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Alessandro Orsini featured in Artribune on the status of architecture in New York

Here is How the New York Skyline is Changing

In a sense you could say that New York is its skyline. Or rather, the skyline tells perhaps better than any other key to understanding the evolution—and involution—of the city. Alessandro Orsini tells us in this article and in his book “Forma Urbana”. Reading the contemporary city as a living organism surrounded by a multi-dimensional reference system.

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Spatial Porosity Building Extension

Extension Between the Alvar Aalto Museum & The Central Museum of Finland

For Immediate Release:

Architensions proposes a Spatial Porosity building, light sloped canopy that dematerializes its presence—merging the front landscape with the back courtyard and topography.spatial porosity extension

The design for the extension aims to merge the edged angled geometries of the existing Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland with the fluidity of the movement of the connection paths that will make the two institutions function around a new pivotal public space. Instead of imposing a volume, a light sloped canopy, constructed with wood columns and glulam beams, dematerializes its presence, merging the front landscape with the back courtyard and the topography. At the urban scale a maximum level of porosity has been achieved to transform the new shopping / connecting addition into a social condenser and a connecting hub between the hill where the topography rapidly drops and the front plaza of the new Ruusupuisto University building. The new building creates an alternative access point to both museums connecting them in a north-south axis, while the transparent curtain wall absorbs the surrounding, fusing interiors with the landscape in an east-west axis direction. The respect and intention for the preservation of Aalto’s work and legacy has been taken into account since the early stage of the design. Coherent with this direction the choice of materiality has been fundamental to redefine the space in between the two museums. The volume interiorizes now two of the existing museums walls. The new addition juxtaposes light color clay bricks in grid pattern for the floors and the circulation elements to the original masonry bricks walls in a way to match the colors but announce the new building with a different texture.

Architensions Releases Their First Comprehensive Book on Their Urban & Architecture Investigations: FORMA URBANA

The volume published by Libria Editore in their “by” series and titled “Forma Urbana” in Latin “City Shape”, is the result of the architectural investigations conducted by Architensions since 2004. Their holistic approach to architecture and urban design takes into account the architectural object at every scale projecting long time effects into the design. The projects presented in the book range from small scale to urban interventions and focus on the human experience aspects of urbanism and speed. Forma Urbana proposes buildings that work as living organisms in their own specific context. The book is divided in three sections: Collapse, Acceleration, Simultaneity and are complemented with essays by international architects and critics such as Luca Galofaro, Giancarlo Mazzanti and Yehuda E. Safran.

Pre-order will be available soon on amazon in the US and Europe.The book will also be available soon at Strand Bookstore in New York City. In Italy the book is available at every book store listed on the publisher page Libria :

Language: English & Italian
Year: 2015
Series: By
Features: Size 21x15cm, pp. 160 duo-tone, silkscreen cover
Price: $22.00 / €20.00
ISBN: 978 88 96 067 70 3

Architensions Completes a Writing Pavilion

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Writing and drawing are activities that contribute to the creation of a parallel imaginative world and to producing infinite options whenever a condition of isolation or immersive solitude is needed. The small space is located in the lush and protected garden of a creative couple involved in the arts.

Nested on a concrete plinth, the pavilion employs the use of black stained cedar for the exterior cladding and natural pine plywood for the interior. The pavilion’s sectional shape acts as a device to bring natural light inside, and induces optimal conditions for the human eye. The room is minimally furnished with a chair and a folding writing table; the warm interior wood becomes the unifying element between interior and exterior. The roof is conceived as a large sloped light well porous towards the trees and the sky; one elevation is dominated by a large opening looking out toward the garden. The specific phenomenological conditions of this retreat space make ideas come to life through a synthesis of material and spatial imagination.

Photos by Cameron Blaylock

Van Alen Institute – Escape Route: New Itineraries

Alessandro Orsini, Architensions founding principal has been invited by the Van Alen Institute to present the most recent urban research of the office focused on escapes routes within and outside the city.

From the press release:

Sometimes the bustle and excitement of the city is best appreciated from a distance. Focusing on short visits to or away from the city, we asked six forward-thinking designers to consider escape in and around New York and develop new routes and experiences. Come and be inspired for your next trip out by these exciting proposals that create new connections between communities and places, visit formerly inaccessible pockets, and address the changing tourist ecologies of the city.

Design Presentation and Conversation
Sunday, December 14   4:00pm—6:00pm
Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street
New York, New York


Van Alen Institute – Escape Route: New Itineraries

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Cultural Center in Italy

InfinityScape was submitted by Architensions for the Space to Culture Architectural Competition. The project was a chance to rethink a disused industrial place and transform it in a lively space for culture, art and public relationships. Wide and versatile open spaces are meant to provide local citizens and tourists a modern cultural / leisure time activities centre.


Sifang Art Museum - Steven Holl Architects

The “Fundamentals” of Koolhaas were stated by Holl 25 years ago.

Alessandro Orsini writes on Il Giornale dell’Architettura about the Biennale 2014:

“Architecture is bound to situation,” wrote Steven Holl in his 1989 book Anchoring, a manifesto which became a major driving force through his entire career.

Under the direction of Rem Koolhaas, the next Venice Architecture Biennale focuses on “fundamentals” by comparatively looking at histories, attempting a reconstruction of how architecture finds itself in its current situation, and speculating on its future. In particular, the main section “Elements of Architecture” will pay close attention to the fundamentals of our buildings, used by all architects all the time—the floor, the wall, the ceiling, the roof, the door, the window, the façade, the stair, etc.—and examine how they have evolved over time, and how modernity has diminished vernacular specificity.

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