NEWS
Winners announced in young architects competition to transform abandoned island fortress into 'Art Prison' museum and hotel
POSTED 15 May 2018 . BY Kim Megson
Here we are at the end of one of the most important projects we have ever led in our region and this is a great satisfaction for us. I sincerely congratulate with all contestants for their high-quality ideas
– Giuseppe Pagoto, mayor of Favignana
Design initiative Young Architects Competitions (YAC) has announced the winners of an ideas contest for the transformation of a remote Italian fortress into "one of the most atmospheric centres of contemporary art in the Mediterranean".

Italian studio Simposio have secured first prize for their proposal to carefully integrate new cultural and hospitality buildings into the rocky landscape of Favignana, an isle in the Southern Sicily that is home to Santa Caterina, a former prison that has stood abandoned for more than a century.

The ‘Art Prison’ competition – launched in collaboration with the municipality of Favignana and the Italian government – sought ideas for turning the site into “a sublime place of encounter, culture and creative research” with a focus on contemporary art.

Competing architects had to propose how to add a museum, luxury hotel, cultural centre, artist residences and a restaurant for star chefs to the historic landmark, using materials that relate to the existing architecture.

It was stipulated that excavations could not exceed 3 metres below the ground level, sustainable principles must be adopted and no existing buildings could be demolished, although enlargements, combinations with new volumes and raised elements were permitted.

Architects Daniel Libeskind, Manuel Aires Mateus, Felix Perasso and João Luís Carrilho da Graça formed part of the competition jury.

“We launched this competition because we wanted to open ourselves towards an international audience looking for creativity in order to get to an enlightening vision that might develop new architectural solutions for a reuse and re-harmonisation of the fortress,” reflected Giuseppe Pagoto, the mayor of Favignana and one of the judges.

“I believe we succeeded in this challenge and that the winning proposals provide smart solutions.”

Simposio – formed by architects Davide Natarelli, Federico Bettazzi, Chiara Davino, Tommaso Seveso and Eleonora Valle – will share the €10,000 cash prize.

The second place team, Brazil’s In Situ will receive €4,000, while third-placed MJHM, from the US, will take home €2,000.

Local decision-makers will now consider ways in which the proposed ideas could be made a reality.

The competition winners and honourable mentions can be viewed here.
Competing architects had to propose how to add a museum, luxury hotel, cultural centre, artist residences and a restaurant for star chefs to the historic landmark Credit: YAC
RELATED STORIES
Libeskind leads jury for 'Art Prison' design competition to transform Mediterranean fortress


Design initiative Young Architects Competitions (YAC) has joined forces with the Italian government to launch ‘Art Prison’, an ideas contest for the refurbishment of a fortress on a remote island in southern Sicily.
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2018

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Leisure Management - Winners announced in young architects competition to transform abandoned island fortress into 'Art Prison' museum and hotel...
22 May 2018 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

15 May 2018

Winners announced in young architects competition to transform abandoned island fortress into 'Art Prison' museum and hotel
BY Kim Megson

Italian studio Simposio have secured first prize for their proposal to carefully integrate new cultural and hospitality buildings into the rocky landscape of Favignana

Italian studio Simposio have secured first prize for their proposal to carefully integrate new cultural and hospitality buildings into the rocky landscape of Favignana
photo: YAC

Design initiative Young Architects Competitions (YAC) has announced the winners of an ideas contest for the transformation of a remote Italian fortress into "one of the most atmospheric centres of contemporary art in the Mediterranean".

Italian studio Simposio have secured first prize for their proposal to carefully integrate new cultural and hospitality buildings into the rocky landscape of Favignana, an isle in the Southern Sicily that is home to Santa Caterina, a former prison that has stood abandoned for more than a century.

The ‘Art Prison’ competition – launched in collaboration with the municipality of Favignana and the Italian government – sought ideas for turning the site into “a sublime place of encounter, culture and creative research” with a focus on contemporary art.

Competing architects had to propose how to add a museum, luxury hotel, cultural centre, artist residences and a restaurant for star chefs to the historic landmark, using materials that relate to the existing architecture.

