline from a height of approximately 35 meters. The complex is completed by two underground levels of parkings, connected directly with stairs/elevators in order to catch up all the levels of the block.

Design group: Arch. Luca Silenzi, arch. Roberto Sargo, arch. Zoè Chantall Monterubbiano, ing. Giampiero Luzi. ©2008 Spacelab Architects, all rights reserved.

Commercial spaces and entrance to the green inner courtyard

The green inner courtyard

Volumes and vertical distribution scheme