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Innovative Italian Architecture Breaks from Tired Tradition

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Today, the New York Times detailed a fascinating visit to a strikingly modern house in Tuscany, but took only two measly photos! Finished with whining, we set out to find four prime examples of contemporary Italian architecture, this time, with the pictures. From Fascist sprawl turned sporting escape (above) to a tiny house for dead people to a miniature town stuck inside a warehouse, Italy seems to be on the right track when it comes to abandoning an overwrought past. Now if that could only be applied to that American appetite for McMansions...

Family chapel in Padova (below) by EXiT architetti associati [ArchDaily]
A tolerable, airy alternative to dark, stuffy crypts, this stands out in the neighboring crowd of copy-cats. More a meditation space than a mausoleum.

Photos: Teresa Cos/ArchDaily

Re-imagined Fascist development in Tuscany (below) by Labics [Dwell]
Built on filled marshland by the fascist regime in the 1930s, this house reflected a dark time in Italy's history before the architects arrived and renovated it. Now it's the perfect place for sunbathing and ping pong—quite a personality change.

Photos: Jacob Langvad/Dwell

Wacky warehouse conversion in Turin (below) by Baietto, Battiato, Bianco [Dwell]
Built like a miniature town for a single family, Basic Village draws from some eclectic sources for inspiration, including American farm buildings. That's not the only Yankee move: the owner also bought a John Deere ride-on tractor mower to trim his roof top lawn. Truly strange.

Photos: Jacob Langvad/Dwell

Two houses in Orsara (below) by Raimondo Guidacci [ArchDaily]
These clean-lined monoliths probably looked extreme on the drawing board, but they blend into the historic neighborhood quite well. Disappointed there aren't interior shots, but we'd still take 'em sight unseen.

Photos: Alberto Muciaccia/ArchDaily


· In Italy, a Family-Centered House With a Modern Attitude [NYT]