Elini JUNE - SEPT 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. 

Winners

1st PRIZE

TEAM

softnloft

MEMBERS

Min-Woo Kang

2nd PRIZE

TEAM

LAST

MEMBERS

JOHNNY ROSAS, ENRICO CANNAS, SILVIA SERRAU, ERICA OLIANAS

3rd PRIZE

TEAM

CLOUD3

MEMBERS

Amanda Gabriella Michelotto, João Pedro Chaves da Silva, Helena Pagel Classen

Gold Mentions

TEAM

SOLID PLUS

MEMBERS

Huangxiang SONG, Dajun LI

TEAM

سید امیر مهدی فاطمی

MEMBERS

Seyed Amir Mahdi Fatemi, Mohammad Saeed Ramezani, Mehrnaz Miri, Parsa Pahlavan, Robede Hazrat

Mentions

Finalists

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  

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

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