CASH PRIZE 20.000 € JAN - APR 2018

ART PRISON

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. 

Winners

1st PRIZE

TEAM

Simposio

MEMBERS

Davide Natarelli, Federico Bettazzi, Chiara Davino, Tommaso Seveso, Eleonora Valle

2nd PRIZE

TEAM

in situ

MEMBERS

Fernando Bonini, Stefan Kasmanhuber, Marcos Blanco de Amorim, Olivier Läuppi, Pedro Maia, Luiza Schreier

3rd PRIZE

TEAM

MJHM

MEMBERS

Chang Yuan Max Hsu, Hadeel Ayed Mohammad, Yasamin Mayyas, David Jimenez, Hana Makhamreh

Gold Mentions

TEAM

Llobregat Asatrián

MEMBERS

Sergio Llobregat, Sevak Asatrián

TEAM

MaMe

MEMBERS

Paolo Mercorillo, Alessio Marino

TEAM

a3m

MEMBERS

Marco Agosti, Michele Marini

TEAM

PT

MEMBERS

thakan navapakpilai, suwapat rodprasert

Mentions

Finalists

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  

Jury

Daniel Libeskind
STUDIO LIBESKIND
João Luís Carrilho da Graça
CARRILHO DA GRAÇA ARQUITECTOS
Manuel Aires Mateus
AIRES MATEUS
Felix Perasso
SNOHETTA
Pietro Ciolino
ITALIAN GOVERNMENT
Giuseppe Pagoto
MUNICIPALITY OF FAVIGNANA
Francesca D'Amico
MUNICIPALITY OF FAVIGNANA
Giorgio Palmucci
ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA CONFINDUSTRIA ALBERGHI
Emanuele Montibeller
ARTE SELLA
Fernando Tomasello
UNIONE NAZIONALE PRO LOCO ITALIANE

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