Corner D and Spazio YAP
Every year an young architecture studio presents an installation hosting summer events and offering the public of the museum an area for relaxation.
An international jury has chosen, from a shortlist of five finalists, the winning project for YAP MAXXI 2014, the fourth edition of the competition: the installation 8½ by the Rome-based studio orizzontale: a wall eight and a half metres high, a portable theatre, a machine for inhabiting the public space that will accompany visitors from June and throughout the summer period.
The exhibition features the models of the other four short-listed projects from the Italian edition. It also presents the entire YAP – Young Architects Program 2014 through images of the winning and short-listed projects from MoMA/MoMA PS1, MMCA and Costructo accompanied by statements from the respective organizers and curators, offering visitors the possibility to compare the different approaches to the theme from the four corners of the globe.
8½ is a portable theatre, a machine for inhabiting the public space, by the Rome-based studio orizzontale.
It is a reflection on landscape that transforms public space from a backdrop to private encounters and individual moments to a setting for public events and collective representations.
The installation is composed of two complementary elements: a crossable wooden wall eight and a half metres high , that represents a “threshold” reorganizing the museum’s open space. The wall is completely covered on one side with plastic spheres deriving from the recycling of organic beer containers. In addition the stage platform and the covered arena present seating and water features.
The arena is both a theatre, a place destined for public events and performances, and a piazza, an architectural device for the everyday use of public space.
While designed specifically for Piazza Alighiero Boetti, it has been designed to be able to be easily dismantled and transported and adaptable to new sites with flexibility and intelligence.
orizzontale (Jacopo Ammendola, Giuseppe Grant, Juan Lopez Cano – Cardeña, Margherita Manfra, Nasrin Mohiti Asli, Roberto Pantaleoni, Stefano Ragazzo) is a collective of architects who conduct operational research into the process of reactivating urban waste. Starting with the interception of sites, ideas and materials expelled by the city’s productive cycle, orizzontale activates collaborative processes through temporary interventions and minimal self-built architecture, during which the material and immaterial residues mutually restore meaning to one another.