Design a few small accommodation pavilions immersed in the local landscape.
Register: AUG/01/2021, Submit: AUG/01/2021, Eligibility: Students, architects, designers, urbanists, engineers, artists, makers, anyone interested in the design and architecture fields; individually, teams with an unlimited number of members, Fee: 59 EUR (MAR/15 – MAY/31/2021), (20% discount until MAR/31); 89 EUR (JUN/01 – JUL/15/2021); 119 EUR (JUL/16 – AUG/01/2021); +22% VAT, Awards: 1st Prize: 3,000 EUR, 2nd Prize: 2,000 EUR, 3rd Prize: 1,000 EUR, 4 Gold Mentions “Richard Ingersoll”: 250 EUR each, 10 Honorable Mentions, 30 Shortlisted Finalists
Just one hour away from the magnificent Sardinian coast (Italy), Orani may seem just one more of a large number of “lost towns” in the middle of the island. However, there is one particular feature that highlights it from the rest of the villages, a “hidden gem” ready to be rediscovered: the Nivola Museum. In line with the idea of imagining a museum that breaks with the conventions of the traditional, the competition proposes to integrate an accommodation program within the Nivola Museum. What if it would offer to its visitors the possibility to actually “live” in it? How could a program of this kind be integrated in the surrounding context?
Located in the heart of the Sardinian inland, the exhibition centre sits in a spectacular natural site on the southern side of Orani’s valley, below the scenographic mountain of Monte Gonare. Aside from the existing formal gardens, the complex includes over 20 hectares of land covered by olive trees and wild Mediterranean vegetation: the ideal location for a few small accommodation pavilions immersed in the local landscape.
The so called “take-away-tourism” has always been a critical issue for Sardinian small villages and minor museums. Visitors arrive by car from the coast, they visit the collection and as soon as they finish, they leave for the next destination, losing probably the only opportunity to explore the village and the surrounding territory. The chance to offer a sort of eco-hotel facility within the Nivola Museum complex might help to counter this take-away dynamic, fostering a different and maybe “one of a kind” type of touristic experience.
Competitors are therefore asked to imagine and design creative proposals focused on a unique and unconventional type of accommodation facility, located in the heart of the museum’s park. A privileged stopover for those tourists intent on traveling through the Nuorese region, and possibly also for those international artists who periodically reach Orani to set up their own exhibitions.
In the search for innovative concepts and original projects, “The Living Museum” encourages participants to experiment with a wide range of typologies, sizes and materials.
Needless to say, the aim is to avoid massive buildings that generally neglect the context. In fact, the intention is to design small-scale structures capable of enhancing the value of the natural site. Likewise, the formal design of the project and the choice of materia is should be sensibly integrated with the landscape and with the former museum. The way the new intervention “dialogues” with the pre-existing volumes is a key point and must be approached with particular attention.
Accommodation should be guaranteed for a maximum of 8 guests. Rooms can be contained in a unique block, in separate ones or even in small independent units isolated from each other. All rooms must
have access to bathroom facilities (private or common) and storage space. They might also include outdoor spaces for exclusive or collective use. The possibility to adapt and personalise the cabins for different kind of guests is up to the designer.
Last but not least, the panoramic position in which the complex is situated should not be forgotten: the town on the opposite side of the valley literally faces the museum, and vice versa, the museum turns its gaze towards the town. The choice of a strategic location for the accommodation facilities will therefore be crucial, as they will become new landmarks that will transform the visual relationship between Orani and the Museum.
Surrounded by olive trees and Mediterranean vegetation, the Nivola Museum is located in a privileged scenographic position capable of captivating any visitor. A terrain that extends on the west side in an esplanade devoid of dense vegetation and that to the south meets a steep and rugged ground full of bushes and native flora of different shades of green.
Inspired by the unique nature of this magnificent landscape, participants are free to decide where to place the intervention. In between the trees, following the topography, embedded in the hill, raised from the ground, are just some of the endless possibilities. The choice, however, must be justified by the project itself and its strong relationship with the context.
Not foreseeing a specific position in which to locate the proposal, this competition encourages designers to open to creativity when it comes to find the right place for their accommodation facilities. The only requirements are to stay within the perimeter of the Museum’s land and not to modify the formal gardens already present on the northern side of the plot.
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