“Space To Culture” Competition | Young Architects Competitions

“Space To Culture” Competition | Young Architects Competitions

Space To Culture

YAC, in partnership with OMA, Dogma, Bologna University, UNL University, ThePlan magazine and Public Institutions, has just opened an interesting call for ideas for designers: “Space To Culture“.

Prize Money: 15.000€.
Target: architects, designers, artists, students, graduates.
Aim: Transforming a disused industrial factory into a cultural centre.
Early birds start: 18Nov13
Deadline: 10Mar14.


The progressive digitalization of social and economical relationships is transforming lots of huge factories into useless empty boxes waiting for re-functionalization and new purpose. Nute Partecipazioni ltd ( deals with revamping and enhancing valuable but disused industrial buildings. Such firm owns a disused factory in Quarto Inferiore (Granarolo, Bologna). Nute’s CEO is currently aiming to transform the disused 15.000 m2 industrial park into a space for leisure time, culture and arts.

What kind of architecture could be proposed in order to host cultural and entertainment activities?

This is a chance to rethink a disused industrial place and transform it in a lively space for culture, art and public relationships. Wide and versatile open spaces are meant to provide local citizens and tourists a modern cultural / leisure time activities centre.
This call focuses on temporality and spatial custom-tailoring. Nowadays modern technology is capable of boosting communication and information. This feature shall lead designers to propose flexible system made of dynamic / modular / equipped spaces.


1° PRIZE: 8’000 € + publication on architectural magazines and websites + exposition.
2° PRIZE: 4’000 € + publication on architectural magazines and websites + exposition.
3° PRIZE: 2’000 € + publication on architectural magazines and websites + exposition.
2 “GOLD” HONORABLE MENTIONS: 500 € + publication on architectural magazines and websites + exposition.
10 HONORABLE MENTIONS: publication on architectural magazines and websites + exposition.


Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli – OMA_Rotterdam
Martino Tattara – STUDIO DOGMA_Bruxelles
Michele Traietto – NUTE PARTECIPAZIONI_Bologna
Annalisa Trentin – ALMA MATER UNIVERSITY_Bologna
Nicola Leonardi – THE PLAN MAGAZINE_Bologna

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