Current Issue: Domus 922


Rachel de Joode, You have something on your nose, 2009


Flavio Albanese. Money

News, events, competitions, projects

Edited by Elena Sommariva

The primitive homes of the future

Tokyo Gas invited four Japanese architects to design the house of the future. Design Toyo Ito, Terunobu Fujimori, Sou Fujimoto, Taira Nishizawa. Text Julian Worrall

Business incubator in Vila Verde, Portugal

A communal office block draws on architecture to re-express elements of popular culture. Design Manuel Graça Dias, Egas José Vieira. Text Ana Vaz Milheiro

Economies of scale

At the “Big Inaba Mad Mass” exhibition, architecture changes its scale in order to give an answer to the crisis, and to promote itself. Text Jeffrey Inaba

House in Gaüses, Spain

The design of an abstract painter’s studio combines Scandinavian sensitivity with Mediterranean sunshine. Design Anna & Eugeni Bach. Text Laura Bossi

House in Kohoku

On a hill in Yokohama, a house conceived as a device for capturing light. Design Torafu Architects – Koichi Suzuno, Shinya Kamuro Text Francesca Picchi

Ningbo Historic Museum

Fragments of Chinese history are conserved in the facades of this building conceived as a kind of artificial mountain. Design Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu, Amateur Architecture Studio. Text Brendan McGetrick

The island of the concrete void

Herzog & de Meuron concentrate matter and energy into a concrete utopia with the TEA in Tenerife. Design Herzog & de Meuron. Text Stefano Csciani

Photography Museum in Charleroi

In Belgium, a building with a multiform geometry and luminous skin. Design l’Escaut. Text Rita Capezzuto

The Swallows’ hideaway

The artist Not Vital and his intervention in Ardez, Engadin. Design Not Vital Text Massimiliano Di Bartolomeo

Home office, Shanghai

In the restricted space of an apartment in Shanghai, home and office are efficiently united in the two levels. Design Kuu. Text Elena Sommariva

D Jeweller’s in Pamplona

Shopping habits turned into a kind of theatrical performance. Design, text vaíllo & Irigaray + Galar


The latest evolution of the soft wall by the French designers, for Kvadrat. Design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Text Silvia Mnaco

Google mobile phone

The real and the virtual at your fingertips: the open-source mobile phone by Google. Design Mike & Maaike – Mike Simonian, Maaike Evers. Texts Maria Cristina Tommasini

Uno design

A lively collection of fresh furniture with innovative forms created under the brilliant and ironic direction of Javier Mariscal. Design Estudio Mariscal, El Último Grito, Emiliana Design Studio, Lagranja Design, Fernando Salas. Texts Maria Cristina Tommasini

Doug Aitken workshop

For Domus the American artist creates an unpublished description of his architectures of space and experience. Design, texts Doug Aitken

Recto and verso

Patrizio Di Massimo, a game of mirrors between past and future. Conceived by Flavio Albanese, Loredana Mascheroni

Haegue Yang

The Blind Room and its polysensorial spaces as an emblem of the Korean artist’s vision. Text Yasmil Raymond

Native land

Measured style of a bank

A bank branch in Milan, by Renzo Zavanella. Text Luigi Spinelli

Intersections: Money

Paper money as a good omen: symbols of value and the upside of a downturn. Edited by Francesca Picchi. Design tomato – Simon Taylor John Warwicker. Texts Marco Aime, Cesare Pietroiusti/ Francesca Picchi, Brendan Mcgetrick, Massimiano Bucchi, Stefano Casciani

Domestic and foreign in architecture

The general and the specific. The classicist and the national model. A free designer. Grassi’s autobiography. The Werkbund and the Zeitgeist. A sense of the city. Edited by Gianmario Andreani

Rassegna: Bathroom

Interesting and surprising projects for the bathroom. Edited by Maria Cristina Tommasini