BA Architecture Alumnus Wins International 'Structures of Freedom' Design Competition

Architecture and Interiors 19 July 2017

Andrea Cappiello wins Archtalent competition

Congratulations to recent BA Architecture graduate Andrea Cappiello who, along with partner Valerio De Santis, has been awarded first prize for their Pavilion, which will debut to an audience of thousands at an upcoming music festival in Budapest.

Archtalent, an online architecture platform for Architects, in collaboration with Sziget, one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe, made an international call to design a temporary structure within the particular context of a music festival in Budapest in Hungary.

The aim was to use the current model of architectural competition to develop a new contest in terms of format and scope, which would be an opportunity to all emerging talent anywhere in the world to boost their potential in a real competition, and showcase their built project to an audience of thousands.

The project was born from the desire to create an ephemeral place where diversity is not demonized, flattened it in any way, but exalted and held together by the common passion for music. The design presents itself in the pure form of a platonic solid acting as an iconic landmark and lantern for the festival. The visitors will easily recognise it from distance and be able to orientate themselves around the festival during day and night (when the cube will reveal itself as a huge iconic lantern, which will illuminate the internal and external façade recreating striking colour effects.

Speaking of their win, Andrea said “it is a great accomplishment to see our design coming to life, having the chance to see your ideas being rewarded and appreciated is the reason why I firstly started this profession. This experience will motivate me to continue designing and participating to competition on my spare time, hoping that one day this passion will become my everyday job”.

The Sziget festival will take place between 9-16 August 2017. View details of Andrea's award winning design.

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