CASH PRIZE 15.000 € Deadline 8th September 2021

CULTURE STATIONS

Brief

Two centuries have gone by since the time when locomotives were considered the highest achievement of science. Even so, stations – ancient stations – still exert a timeless fascination. 

 

Slow and noisy, located in wild and remote scenarios, many stations are not in use anymore, leaving behind breath-taking landscapes crossed by rusty cast iron strips and scattered with vernacular structures.

 

Rail infrastructures have long been neglected or abandoned, far from being object of architecture projects, as they are linked to a form of transportation that was considered obsolete and incompatible with the speed of modern times. 

 

Today, however, a new sensitivity seems to be reopening the debate on the future of this heritage. Expressions like “sweet mobility” and “slow tourism” show a new desire for quiet, for a future in which life will not be all about speed and progress anymore. 

 

In this future, old stations will have an important role to play. 

 

What can we imagine for old stations then? How can we transform the small towns on their path?

These are the questions of Culture Stations, a competition organized by YAC and the Municipality of Elini, to reinterpret ancient railway infrastructures in terms of culture and tourism, considering them as opportunities for the areas they cross. Leaving aside their original functions and embracing a new cultural purpose, designers have endless possibilities: stations as museums, “case cantoniere” (roadmen’s houses) as accommodation, storehouses as ateliers, railway parks as open-air theatres, bridges and galleries as exhibition spaces. 

 

The system of railway infrastructures of Elini is surrounded by art and culture, therefore this is a unique opportunity to create evocative itineraries for travellers who want to discover remote places, contemplate a moving landscape, and enjoy creative avant-garde artworks, accompanied by the rattling of an old locomotive. 

 

YAC and the Municipality of Elini thank all designers who will accept this challenge. 

1st PRIZE
8.000 €

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. 2 GOLD MENTIONS
500 €

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

n. 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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RULES
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PHOTOS
ELINI_AREA A-B
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PHOTOS
ELINI_AREA C-D
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PHOTOS
SURROUNDINGS
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2D DRAWINGS
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3D MODEL
AREA B
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3D MODEL
AREA D
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Jury

David Telerman
ATELIER DAVID TELERMAN
Ricardo Bofill
RICARDO BOFILL TALLER DE ARQUITECTURA
Marijn Schenk
NEXT ARCHITECTS
Giuseppe Zampieri
DAVID CHIPPERFIELD ARCHITECTS MILANO
Edoardo Tresoldi
Paola Candiani
FAI
Stefania Aru
REGIONE SARDEGNA
Antonio De Rossi
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Alessandra Casu
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI SASSARI
Monica Stochino
MIBAC
Matteo Agnoletto
UNIBO
Mario Luigi Carcassi
REGIONE SARDEGNA
Agostino Cicalò
CAMERA DI COMMERCIO DI NUORO

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQ

Is the railway connection to Elini currently working?

The railway connection to Elini works in summer only.

Is there any restriction concerning the area of the new structures?

There is no specific restriction for the new structures. However, the new structures must interact with the surroundings (both natural and architectural) in order to create an overall harmonious urban environment.

 

Is it allowed to add new team members or modify the composition of the team after registering to the competition?

Yes, it is allowed to add new team members or modify the composition of the team at any time until the upload deadline. These updates are available from your team account or you can send a request to yac@yac-ltd.com specifying your ID team. 

  

Is it mandatory to use the same scales mentioned in the brief for the A1 and A3?

 

It is highly recommended to use the same scales mentioned in the brief, but this is not mandatory. It is allowed to use the scales you believe may better display your project idea, as long as the scales you use are specified in the A1 or A3.

Is it mandatory to develop all the functions listed in the program

 

It is highly recommended to develop all the functions listed in the program. However, the composition of the functional suggestions listed in the brief, their integration, modifications, and combination, will be considered as part of the competition, as all choices are entirely up to the participants.

Is there any age constraint to take part in the competition?

 

As mentioned in the brief (chapter “Rules”), it is mandatory to include at least one team member aged between 18 and 35; this constraint will be applied also to teams made of a single team member.

CALENDAR / FEES / DEADLINES

Calendar

11 June 2021
11 July 2021
Early Bird Registration
65 €/ team *
12 July 2021
8 August 2021
Standard Registration
85 €/ team *
9 August 2021
5 September 2021
Late Registration
115 €/ team *
MATERIAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE
8 September 2021
Jury summoning
13 September 2021
Results announcement
11 October 2021
*+22% VAT. Fulfilling an “Early bird”, “Standard” or “Late” registration does not affect submission deadline.

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