HILL OF THE ARTS: Urban Up and Yac launch the new international ideas competition

The challenge of this edition will be to design a luxury home for artists and art lovers in the hills of Moncalieri

Turin, March 01, 2020 PRESS RELEASE

A luxury home for artists and art lovers in the hills of Moncalieri, Urban Up and YAC invite you to imagine the new look for Villa Altissimo.
Not a simple art hotel, but a performative center able to foster the dialogue between art and nature, between artists and the public. The jury features Daniel Libeskind, Patrik Schumacher, Emmanuelle Moureaux and Edoardo Tresoldi.

A Savoy villa surrounded by 6 hectares of parkland, on the hills of Moncalieri, where the most illustrious creative minds may meet to debate, trace and evolve the directions of the contemporary artistic reflection. Urban Up | Unipol and YAC - Young Architects Competitions launch Hill of the Arts, a competition for young architects and designers aimed at imagining not a simple art hotel, but a new generation of luxury hotel-residences, an exclusive space in which art lovers or curious people can have a regenerating experience immersed in the most refined of man's languages: art.

Located just a few minutes from Turin - a city that is internationally renowned as a privileged laboratory for contemporary artistic contaminations -, the eighteenth-century Villa owned by Unipol Group follows in the same footsteps becoming itself a home for different ideas of art through the competition of ideas promoted within the frame of Urban Up real estate development project.

The submitted proposals will be judged by an international jury that features: Daniel Libeskind, founder of the famous Berlin studio, now based in New York; Patrik Schumacher, director of Zaha Hadid studio since 2016; Edoardo Tresoldi, artist and sculptor specializing in the creation of environmental installations in wire mesh, included by Forbes among the 30 most influential artists under-30 in Europe; Paolo Danelli, founder of DAP studio together with Elena Sacco; Lukas Barry, British architect specialized in projects concerning artistic and cultural heritage; Giuseppe Lobalsamo, head of the Real Estate Management of UnipolSai Assicurazioni SpA; Emmanuelle Moureaux, French architect established in Tokyo, creator of the concept of "shikiri", which literally means "defining space with colors"; Emanuele Montibeller, founder of the natural art park of Arte Sella, in Valsugana; Giorgio Palmucci, president of the Italian Confindustria Association Hotels.

"For the elegant context of Villa Altissimo in Moncalieri, we imagine a place that is able to shed light on the relationship between the artist and the user, between the artist and the surrounding reality thanks to the engagement of the observer, an effort for attention and contextualization - comments Alessandro Cecchini, CEO of YAC. A place to experience and savor without haste, because art takes time - time to be produced, time to be understood - and in a world that has everything but the ability to take time, art is the most refined form of luxury that man could desire”.

YAC - Young Architects Competitions - promotes design competitions and training courses in collaboration with prestigious professional and academic realities. Created in 2013 by three young engineers, convinced that the competition of ideas could represent a privileged tool to foster the debate and research in architecture, it has gained work experience and collaboration with the main brands of contemporary architecture, facing and deepening numerous architectural design topics. Five years after the start of its business, YAC decides to open its network of renowned architects to young designers, with the aim of supporting them in their professional career: different training courses are launched in collaboration with partners like Ferrari, National Geographic and the Italian Government Real Estate Agency. The courses are held at YACademy prestigious offices: a historic building in the heart of Bologna, close to the Two Towers, next to Piazza Santo Stefano.


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