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Architensions completes DIKHROOS: A Public Space Activator for The Java Project and presented at Greenpoint Open Studios 2017

Architensions reimagined the tent typology for Greenpoint Open Studios 2017 hosted by Java Studios, studying a simple assembly of bamboo poles to maintain the idea of an easy and fast aggregation of elements and at the same time rethinking the protective layer of the tent which needs to provide shelter from the rain and the sun. Check back soon for the full release of the project. See some images at this link.

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