An international contest, judged by Will Alsop, has been launched for a 1,000m² series of temporary wedding pavilions at Rosciano Castle in Perugia, central Italy
The competition invites young architects, designers and students to draw up ‘charming and modern’ proposals for new modular and demountable structures for hosting weddings in the grounds of the 13th-century citadel.
The brief calls for both a restaurant pavilion for outdoor banquets and a ‘wedding pavilion’ to provide guests with seating between various stages in ceremonies. Proposals should integrate technology such as lighting, audio and Wi-Fi systems, be permeable, comfortable and transparent to the elements, while also being economic, ecological and sustainable, with solar power and water collection components.
According to the brief: ‘Projects will have to propose repeatable solutions suited for completely different contexts: a series of architectonic plug-ins to be added to the area of the fortress, in order to enhance its potential with a charming and modern intervention.
‘It is the ideal location for new architectural solutions with a deep relation with nature: extensions, pavilions and new architectural elements able to enhance such a sublime location as the perfect context for the most exclusive and splendid weddings.’
The castle is located on a natural promontory overlooking the medieval city of Perugia and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis.
The competition, sponsored by Italian conservatory and awnings company Corradi, aims to enhance the historic site and surrounding landscape by recognising high-quality proposals for the 1,000m² suite of new structures. A pavilion inspired by the four elements – fire, earth, air and water – was presented by the company at this year’s Milan MADE Expo.
Teams may feature any number of members, but at least one participant must be aged between 18 and 35. Submissions should include one A1-sized board featuring 3D views and graphical plans of the conceptual design, one A3-sized board with scale plan drawings and a 1080p-resolution cover image.
The jury features Raf Segers of Corradi, Rik Nys of London-based David Chipperfield Architects and Will Alsop of aLL Design.
The overall winner – set to be announced on 3 July – will receive around £7,000, and there will also be a second prize of £3,500, third prize of £1,750, and six gold honourable mentions worth £875 each.
The registration deadline is 11.59pm GMT on 24 May and submissions must be completed by 12 noon GMT on 31 May
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information