Register: JUN/19/2020, Submit: JUN/19/2020, Eligibility: Architects, engineers, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: 49 EUR (FEB/19 – MAR/19/2020), 59 EUR (MAR/20 – APR/23/2020), 69 EUR (APR/24 – JUN/19/2020); +22% VAT – Italian companies and freelancers, individuals from worldwide, 0% VAT – business foreign accounts (EU and extra-EU), Awards: 1st Prize: 2,500 EUR, 2nd Prize: 600 EUR, 3rd Prize: 400 EUR, 7 Honorable Mentions
Piscina Mirabilis, Italy, is a Roman reservoir built by Emperor Augustus in the 1st century AD. It was dug out a tuff hill, and it is based on a regular grid of pillars and arcs, with vaulted ceilings. Participants of this competition are asked to reuse this space as a Contemporary Art Museum. Piscina Mirabilis is in the Municipality of Bacoli, close to Lake Miseno (the ancient Misenum), over a hill which faces the Bay of Naples. During the war with Pompeius, in fact, the son of Caesar ordered the construction of a harbor complex in the west side of Puteoli (Pozzuoli), named Portus Julius, which became the headquarter of the western Mediterranean war fleet. In order to feed with water the militar base, Augustus decided to build an aqueduct from the Serino mountain to the Lake Miseno, which had, as terminal point of the path, a reservoir, today well known as Piscina Mirabilis.
- Climate: warm and temperate. Winter is rainy, and summer is warm and dry. The annual mean temperature 15.7 °C.
- Altitude: Piscina Mirabilis is on a moderate hill on the east side of Lago Miseno, at an elevation of around 15 m.
- Precipitation: on average, the area experiences 7 rain days per month. The mean annual precipitation is 1008 mm.
- Latitude: 43° 49’ 6.348’’ N, Longitude: 10° 24’ 57.888’’ E
- The participant must conceive the entire cistern as a new museum, a space dedicated to temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. The museum design must include an accurate exhibition path to let the visitor experience the cistern space.
- The participant must design a bookshop at the end of the museum exhibition path.
- The participant must design an area for bar/restaurant for the visitors.
- The participant must design a conference space for approximately 80 people. These spaces must be usable both in winter and in summer. In the conference space, please, consider no less than 1,5 square meters per person.
- The participant must design a reception area.
- The participant must design the following additional spaces:
- Storage spaces
- Restrooms (2m+2f)
- Office for the administration (3 people)
- The participant must conceive a project that yields the perception of the cistern space at diverse elevations.
- Static aspects of the existing structure, the parking issue, the accessibility (elevator, ramps, etc.) can be ignored.
- The participant can evaluate the use of water as both an architectural element and a Roman legacy for the cistern space. (Using water in the proposal is not compulsory.)
- We encourage participants to arbitrarily pick up one or more artist and show their work inside the space. Artist’s choice is arbitrary and will be ignored in terms of valuation.
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