Situated in the Gran Sasso at an altitude of 1460 m, the Rocca, with its quadrangular structure, appears isolated as a watchtower dominating the suggestive surrounding landscape. Over time, the Piccolomini family (late 15th century) strengthened it by equipping it with a pebble wall and four towers for military use.
Convention Center, La Nuvola - Eur, Roma
The complex is able to host conferences and exhibitions. Its design is characterized by an eco-friendly approach and is divided into three bodies: the Teca, made of glass and steel with a double wall-facade; the Nuvola covered with a fireproof membrane made of fiberglass and silicone; the Lama, a hotel with high quality standards.
Ph. Luca Cacioli
Manarola – Cinque Terre
An ancient and suggestive village of the Cinque Terre, founded during the XII century. Characterized by colourful tower-houses in the unmistakable Genoese style, it develops on a rocky ridge that juts out into the sea, thus establishing a direct relationship between the built and the unbuilt.
Appartamento piazza grande - Arezzo
White, crystal and light are important. The large volume of the living room is "cut" horizontally by a white blade surrounded by crystal parapets; the master bedroom becomes a small kingdom of relaxation from which one can admire the architectural structure of the building and, towards the outside, the streets of the historic centre. Ph. Luca Cacioli
Memory and Light Monument - Padua
Evocative work by arch. D. Libeskind, in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. The monument frames a 6-metre long beam of the original building, donated by New York; its structure forms an open book with 17-metre high glass walls.
Appartamento Giotto - Arezzo
A modern project in an old building from the sixties, in which light becomes the absolute protagonist. The materials used, both natural and artificial, blend perfectly; the use of high design pieces that float inside, the high technologies used make the domestic environment innovative. Ph. Luca Cacioli
City of sport - Tor Vergata, Rome
Designed by Santiago Calatrava on the occasion of the 2009 World Swimming Championships, it represents a great architectural work still unfinished to this day. Only the steel frame of the roof of one of the two original "shark fin sails" has been realized and it is well visible even from far away.
S. Maria in Valle Porclaneta - l'Aquila
Romanesque church with Arabic-Hispanic, Byzantine and Longobard influences. Isolated in nature, it is surrounded by a picturesque landscape. In the past it was part of a complex abbey which now is no longer present. The plan of the basilica has three naves with pillars in a square section to divide the three areas. Ph. Riccardo Proni
Casa Rietveld Schröder - Utrecht
Private residence designed in 1924 by Gerrit Rietveld and composed of two levels: the ground floor is traditional with partition walls fixed to form separate environments; the upper floor is innovative, in fact it is a dynamic open space, with sliding panels which change the space according to the real needs of the users.
Museo Maxxi - Rome
Multifunctional cultural center designed by Zaha Hadid and inaugurated in 2010, its dynamic morphology is a sinuously curving shape inserted as an urban graft in the public dimension of the city. The space does not terminate in a single linear journey but it offers multiple paths and connections creating an immersive urban "space-field".
Trulli - Alberobello
Typical construction of the 14th and 15th centuries, it is made only with local stone. Each trullo has different shape and size and it can be composed of a single construction or communicating ones. The trulli have a conical roof that usually ends with a sphere. The interior is a single room with excellent air quality for the considerable thickness of the walls.
Schönbrunn Palace – Vienna
Built from 1696 to 1780, it was originally located in the countryside, now it is incorporated into the city. The palace includes some rooms for government use, others constitute a museum open to the public. It is in Baroque style and it is set on two long fronts, 175 meters long, with large staircases with double ramps.
Ponte Vecchio – Florence
Wonderful bridge relished by the city of Florence, perfectly integrated into the surrounding urban fabric, built initially in wood then in masonry with some shops above the arches only in wood. After being destroyed by a fire and restored, it suffered serious static damage from a flood, and it is rebuilt in 1345 with three arches by Taddeo Gaddi.
Dome of the Rock – Jerusalem
The Islamic shrine stands on a "sacred" place, built in 691 by the Byzantines. Well visible is the wonderful dome, with the golden coating and a diameter of 20 meters, it reaches a height of 35 meters and it consists of two autonomous caps which constitutes a passage, built with converging ribs. The plan is octagonal and its interiors are enriched by paintings, the arches are decorated with mosaics with floral motifs.
"Amate Amatrice" pavilion - Amatrice, Rieti
A "temporary" wooden architecture, designed by Stefano Boeri, finished in 2017. It represents a symbol of rebirth for the city hit by the earthquake. The building is characteristic for its roof, flat at the rear and inclined at the front, to symbolize its opening towards the enchanting landscape of the Sibillini mountains, with all its glass facades.
The Shard e City Hall – Londra
The Shard by Renzo Piano, with a tapered shape of great design, 310 meters high, consists of 95 levels that house offices, restaurants, hotels, residences and a panoramic terrace from which you can admire the whole city of London and its skyline. The City Hall by Norman Foster, with its "spherical" shape, is 11 levels high and contains offices, reception rooms, a library and it is an example of sustainable construction.
Erasmusbrug – Rotterdam
Spectacular swing bridge - cable-stayed that makes visible the game of internal forces through a balanced system. It is made of white steel and it is 800 meters long and 139 meters high. Named "Swan" for its shape, its construction had been accomplished in 1996 on a design by Ben van Berkel. It connects the historical centre of the city to the recent district born on the old abandoned port area.
Teatro marittimo – Villa Adriana, Tivoli
Architectonic and archaeological wonder scenographically suggestive, a "ruin" finished to restore in 2017. A villa on an island surrounded by a water ring in which columns with Ionic capitals are reflected. A corridor porch could be rebuilt around it, from which the island was originally accessible through drawbridges. The architecture dialogues with the water and the surrounding nature.