Evoking the volcano is not an entirely new concept in commercial architecture (see Nouvel’s plan for the new Chivas Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico), but Renzo Piano’s design for Volcano Buono in Nola, Italy ups the ante. Not only is it a stones through from a real volcano – Mt. Vesuvius – the new structure also leading the way in incorporation of green thinking and technology. Inside the volcano’s bowl an outdoor market and theater are contained, along with a pine forest. Head to Inhabitat for the full story.

More images of Piano’s creation after the jump.

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