YAP MAXXI 2013: five finalists

Five Italian Offices (one based in The Netherlands) are competing to design the summer events space in the MAXXI Plaza:

bam! bottega di architettura metropolitana, Turin
AK0 – architettura a kilometro zero, Rome
LABORATORIO PERMANENTE, Milan
Matilde Cassani, Milan
LOOP Landscape & Architecture Design, based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The 2013 edition of YAP MAXXI is underway as the MAXXI and the MoMA PS1 come together to promote and support young architects.
The jury – composed of the directors of the MAXXI, representatives of the MoMA and Constructo in Santiago Chile – met on Wednesday 28 November to select the five finalists who, by January 2013, must present their projects for the realisation of a temporary space for live summer events in the MAXXI Plaza. The jury will meet once again to select the project to be constructed and inaugurated in June.
This year the network supporting new talent boasts another member: in addition to the Constructo cultural institution in Santiago, Chile, this year’s edition has been expanded to include the Turkish museum Istanbul Modern.

•YAP MAXXI 2013
Created in New York in 2000, the YAP (Young Architects Program) is open to young designers (recent graduates, architects and artists) who are offered the possibility to design and build a space for live summer events in the large courtyard of the MoMA PS1 in NY and the MAXXI Plaza in Rome.
Organised by MAXXI Architettura, YAP MAXXI 2013 (the third edition at the Roman museum) has so far been witness to the participation of 41 designers, invited by a team of consultants working with the museum. The five finalists selected by the jury are all Italian, though one is based in Rotterdam.

The Italian finalists are: bam! bottega di architettura metropolitana, Turin (Alberto Bottero, group leader; Valeria Bruni, Simona Della Rocca, Fabio Vignolo); AKO architettura a kilometro zero, Rome (Gianni Puri, group leader; Laura Di Virgilio; Alessandra Fasoli, Stefan Pollak; Enrica Siracusa); LABORATORIO PERMANENTE, Milan (Angelica Sylos Labini, group leader; Nicola Russi); Matilde Cassani, Milan; LOOP Landscape & Architecture Design, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Francesco Garofalo, group leader; Silvia Lupini, Francesca Sartori).

The YAP installations will be inaugurated simultaneously at the MAXXI in Rome, the MoMA PS1 in New York and at Istanbul Modern in June 2013. Each of the finalist projects will be displayed as part of an exhibition by the four participating institutions.

•YAP MAXXI 2013 FINALISTS
bam! bottega di architettura metropolitana, Turin
Alberto Bottero, group leader; Valeria Bruni, Simona Della Rocca, Fabio Vignolo
A collective of young Turinese architects, educated at the Politecnico di Torino. Each has enriched his/her studies as part of exchange programs with other European schools, professional experiences abroad and graduate theses in the United States, India and Japan.

AKO architettura a kilometro zero, Rome
Gianni Puri, group leader; Laura Di Virgili,; Alessandra Fasoli, Stefan Pollak, Enrica Siracusa
An international team experimenting with a mixture of teaching, research and professional practice. Educated in Rome with the objective of studying methods of collective design and environmentally sustainable building methods,
AK0 is a do-tank whose actions are anchored to reality and influenced by cultural and technological input from a global network.

LABORATORIO PERMANENTE, Milan
Angelica Sylos Labini, group leader; Nicola Russi
Founded in 2009, its members unite academic research with professional practice. The office focuses on the architectural performance of contemporary space considered the fundamentals of its design.

Matilde Cassani, Milano, Italia
A designer and researcher with the Politecnico di Milano. She moves along the margins between architecture, installation and performance. Her projects have been shown, among other places, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, at the Bat Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism and the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

LOOP Landscape & Architecture Design, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Francesco Garofalo, group leader; Silvia Lupini, Francesca Sartori
Founded in Rotterdam in 2010, LOOP is a design office that, beginning with specific skills works to develop and operate as part of a network involving other professional structures, works in the fields of landscape design, public spaces and architecture.