Register: FEB/17/2019, Submit: FEB/20/2019, 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: 50 EUR (NOV/26 – DEC/23/2018), 100 EUR (DEC/24/2018 – JAN/20/2019), 150 EUR (JAN/21 – FEB/17/2019); +22% VAT, Awards: 1st Prize: 8,000 EUR, 2nd Prize: 4,000 EUR, 3rd Prize: 2,000 EUR, 2 Gold Mentions: 500 EUR each, 10 Honorable Mentions, 30 Finalists Mentions
Mount Olympus, Mount Ararat, Mount Sinai. In any culture and religion, mountains have been the place of encounter with the divine. There, where the earth extends to the sky, human beings have always glimpsed a further meaning. The mountain is a mystical place where to be in contact with the invisible, with transcendence. It is the place where human adventures culminate. It is the place where to find answers to the most anguished enigmas. In a world where sacred spaces daily erode, mountains are still pure places. They are spaces that are difficult to reach.
There, human structures hardly affect ancestral balances that can still generate valuable experiences. Without any doubt, one of those experiences is Arte Sella, Italy.
Arte Sella is situated in between two stone peaks. For more than 30 years, it has been attracting to the mountains of the homonymous valley the most astonishing contemporary artists and architects. Here, creative geniuses have left their mark generating the most important art-nature route in the world.
However, it is known that mountains can be fickle and nature can be both a mother and a cruel stepmother. During the night of the 29th October 2018 an unprecedented storm hit Arte Sella. It damaged hectares of secular woods and left a trail of devastation of mud, uprooted stumps and felled trees.
Today Arte Sella is wounded and severely damaged. Now more than ever, it needs creativity and planning. For this reason, YAC is pleased to present Calamity Atelier. This competition aims at regenerating the largest art park of the contemporary scenario. It will do so by creating a system of ateliers and architectural works in order to make artists and visitors go back to those mountains.
What dwellings to build for the greatest artists of the world? How to encourage people to go back to places that have been severely hit by a natural disaster through architecture?
Architects will have the opportunity to design a system of works to be placed on the mountains, which have been damaged by the storm. Such system will aim at taking back the fascination and beauty of one the most outstanding artistic experimentation scenarios of the world. Like modern sanctuaries, the interventions that the competition aims to generate will have to transform this place into a pilgrimage destination for visitors and artists. Season after season, they will have the chance to witness and contribute to the rebirth of the park. Everything will occur in the endless cycle of nature. Here, nature is represented by one of its most unpredictable and magniloquent expressions: mountains.
The recent storm has expanded the perimeter of the intervention in Arte Sella. In any case, for a long time the complex of Malga Costa has been the object of reflections aiming at implementing the cultural offer and the architectural facilities of the park. The architectural interventions that the competition aims to enhance will foster visit and accommodation opportunities in the park. Moreover, they will have to compensate for the cultural and natural offer, which was severely affected by the recent disaster. In this sense, architecture will have to support art and nature. It will do so, by promoting a series of interventions that can be attractive elements to make the park start a new phase of its cultural offer. Any intervention will have to take into account Arte Sella’s specific feature and DNA. This is the profound and respectful dialogue with the elements of nature, which is the muse and demiurge of the fascination of Arte Sella. It is the protagonist and inspiration of the works of art that are located in the park. Here, contemporaneity will have to court nature. It will have to be able to establish a refined relationship with the surrounding nature to create evocative and meaningful atmospheres. 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 designers.
1. Artist’s house atelier: all the artists that have been invited to Arte Sella have lived their own experience of internalization and discovery of the park and the mountain cottage. These architectural objects will have to provide artists with completely immersive experiences in the park. They will enable them to experiment the park in any moment and with any duration of time. They will offer them moments that have been unusual up to date like a long contemplation of the nocturnal sky or the opportunity to stay there in winter. These objects will have to be the spaces where artists can be contaminated by the park and create their own work of art. The artist’s house atelier will have to be a refined and elegant artisanal atelier situated in a monumental nature. It will host the most prestigious artists of contemporary art (5 artist’s house ateliers, max. dimensions 100 m2 each).
2. Museum of the disappeared works (max. 500 m2): it will be a place preserving the memory and the traces of the works of art that have disappeared in Arte Sella. It will host the remains of what have been recently destroyed by the storm. It will also include what has been inevitably removed by the natural renewal and evolution process of the park. It will be a place of memory where to remember the experiences of artists and creative talents. It will evoke their interventions that have become one with nature after staying in the park and making the outstanding cultural route unique and moving.
3. Auditorium/workshop (maximum 500 m2): It will be an adaptable place to be open in summer and closed in winter. It will be flexible and modular. It will adapt to the artistic and cultural initiatives that Arte Sella constantly promotes and encourages. Workshops, concerts, meetings, performances and lessons are just some examples of the opportunities that such architecture will offer. Such initiatives will take place in an object aiming to communicate with art and blend with nature.
4. Restaurant area expansion (max. 200 m2): due to the increasing number of Arte Sella’s visitors and the complex accessibility to such places, more restaurants and cafes for visitors are needed. In this sense, the expansion of the restaurant area will be an essential element of the design. Designers will have to create a space that has to ensure the best possible relationship with art, nature and the existing architectures. As for this intervention, the guidelines that designers will have to respect are the ones specified in the auditorium chapter.