[THEME] Sevilla the capital of Andalusia, best interprets the life style in continuous development of the entire region. The Semana Santa and the Feria de Abril that animate the streets and squares of the city are the most representative monasteries of the year. La Giralda, Placa de Espania, the Casas de Pilatos give value to the popular neighborhoods and are recognized as valuable architectures of the world’s artistic heritage. The Metrosol Parasol, which dominates the old town, offers a privileged point of view from which to admire the city from above while remaining one of the few examples of modernity. El Parque de la Musica will have to be a new urban catalyst, a reference for the whole community. Exhibitions, workshops and shows will become areas of debate aimed at building synergies necessary for strengthening and spreading the culture of the territory. A building that can become an attractor of new influences while enhancing the ancient identity of southern Spain.


FIRST PRIZE: Duilio Laquidara – Alessandro Massaro – Carlo D’Alberti (ITALY)

“…..the main element of the project is the central space that regulates the entire composition. Shape inspired by the old plaza de toros, revisited and enclosed within a rigid parallelepiped. Coming from the street front one perceives the volume that is open only on the ground floor with arches typical of the Arab tradition. The large arch that opens onto the outdoor garden invites you to enter the large public space covered on the ground floor, where you can find the bookshop, the restaurant, and the open air theater. The theater is the beating heart of the project from which the circulation systems are grafted and the various environments are related. The circular space is embellished by a ramp that, surrounding the theater, leads visitors to the upper floors accompanied by a light coming from above. This pervades the building for all its floors. The Parque de la Musica wants to be able to restore the sound of dance to all those who want to enjoy an element of new identity…..”


SECOND PRIZE: Konrad Brzykcy – Jiali Xuan (USA)

“…..the idea proposes a place that is in harmony with the historical context chasing the ambition to bring people to the best knowledge of the local tradition. Inspired by Placa de Espania and local Moorish architecture, the project develops around the intention of creating an open room, a public place with free access even to those who do not use the building’s interior rooms. At the street level, the cage of arches can be seen, which protect the glass volumes behind it, where the vertical connection systems are located. A system of trees and green areas allows to distinguish the different functions and to establish dynamic routes between the different rooms. Theaters, laboratories and refreshment areas are located below street level, connected by a central square that becomes a microcosm protected from the noise of the city. A Park of Music in which different elements, built or not, come together to be part of a single system…..”


THIRD PRIZE: Adrianna Manista (POLAND)

“…..the project proposal wants to redefine the whole area to abolish the border between public and private. The building, with a minimalist design, provides very hermetic prospects that lighten up in the strip in direct contact with the road, a continuous totally penetrating glazing. The vertical cut that characterizes the front on the square becomes a light element of appeal during the night hours. On the opposite side, two green areas invite the visitor to the entrance, allowing a glimpse of the Gothic church in the background, which stands in stark contrast to this new architecture. The contrast between the parts is evident vehicle of valorization of which a contemporary intervention must be carried…..”


MENTION: Michele Maritano (ITALY)

“…..the image par excellence of Spain is the southern region of Andalusia, home to bullfights, flamenco and hill towns. The region is recognizable by recurrent architectural themes: bell towers, defensive towers and facades that are characterized by the use of warm colors and typically Mediterranean sun protection systems. The Parque della Musica take up the typical themes of tradition giving them a contemporary image. In the middle, a square and glazed volume invites visitors inwards; on both sides, the built blocks gather the necessary functions for this center for culture. The shielding systems on the façade, designed with traditional motifs, guarantee excellent protection from light and become a reference point, thanks to the artificial light inside, during the less sunny hours. The building does not want to impose its own design but wants to repeat the traditions giving value to the elements that make up the history of Andalusia…..”


MENTION: Bengisu Sen – Tutku Didem Altun – Inci Uzun – Can Hazalar (TURKEY)

“…..Seville is similar to a mobile organism, so the main approach of the project focuses on the urban movements in it. The city can never be perceived from a single point of view, it is necessary to go deep and trigger connections between different socian and urban livels. It was necessary to configure an urban space capable of insisting on more than one levels that was able to relate public and private space. Auditoriums and laboratories are located below street level in search of greater privacy; the roof, with different inclinations and pierced by skylights useful to illuminate the hypogeum levels, becomes a square to use the entire local community. Intertwining different functions allows the new architecture to integrate perfectly with the site…..”


MENTION: Hani Mansurnejad – Hadis Dadmarzi – Mojgan Fateh (IRAN)

“…..the project takes up the rhythm of the music through the design of the frequencies. It was intended to respect both the urban and the church spaces by transforming parts of the roof into privileged points of view on the site; the staging plans become terraces with a square function where people can stop and interact with each other. This allowed the use of the area throughout the day giving the community a place that was previously undefined. The functions are contained below the roof-square; large windows allow the most exposed environments to enjoy an excellent level of brightness while those in the shade, covered auditorium, are protected from the outside. The intervention proposes a system in which a building for culture becomes a regeneration suit on an urban scale…..”


MENTION: Nefeli Samioti –  Marian Ionut Drogotel (GREECE)

“…..the concept of the proposal is to imagine a park where people are able to interact at any time of the day. A park where you can have the opportunity to bring your own instruments and play, a fluid space where tatral rooms interact with the external environment. The flows are channeled through the foyer, a welcome tape that leads visitors inward; all the routes maintain a constant relationship with the outside where the public park at the service of street musicians can become the stage for spontaneous events. The central auditorium is a large auditorium scopero, in the manner of the ancient Greek-Roman theaters, to be used for night shows with a large audience. The shelter that overlooks the foyer becomes a large area of shade where people can go to observe the city from a raised point…..”

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