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!

Introducing the Food Container_remixed

From box to hypercube

This commercial building (surface: 2.500 m2) is a part of a wider urban district planned by Spacelab Architects since 2006 in the city of Porto Sant`Elpidio (Le Marche, Italy), in the course of completion.

The client brief was to realize the maximum formal impact in the limits of precast construction and basic tipology dictated by the commercial function. We intended this limits as an occasion to conduct modularity to new formal results.

Mixing two structural systems {precast concrete grid + metal reticular truss}, the box resulting by urban plan parameters is complicated in the entrance side with a tridimensional prismatic intrusion, distinguished by using glass and other traslucent materials.
The result is a distorsion of perception near the main facade overlooking the public space, inside a more basic frame. The other sides are made by a precast custom-made concrete envelope, which module is denied by a looping abstract texture, visually connecting each panel to the contiguous. Windows are obtained by subtracting material inside the texture pattern.

Updates:

The Food Container_Remixed was awarded in late 2009 with the World Architecture Awards – 5th Cycle

The Food Container_Remixed was mentioned and selected in January 2011 to compete the IN/ARCH Prize.

©Spacelab Architects (Arch. Luca Silenzi, arch. Roberto Sargo, arch. Zoè Chantall Monterubbiano, ing. Giampiero Luzi), 2007-2008.

Feb, 17 2009 – Interesting links to this project:

Arch Daily

NotCot.org

 

Night view
Night view
Night view 2
Night view 2
The custom-made precast concrete modular panels
The custom-made precast concrete modular panels
Side view
Side view
Sketch-up early draft
Sketch-up early draft