The Spirulina Fountain displaces the culture of landscape architecture and gardening towards contemporary issues of land and urban farming in restrained areas. The fountain constitutes a hybrid, fusing the production basins of the intense blue-green algae with contemplative Italian gardens of the 16th century. More specifically, the form and dimensions of the fountain quotes the water cascades of the Villa Aldobrandini built in 1550 in Frascati, 20 km southeast of Rome.
District Hall, the world’s first freestanding public innovation center in Boston. Designed by Hacin + Associates, the single story 12,000 SF pavilion is located in the heart of Boston’s Innovation District, the historically industrial South Boston waterfront now being transformed into an urban environment dedicated to fostering innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. District Hall will serve as an anchor for this emerging district, conceived as a place for the innovation community to meet, exchange ideas, and host business and social events.
How can a unique access to a place be used as a way in which to design new and unexpected forms of art and architecture?
This is the question I asked myself before I made a new series of conceptual art structures.
Angola has been undergoing a remarkable development process for the last decade, showing a significant economic growth and a progressive improvement in the quality of life of its population. It is a key country in the context of the African continent and an important regional power for the promotion of peace and prosperity in the region.
Its capital city, Luanda, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, mirroring the new reality that is spreading to all of the country.
In this context, Angola was selected to be the first African nation to host the Rink Hockey World Cup in 2013, and the pavilion was designed as the main venue for the event.
Partly a building, partly a challenge course, the Laureus Foundation sponsored Learning Pavilionis an interactive building used as a gathering space and play area for Mumbai’s underprivileged children.
The project Empathy Garden was born as an installation in the Central Pavilion of the Exhibition Centre of Villa Erba on the Lake of Como in occasion of Orticolario (3-5 October 2014) – one of Italy’s leading events on advanced gardening.
Rhinoceros 3d + Grasshopper an advanced computational modeling tool. We used optimization algorithms to reduce the types of components, the software calculated the length of each flower box side reducing the number of variations. The parametric approach was crucial to find the best oriented production design.The roar was thus chosen as base module, in that it offered a good coverage of the space whilst optimizing the number of components. The base modules are six, from 0.5 sqm to 3 sqm, formed by the combination of 4 different cuts which then compose the sides of the planters, 8 different nodes with as many optimized variations for the joining of the elements. The result is a total area of 300 square meters, consisting of 50 modules and 90 nodal elements.
In the heart of the Eastern Townships, perched on a mountainside and overlooking a nature reserve of breathtaking beauty lies BALNEA. Health and wellness, gourmet food, yoga, relaxation, sports, massages, rituals baths: BALNEA reinvents the art of living by creating a stunning experience for all the senses. Spa BALNEA’s new reception building, constructed on piles, is nestled unobtrusively in the forest, where it is the hub linking the facility’s existing buildings via outdoor walkways. The resulting new walking routes give clients a more private path through the site. Special attention was paid to preserving trees and the natural surroundings.
Next Future is a Gulbenkian Programme of Contemporary Culture dedicated in particular, but not exclusively, to research and art production in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Every year an artist or architectural office is invited to design a pavilion in the gardens of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and in 2014 the design and creation of this space was commissioned to SUBVERT.
Israel is an agricultural laboratory and a worldwide case study that exports knowledge, experience, and technology to the entire world. The cultivation of rocky land, the growth of vegetables in the desert, the invention of new methods of irrigation , the upgrading of seed quality are part of the inception of modern agriculture marked by creativity, dare and achievements.
Client: Israel ministry of foreign affairs, in cooperation with the ministry of finance, ministry of tourism, ministry of economy, ministry of agriculture & rural development and Keren Kayemet Leisrael