Just as the 2014 winners of the Young Architects Program (YAP) in Chile and Korea were announced this week, the architecture collective of Orizzontale was crowned victorious for the program’s MAXXI edition in Rome.
The winning scheme, dubbed “8 1/2,” will be a translucent wall of recycled beer kegs and an inhabitable timber podium that will be used as a stage for summer events within the confines of the MAXXI piazza. Shaded during the day and illuminated at night, the glass wall is intended to inspire people to rest, play, watch and listen.
Orizzontale is just one of five emerging practices that will construct installations for the annual MoMA Young Architects Program in 2015, joining Moon Ji Bang’s “Shinseon Play” balloon structure in South Korea, The Living’s compostable brick tower at MoMA P.S.1. in New York, and Grupo Talca’s “Wicker Forest” in Chile.