Register: DEC/10/2017, Submit: DEC/13/2017, Eligibility: Students, graduated, freelance architects, designers, artists; individually, teams (any number of members, at least one member between 18 and 35 years old, members can to be from different countries and universities), Fee: 75 EUR (SEP/11 – OCT/15/2017), 100 EUR (OCT/16 – NOV/12/2017), 150 EUR (NOV/13 – DEC/10/2017); +22% VAT, Awards: 1st Prize 10,000 EUR, 2nd Prize 4,000 EUR, 3rd Prize 2,000 EUR, 4 Gold Mentions 1,000 EUR each, 10 Honorable Mentions, 30 Finalists
It is the fairy tale par-excellence. It is one of the stories that mostly influenced culture and international imaginary over the last two centuries: Pinocchio the puppet destined to become a boy made adults and children of all generations dream. From Disney’s interpretation to various film adaptations, the adventures of Pinocchio have travelled around the world. This tale comes from a remote and picturesque corner of Italy: Collodi (Tuscany). Thanks to the precious activity of the homonymous Foundation, Collodi is getting ready to inaugurate a new chapter of international notoriety and importance.
In fact, 2018 will be a crucial year for the project “Collodi Capitale Europea dell’Infanzia” (Collodi European Childhood Capital). It is an ambitious program of the Collodi Foundation and the Italian Government that will build, in the sites of the fairy tale, the largest theme park inspired by Pinocchio ever built. The 250.000 m2 intervention will include installations, attractions and a library dedicated to all the fairy tales that made the childhood of dozens of generations magic (Alice, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, the Little Prince among others).
In this context, YAC is delighted to present Pinocchio Children’s Library. Through the collaboration of the Collodi Foundation, this competition gives designers the opportunity to create an unprecedented project. They are given the opportunity to design the first and largest children library inspired by the fairy tale of Pinocchio. This library will have to be the image and the materialization of childhood dreams for millions of visitors who will visit the park.
Which will be the house to safeguard the most important fairy tales in the world? How to define a child-friendly space destined to be the most prestigious fairytale library at international level?
These are the questions that Pinocchio Children’s Library asks designers. It invites them to go back to the magic horizon of fairy tales and stories. Only by let the project taking them back to their childhood, designers can rediscover the sense of wonder and fantasy necessary to design a refined place. A place built to play and have fun but above all grow up and learn. A place that displays the noble project of the Foundation: to build the future society by nurturing the most powerful and endless childhood resource: imagination.
Located on a green hill, Collodi looks like almost a cascade of little houses. From the ancient fortress, located on the top of the village, these houses seem to flow to the valley and stop before Villa Garzoni. As if it was a bank, the villa stops the course of the unusual assemblage. With dreamy naturalness, the village changes appearance and language within a few meters. It is composed by both the unadorned style of the medieval buildings and the sumptuous opulence of the baroque villa offering late 19th century emotions in the shadow of the ancient paper factory. Lastly, it also offers an evidence of modernity in the Butterfly House of Villa Garzoni. The village is a unique whole of memories and stories, a succession of little houses and steep alleyways. These back lanes are still the same as when they were acting as backdrop in the childhood of Carlo Lorenzin (Inventor of Pinocchio, later internationally known with the pseudonym “Collodi”). These alleyw ays irreversibly remained in the memory of the writer: these places seem to be the setting of his imaginative adventures. Mosaics, illustrations, paintings and statues: in Collodi everything is about Pinocchio. There are also countless allusions and artistic re-interpretations peeping out in every corner of the village paying homage to the puppet-boy. This character touched countries and generations beyond any latitude and geographical border. Collodi is Pinocchio and Pinocchio is Collodi. Only with this awareness designers can implement effective programs able to properly respect the social and cultural structure of the territory.
Pinocchio Children’s Library will request the design of an exceptional architecture. It will have to live up to one of the most famous fairy tales. It will have to live up to a picturesque context and a cultural design, that of Collodi European Childhood Capital, characterized by a strategic importance for European and international politics. The library the competition will aim at creating will have to be a real international fairytale monument. It will have to be a manifesto and compendium of the architecture for childhood. It will be an opportunity for designers to consolidate and delve into the pedagogic and formative role of architecture. Pinocchio Children’s Library will invite all designers to make children protagonists of their creative action, imagining a spatiality to be lived with joy. A kind of spatiality able to educate, reassure and tell stories easing the lively experience of exploring and discovering, which is typical of childhood. Architecture will have to be the pillar of the adventure that every child will build with his/her imagination. It will have to create spaces able to amaze, welcome, connect and amplify the narration of the fairy tales kept in the library. Hidden spaces, slits, connections, drops and rises and child-friendly routes will be the starting point for an architecture aimed at offering the visitors an amazing adventure. Such architecture will make the young audience enter into an imaginary world and will reconcile adults with their childhood self. Whatever the aspects every designer will decide to highlight, it is necessary to specifically consider the use of lights and colors, the tactile, visual and sensorial experience in the architectonic space. PCL wishes to create a comprehensive stimulation aiming at reaching every kind of users (including people with different disabilities: perceptive, motor or cognitive disabilities). It also wishes to amplify the experience of the library. Hereby follows a list of different functional possibilities. It is important to underline that the composition, integration and reshuffling of these scenarios shall be under total discretion of the designers.
- Library; this space is dedicated to the reading and the filing of the book heritage of the Collodi Foundation. This area will have to guarantee an individual and collective experience where parents can accompany children in the discovery of fairy tales that have marked the history of global literature: Pinocchio, The little Prince, Peter Pan and Alice among others. It will have to be a refined but also child-friendly place. It will have to be a place able to enhance the child’s concentration and learning. In this area children will have to have the opportunity to find a shelter to read or build an imaginary world with their imagination. A world made of magic and extraordinary adventures. Min. 4.000 m2.
- Workshop area; this place will be dedicated to the play and the experiential discovery of the fairy tales kept in the library. In this place, with the help of animators, artists and illustrators, children will live a comprehensive tactile, visual and sound experience of each tale. It will be a versatile place, a place built to be lived and explored. This place will play with the visitor but it will not be frivolous. It will be enjoyable both for adults and young visitors. Min. 200 m2.
- Cafe; it will be a place to relax and socialize. In this place visitors will enjoy restorative moments before or after a visit to the fairytale heritage of the library. Min. 400 m2.
- Exhibition area; this polyvalent exhibition area will aim at hosting exhibitions and different types of installations inspired by the fairy tale of Pinocchio or the world of fairy tales in general. This area will be a temporary or permanent mounting place where the Collodi Foundation can keep its collection of toys or exhibit hundreds of illustrations and artistic interpretations that every year are donated to the Foundation. Min. 2.000 m2.
- Auditorium; this will be a place for the most significant artistic performances. This place will host concerts, representations and conferences promoted in synergy with the various partners of the Collodi Foundation. Min. 200 seats.
- Reception/ticket booth; the library will have to be the heart of the Pinocchio’s polycentric park. For this reason, it will also have to welcome the visitors who decide to have access to the attractions of the complex. Therefore, the facility will have to be composed by adequate areas to manage the flow of visitors who will move from the hall to the Pinocchio’s Park, the Pinocchio’s Friends Park, the Science Museum or the Didactic Farm. Min. 300 m2.
- Media-space; in this place the literary heritage of the library will be showed and represented through the most modern digital representation tools like augmented reality, IOT and immersive projections. These will be some of the possible tools useful to convey the power of the past fairy tales in an engaging language for young generations. Min. 400 m2.
- Parking Spaces; an adequate car park will be crucial for the comprehensive functionality of the area. Min. 250 parking spaces (it is possible to design covered or underground solutions).