Thursday 1 January 1970 -

YAP MAXXI 2013: the winner is bam! bottega di architettura metropolitana

5 February 2013
Grandiose, buoyant architecture, floating in the air above the MAXXI piazza, from June 2013 and throughout the summer season, creating shade and plays of water during the day and light at night. This is the He installation by the Turin studio bam! bottega di architettura sostenibile, the winner of YAP MAXXI 2013, the programme for the promotion and support of young architecture organized by MAXXI Architettura in association with MoMA/MoMA PS1 of New York, Constructo of Santiago and, for the first time, Istanbul Modern, Turkey.

An international jury chose the winning project for YAP MAXXI 2013, the third edition of the competition, from a shortlist of five finalists.

The He installation will be realised over the next few months and inaugurated in the MAXXI piazza on 20 June 2013, at the same tome as the Party Wall project by CODA (winner of YAP 23013 in New York) in the MoMA/MoMA PS1 courtyard and Sky Stopping Stop by the Istanbul based office SO? (winner of YAP 2013 in Turkey) in the Istanbul Modern piazza. At Santiago instead, the installation The Garden of Forking Paths by Beal + Lyons Architects (winner of the Chilean edition of YAP 2012) will be inaugurated on 7 March 2013.
All the shortlisted projects will be on show in a unique exhibition presented in the four partner institutions.

He is a large-scale aerostatic installation rising above the MAXXI piazza that will float in the air casting its shadow on the grass and a surrounding wooden platform: a place for rest, recreation and relaxation. During the day, water will drip from the aerostatic prism, ideally delimiting the space beneath the volume and creating a refreshing curtain for the public. As night falls, the water will be replaced by light as the aerostat transforms into a lantern suspended in the sky.
Large dimensions and lightness, innovation and flexibility, transparency and sustainability are the key features of He which, at the end of the summer, will be deflated with the helium being recovered for use in scientific and medical research.

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bam! bottega di architettura metropolitana
Alberto Bottero, Valeria Bruni, Simona Della Rocca, Fabio Vignolo
A group of young Turinese architects who trained at Turin Polytechnic. The architects furthered their studies with exchange programmes at European universities, working placements abroad and degree theses in the United States, India and Japan.

AKO-architettura a kilometro zero (Rome, Italy, Gianni Puri, Laura Di Virgili, Alessandra Fasoli, Stefan Pollak, Enrica Siracusa); LABORATORIO PERMANENTE (Milan, Italy, Angelica Sylos Labini, Nicola Russi); Matilde Cassani (Milan, Italia); LOOP Landscape & Architecture Design Network (Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Silvia Lupini, Francesca Sartori).