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OBSERVATORY HOUSES

CASH PRIZE 20.000 €

Deadline 26th July 2017

Brief

The nocturnal sky is eternal, sublime and inaccessible. When looking at it, the human being experiences the most ancient sensation and feels overwhelmed by an ancient and inviolable mystery. A mystery that not even the most modern and refined minds can understand, despite efforts and technological progress.

Dazzled by the brightness of our metropolis, we often forget the extraordinary vision the vault of heaven can offer us. However, there are still places that are far from lights and cities where the beauty of the infinite appears in its entire splendor.

Surrounded by forests and crags, Roccascalegna is one of the places where this magic continues to occur and where the sky keeps on telling its eternal and beautiful story. It is a unique and far place that is both incredibly beautiful and clearly fragile. In fact, the fortress deeply depends on the constant care of the human being to preserve its characteristics and remarkable appearance.

 

For these reasons, Italian Exhibition Group and the Italian government launched the Observatory Houses project aiming to find a new use for Roccascalegna taking advantage of the potential of an oneiric setting with remarkable skies. The project aims at creating in Italy the first and most suggestive observatory houses. They will be a sustainable and exclusive house model aimed to ensure the protection and improvement of such inestimable heritage. 

How to build a complex of modern observatory houses in a picturesque medieval fortress? How to create the most refined national reference for the astronomical observation tourism through architecture?

On the bases of these issues, designers will have to create a story composed by stars, silences and landscapes. This story will have to include architectural elements designed to create a place beyond compare. It will not be a place of mere observation or accommodation; it will be a place of spirituality and meditation. Observatory Houses wishes to promote an architectural intervention that aims at becoming a symbol destination for those who wish to move away from their everyday routine and live an archaic, almost mystic experience thanks to the most ancient and beautiful sight.  

Under everlasting skies, the new observatory houses in the ancient fortress will provide an unforgettable stay for those who wish to experience the feral excitement to fall asleep under the stars rocked by the slow movement of planets and fascinated by a sudden shooting star.

 

YAC thanks all the designers who will take part in this challenge. 

Prizes

1° PRIZE

10.000 €

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

2° PRIZE

4.000 €

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

3° 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  

Winners

1° PRIZE

TEAM gcarchitetti MEMBERS Carlo Gaspari, BEATRICE COMELLI, Matteo Cascini

2° PRIZE

TEAM MAYBE MEMBERS SEBASTIEN LAFRESIERE, ALEXIS BEAUSSART

3° PRIZE

TEAM NE_HOUSE MEMBERS Konstantina Papanikolaou, Julen Aguinagalde Lopez de Calle, Anastasios Theodorakakis

Gold Mentions

TEAM MAKA MEMBERS Marta Mączka, Grzegorz Mączka

TEAM Romain Bonino MEMBERS Romain Bonino

TEAM Architectress MEMBERS Sheung Chui Carol Nung, Ya Suo, Jueying Liu

TEAM Studio Pare MEMBERS Carolina Medici, Mark Adamson, Andrea De Matteis , Angelica Tortora

Mentions

TEAM Pedro Frade, Diogo Castro Guimarães MEMBERS Diogo Castro Guimarães, Pedro Frade

TEAM coin² MEMBERS Nicolas Mouret, Tom Floquet, Bérangère Couput

TEAM WENZHU MEMBERS WEN ZHU

TEAM A+O MEMBERS Leonie Ott, Majd Aweel

TEAM Lapo Ruffi, Vanessa Giandonati MEMBERS Lapo Ruffi, Vanessa Giandonati, Nicholas Diddi, Emir Sehic, Nico Fedi

TEAM Casamassima Notari Pasquali MEMBERS Lorenzo Pasquali, Giorgio Notari, Alessio Casamassima

TEAM Solaris MEMBERS Jia Weng, Tianwei Ye

TEAM JE-LE MEMBERS Michael Jefferson, Suzanne Lettieri

TEAM S&Z MEMBERS Lorenzo Zaccarin, Barbara Stallone

TEAM Aga Kwiecien MEMBERS Aga Kwiecien

Finalists

TEAM JoZ MEMBERS Abdulelah JOKHADAR, Mehmet Fetullah OZYILDIRIM

TEAM AF MEMBERS Andrea Cirivasi, Fulvio De Carolis, Alessandro Bartocci

TEAM A2 MEMBERS Ludovic beau, Fabio Morais, Alix Falquet

TEAM ERA MEMBERS Emanuela Pozzi, Rosa Anna Senese

TEAM BKMS MEMBERS Qëndrim Begisholli, Besim Krosa, Leart Miftari, Arber Sadiki, Arnisa Kryeziu

TEAM AETHER MEMBERS Şiir Şir, Eşref Gökalp, Fuat Uğuz, Zeynep Albaş, Gamze Akyol

TEAM Alca Line Architecture MEMBERS Alessia Chiambretto, Camilla Orlandi

TEAM SOLID MEMBERS Mohamed Elgendy, Nahed Zmeter, Mohamed Yasser

TEAM PI.AB. Architects MEMBERS Andrea Corio, Luca Colasante, Lucia Di Felice, Francesco Carota

TEAM PAGONI MEMBERS Paul de Cathelineau, Nikhil Jain, Depanshu Gola

TEAM G A L A MEMBERS Richard Lain, Lola Garcia, Benoît Coëz, Anna Cavazzoni

TEAM Homunculi MEMBERS Juan Gatica, Pedro Munarriz, Alberto Barbetti

TEAM unoauno MEMBERS Marino la Torre, Alberto Ulisse, Tommaso Sciullo, Valerio Zizi

TEAM urbanplunger MEMBERS Eugene Liashuk, Tatiana Keskevich, Viktor Kolesnikov, Nataly Nemkova

TEAM TODOROV - GERGINOV architects MEMBERS Bozhidar Gerginov, Peter Todorov

TEAM PR Arquitectos MEMBERS Julien Ponsar, Inês Reis

TEAM AK_itects MEMBERS Hanna Albrecht, Philippa Koenig

TEAM Kairos MEMBERS Angelo Bucci, Agnese Damiani, VALERIA PIA MARZANO, Damiano De Candia, Emanuele Luciani

TEAM Yulia Pidlubnyak MEMBERS Yuliya Pidlubnyak

TEAM VOMA MEMBERS Erik Vodenik, Simon Magerl

TEAM FIOR.E MEMBERS Florian Liakos, Irene Helen Marcantonatou, Alexis Visvinis

TEAM POPU MEMBERS Marko Primažič, Karin Pušnik, Ema Podnar, Peter Vuković

TEAM Grid MEMBERS Mina Saadatfard, Parham Ostovar, Zahra Haghi, Ali Arzaghi

TEAM FXK MEMBERS Xinkai Fan

TEAM CTC MEMBERS Cheng-Hsin Chan, Yu Hsuan Chen, Cheng Lin Tsai

TEAM Alto Atelier MEMBERS Davide Deluca, Federica Scalise

TEAM Corica - Ogliani MEMBERS Rossella Corica, Filippo Ogliani

TEAM WANG-CHANG MEMBERS Hao Chang, Ruixue Wang

TEAM vacuum MEMBERS Gino Baldi, Serena Comi

TEAM TALLER 2M MEMBERS Martín Gutiérrez Córdoba, Daniel Macías Capdevielle, Pablo Márquez

TEAM New Office Works MEMBERS Paul Yi Pong Tse, Evelyn Ting

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