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ART PRISON

Deadline 11th April 2018

CASH PRIZE 20.000 €

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Brief

Solitude has always been highly fascinating for human beings. Hermitages, fortresses, shelters. Since the dawn of time, human beings have been looking for a solitary condition, avoiding their counterparts as if they wanted to rediscover a feeling of purity, reconciliation with their self and union with nature. 

The fortress of Santa Caterina stands over the peak of Favignana, an isle set at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. It appears as a real jewel of solitude. It is a place imbued with an imposing and moving beauty. In such place, the embrace of nature is so intimate that creates the sweet and yearned for oblivion that fills the heart of those who had the bravery to leave civilization to listen to silence.

For more than a century, the fortress has been an abandoned prison. From the peak of the promontory, it solitary witnesses the continuous rise and setting of the sun in the crystal waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The latter has always been vigilant on the events of the isle. Over time, the industrious fishermen village has become a booming destination for international tourism. 

 

In the wake of such transformations, Yac launches Art Prison. This is a competition in collaboration with the Municipality of Favignana aiming at making the most of a remarkable context in order to transform Santa Caterina Fortress into one of the most suggestive centers of contemporary art of the Mediterranean. It will have to be a sublime place of encounter, culture and creative research where artists will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy in an untouched place. The latter will be the perfect context to inspire artists’ imagination and make them express the real essence of their inner self. 

How to transform an ancient prison into a treasure chest containing works of art and the creative action of internationally renowned artists and intellectuals? How to transform an ancient fishermen isle into an open-air contemporary art museum?

This is the fascinating challenge of Art Prison. This competition invites designers to get involved with the lure of solitude. By doing so, they will create a mystic architecture able to whisper to the heart of visitors. The isle will become a “sacred” place, a shelter for artists, creative talents and curious people who wish to stay to mentally and spiritually regain their forces. They will have the chance to enjoy the most amazing artistic innovations, brushed by the monumental and eternal fascination of an ancient fortress and a Mediterranean isle.

 

Yac thanks all designers who will take part in this challenge. 

Prizes

1st PRIZE

10.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

2nd PRIZE

4.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

3rd PRIZE

2.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

n. 4 GOLD MENTIONS

1.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

10 HONORABLE MENTIONS

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

30 FINALIST MENTIONS

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

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faq

Is it allowed to visit the intervention area?

No, it isn’t because the building is unstable and it is very dangerous to visit the surrouding  area. 

Which is the height limit for new volumes?

    New volumes must  not exceed 4m in height, regardless of the altitude where they are built.

Are excavations allowed?

        Yes, excavations are allowed for a maximum of 3m in depth

Shall we include also external areas in the maximum 3,000 sqm allowed?

        No, you shall not. In the maximum 3,000 sqm allowed you have to include only the areas of new, covered and enclosed architectures: external areas like pathways, terraces, balconies etc.. are not included

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