Young Architects Competitions (YAC) has launched their latest competition, asking international designers to imagine a new future for an abandoned Italian lighthouse by transforming it into a tourism facility. There is 15.000€ cash prizes for the winning proposals, and awarded proposals will be published on architectural magazines /websites / will be internationally exhibited.
From the legendary Colossus of Rhodes to the majestic Pharos of Alexandria, lighthouses have always marked human history, acquiring a crucial importance beyond the basic function of a warning facility, suggesting dream, adventure, fascination and mystery.
Slender and solitary, lighthouses are situated in wonderful and often uncontaminated ecosystems and are an inestimable legacy of the past. On the cliff of Murro di Porco, a few kilometers from the historic center of Syracuse, sits a lighthouse of supreme charm. The Murro di Porco lighthouse was once lived-in, before becoming gradually abandoned with the arrival of modern technologies. As it became a simple lantern, a place no longer inhabited by humans, it began to progressively deteriorate as often happens to coastal buildings.
To protect the heritage of these lighthouse landmarks, the Italian government began the “Valore Paese FARI” (Value Country LIGHTHOUSES) project to transform lighthouses into tourism and accommodation facilities. The project was inspired by the idea of making the most of the lighthouses’ valuable location and proximity to the sea to create dream-like accommodation, reinventing the ancient lighthouses and reversing their degradation process.
How can we transform a lighthouse into incomparable accommodation? And, how can we relate projects of contemporary architecture to such majestic and fragile ecosystems? On the basis of these gripping issues, YAC launches Lighthouse Sea Hotel in collaboration with the Italian government and thanks to the support of Rimini fair. This competition challenges designers to let the beauty of these remote places fascinate them; to imagine a new future for this abandoned lighthouse by transforming it into a tourism facility.
Learn more about the competition, here.
Manuel Aires Mateus / Lisbon – AIRES MATEUS
Fabrizio Barozzi / Barcelona – BAROZZI VEIGA
Pierluigi Cervellati / Bologna – CERVELLATI ASSOCIATI
Alessandro Marata / Bologna – C.N.A.P.P.C.
Bruno Messina / Syracuse - SDS
Matteo Agnoletto / Bologna – UNIBO
Giancarlo Garozzo / Syracuse – SYRACUSE MUNICIPALITY
Roberto Reggi / Rome – AGENZIA DEL DEMANIO
16 November 2015 - start
29 February 2016 - material submission deadline
4 April 2016 – results announcement
* 1 A1 panel + 1 A3 booklet required
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TitleOpen Call: Transform an Abandoned Lighthouse into a Tourist Facility
TypeCompetition Announcement (Ideas)
Submission Deadline29/02/2016 00:00