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Dihkroos Model - Architensions

Dikhroos: A Public Space Activator

Architensions presents Dikhroos, designed in collaboration with Transsolar NY, a portable tent originally designed for a competition organized by Architectural League of New York and Socrates Sculpture Park . The project engages the users through different conditions of light filtered via dichroic film by 3M . Dikhroos derived from the Greek and means dual-color. The main structure is composed with bamboo poles joined together with custom 3D printed joints. Our proposal, which responded rigorously to the brief which asked for an easy assembly and a strong presence in the park, has now a new life and will see its first prototype soon! Stay tuned! Photo credit by Elizabeth Leitzell


Bandirma Park Masterplan Released

Our Bandirma Park masterplan was conceived sculpting the landscape creating a continuous man-made surface that enters every building and creates a new typology: the split building. The result is a succession of protected plazas woven together activating the park throughout the entire year. Our team was composed by Format Engineers led by Stephen Melville and Transsolar KlimaEngineering  led by Krista Palen.

Alessandro Orsini Lecture: Fifth Dimensional Cities

Alessandro Orsini, founding partner of Architensions, a Brooklyn-based practice co-led with Nick Roseboro, will share a model of practice that refuses to separate architecture from urbanism proposing a paradigm antithetical to modern capitalism, giving back to architecture its autonomous form. Focusing on the design process of their latest projects in Australia and Denmark, Alessandro will give a view into their newly published book “Forma Urbana” and in particular their theory on “Fifth Dimensional Cities”, which is also the title of their upcoming exhibition at the Java Project Gallery in Brooklyn this fall.

Alessandro Orsini studied architecture in Rome at RomaTre School of Architecture with Alessandro Anselmi and Tommaso Giuralongo and in New York at the Graduate School of Planning and Preservation at Columbia University with Yehuda Safran. Before founding Architensions he worked with Steven Holl Architects as a project architect of the Sunslice House and in the team of many other projects. Alessandro currently teaches at New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture.

Space is limited. RSVP required.

Presented in partnership with the AIADO Department at School of the Art Insitute of Chicago

Fifth Dimensional Cities - Architensions

Fifth Dimensional Cities: Architensions’ First Solo Exhibition

Fifth Dimensional Cities is Architensions’ first solo exhibition of its current and theoretical work. The title is taken from the introduction of their first book “Forma Urbana” recently published in Europe by Libria and presented in the US in occasion of this exhibition.

The studio presents five architectural models and “urban drawings” illustrating five projects located in different cities around the world. These drawings aim to capture the energy and specificities of each site and become a lens for observation and signature of the studio.

Architensions refuses to separate architecture from urbanism, an opposing today’s tendency to design deliberately iconic one-off buildings, and propose a paradigm antithetical modern capitalism, giving back to architecture its autonomous form.

This exhibition was made possible in collaboration with The Java Project in Brooklyn, a gallery which advocates for artists, curates exhibitions and fosters an educational discourse in the arts and it is curated by Dakota Sica. For more information about The Java Project please visit

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Fifth Dimensional Cities Exhibitiion

Architensions - Blurring Boxes Residence

Architensions Completes Blurring Boxes Residence


Architensions completes Blurring Boxes Residence in Brooklyn where new expanded functions plays with the perception of the outdoor space , blurring the view of the users.  The evolution of living in our cities more and more tries to embrace nature, almost negating the urban character of neighborhoods. The design for a renovation and additions to a townhouse in Brooklyn is generated from the idea of fusing the interior space with the outdoor landscape through the creation of ground-up pavilions with specific experiential qualities.

Read More about the project here.

Blurring Boxes Residence

Architensions - Rising Ryde

Architensions is among four shortlisted offices to design the Civic Center for the City of Ryde in Australia

For Immediate Release:

Architensions proposal for the Civic Center of the City of Ryde in Australia is selected for the second phase of the international competition among 175 entries from forty-nine countries.

The design for the Ryde Hub Precinct embraces the local context enhancing the raised topography of the site and the surrounding vegetation that becomes the iconic element of the new development.

See the official announcement of the shortlist here

Architensions is among four shortlisted offices to design the Civic Center for the City of Ryde in Australia

Highlighted Entry – Common Tectonics

For Immediate Release:

Architensions Proposal For A Building That Opens Towards The City Fabric Has Been Highlighted By A Jury Among 235 Proposal From 47 Countries.

Architecture must relate to urbanism. Under this premises the design for the new Aarhus School of Architecture wants to establish a relationship between the educational facility and the city fabric through a highly inspiring space totally open to the users. The school is conceived as a social condenser where students, city officials, professors and international visitors can use the same space to share knowledge, information, for the advancement of the discipline.

See more of our project here or click to see the other proposals.

Common Tectonics: Aarhus School of Architecture

One World Trade Center from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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.

Read the full article on Artribune.

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