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A new Head Office Building in Milan   1 comment

New Head Office Building – U 15 Milanofiori 2000

Designed by CZA Cino Zucchi Architects

The building has a free plan, following an H shape, and a facade with two “skins”.

U 15 1

The first is an internal wall, a traditional wrap that alternates with windows and doors;

 U 15 2

 

The second is an exterior system of brise-soleils in aluminum sheets folded in different profiles, pierced by an array of custom-designed holes and treated with different anodized natural colors protects the windows from the east and west low sun transforming the building in a sort of large tree-trunk with an iridescent bark.

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http://www.zucchiarchitetti.com/eng/home.html 

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Posted 3 June 2013 by Matteo in Architecture & Still Life

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Into the Blue   Leave a comment

Lake Maggiore is a lake located among the Alps.

The second largest Lake in Italy, it extends for about 70 km from the southern point in Arona, to the north side in Locarno, Switzerland.

Verbania, Lake Maggiore

Posted 5 May 2013 by Matteo in Landscapes

The magic moment   Leave a comment

It was a rainy and windy day. Not surely the best conditions for walking randomly through the street of a city I ‘ve never been before : Edinburgh.

I was travelling to Dundee from Glasgow, and it was fantastic for me to take an one day stay for visiting it. I love walking around the streets of a city I didn’t know and since long I ‘ve wished to visit.

Unfortunately, that day weather forecast said “Heavy rain and strong wind”, not the best for going outside of my hotel room and taking a walk.

“Come on, take courage and let’s go anyway…. I’m here only for half a day, I don’t know when another occasion could happen to come here again. I cannot stay in the hotel room”.

I went out without any particular destination, wandering through the grey and wet streets of the city, under the rain.

While wandering, I met with a narrow street, going upward, as for climbing a hill.  As I walked upward, the rain suddenly stopped and the wind opened the clouds, discovering some pieces of blue sky.

I was almost on the top of the hill, still in the dark of the long shadows created by some sunset rays, when a blaze made me blind ….my instinct told me to take my camera out from my wet backpack, no reason for that.

Suddenly, an architecture with colums appeared in front of me, with the strong light of sunset behind it. Among the columns, I saw a little point moving: it was a man opening his arms, as for hugging those sunrays that were suddenly blazing.

If I ‘d purposely tried to create that scene, I’m sure I’d not be able. The camera in my hands, the light, the columns, the man under them and his gesture….. everything was perfect.

It was the magic moment.

Calton Hill

Posted 24 April 2013 by Matteo in Architecture & Still Life, Colors, Emotions, People

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The Year of the Snake   1 comment

A Chinese legend tells of the monster Nian, eating humans once a year. The only way to escape from it was to frighten the Nian, terrorizing him with the color red and loud noises. And with red, a symbol of prosperity and good fortune and the sound of drums and giant cymbals , the Chinese community celebrates the Lunar New Year.

The festivities conclude in the evening, with the flight of the traditional colored lanterns, to wish a year of good luck.
“FU DAO LE” (Luck has arrived).

Track 21 – A Museum for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day   1 comment

On January 27, 1945, the Soviet troops entered the extermination camp in Auschwitz and discovered the horrors of the Holocaust of the Jews. Since that day, January 27 is celebrated as the “Day of Remembrance”. In Milan, after 68 years, a new museum was opened : “Track 21”, to commemorate the place where, between 1943 and 1945, many Jewish Italians left for the deportation.

This is a tribute to remember that date. In order not only to remember the extermination of the Jews, but also to all genocides that are perpetrated by anyone. So that we can say once and for all: “NEVER AGAIN”.

The perfect Illusion   1 comment

If you go into the church of St. Satyr in Milan, it seems that, behind the altar, there is a large space, a deep and regular apse, well complemented by columns and decorations.

But It’s not true at all: it is just an optical illusion!

You need to get really close to the altar, to realize it is a pictured perspective, only 97 cm deep,  hoped to replace the planned apse, which could not be realized because of lack of space.

In short, the apse you suppose to see behind, in reality does not exist.

The creator of this wonder, is one of italian greatest architects, Donato Bramante, in 1482.

The perfect Illusion

Posted 13 January 2013 by Matteo in Architecture & Still Life, Places

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The statue of St Bartholomew in Milan Cathedral   Leave a comment

St Bartholomew by Marco d'Agrate  (1562) by Matteo Fini
St Bartholomew by Marco d’Agrate (1562), a photo by Matteo Fini on Flickr.

One of most precious piece of art in Milan Cathedral, is the sculpture of St. Bartholomew, by Marco D’Agrate, made around 1562 and placed in the right transept of the Cathedral.
St. Bartholomew was condemned to one of most cruel and inhuman execution: the Syrian martyrdom. That is being skinned alive and then beheaded.
The statue depictes the saint flayed with the Bible in hand. The masterpiece is characterized by fine precision anatomical with which the human body is rendered devoid of skin, with the skin thrown like a stole on the shoulders and body of the martyr.

The sculptor, with not too much modesty, signed it on the bottom of the statue. “NON ME PRAXITELES SED MARCO FINXIT AGRAT.” (“I was not sculpted by Praxiteles, but by Marco d’Agrate”).

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