Archive for 2008

A fistful of links

Friday, December 5th, 2008

During the weeks that followed ONLYWOOD, some attention was raised on COMVERT HQ. Curious people started to search, ask, talk and write about the project… This is a good thing for studiometrico, Bastard, Atelier LC and specially for Comvert, a fantastic company and an unforgettable client who’s kicking it hard in this ‘supposedly’ difficult moment. The web has been the most generous and reactive among all the media. If you want to know our opinion about the things that have been written… Read the rest of this entry »

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Sk8 Session @ COMVERT HQ

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Only 48 hours after the successful ONLYWOOD (the COMVERT Headquarter Grand Opening Party) we went back to Casacomvert for the first skate-session after the completion of the Bastard Bowl, the first skateable spaceship ever landed on earth. It was not surprising to find out that there was a martian skating upthere!

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Deichmanske Library Competition

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Lorenzo Bini from studiometrico has been appointed by Hav Eiendom AS to be the foreign member of the RFQ-committee for the Deichmanske Main Library Competition. The committees has worked in Oslo between October 13th and 21st to select a list of 10 architect teams that will take part in the international planning and design competition in the area of Bjørvika on a site adjacent to the Opera designed by Snøhetta.

More info about the competition on Hav Eiendom AS

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The Harvest – Bricks from scratch 2

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

We have previously posted here few drawings and images of our first project for a ‘built from scratch’ private house near Piacenza, Italy. The 140 sqm villa is going to be inserted in a 4 hectares hilly terrain partly occupied by our client’s vineyards. Everybody knows that the end of september is the right time for the harvest… and since we have started to work on site a couple of months ago, we thought this was a good time to publish a sequence of the way we have progressed in ‘filling our bucket’.

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How to ‘build’…

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

We have always been fascinated by the way ivy is capable of climbing on tree trunks until they are completely wrapped up and by the way these deadly hugs transform trees into curious, dark and grottesque figures. Some years ago we started to work on a project for a private terrain in the North of Italy – published on this blog as Garden between apple trees – and one day, while we were driving home from a site visit, we bumped into one of these figures. We decided that ‘Green Monsters’ was a proper name for the phenomenon, and we fantasized of having some of them in the gardens we were about to design. But since we hate to kill trees, we started to think of a way to… ‘build’ them.

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Un autre projet perdu ?

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

A year ago we had the great opportunity to be introduced to a famous painter. He needed help to transform an old industrial space into his new, equipped, atelier. We took the task very seriously: we flew over to visit the building and receive his brief, we set up a deadline and we even started a language course to facilitate the communication with our new ‘potential’ client.
We worked intensively and we presented a consistent design proposal with architectural drawings, diagrams, collages and a 1:50 scale model.
After a neverending wait for a longed-for phone call that has never arrived, we have now decided that this is another lost project.
This painful achievement enables us to publish, after more than a year, the outcome of our work.
Places, names and details about this project are deliberately omitted in order to preserve the privacy of our ‘missed’ client…

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Bricks from Scratch

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

After a neverending year of sketches, design, writings, phone calls, meetings, documents and contracts, next week studiometrico is going to go on site with its very first ‘built from scratch’ project. A 140 sqm private house will be located on a hilly terrain nearby Piacenza (70 km south of Milan) and inserted within a group of existing buildings and rural facilities. The house has been designed for a mature couple that loves nature, sustainable energy, wine and… bricks. The house should be completed before summer 2009 and the project should then continue with the realization of a new wine cellar. We are very happy to publish some images and drawings of this project.

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Building Bastard Bowl

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Few months after their move into their new home, Those Lazy Italians at Bastard, with the help and guidance of Marco Clozza (a.k.a. The Engineer), are eventually busy with the construction of the Bastard Bowl, their spectacular and hazardous ultimate recreative device. Daily updates of the construction works are available here.

See also previous posts about this project:

Refurbishing a Cinema theater in Milan

Refurbishing a Cinema theater in Milan | 2

Refurbishing a Cinema theater in Milan | 3


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Thursday, April 24th, 2008

studiometrico has won BAM‘s FIRST PRIZE ! BAM is an invited idea competition for the re-use of some abandoned historical centers on the Italian Adriatic Coast.  After some painful defeats, this is the first time for us to win an Architecture Competition! Next Sunday, the 27 of April, we will be awarded at the Architecture School of Ascoli Piceno.

The Bam Team:

Lorenzo Bini
Francesca Murialdo
Valentina Cocco
Erica Borsa

Other related posts: BAM | Idea competition

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BAM – Idea Competition

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

On the 3rd of April studiometrico submitted a design proposal for BAM, an invited idea competition for the re-use of three historical centers along the italian Adriatic Coast. Studiometrico was asked by the Architecture School of Ascoli Piceno, University of Camerino to produce an Architectural Manifesto describing how the half-abandoned town of Marano could be revitalised. In our proposal Marano is transformed into a 13 hectares Retail Park at exclusive use of the A14 highway that stretches along the Italian East Coast. The results of the competition should be made public before the end of April…

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progetto (in) materiale

Friday, March 28th, 2008


Prof. Nicola Flora, who’s currently teaching in Ascoli Piceno (Italy), has invited few italian architects with different backgrounds (including Nicola Pagliara and Umberto Riva) to talk about a built residential project for private clients. On the 1st of April we are going to open progetto (in) materiale presenting to a group of architecture students our favourite (and very first) house: the one with ‘garden and caves’ that, although not completely finished, has been posted few times on our blog.

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Gardens between apple trees – 3

Saturday, February 9th, 2008


After a long trip from Bangalore, India to the North-East of Italy, the Lace Fence Pergola has reached its final destination! Designed by Joep Verhoeven from Demakersvan, is the very first lace fence that is 100% made in India. Few days ago the structure has been delivered and installed on the site it has been conceived for. The Pergola is now part of a 7.500 sqm terrain that studiometrico is transforming step by step into a very special landscape with many features to discover… See more pictures of the mountage of the Pergola here.

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