Cascina Merlata

The design for the R8 compound interprets the architectural type of the courtyard block, envisaged by the masterplan, developing a volumetric articulation that reacts to the context with height variations and opening towards the wide park. This strategy allows us to arrange the 28,000 square meters of housing required, creating a city fragment that incorporates linear buildings and towers of various sizes and which sets the experience of living in a rich system of landscape and open spaces (public, semi-public and private). The outcome is a typically urban scenario but enriched with strong natural values.

The project is based on reflections on the relationship with the natural world and the slowdown in life that comes with it. The architecture is located on the roof of the “City on the Sky” building complex, occupying the top floor with other pavilions, creating a flexible space between the artificial and natural dimensions, creating an oasis where people can escape from their hectic lives. The café and restaurant are located along the walkway crossing the entire complex, while the hotel with its rooms and services is built-in height. At the top of the building, the lobby, guest reception, and outdoor areas are arranged in a flexible building with a large garden surrounded by lush nature. In addition, real forest houses suspended wooden modules, equipped as accommodation rooms surrounded by greenery, with spectacular views. A system of wooden bridges and footbridges connects all the functions, creating unexpected paths, immersed in greenery above a breathtaking skyline.

The project for the new headquarters of the judicial offices of Catania, designed with Progetto CMR, treats building and public space with a holistic approach, thus establishing an indissoluble relationship between these two elements together with the urban and natural context. A city waterfront embedded between the sea and Etna.  The shape of the open courtyard reinterprets a building typology typical of Catania’s historical center and declines it in the site by opening the block towards the landscape and lifting part of the volume from the ground. To the simple composition of volumes corresponds a clear organization of the program, designed to be extremely functional and meet the needs of efficiency, safety and separation of the public flows from those of the employees. Taking advantage of the topography of the site, courtrooms and gardens are arranged on terraces sloping down towards the sea. The strong integration of the building with the landscape and with the public space gives a new aura to the exercise of justice: while maintaining its authoritative and institutional profile, it is deprived of the most intimidating aspects by emphasizing its civic and collective value. 

On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile in Milan 2018, DONTSTOP architettura presents the project “Il Cortile” of BASE, within the former Ansaldo factory, in Milan. The site is today dedicated to creativity in all its declinations, through one of the most striking urban regeneration projects in Europe.

The project involves a vegetalization of the external spaces of the cultural center, the design of the bar with a refreshment area, the stage for the events and a new graphics on the ground that characterizes the flooring.

The strong agricultural vocation of the island of Sant’Erasmo, which in the recent past could be seen as a threat to the survival of the territory and a limit to development, today becomes the engine for the rediscovery of new social, economic and educational models. DONTSTOP architecture works towards the rediscovery of these values ​​thus outlining a model for the development and conservation of global periurban rural territories.

The new General Regulatory Plan of Pordenone arises from the desire and urgency to rethink the riches of the territory and the best way to exploit them for the benefit of the community. The reflections start from the realization that within the urban economy land rent no longer exists. The growth of a city must therefore draw on different resources. The Pordenone plan therefore focuses on the use of energy sources, considering them not as a single user but as a network. This attitude, together with the recovery of disused urban systems that are part of the system, means that there are important environmental consequences, favoring the growth of the city.

For the international competition for the new BARILLA headquarter DONTSTOP Architettura proposed C.A.M.P.O.: Community Area Mix Pavilion One-off. It is conceived not as an ensemble of promotional functions, it is an interactive functional systems, a real accessible park, attractive and accessible 365 days a year. Therefore, it is not imagined just for the visitors of the plant, or customers and guests of the company, but also for the local community as an HUB of open-air activities, cultural services, leisure and pedagogic activities.

Adidas originals raises adicolor, its most iconic apparel collection and chooses to do so through a special collaboration with YOOX, the leading lifestyle online store in the world.

Dontstop architetettura in collaboration with Adverteam participated in the project that gave rise to the adicolor pop-up store.

Dontstop took care of the design and identity of the building’s skin that reinterprets the guidelines of the adicolor brand, dematerializing the surface and reflecting the Milanese context in a play of light and transparency.

The Innovation Design District is a central area of Milan between Porta Nuova and Moscova.

Dontstop’s intervention includes the design of different gates that reinforce the identity of the District by defining the main accesses to the area. The project is designed to help visitors find their way in public spaces during public events. Each gate can be customized according to the sponsor involved and the event in progress.

The creation of an identity image of the Innovation Design District comes first of all from the territorial analysis and a mapping of the places of interest and the players involved in the area. This study led to define the limits and paths involved during possible events in the district. Therefore, portals were designed that had the function not only of actual entrance to the district, but also of objects able to host interactive informations and materials. The physical and programmatic relationship between all these elements generates the identity and the spatiality of the IDD.

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