It was stipulated that excavations could not exceed 3 metres below the ground level, sustainable principles must be adopted and no existing buildings could be demolished, although enlargements, combinations with new volumes and raised elements were permitted.

Architects Daniel Libeskind, Manuel Aires Mateus, Felix Perasso and João Luís Carrilho da Graça formed part of the competition jury.

“We launched this competition because we wanted to open ourselves towards an international audience looking for creativity in order to get to an enlightening vision that might develop new architectural solutions for a reuse and re-harmonisation of the fortress,” reflected Giuseppe Pagoto, the mayor of Favignana and one of the judges.

“I believe we succeeded in this challenge and that the winning proposals provide smart solutions.”

Simposio – formed by architects Davide Natarelli, Federico Bettazzi, Chiara Davino, Tommaso Seveso and Eleonora Valle – will share the €10,000 cash prize.

The second place team, Brazil’s In Situ will receive €4,000, while third-placed MJHM, from the US, will take home €2,000.

Local decision-makers will now consider ways in which the proposed ideas could be made a reality.

The competition winners and honourable mentions can be viewed here.



Connect with
Leisure Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
London School of Beauty partners with Made for Life Foundation to launch training course for cancer treatments
London School of Beauty partners with Made for Life Foundation to launch training course for cancer treatments   21 May 2018

The London School of Beauty and Make-up has partnered with organic skincare brand Made for Life Organics and its charity, the Made for Life .... more>>
Europe's tallest observation wheel planned for Newcastle
Europe's tallest observation wheel planned for Newcastle   21 May 2018

Forget the London Eye, Newcastle’s ‘Whey Aye’ is set to outdo its southern sibling by becoming Europe’s tallest observation wheel. The 140-metre-tall .... more>>
Moriyuki Ochiai seeks to surprise and delight with 'Constellation of Stargazing Tea Rooms'
Moriyuki Ochiai seeks to surprise and delight with 'Constellation of Stargazing Tea Rooms'   21 May 2018

Japanese studio Moriyuki Ochiai Architects have designed a cluster of vibrant, polygonal tea houses that double as a new “sanctuary for stargazing” .... more>>
Poor ticket sales force closure of Portland Science Center
Poor ticket sales force closure of Portland Science Center   18 May 2018

The city of Portland in Maine, US, has lost its science centre after just three years of operation, owing to poor ticket sales. The Portland .... more>>
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium completed for Japan's Rugby World Cup, in city devastated by 2011 tsunami
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium completed for Japan's Rugby World Cup, in city devastated by 2011 tsunami   18 May 2018

Construction is nearing completion on the only new stadium being built for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The 16,000-capacity Kamaishi Recovery .... more>>
Fairmont Maldives opens with 2,000sq m wellness area
Fairmont Maldives opens with 2,000sq m wellness area   18 May 2018

The all-villa Fairmont Maldives Dirru Fen Fushi has opened on the Shaviyani Atoll in the North Maldives, complete with a Willow Stream Spa nestled in .... more>>
Company profile


Booker

Booker is an all-in-one management solution to run and grow your spa. Booker gives you access to a powerful tool that will help you promote your business and retain customers.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Getting a fitness business up and running is no sweat with Portman

Getting a fitness business up and running is no sweat with Portman

When setting up a new gym or expanding an existing business, the purchasing of fitness equipment is a significant outlay that often requires a six-figure sum. More>>




in this issue

• Spending on fitness and sport on the up
• Xponential Fitness to enter UK market
• IHG moves in on UK luxury market



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Personal Trainer
Location: Canterbury
Company: énergie group
Membership consultants
Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Location: Fareham
Company: Everyone Active
Membership consultants
Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Location: Staines-upon-Thames
Company: Everyone Active
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




24 Apr - 26 Nov 2018

MAPIC Russia

Expocentre, Moscow, Russia



Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1
Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Visitor profiles: Beyond demographics
Gerri Morris, of Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, on defining cultural consumers More>>
  Social good: Winds of change
Learn about the Change Foundation and the opportunities it creates More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2015 issue 1

Leisure Management
2015 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Editor’s letter: Active every day
Liz Terry shares her thoughts More>>
  Fitness: Wild fitness
A look at the new breed of animalinspired workout classes taking the fitness industry by storm More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd